‘This is sheer economic waste’: Our $1,200 stimulus ‘gift cards’ should have gone to people who need them. Why did we get them instead?

Dear Moneyist,

My husband is 82 years old. I am 83. We are retired. We are neither Democrats nor Republicans.

Last year, about midsummer, we both received $1,200 stimulus payments. They were not in the form of checks, but rather they were in the form of gift cards to buy “stuff.” We have been retired since 2003. We planned our retirement during all of our working years.

We do not light our fireplace with $100 bills, but we are comfortable. We asked ourselves: “Why were we receiving stimulus checks?” This money should have gone to people who had suffered loss

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