$250 Stimulus Check For 2010 – Is It Enough?

by Mike Holman

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President Obama has proposed another $250 stimulus check for all recipients of Social Security as well as a $250 check for people on SSI.  This stimulus check was given out in 2009 and he has suggested that since SS and SSI payments are not increasing in 2010 because of low inflation, this check will help people pay their bills.

Is a $250 stimulus check enough?

The problem is that $250 doesn’t go as far as it used to!  Obviously everyone can use more money but the question to be answered is – is a $250 stimulus check enough to help people?  Given the costs of administrating this program and sending checks out – another good question is whether the program is worthwhile doing at all for a relatively small amount of money.

Here are some possible options for the government to consider:

Increase the amount of the stimulus check

Making the stimulus check larger to $500 would make it a lot more worthwhile considering the admin costs.  More money would be available to help stimulute the economy.  The downside of a larger check is of course the extra costs.  Giving out twice as much money will increase the government deficit and debt levels and clearly that is not a good thing.

Lower the amount of the stimulus check

Another option is to lower the check to a level around $100.  This would save the government and taxpayers money but doesn’t make a lot of sense since now the amount is way too low and it would be very pointless to handle giving out checks for only $100.

Don’t do any stimulus check in 2010

This last option is unfortunately a definite possibility since the bill hasn’t passed the house yet which means it could still die.  Not giving out a stimulus check would be the best thing for the government since it wouldn’t cost anything but what about the people on SS and SSI who need the money?  They would probably not like this option.

Keep it at $250

If there is any stimulus check then this is by far and away the most likely option.  The amount isn’t great but on the other hand, the cost is somewhat affordable to the government.  Plus, this is the same amount that was given last year so it makes sense in that context.

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51 hubert l herrington jr

I JUST WANT TO SAY TO ALL THE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON
IN THE WHITEHOUSE IF THAY COULD LIVE ON WHAT ME AND MY WIFE GETMY WIFE GET SSI 127 SS248 MY SELF I GET SSI127
SS529 I AM 80 YEARS OLD MY WIFE IS73 WE DONT OWN A HOME WE RENT PLUS WE PAY ALL THE BILLS FOOD GOING UP EVERY DAY WE DIDED GET A RAISE BUT THAY GIVE THIRE SELF ONE SHORE WE COULD USE THE 250 STIMLUS CHECK AND
A WHOLE LOT MOOR PEOPLE JUST LIKE US COULD TWO

52 Debby Patterson

I am 62 year old woman on Social Security Disability and have been for five years, but I am one of those people who has worked all their life. I wish I was still able to work, but I,m not able to because of health issues. People need to understand that the economy is down everywhere and this has affected our raises in our checks each year. Like a lady stated she was on SSI and only got $697.00 a month, so I would think she must have not worked much in her life time. Social Security is based on what a person has paid in and as far as the $250.00 stimulas checks goes she should be thankful that this has been considered instead of wanting more. I would think any amount would help no matter what the amount is, because they don’t have to do this. I know I would appreciate anything offered no matter how small or big. Debby P.

53 Muriel

I am a disabled Veteran and served my country and I
feel that we should get the stimulis check as we look for that every Jan,

They took from us to make sure they have enouh to go on vacations .
When was your last vacation?
I spent my vacation in the hospital with a heart attack.

God Bless You All.

keep me posted as I sure could use extra to pay hospital bills.

Muriel
( FL)

54 LARIKA

First off I would like to give honor to God who is ahead of my life, clearly it is he that’s working it out for us. Next I would like to give thanks to our President Obama and all the members of congress that I truly believe will pass the bill. Grant it, I do feel that $250.00 is not enough to cover you but praise God it’s something. I my self am disabled and my monthly income is less than $700.00 however I’ve found it better to be gracious than to complain. The economy is down but the God has sent the answer, government is not the provider of our needs God is and though it may not be enough we are sustained. The economy didn’t get in this position over night or in one year for that matter so the same applies to repairing of the breach. I honestly believe if we hold out and put our faith in God not in man than we will receive much better results. This is not a response to discredit the President or any man or woman in office, it is only to try to give words of encouragement. The task is long and mighty but by God my brothers and sisters we will get there. The bible say that which was last will some day be fist our first day is here just keep holding on and trusting God. Last but not least I am disabled and I am very young however my heart do go out to the elderly who are just barely making it so I am in prayer that there will be a resolve faster and maybe those that are our eldres receive a higher stimulus check or maybe the can base them for all ages off the amount of income that is received yearly.

