Like millions of other Americans, I got a cheerful note from the IRS. “Dear Taxpayer: We are pleased to inform you that the United States Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008... Under this new law, you may be entitled to a payment of up to $600...”
Oh, thank you, gracious IRS. Permit me, with bowed head, to express my humble gratitude. How generous of you to return, in this one-time gesture of your munificence, a tiny fraction of my own money that you seize every two weeks to pay for the bloated federal government and its regulatory apparatus. It is my deepest honor to pay for my own alms. Long live the IRS!