And here’s a response to those who are saying, “But why should people who didn’t lose their jobs and aren’t suffering get the stimulus money?”
That’s because the stimulus money isn’t a reward for suffering. It’s a way to stimulate the economy. People who aren’t suffering economically will spend the stimulus money. On goods and services. They will put this money into the economy, which will stimulate it.
There can be a stimulus from above, such as when bailouts for the finance industry were issued in 2008-9. And there can be a stimulus from below, such as when consumers are given cash. In dire situations, both forms can be applied simultaneously.
All of the “but I feel bad, why should I get anything if I’m fine” is misplaced religious guilt. A stimulus is an impersonal financial instrument that doesn’t care about your feelings.