If you wanted to support people during hard times you'd do it in a different way to cutting a cheque for the entire tax paying population (except for none WASP immigrants of course).
That should really be:
If you wanted to support people in a country that isn't the US during hard times you'd do it in a different way to cutting a cheque for the entire tax paying population
I don't know if the US has any other choice, things like SNAP, formerly Food Stamps, barely works for the existing "customer" base and is a cumbersome, clunky paper-cash-equivalent system, and look at the chaos in their unemployment system at even a fraction of the total population. I cant imagine how you'd provide financial relief to the masses in the US.
You also need to have the Glorious Leader's name prominently associated with it, which means you pretty much have to mail everyone cheques.