08/05/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Tax Rebate Checks Do Little For Consumer Confidence

ATLANTA -- It is better than nothing.

That has been the subdued mantra repeated by working Americans in recent weeks as they spend the Bush administration's final tax rebate in an economy racked by soaring gasoline costs, housing foreclosures, toppling banks and Wall Street jitters.

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