The Week in Review: Funny Money Stories

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1. Beyond the Santorum sweater vest: 2012’s best campaign gear

Rick Santorum is running for president, and while he won’t give you the shirt off his back for your vote, he will give you his sweater for $100. “The GOP presidential hopeful promises to send one of his iconic sweater vests to everyone who donates $100 or more to his campaign,” reports AOL Daily Finance. It’s gray, 100 percent cotton, and – of course – it’s made in America.

2. IRS on autopilot

As tax season approaches, make no mistake: the IRS will catch it. “In 2010, it flagged 10.6 million math and clerical errors, up from 4 million in 2005,” CNN reports. “The reason: The IRS has greatly increased its use of automated systems.”

3. China’s auto sales growth trails U.S. for first time in at least 14 years

It’s nice to finally beat China at something economic, even if it’s just the rate at which the two countries sell cars. Why the change? “The Chinese government ended stimulus measures,” Bloomberg reports. So China only sold 18.5 million cars, trucks, and buses last year – or one for every man, woman, and child who lives in Florida.

4. Twinkies maker Hostess Brands files for bankruptcy protection

It’s been said a Twinkie can last 90 years and still be edible. But the company that makes them couldn’t last that long and still be profitable. “Hostess filed for bankruptcy protection in an attempt to shrink a pile of debt amid soaring labor costs,” MSNBC reports. A healthier American consumer has meant less-healthy profits for the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho-Ho’s, and Wonder Bread.

5. Study shows people are moving to…Michigan?

Actually, more people are moving to Washington, D.C., according to a study by Atlas Van Lines. The nation’s capital “had the highest percentage of inbound moves for the sixth year in a row,” MSNBC reports. Cue Republican jokes about Democrats and big government…

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