I give my best regards to President Obama and all officials of congress, May God Bless You the readers and the leaders of our government.

55 marcie

Social Security Administration.

there is no stimulus for 2010.

56 marcie

heres the information Oly, all but my email address

\Response\3736283\GUEST WBDOC 10948\?

From: SSA.Comments@SSA.gov
Sent: Wed 2/24/10 1:23 AM

Social Security Administration.

there is no stimulus for 2010.

57 bumbles

As of 2/25/2010 at 3pm est, I spoke with social Security on the 800 number, the stimulus checks have not been VOTED in, so what bullshit is
people posting that they got theres ? << NO ONE GOT IT FOR 2010.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I know the $250 will help me, I am handicap in a wheelchair & I plan on using it to either get a used portable hot tub off ebay or put it towards an older vehicle so my husband can take me out with my power chair, if I can't do either, then I can sure use some new clothes. I hope they vote soon !!

58 Brandon

I think the stimulus is a joke. The disabled and recievers of Social Security make up one seventh of the population. That equals not even 14 billion for one seventh of the population. Two seventh of the population does not need a stimulus as they will be rich for thirty more years. That means this government is stupid enough to give a stimulus of 774 billion to three sevenths of the population. What a bunch of brains we have as leaders. obama says the economy wasn’t in inflation that is why their is no COLA for the social security recievers- weeks later he says only the price of milk hasn’t raised – that means he mentally thinks that us Social Security recipients are Milking it.

59 Kristian

As a SSDI recipient living in Myrtle Beach, SC I can honestly say that although a stimulus check would be nice it just wouldn’t be fair. I have so many friends and family getting laid off of work and struggling to pay thier rent. Families up North are unable to heat thier homes because the cost of oil remains as high as ever and not to mention those who are lucky enough to have jobs simply can’t afford daycare for thier children. I think this year would be a stimulus worthy year for everyone. My son and I live off very little but I have peace of mind knowing that I can count on my check. Maybe I can’t afford to buy new clothes or a car but as long as I can feed my child and put a roof over his head is a blessing.

60 Michelle

I think it would be more than far for people on SS, SSDI and SSI to get the $250 check. First of all we make a lot less than even a minuim wage worker at least I do.
Unemployment benefits are more than what get I know for sure. For 4 years I have lived well behind minium wage.I finally started catching up. I get $695 in benfits which I was calculating would have been $730 if only we had a raise in cola. My part time income is $100 per month. I live on about $800 per month. That would be $5 an hour if it was a full time job. Minum wage is $7.25 per hour.
We also pay into the system so we have worked for it. I worked 16 years before I became disabled. I still work part time but I became disabled due to the day to day stress of trying to make it. Several stressors, nervous breakdowns and overall stress lead to a chemical misfiring in my brian. Now everytime I am in work environment I have a severe almost pyshical reaction by passing out or having flashbacks of tramua.
Bottom line is I have a hard time working and still have a hard time with stress but SS is supposed to relieve that stress for me.It does about 60% but I have the new stress of trying to make it on very little money with prices not going down.

61 doyle vires

my wife is disabled and at the age of 58 I had to take a earily retirement in order to take care of her.We both worked and payed all of our soc.sec. taxes.I lost getting the full amount because of the stoke my wife had…The senate and congressmen get such high salary that it would be a shame if they voted this down…I’m waiting for a final decision on this stimulus and if its voted down, I plan to post all names of the no votes on the web in order to keep these people from holding office again.
Just waiting!!!

62 Pat

Just give us the money! I personally can make it stretch for a long time. I only get $52.00 per month out of my social security check and that doesn’t go very far.

63 Jim

The Presidents and the U.S. Government have been taking the Seniors Social Security (SS) monies every since President Roosevelt established the (SS) for anything they desired. The Seniors must complain to the Congress members for the Stimulus Checks of at least $250.00. During all those years, where has all the Seniors monies gone to? If the Congress members do not give the Stimulus monies for 2010, vote the greedy thiefs out of office. Congress, no doubt, do not care for no one but themselves. They feel they are superior to everybody in the United States and the remainder of the world. The Seniors need to get back on President Obama also; he has gotten slack concerning the Stimulus promises.

64 Deb

I’d like to see the congressional salaries tied to SSI recipient cola and freezes. If we don’t get a raise, neither do they.

