Thursday, December 17, 2009

Democrats get double share of stimulus money
Democratic districts received twice as much stimulus money as their Republican counterparts, according to a new study by Reason columnist and contributing editor Veronique de Rugy. Of the $157 billion distributed so far, Democrats are taking the fat man's share of the fries for their constituents. The average amount of stimulus cash flowing into a Democratic district: $439 million. Republican districts take home only half as much: $232 million.

These numbers aren't accounted for by the different demographics of Democratic vs. Republican districts either:

Mercatus found that stimulus funds were not disbursed geographically with any special regard for low-income Americans. “We find no correlation between economic indicators and stimulus funding. Preliminary results find no statistically significant effect of unemployment, median income or mean income on stimulus funds allocation,” said the report.

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