From all indications, Congress and the President are of one mind (at most) about goosing the economy with a cash rebate to all us taxpayers. It hopes by this largesse to stem the slide toward recession, or, failing that, keep us too sated to call them to account in November.
If this comes through, I'd like to make a suggestion: let's all spend our bonus on American-made goods and services.
No, I'm not an anti-trade isolationist. I believe in the world economy. However, I'm also aware that our unemployment is growing, and our neighbors could use a job more than a handout. Money spent locally turns over many times, with cascading benefit to the community.