Stimulus Checks: Buying Americans’ Support of the New Welfare State


In every heist movie, there’s an “Aha!” moment. Think thieves disguised as SWAT team members escaping the casino in Ocean’s Eleven. Or watercolor paint washing away in The Thomas Crown Affair. The curtain rises, the misdirection reveals itself, and the audience finally sees the game like the players do. 

Recently, American politics has felt like an over-acted drama most of the time and a dark comedy the rest of the time. As so-called “economic impact payments” and boosted unemployment checks flood into bank accounts across the country, we can finally see the game like the players do. 

It’s a heist movie. And this is the “Aha!” moment.