How do you oppose the stimulus bill but demand that some of the money you didn’t ant the government to spend be spent in your district? As Michael Grunwald explains over at Swampland, just ask House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Over at Economists View, Mark Thoma has much more about what Ryan did to push the spending for his constituents.
As I’ve said, federal spending is very popular even among those who supposedly are most interested in reducing the amount the government spends.
If anyone has an example of a member of Congress who told someone is the district or state that she or he couldn’t support the project or grant they wanted because they were against federal spending, please let me know.