For anyone that says that $250 isn’t worth it, send your check to me. I’m sure I can find a use for it like paying off that heating bill before I’m disconnected.

65 jamie williams

Are we or are we not getting a stimulus check this year or not???

66 BEX OPINION

I THINK ITS DISHONORABLE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS TO MAKE THEM HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FEEDING THERE FAMILYS AND BYING THERE MEDICATIONS. PAYING THERE POWER BILL OR BUYING CLOTHING TO SEND OUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL. THE GOVERMENT BAILED OUT THE BANKS, WALLSTREET, THE UPPER CLASS, WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE LOW ON THE TOTUM POLE? tHOSE OF US TRYING TO SURVIVE MONTH TO MONTH ON SSI AND SS AND FOOD STAMPS. AND DIDNT EVEN GIVE US A COST OF LIVING AJUSTMENT. WHAT IS THAT? $250 AINT ALOT OF MONEY WHEN YOU HAVE A LOT OF BILLS. AND CREDITORS THREATING TO LAW YOU ON EVERY HAND. I WOULD THINK OUR GOVERMENT WOULD TAKE CARE OF ITS OWN FIRST! “THE AMERICAN PEOPLE”. CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME. WHY NOT HELP US OUT OF THIS ROUGH PATCH. GIVE US A CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH THIS EVER GROWING DOWN SPIRAL WERE IN. I THINK THE FIGURES OUGT TO SHOW THE HELP THE AMRECIAN PEOPLE NEED. nOT WHAT SOMEONE ELSE THINKS, I THINK $1,000 EACH WOULD BE A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. — THINK ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE LOWER CLASS FOR A CHANGE GIVE THEM A HAND UP!

67 Mel anie

I think we should get a stimulus check of $250 or $500 to help the economy we need it because we didn’t get the cost of living. not fare. we depend on the money from the goverment for SSI. Help the people in need. We need the bills payed too. That hurted us when we did n;t get it. Please help the family in need with stimulus money.

68 Mel anie

Also who ever wrote on nuber 36. I agree with it one hundred percent. We are low class and we should get a thousand to get started like the upper class people with money .Does the goverment know how low cass people are need help exspeically the single mothers that are on SSI or single mothers with kids on SSI who need thing but the goverment needs to Do Not throw other kids with disabilities to the side and forget them. They need to live too. I am a very concern single mom who needs help.

69 Maryann

Giving 250 to seniors is a drop in the bucket considering that the Congress gave itself an AUTOMATIC increase when the country was in dire financial crisis . If they can bail out WALL STREET and reward the Thieves with BONUS money for bankrupting some retiremnt accounts , then they can well give the money to the people who worked all their lives to support this ONCE great county.

70 fonda

our goverment does’t care about us and we the people elect them in their we are controlled by the goverment so they call that freedom they don’t have to live the way we do and they don’t care

71 HALEY

Give us our Checks How would you like to buy Food and pay rent On 674 when rent is 600 a month and no I do not recieve food stamps

72 nancy oliver

A stimulus would help alot…. If congress is debating the amount and worried about the debt they should have thought about that before bailing out the car industries. Instead SEND that kind of money to the tax payers so thet could save their home……….I am raising two grandchildren with out any assisstance and just retired on $970 pension and $170 ss ask me how hard that is?……So think hard and long about that when uou are making up your minds.

73 Bernice

I agree that everyone on ssi and ss should get a stimulas check, and the amount should be for atleast a 1,000 because of the very hard times that the lower-class people are having. Let me exsplain a little about my familys situation. My husband gets ssi and we have 3 children to take care of on a month to month basis and thats just not enough money we can barely make ends meet. I worked about 6 years ago but not for long because ssi was cutting my husbands check depending on the amount I earned, And I only had a minium wage job it seemed we just could not get ahead, like I was working and having to be away from my kids for nothing. I have seriousely been considering going back to work, because of the hard times we are having but wondering is it really worth it?. WHAT, ARE LOW INCOME FAMILIES WHO HAS SOMEONE DISABLED IN THERE FAMILY ONLY ALOUD TO MAKE OR HAVE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY TO LIVE ON???????. Note my son also receives a dissability check every month also. This is how my family lives and I greatly appreciate there monthly checks, but hope that the goverment see how we struggle and really know how much a stimulas check would help so many familys.

74 Bob

I don’t understand why in 2009 people on Social Security/disability only got $300. While working people got $300 and 2 in same family {husband/wife got $600. We need the money probably even more for doctors/medical bills. Why are people on Social Security/disability being punished ? I would think a single person should have received at least $500 being on Social Security/disability. Single people are also head of the house hold. I’m disabled and can’t work.

