I have no idea, but if I were trying to answer the question I wouldn't ask USA Today. This article by Brad Heath is really one of the silier pieces of journalism I've read recently. The headline -- "Billions in aid go to areas that backed Obama in '08" -- certainly suggests political manipulation. But that headline could just as easily read, I dunno,
It's the most effective anti-poverty program in U.S. history. So why do some people hate it?