DEMO­CRATIC IN­STINCT TO SPEND STARTS EARLY

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

No­tions about big spend­ing could start quite early in Demo­cratic house­holds. And here’s why. A new Har­ris Poll has asked Amer­i­can par­ents to name an “ap­pro­pri­ate” amount for a weekly al­lowance in three age groups of chil­dren. Repub­li­can par­ents dis­play some fis­cal con­ser­vatism even when it comes to their chil­dren’s spare change. Here’s what the poll of 2,311 U.S. adults had to say.

Over­all, re­spon­dents say chil­dren ages 4-9 should re­ceive an av­er­age of $4.10 a week; Repub­li­cans say the amount should be $3.60, Democrats say it’s $4.50.

In the 10-13 year old set, par­ents over­all say $8.70 is the proper weekly al­lowance. Repub­li­cans say the amount should be $7.60, Democrats say $9.50.

Last but not least, older chil­dren from 14-17 years should get $16 per week, ac­cord­ing to all Amer­i­cans. Repub­li­cans say the amount should be $14.10, Democrats $17.50.

“Repub­li­cans may not live up to the ‘Party of “No!”’ ti­tle their po­lit­i­cal ri­vals have been push­ing, but they do have lower ‘ap­pro­pri­ate’ al­lowance thresh­olds than Democrats,” the poll­ster says.

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