Thanks,
Bob in AZ….

75 Muriel

I am a disabled Vet and live on next to nothing and I sure could use the $250.00 like last year to stock my cupboards as I have special food to eat that isn’t cheap and Ve Vets deserve it also.

God Bless All Of You.

Muriel

76 HANK

Is there going to be a 250 dollar stimulis check paid to peopl on Social Security this year 2010

77 martha jenkins

I do not understand why disabled people are being treated so unfairly. My husband is disable. He has has two liver transplants and a kidney transplant. He has vertigo so he cannot stay by himself. I have had to quit working to take care of him. His medicine costs so does trips to doctors. We did not receive a cost of living increase but our cost of living keeps going up. we at least deserve a stimulus check.

78 Timmy Tabon

Went will the stimulus check come out I have a banking will it go in my bank what date.

Thank You
Timmy Tabon

79 Michelle

The people who get unemployment recieved a $25 raise plus if they go back to college they can keep their benefits.
I am glad to see they are getting help but what about us? How come we can’t get a raise as well?

80 Muriel

I hope they decide when we are gong to get it if we are!!

I just got my food stamps and I am on VA Disability and there is only me and my VA Disability check and I have all the usual things to pay like everyone else and I’m being given $16,00 a month food stamps and I am on a special diet not because of being heavy as I weigh 80 lbs. but due to cancer, copd, and many other things.
So I could use the stimulus check to stock up my shelves with can goods etc.

Good Luck to all and God Bless Everyone

Muriel

81 Sherri Lyons

Hi! My husband has been on disability for the past 9 years. We have three children that received benefits also because they were still in school and not 18 yet. I have worked off and on, but now I can’t work because my husband can’t drive and he has several doctors appointments every week. As of July, 2010 we will be loosing our youngest childs social security because she will be 18 and will have graduated this month. Just because they are out of school doesn’t mean that you don’t stop taking care off them. She will be going to college in the fall, but living at home still. And we also have a son and his wife that live with us. My daughter-in-law is going to college also, and my son is trying to get disability, and has already been turned down once. My husband and I both had good paying jobs before all of this happened, we went from about $60,000 a year to about $ 24,000. We finally lost our home because we just couldn’t do it anymore, a home that we had saved for years to be able to afford. I will stop sounding off now. But without the raise in social security this year and us loosing our daughters social security, I have know idea how we are going to survive, we will be loosing almost $750.00 a month, but our bills will not go down because of it. What are we to do? We need some kind of stimulus check. Thanks for listening everyone.

82 gnoormin

Its was not president obama who voted it down on the contrary, obama wants it pass but congress an the senate say no 50/47, now they got a 6% raise , i think the congress an senate but none of the americans who are disable & retired got any increase an this is totally unfair either put the increase back at the begining of the yr like it had been for yrs or give a stimulus but you congress people an senate people need to stop being so damn greedy! remember it say we the people vote for you all not i the only one either come off with some more money or get voted the hell out by all who need the money simple solution totally dont you all think this

83 Linda McElroy

I finally get how O’Bama will get around not giving us a $250 check this year. Since a lot fewer of us fit into what he is calling the medicare donut hole, it would be better to give a few the money. Well I think he should give those people both. He then should still send $250 checks to the rest of us.
Linda

84 Michelle

People on unemployment recieved about a $25 raise. I make less than unemployment. I make $695 per month. Unemployment is $820 I believe. It is nice they got they help.
Why couldn’t they spilt the difference giving people on unemployment a $12.50 raise and people on ssi, ssdi and ss $12.50 extra per month.
I know they both come from different funds but when it all comes down to it; it all comes from the government.

85 Michelle

oh it was because they weren’t going to offer extenstions to people on unemployment. Like it was their fault the economy is bad!

86 Vickie

I remember reading that the bill did not pass I am not going to hold my breath on receiving this money because as of right now our government is not trust worthy at all. I really do hope it is given out but I believe if everyone had gotten that bail out money instead of the bank we all would have paid off our homes and vehicles which would help the banks and bring them back and help the American people as well. All they had to do is give out a certain amount to the American people who either were working or had been working and lost their jobs because of the economy. I know what my family would have done and the bank would defiantly benefited. But as for the stimulus money when we received it last year we did not get 600 for the both of us (my husband and I ) but only like 400 something and we thought it was because I did not work. So as for the SSI and SS stimulus I hope and pray we get it but I don’t think we will.

