Solution to US economic problem - Give every US citizen $1,000,000

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  1. Edwin Clark profile image65
    Edwin Clarkposted 14 years ago

    Instead of giving US corporations bailout/loans the government should give each of its citizens $1,000,000 to spend on anything they want within the United States.

    According to the US Census there are 305 million citizens. $305 million dollar checks going out to people who will spend in the US is a paltry sum compared to the billions going to big business who may or may not survive.

    Think about all the small businesses that could be started. Even new and bigger business could be started if a group of people invested together. Jobs will be created and people will buy.

    People can buy cars, invest in stocks, pay all or part of their mortgage, buy a house, take long vacations in Disney World, whatever.

    Bailing out car companies which I'm afraid to say are doomed to fail is just as good as burning the cash.

    But give people money and they'll buy cars. The sales funnels back into the car companies, factory workers keep their jobs. People are happy wink

    1. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image61
      JYOTI KOTHARIposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Bail out package of $ 700B means $2300 to each American citizen. Can Americans get out of their problem with this money?
        If yes, new administration may think about.
      Jyoti Kothari

      1. Edwin Clark profile image65
        Edwin Clarkposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Hi Jyoti, I think you got your figures mixed up. It would cost every US citizen $2300 in taxes to provide the bail out package of $700 billion to big corporations. Now this $2300 will obiviously come from people (like me) who are able to pay taxes, so children, people on welfare etc. are excluded.

        US census bureau says there are 306 million men woman and children in the United States

        So if the government gives each $1 million dollars, the total is $306 Million.

        Tiny sum compared to $700 Billion going to big business, right?

        1. Mark Knowles profile image59
          Mark Knowlesposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Much as I hate to agree with Jyoti, your mathematics are a little faulty.

          The amount of money committed is currently in the region of $8.5 trillion.

          Or $8,500,000,000,000 (American billions are smaller than everyone elses)

          With an estimated population of 301 million, that equals $28,239 per person, or a Brand new Ford Mustang GT Premium coupe

          Way ahead of you lol

          1. TheMoneyGuy profile image71
            TheMoneyGuyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

            Call me crazy, but if 305,000,000 people recieve 1,000,000 dollars, then would not the total outlay be in the realm of say 305,000,000,000,000 dollars like 305 trillion dollars.

            I Think that will be more than a Mustang! 


          2. profile image57
            panah100posted 14 years agoin reply to this

            You got it there, unless we are dealing with Japanese Yen or something, you are not going to get 1 Mil.

    2. AEvans profile image74
      AEvansposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Funny you wrote about this as my husband said the same thing, however we know that they are not going to do it and they are trying to figure out tiny stimulus packages, so if you owe the IRS I guess you won't get one at all. One million people owe taxes and they cannot even pay them,have they looked at that as well? Maybe they should write that deficit off too as they seem to write off everything else. smile

    3. Alex Belal profile image56
      Alex Belalposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I wish the government will give every us Tax payers one million or half a million, i'm sure it will fix all kind of problems in our economy instead of bailing out the banks, which they will kick us out of our homes if we don't pay them after taking our money
      It's very good investment, and don't forget it's our money after all
      where is the guts Mr. president?

  2. gamergirl profile image88
    gamergirlposted 14 years ago

    My my.

    Please do not come to the "finance" forums and not know how to do math.


    1. Edwin Clark profile image65
      Edwin Clarkposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Hey, its just an entertaining thought, no need to get all upset wink

  3. profile image0
    SirDentposted 14 years ago

    Now this is a funny thread!!!  lol

  4. gamergirl profile image88
    gamergirlposted 14 years ago


    I'm much more vicious when I'm actually upset.  It takes more than someone not being able to do simple multiplication for me to really get angry.

    *patronizing wink*

  5. ngureco profile image81
    ngurecoposted 14 years ago

    Edwin Clark, if you give each of the 305 million US citizens a million dollar each, you will need $305 trillion. US is still one of the finest economy on planet earth but I am afraid $305 trillion is not a small amount to give out for free.

    If giving out $305 trillion were such a snap, you may think the highways would be jammed bumper-to-bumper with chauffeured limousines. This is not be the case as there would be too much money competing to buy very few limousines, and a limousine will end up costing ten million dollars (have heard of Zimbabwe?).

    If each citizen would hold such sum of money, then the Chinese will wash you, clothes you and feed you. The beneficially will be the Chinese who will have exported their goods and services to you.

    The solution to the problem is to forget being given money for free. The citizens should work hard to avoid excessive imports, work harder so that you can export (and at low workable prices) as much of your surplus as you can.

    Remember that every time you find yourself (your country) short of money, there is somebody (another country) elsewhere who is having excessive of what is your short.

