So how many jobs will the stimulus package create for my
hometown? Luckily, the White House has a fact sheet to tell me exactly that.
Lessee....California....48th district....ah, here it is: 8,000 jobs.
Suspiciously, this just happens to be exactly the number you get if you divide 3.5 million jobs by 435 congressional districts plus DC. Which makes me think that this is not exactly a fine-grained exercise in employment econometrics. Still, there are differences: Delaware supposedly gets 11,000 jobs, for example, while my mother's district just north of here only gets 6,500 jobs. That's less than I get, which seems a shame since she has a Democratic congresswoman who voted for the stimulus and I have a Republican critter who voted against it, but them's the breaks. That's our brave new postpartisan world for you.