Zombie stimulus checks

Thanks to the Trump administration’s business-like efficiency, I already received my stimulus check courtesy of the CARES Act stimulus bill.  I’m grateful, but not overjoyed; along with millions upon millions of other Americans, dead people are getting them… and somehow managing to cash them.  One of the key principles of the flourishing field of Happiness Economics is that all happiness is relative.  Not only do we appreciate more what we work for, but we apprise our circumstances not in absolute terms, but relative to others.  Gore Vidal’s acerbic wit captured the essence of this, “It is not enough to succeed.  Others must fail.” If we were more rational beings, perhaps Margaret Thatcher’s admonition would hold sway.  When schooling a dumb liberal back-bencher she said, “All levels of income are better off than they were in 1979…. The honorable member is saying that he would rather that the...(Read Full Post)
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