Paul Jacob

Seniors are rewarded because they turn out to vote. Rewarding them is good politics for incumbent politicians. Of course, the claim gets made that some seniors are struggling to survive on Social Security. And, surely, some are. Yet, the checks would go to everyone receiving benefits regardless of need.

In the case of seniors, we’re actually talking about the wealthiest portion of the population. Every age group saw its income fall last year . . . except for households headed by people 65 or older. The poverty rate for seniors fell nearly a full point last year; it is now half the rate for children.

Of course, the children would get a $250 check, too, only they can’t vote.

In an interesting twist, the children can, however, be obligated to pay for all this spending. (What politicians spend now, taxpayers pay later. That’s the rub of deficit financing.)

But as we enter the election’s homestretch, Democrats remain a step behind. All they can do is promise to pay for some votes later. Their rallying cry will have to be something even less credible than, “The check’s in the mail.”


Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.