"President Barack Obama called on Congress Wednesday to approve $250 payments to more than 50 million seniors to make up for no increase in Social Security next year."
I seem to remember that when Bush did this, this idea was criticized as stupid and pointless . . . by some of the same people who will now support it.
Of course, people who supported the idea when Bush proposed it will probably now oppose it.
And, in my opinion, it's still a bad idea that's about buying votes, not fixing the economy.