Skip to comments.Obama’s Stimulus: A Bit of Pork, a Lot of Opportunism
Posted on 01/11/2013 6:41:33 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota
A study [$] published in the winter edition of Political Science Quarterly considers two possible reasons for why the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) failed to sprinkle Uncle Sams magic dust onto those areas of the country that were being hardest hit by the recession.
Was it because well-positioned politicians were successful in delivering the pork?
Or was it because the recession created a window of opportunity for politicians to quickly spend a bunch of additional money on pet causes, which had the effect of benefitting certain areas of the country?
Im going to skip right to the answer: the uneven geographic distribution of stimulus funds had only a little to do with traditional pork barreling and much to do with Obamas then chief of staff Rahm Emmanuels famous quip that You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.
On the possibility of traditional pork-barreling, the authors found no statistically significant relationship between the distribution of funds and whether a county was represented by a politician serving on a congressional committee relevant to stimulus funding. Nor was a relationship found between funding and counties that were represented by a Democrat in the House or Senate. However, a relationship was found between funding and those counties that overwhelmingly voted for the president:
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The Dimocrat motto: Let's loot America together.
a lot of thief and money laundering..
Everytime I try to get to the Cato Insitite link, the browser crashes.
Are they under a DNS attack?
I have never had that problem?
Something to do with your firewall or virus protection?