http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080124/ap_on_go_co/economy_stimulus_416 What an absolutely stupid, stupid idea. I didn't know that a "Free Market Economy" with "Less Regulation" meant that if the stock market heads down a few hundred points every once in a while, the government would step in and start handing out rate cuts and free cash. Look, I hate paying taxes as much as anyone. But the money they'll be handing out has to come from somewhere, and more likely than not it's borrowed. Whenever someone bitches that its our "tax money" that's being wasted, I point out that it's not. We're BORROWING the money to waste it. And as much as a free HDTV from the government is going to be cool, it's a blip on the radar of most families struggling to pay a rapidly increasing mortgage, and higher gas costs. This money is probably just going to pay down the credit card bill another month or two. And then what? Let the market work. There is a housing bubble brought about by irresponsible lending practices. Let's accept that, burst this baby, and get back to normal growth.