The Mix

$100 gift certificate from Congress

If you own a SUV, that's enough for two tanks of gas! Talk about responsive politics.
schmitta1573 wrote in on my last entry about gas prices: "You must have written this blog before you saw that our government wants to give each taxpayer a $100 tax rebate check to buy gas. Problem solved, I'm filling up my tank and going to Wal-Mart when I get my rebate."

I thought it was a joke, but in fact in the real world, that's exactly what Senate Republicans have proposed. No doubt, Democrats will try to one-up the GOP with a counter offer of $200 and call it a day.

Don't let big tech control what news you see. Get more stories like this in your inbox, every day.

Jan Frel is an AlterNet staff writer.