This can’t possibly be right.
I’m looking at the Louisiana stimulus package numbers under the “Federal Stimulus Tracking” sub-category.
The “combined grand total” of federal spending given for Barack Hussein Obama’s “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” in Louisiana is $5,253,148,000.
If I am reading these numbers correctly, it sure looks to me like Louisiana got more of an African-American bailout than anything resembling a “stimulus package.”
(1) SNAP EBT Card Benefits – $461,000,000
(2) TANF Welfare Emergency Fund – $81,986,000
(3) Medicaid FMAP (2010 Only) – $381,968,000
(4) SNAP Admin. – $5,362,000
(5) Head Start – $15,503,000
(6) TANF Emergency Fund – $1,070,624,000
(7) Medicaid FMAP 2009 – $492,171,000
(8) Medicaid FMAP 2010 and 2011 – $1,037,552,000
I’m looking at their “Tracking The Money” section, running these numbers, and it looks to me like 67.5 percent of the federal stimulus money in Louisiana (at least according to the numbers given here) was spent on Medicaid, TANF welfare, SNAP EBT cards, and Head Start.
Can someone please verify what I am reading here? This can’t possibly be right. The conventional wisdom in BRA’s media is that Obama and the Democrats passed a “stimulus package” which laid the foundation for our present economic recovery.
Well, if I am reading these numbers correctly, $1 billion dollars was allocated for the TANF Emergency Fund, and $2 billion dollars was allocated for Medicaid, out of $5.2 billion in Louisiana’s federal stimulus money.
In Louisiana, “Highways and Bridges” got $429,859,000, which is less than what was spent on SNAP EBT cards, and nothing close to TANF welfare or Medicaid.
Again, if there was a “stimulus package” in Louisiana, why did over 60 percent of the money go to TANF welfare, EBT cards, Head Start, and Medicaid?
Who uses TANF welfare in Louisiana? Who buys groceries at Super Wal-Mart with EBT cards? Whose children are enrolled in Head Start? Who is on Medicaid?
There is nothing in this budget that comes anywhere near the spending on Medicaid and TANF welfare. In fact, we can see that only $19.6 million was allocated for in discretionary grants for airport improvements, whereas $26.5 million was spent on homelessness prevention.
Update: It also caught my eye that $430,700,000 was spent in Louisiana on Pell Grants. The Pell Grant program is described as “the life-blood” of African-American college students. It was the only other item in stimulus spending that really stood out.
46 percent of African-American undergraduates receive Pell Grants nationwide. Blacks account for 25 percent of Pell Grant recipients.
You know what I am thinking? Black students got a shitload of federal money to go to HBCUs and Louisiana State to major in things like African-American Studies and Sociology.
Why isn’t BRA’s media reporting this? If Rachel Maddow were honest, she would “Lean Forward” in front the Baton Rouge social services office in her MSNBC commercials.