Republican Party Chair Tom Fetzer was so off base recently that conservative economist Mike Walden from N.C. State, who is also a columnist from Lockeville, had to correct him.
Fetzer was complaining to WTVD that some of the federal stimulus money was paying for Medicaid and food stamps for people out of work. Oh the horror.
Fetzer incorrectly said the money was not creating new jobs as promised, but “creating new benefits,” which is absurd. It is merely helping states pay for increasing Medicaid costs and giving people out of work a little more money to buy groceries.
Walden explained to him why that’s a good idea.
In terms of the impact on the economy, if you put a dollar into food stamps, that’s going to get turned over and spent rather rapidly and have an immediate impact on the economy, probably faster than an infrastructure project.
The roles (sic) on those programs have risen, even without a change in the eligibility requirements, because this is all driven by the economy
And Fetzer apparently is all driven by his desperation to demonize the poor, which sadly is still a staple of Republican Party politics.