Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Least Surprising Headline of the Year

Stimulus Package Attracts Con Artists

"Federal regulators and consumer advocates say the economic stimulus package has given scam artists a new angle. Websites offering free government stimulus grants offer hope to people desperate for relief. What they end up with is a monthly charge on their credit card for up to $70 that's nearly impossible to shake. Tamara Keith reports from member station WCPN in Cleveland."

Listen to the NPR story here.

I must add that for decades, the United States poured money into foreign aid, trying to "stimulate" the economies of poor countries. The only thing that money stimulated was the lifestyles of politicians and the friends of politicians; and the lifestyle of anyone who got away with stealing from the politicians and their friends. Very little changed for the average citizen of these countries.

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