Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis railed against Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID spending bill Friday as a pork-stuffed redistribution project to bail out blue state governors’ mismanagement at the expense of working people in red states.
“They are actually rewarding the states that have the highest unemployment rates. So if you locked down, if you destroyed your own economy through your own policies, you are getting a windfall,” DeSantis said on Fox News as his state hosted the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “And the states like Florida that have worked to put people back to work that have saved our economies, we end up getting the short end of the stick.”
New this AM: @GovRonDeSantis blasts new Dem stimulus bill for changing how funds are distributed
"So if you locked down, if you destroyed your own economy…you're getting a windfall. And states like FL…that have saved our economies…end up getting the short end of the stick" pic.twitter.com/ovk9pngL9f
— Jesse Hunt (@JJHunt10) February 26, 2021
The charts below from the Committee to Unleash Prosperity indeed illustrate how states run by Republican governors have led the nation’s economic recovery. Nine of the ten top states boasting the lowest unemployment numbers in January are run entirely by Republicans.
Another map from the same group below shows new job postings far higher in red states that resisted implementing draconian lockdowns asuch as New York and California.