Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I wouldn't have complained...

Check out this gorgeous kitchen featured in Maryland magazine:

Aren't the floors simply yummy? Gosh, what I wouldn't do for a black and beautiful yellow tile kitchen floor.

Speaking of kitchens, we are so excited to get ours redone. We knew we'd be able to do this because the government was offering a tax credit (actually, it was more of an interest-free loan) of $7500 to anyone who purchased a house in 2008 after April 1st. We got ours in July, so sweet! We'll take a loan.

Well, then they came out saying that in the new stimulus package they were changing things. They decided to bump that amount up to $8000 and you DON'T HAVE TO PAY IT BACK. What?!? While this was exciting, we were a bit skeptical. I am not in favor of this 800 billion dollar bailout. Too much money going all over the place willy-nilly like! The bill was over 1,000 pages long, which means there's all kinds of legislative goodies in there our representatives didn't even read. Welcome to Amercia, socialism!

We felt like dolling out $8000 to people who happened to buy a house in the right time frame seemed a little unfair. Why should we get this money when we have friends who bought a year before us who have watched the value of their homes plummet? I like things equal, and that ain't equal.

Well, now we're finding out that they changed the dates. The $8000 only goes to those purchasing in 2009. Ok, fine. It seemed too good to be true, and it made us feel a little guilty anyway. But it also seems that this new bill nullifies the old one, making us also ineligible for the $7500 loan. Hey now! Lame! C'mon Obama, you can't stimulate the economy by telling us we're getting $7500 and then taking it away! However, I say "seems" because so far, based on loads of internet research, no one seems totally sure.

Why do I get the feeling way more money will be spent trying to figure out the 1000 pages of red tape than fixing what needs to be fixed? I suppose it will create lots of jobs. Jane Smith, Senior Executive of the Office of Trying to Figure Out What the Flip the Economic Stimulus Package Says.

But if we had been able to get that $8000, I wouldn't have complained. Not with beautiful tile to replace our stained, 25-year old sheet vinyl floor appearing on the horizon. I know that's hypocritical, but I'm shallow and materialistic enough to be ok with that. I'm downright annoyed about the $7500 loan.

Oh, well. Next year?

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:40 PM

    ...are you sure about this? we got our $7500 a week and a half ago...


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