USA Today: "Billions in aid go to areas that backed Obama in '08"

From USA Today:

Billions of dollars in federal aid delivered directly to the local level to help revive the economy have gone overwhelmingly to places that supported President Obama in last year's presidential election.
That aid — about $17 billion — is the first piece of the administration's massive stimulus package that can be tracked locally. Much of it has followed a well-worn path to places that regularly collect a bigger share of federal grants and contracts, guided by formulas that have been in place for decades and leave little room for manipulation.

Counties that supported Obama last year have reaped twice as much money per person from the administration's $787 billion economic stimulus package as those that voted for his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, a USA TODAY analysis of government disclosure and accounting records shows. That money includes aid to repair military bases, improve public housing and help students pay for college.

The reports show the 872 counties that supported Obama received about $69 per person, on average. The 2,234 that supported McCain received about $34. . . .

See also a new GAO audit of where the stimulus money is going.

"For example, the GAO said about half the money set aside for road and bridge repairs is being used to repave highways, rather than build new infrastructure. And state officials aren't steering the money toward counties that need jobs the most, auditors found."

USA Today discusses the GAO report with this headline: "States aren't using stimulus funds as intended."

See also this discussion on Fox News between Sean Hannity and John Kasich.

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Blogger The Right Guy said...

I work for a government agency in Iowa and we got our money real quickly. It was like Christmas...

7/09/2009 8:19 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Yes, I was on a fairly long road trip recently. The only Obamaworks signs I saw were on roadwork in Michigan and on the south side of Chicago.

7/10/2009 2:46 AM  
Blogger Mike Gallo said...

Well, let's look at this:
If the places that overwhelmingly voted for Obama are those where the most people subsist or otherwise depend on gov't. programs (they are), then it is impossible to send money to those places and at the same time, to the places that need jobs. If people aren't working regardless of job availability, then jobs are simply not needed there.

7/10/2009 11:05 AM  
Blogger The Right Guy said...

Why work when the tit is rolled out? On the other hand, immigrants have a handy way of showing the poor indigenous folk how work is done, and in the process, don't stay poor long.

7/10/2009 8:20 PM  

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