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Return to sender: Some want Missouri to refuse stimulus

Friday, February 27, 2009 | 6:35 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — One person suggests using Missouri's share of the federal money as kindling. Another says spending the money would be "immoral in the extreme." Yet another advises: "Tell Washington to stuff the Porkulus money where the sun don't shine."

Gov. Jay Nixon is getting a fair share of ornery responses from people clicking on the Web site he announced Monday to solicit suggestions on how to use Missouri's share of the federal economic stimulus funds.

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According to an Associated Press analysis of the first 1,064 responses, more than 1 in 9 said the money should be returned to taxpayers or that Missouri should refuse it altogether.

Besides an idea, each response submitted to the governor's office included a name and the city where the person lives. More detailed responses include proposed time lines and job creation estimates. The AP is identifying people by the names they used when submitting proposals.

"The federal funding that Missouri is about to receive is basically borrowed money from us, the taxpayers," writes Sam Major of Ozark. "Therefore, it only stands to reason that it should benefit the taxpayer in the most direct way possible."

The first three days' worth of responses also include hundreds of spending suggestions more in line with the intent of the money, for such things as roads, mass transit, schools and alternative energy projects.

Most people seeking tax relief suggest a direct rebate to all Missouri taxpayers. The submissions envision checks range from $1,000 to $50,000 to — in the case of one idea that was later retracted — $1 million for each person in the state.

But a tax rebate might not even be possible.

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste points out that "much of the money has been or will be specifically targeted" to areas such as schools or roads. He said the federal government is still issuing rules for how the money must be spent.

Nixon "certainly wants to have this money used for what it's intended, which is to get the economy turned around," Holste said.

Tax relief already makes up about one-third of the $787 billion federal package. Lower income workers are to receive a $400 tax credit, and couples will receive $800. Other provisions reward first-time home buyers and protect some taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax. There are also several business tax breaks.

As for the spending portions of the federal law, Cindy Lacy of Marionville has one suggestion: "Burn it!! Because it's not real money and it's going to do NOTHING to help our economy!!"

Andrew Carroll of Kansas City was a little more philosophical.

"This 'stimulus' money is not mine, nor yours, to spend," he writes. "It is immoral in the extreme to spend other people's money. Your invitation to the public to participate in the fraud is also wicked in the extreme."

Fenton resident David Linton thinks the stimulus is simply excessive: "Stop spending my children's money. Reject the bailout and suggest the feds give the money back to the taxpayers."

A few of the ideas are a little more creative.

Two submissions call for the government to distribute debit cards loaded with stimulus money. Under one plan, the cards could not be used for cash advances, to ensure that the money is actually spent. The other — submitted by a small-business owner — would require the debit cards to be valid only at locally owned stores.

Then there's the Lee's Summit man inquiring whether his new electric lawnmower is eligible for a tax credit. After all, he says, the lawnmower reduces carbon output, gasoline use and noise pollution.

One idea from Luke Gilbert in Lee's Summit is admittedly biased: Give the money to teenagers. He argues teens have necessities provided by their parents and would use the money for luxury items, which are being trimmed during the recession.

Pointing to a study showing teens spent $175 billion in 2003, Gilbert argues that level of spending "could do a world of help."


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Charles Dudley Jr February 27, 2009 | 7:30 p.m.

Signed. Lets hope alot of good honest ideas are being submitted and it is not all hate messages.

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Dave F February 27, 2009 | 9:05 p.m.

ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE!

Those politicians and officials whom THE PEOPLE elected across this great nation and who betrayed us in the name of corporate contributions. They must be jettisoned out of office next time. Select those in government who favored illegal foreign labor over American workers, and broadcast it nationwide. The list is long that includes Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who erased E-Verify from the Stimulus. -

Congressmen Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), George Radanovich (R-CA), Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY who up to their necks in immigration reform, that would give the 40 million (Stated Heritage Foundation) AMNESTY, not 11 Million stated 7 years ago? The bill, the STRIVE Act of 2007 (Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy) Giving AMNESTY would only cause a monolithic stampede of human poverty. It would further swamp the workplace pool and the impact would effect taxpayers, because they would be forced to pay for the families and children--the extended family!

Yes! that means citizens and legal residents will be competing for work. Just because they illegally settled here, doesn't make them legal? Thousands took the legal path, while hundreds of thousands wait for an entry visa. Not jumping the line and expect clemency.

Sen.Diane Feinstein (D-CA) who set the stage for the first Sanctuary City. Pro-illegal alien mayors like Antonio Villaraigosa in Los Angeles, Galvin Newsom of San Francisco have brought upon this state a 47 billion dollar budget crash, which now they expect the taxpayers to bail them out. We need new Mayors we can trust as, WALTER MOORE, who will KILL LOS ANGELES 'SANCTUARY' CITY POLICY.

We need Mayors, judges or other elected officials that will be spending your money, to support the taxpayers--not the settlement of illegal aliens.

American Workers want a mandatory E-Verify used by every business in America. They want Federal 247 (g) program, for trained police to arrest and detain illegal aliens. We want the borders sealed as contained in HR. 6061. Compromised behind closed doors by cutting funding.

JUDICIAL WATCH.ORG, supports E-Verify to stop illegal aliens in the workplace. They are a legal watchdog group to halt illegal immigration and government corruption--collusion with foreign nations. Overload Washington switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Presidents Obama's comments at 202-456-1111. Switchboard: 202-456-1414

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