Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Let Them Eat Ideology

The New York Times has an interactive map showing U.S. unemployment figures by County. What's shocking is to note that, South Carolina, headed by a Republican governor who has threatened to turn away federal stimulus dollars, boasts of two counties with unemployment rates above 19 per cent, and an additional four counties where unemployment is above 15 per cent.

If you're wondering why Rep. James Clyburn pushed through a measure that would allow state legislatures to bypass their governors in requesting Federal stimulus funds, this is precisely why.

Meanwhile, Bobby Jindall's Louisiana, while not as bad off as South Carolina, does boast six counties where unemployment is in double digits. Jindall also has stated his intention to turn away Federal stimulus dollars aimed at providing unemployment benefits for out-of-work Louisianans.

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