    1. Edwin Clark profile image65
      Edwin Clarkposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Hi nguero, I'm aware of world problems. But this is just an entertaining thought, even if it was plausible it may not even happen.

      I believe in hard work and working for what I earn. But let me ask you this?
      With the fact that people are being taken advantage of economically somewhere else, and your government offered to give you 1 million dollars, are you going to say no? smile

    2. Dustin L26 profile image57
      Dustin L26posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      But what if we regulate what types of spending can occur to foreign nations?

  6. ngureco profile image81
    ngurecoposted 14 years ago

    The government is by extension you and me.

    What they have is actually what is ours. If they offered to give each one of us a million dollars, tell them no because it’s bad economics. It’s the “government by the people” and my share may not be worth $1 million.

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    SirDentposted 14 years ago

    lol I still think this is a very funny thread. lol

  8. profile image51
    John Bentley IIIposted 14 years ago

    Edwin clark is on the right track with the idea of bailing out the people themselves,
    all of this money will go right back into the economy from your local AM-PM all the
    way up to the biggest of companys,it would eliminate tax dollars paid out in food
    stamps,wellfare,Etc.and because poverty is the main cause of crime,crime also
    would drop saving tax dollars and solving the prison over population problem.
      This makes more sense than handing all this money to a CEO to retire on it
    in the Bahamas,because that is who has ended up with the money before.
      As far as math goes 305x1 will always be 305,if it is tax free of course.

  9. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    While on the surface it seems much more beneficial than giving money to the big corporations, it will have the same effect on economy - a short lived boost coming back to the same issues, amplified...

    What people are going to do after they spend their stimulus money?

    PS All that assuming the math is correct, which in reality is off million times big_smile

  10. profile image51
    John Bentley IIIposted 14 years ago

    Misha,My math was an attempt at dry humor,I should have put 305x1.00 is 305
    dollars,305 million divided into 305 million people would be 1.00 each.
      I would like to address the tax issue,I'm not sure that the amount the IRS
    says is owed is correct for this reason alone,one year I did not file due to a
    job that had me working 20 hrs a day.7days a week and it got away from me.
      They sent me a bill for $5000 and had me in the single tax braket with no
    dependents even though I had been married and filing jointly for 20+years
    with 2 children that I had been claiming for 16 and 18 years,they were not
    honest with the billing and hoped I would just pay the amount due,I filed
    and got a check back for $2800 dollars,so thier estimates on who and
    how much is owed may be way off.
      A simple look at the previous years tax return would have changed everything,
    this habit of dishonesty from the IRS should be looked at closely.

  11. gamergirl profile image88
    gamergirlposted 14 years ago

    P.S. 20 hours a day 7 days a week is illegal, isn't it?

  12. profile image0
    SirDentposted 14 years ago

    lolI still think this is a very funny

  13. profile image51
    John Bentley IIIposted 14 years ago

    Not when I was building the company that I am now doing very well
    with,that is what it takes to be successful as a self employed

  14. profile image51
    John Bentley IIIposted 14 years ago

    There is no limit on hours that a person can work for themselves,
    I found that I was even dreaming improvements and solutions the
    4 hours that I did find to sleep.

  15. VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA profile image60
    VENUGOPAL SIVAGNAposted 14 years ago

    Aid packages to big business can ensure the continuity of business and welfare of  thousands of workers.  If each citizen is given something, it will vanish earlier and will expect something more somewhere...  Why so much unhealthy and wild imaginations?  Why not you think of paying a million as loan (those who can) to Govt. instead ? 

    Building a business house is not so easy and they are entitled help from the Govt. as they would have paid millions in taxes to Govt.
    Let the Govt. help the big business houses and let the US economy flourish once again. 

    All your comments are like tigers and lions competing to take their share of meat from a  dying animal.  Whose Govt. is it after all .... ?

  16. Scott Mandrake profile image60
    Scott Mandrakeposted 14 years ago

    I can`t really see giving everyone a million dollars as being a good thing.  Some people are just not equipped to manage that amount of money.  That being said I think that maybe we can discuss whether or not i`m wrong after we find out what exactly we would each do with a million dollars.

    Join me here to discuss your hypothetical fortune

  17. paradigmsearch profile image61
    paradigmsearchposted 7 years ago

    "Solution to US economic problem - Give every US citizen $1,000,000"

    I'm fine with this with one modification. I get mine first and everyone else gets theirs a year later.

  18. paradigmsearch profile image61
    paradigmsearchposted 7 years ago

    Why hasn't this 7-year-old thread apparently not even once mentioned inflation? A dollar would be worth a penny in about a heartbeat, thus the modification stated in my previous post.


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