August 4, 2010

Is This What Crist Considers "Floridians Getting Their Fair Share"?

We all have heard it over and over – Charlie Crist supported President Obama’s failed $862 billion stimulus because he wanted to make sure “Floridians got their fair share.” But news reports today revealed that Florida ranked last in the country in stimulus benefits per resident. As is the case time and time again, the Obama-Crist big-spending policies only lead to Floridians getting stuck with their UNFAIR share of higher unemployment, more spending, and more debt.

So once again, we ask: Knowing what we know now, does Charlie Crist still stand behind his support of the stimulus when his reasons for championing the legislation have all but been debunked? And is this what Floridians have to look forward to if Crist caucuses with “the people?”

NOTE: Despite having the fifth-highest unemployment in the country, Florida ranked last in the country in stimulus benefits per resident. Also, is Crist in Obama pocket? If not, why is he pursuing an agenda to split the conservative vote in a manner to guarantee that a Democrat will be sent to Congress to support Obama, Reid and Pelosi?

USA Today: Florida is country's biggest loser in stimulus benefits
St. Petersburg Times
Jeff Harrington
August 4, 2010

A USA Today analysis singles out Florida as the biggest loser in the federal stimulus rollout. Despite having the fifth-highest unemployment in the country, Florida ranked last in the country in stimulus benefits per resident.

Florida received the lowest per-capita payout in the country, the paper reported. Florida, which has a jobless rate of 11.4 percent, received $1,262 per capita in stimulus benefits.

Overall, there was little correlation between stimulus aid and unemployment suffered by individual states, the analysis showed. North Dakota, which has the country's lowest jobless rate of 3.6 percent, was fourth in stimulus benefits. Alaska, with a jobless rate below the national average of 9.5 percent, was the top winner in the stimulus sweepstakes: $3,505 per person.

The analysis included three parts of the stimulus program: government spending, tax breaks and cash benefits such as unemployment payouts. The paper concluded that stimulus benefits are skewed to better-off states because federal spending formulas are tied to such criteria as income, population density, and highway fatalities — but not unemployment rates.

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