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- Q, Star Trek: TNG

CNN: Taxpayers would get checks under economic stimulus plan

by Ken Newquist / January 24, 2008

So it seems like the federal government's going to go ahead and cut everyone in America a check, which is nice and all except for a) it will likely do little to stop a recession, seeing as how it's a tiny sliver of GNP and b) we'll have to pay for it later since there aren't any spending cuts elsewhere to balance the expenditure. We're basically borrowing (stealing if you're of a more cynical mind) from our future selves to pay our present selves.

If you really want to help the economy and benefit Americans in both the short term and long term, then you'd deal with the very real, very expensive issue of Social Security and Medicare entitlements.

But why solve a problem today that you can panic about tomorrow?