87 mary

I would like to no are we getting a 2010 stimulate checks are not they said we are but now they can’t give us one we need help please help us we are out on a tree without any branch why don’t some help us please

88 Muriel

I hope that we do get the stimulus check as I have to put tires on my car and with moving into an apartment any extra is gone. I am 100% disabled Veteran and living on $16.00 dollars worth of foodstamp. (not $16,00 foodstamps) and I get less than $1,000.00 a month ) from my VA
disibility pension . I pay all my bills out of that check and it isn’t easy to make it stretch. I always spend my money wisely and just once I’d like to beable to go out to dinner it has been a year since I’ve done that.
I keep this in my prayers that Pres. Oboma will give us the stimlus check or give us back our raise that we normally got each new year.

God Bless you All. I will keep all in my prayers.

Muriel

89 carl

you will not get any stimulus from the government, they are using it to take vacations……… look what they done to the social security benefits and the raises to the elderly and disable.

90 Linda McElroy

I certainly do not expect anything from the worst president in history. He is a liar, cheat, out of control trying to be a leader. If I ever talked to a person that is as ignorant as him, I wouldn’t even be able to understand a word of what the topic is. He is actually stupid. Thank you to all the gullable people that believed a word from him and voted for him. Are you happy now Dixie Chicks? You got someone you should be happy with. Too bad your kind are not old and sick that the first people he did in are people like me.

91 Mary Eason

When are we going to get the Stimulus Check? We don’t get much money as it is. After you pay your bill’s and go to the grocery Store you don’t have anything left that is all. My son get’s S.S I and S.S from me.I have to also pay car Inc.Trailer Inc he do help me with the bill’s but it is hard for it to go the end of month. When you go into the grocery Store the food is still going up. You have to buy close, tires for the car and other things you gave to do.

Thank You!!!

92 Kay Nosekabel

I am on disability and widow`s pension,After paying my monthly bills,i have about 52.00 dollars left to last all month.If i don`t do a deferal at some time during the month,i would be in a world of (you know what).When my husband died 2 yrs. ago,and since i couldn`t wait till i was 66 yrs. old to draw all his SSI,the GOV. took away 440.00,but i still have the same amount of bills going out.I have signed up for all kinds of help,if you make to much,it`s sorry,do what you can do.It`s a good thing there`s only me,less of everything.

93 Muriel Bittinger

Why do people keep thinking they are going to get another stimlus check?
The Pres. has said twice now we were yet he turns around and doesn’t give it to us.

Does he care if we pay our bills on time or have food on our table that
we are to eat due to health reasons??? HECK NO HE HAS PLENTY
OF MONEY!!!
If we get the $250.00 I will say thank you and pay another bill off but till i get it in my account I don’t count on it.

Have a great day and God Bless You All.

Muriel

94 mary

yES, WE DO NEED THE $250.00 CHECK I AM ON SSI AND I CAN’T MAKE IT MY LIGHTS I HAVE PAY ON IT AND YOUR RENT RUNS FROM $350.00 TO 400.00 A MONTH I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING LEFT OUT OF MY CHECK I CAN’T BUY ME A COLD SODA. YES PLEASE SENT US THE $250.00 CHECK PLEASE CONGRESS PLEASE SIGN THE BILL MAY GOD BLESS U

95 Linda McElroy

You know people, I refuse to beg the bunch of crooks for $250. My car quit, I have to pay a dollar for each bus changeover to get to the store and can’t take but very few groceries on the bus. I hate this government and would love to see a one of them even ride a bus. So please people all we have left is our pride tell them to go to hell.

Linda

96 sandra appling

My husband is disabled and only gets $549 a month. I am 60 years and still work but it is hard for me i have arthritas very bad and i am raising 4 of my grandchildren they just shut off my electric dont know when i can get it back on soon i hope. I think we need everything we can get because we have paid in all of our working life.

97 ELizabeth Pelkey

I am 30 yrs old an is on SSI…I could really use that extra $250 cuz I get a little weekly check of $60 an just say at least 75% go on my laptop that I am renting still an well after Im done paying on that well I will just have enough to buy my personal an stuff and I wont have any to spend on my self an yeah I would if I give up the laptop but then I wouldnt have anything to do like listen to music an stuff cuz I dont have cable or anything but still that would be great to have that extra cash in my pockets….

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