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  • Treasury ends paper checks
    Nice dodge and weave by Dick Gregg. He refused to answer your question at the end---the one about what happens to people who don't want direct deposit or the debit card, but want to continue to get their paper checks. He refused because he doesn't want to tell people that the government will make the choice for them, and they will be FORCED to take the debit card. Folks, don't believe for an instant that Treasury cares one whit about whether you are happy with this change. Nor does Treasury care one whit about easing your fears. This is all about the wholesale worldwide effort to get rid of both cash and checks, thereby creating an all-electronic form of commerce, whereby everything you buy or sell will be tracked in both government and buisness databases. This is not a loony, crackpot, conspiracy theory. The government is formulating final rules right now that will track every overseas purchase you make, including that $10.00 CD you bought from somebody in Germany on eBay. Why? Because any overseas purchases could be terrorist-related activity. Retailers and big business want to build a dossier on your buying habits, so they can better know how to market advertising to you based on your interests. Any time you use a debit card or credit card in the store, that purchase is forever tied to your name. Go to Treasury's website and read for yourself the 21 page final rule that mandates virtually everyone be switched over to electronic payment. Read how hundreds of comments were received begging Treasury to at least let people who are currently getting a check continue to do so.......and how Treasury turned a deaf ear to them---just because Treasury could. Read how if you get stuck with the debit card, you can incur all sorts of fees----none of which Treasury cares about, because, as they put it, if you do everything a particular way (never mind if it's the way that works for you), you can avoid the fees. The entire attitude of Treasury is callous and arrogant. It's hard to imagine a more nanny-government, we-know-better-than-you-and-if-you-don't-agree-then-there's-something-wrong-with-you point of view. To keep the vultures happy, Treasury throws out a tiny bone, so tiny it will affect only a few people and not for very long. If you're 90 as on May 1, 2011, you get to keep on getting the check. But if you're 90 as of March 1, 2013 (the final day you can get a paper check if you're currently getting one), well, tough, it doesn't count, and you have to switch. The only other options for keeping a check are to be found to be mentally impaired (Treasury hasn't figured out the criteria for that yet), or live in a remote region (Treasury hasn't defined what remote is, either). In short, this new rule is unconscionable, and the best thing that could happen would be for Treasury to be hit with a huge class-action lawsuit.
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