I had some interesting mail when I got home this afternoon. First, was a note from the IRS telling me that I was going to be getting some kind of economic stimulus payment. It seems to me to be self-congratulatory in tone. For those who have not yet received the letter, it begins as follows:
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, which provides economic stimulus payments to be made to over 130 million American households.
Was it necessary to mention that the law was passed by President George W. Bush, as though he is somehow the mastermind behind the plan (and not the architect of the economic problems we’re having to begin with)? And how about how they used the words “Economic Stimulus” twice in the first sentence?
I went to the IRS website and used their calculator to see how much money I’d be getting as part of this deal. If my calculations are correct it will come to $269. So it looks as thought the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate will find itself at least $269 more flush with cash in 2008.
Also in the mail was my copy of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America 2008 Directory. It’s got a listing of all members and their contact information. There on the upper-left corner of page 37, between Josh Rountree and Rudy Rucker is “Jamie Todd Rubin”. Pretty cool!