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Jobs Created or Saved: Fiscal Mismanagement or Worse

November 17, 2009

They are taking your money and spending it in Congressional districts that don’t exist. Oh, the news media thinks that’s sooo cute!

Here we go again. The story continues.

75,343 Bogus jobs ‘created or saved’ by the Stimulus

Hey, come on! When they say the “created” 75,343 jobs, perhaps they mean they CREATED 75,343 jobs. On paper. Out of whole cloth. Created by their imagination.

Gee, otherwise we might get the idea they are mismanaging things.

Video: San Diego TV station says Porkulus created … one job

A job! There you go! See? The $787 Billion dollar “stimulus” was not a complete an total failure after all. Barbara “call me Senator” Boxer said so.

Exclusive: Jobs ‘Saved or Created’ in Congressional Districts That Don’t Exist

Here’s a stimulus success story: In Arizona’s 15th congressional district, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that’s what the Web site set up by the Obama administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says.

There’s one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts.

Pfffft! We aren’t going to let details like that get in the way of marketing candidates for office, are we?

ABC News was able to locate several examples on the government’s Web site outlining hundreds of millions of dollars spent and jobs created in Congressional districts that have been misidentified.

For example, recovery.gov says $34 million in stimulus money has been spent in Arizona’s 86th congressional district in a project for the Navajo Housing authority, which is actually located in the 1st congressional district.

It’s only money. You can’t expect the government to keep track of it can we? (And they want to run healthcare? Stay healthy.)

The reporting problems are not limited to Arizona, ABC News found.

In Oklahoma, recovery.gov lists more than $19 million in spending — and 15 jobs created — in yet more congressional districts that don’t exist.

In Iowa, it shows $10.6 million spent – and 39 jobs created — in nonexistent districts.

In Connecticut’s 42nd district (which also does not exist), the Web site claims 25 jobs created with zero stimulus dollars.

The list of spending and job creation in fictional congressional districts extends to U.S. territories as well.

$68.3 million spent and 72.2 million spent in the 1st congressional district of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

$8.4 million spent and 40.3 jobs created in the 99th congressional district of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

$1.5 million spent and .3 jobs created in the 69th district and $35 million for 142 jobs in the 99th district of the Northern Mariana Islands.

$47.7 million spent and 291 jobs created in Puerto Rico’s 99th congressional district.

Interesting facts and figures, but none of these districts exist.

Here is another story:

Good news: Obama creates 30 new jobs in one congressional district. Bad news: No such district

Chicago politics, where voting is such a revered civic duty that people do it even after they’re dead, cold, stiff, stuffed, boxed and buried beneath the permafrost for years, has now come to D.C. with the Obama administration.

This afternoon comes the most encouraging economic news, courtesy of our keen-eyed buddy Rick Klein over at ABC, that the Obama administration’s $787-billion economic stimulus has, for example, thankfully created 30 new jobs in a little-known rural corner of Arizona at a cost to American taxpayers of only $761,420.

That works out to only $25,380.67 spent to create each individual job.

Seems like a lot per slot, but those 30 folks must be happy to be employed again and paying taxes.

This will be a real feather in the cap of Vice President Joe Biden, who’s been left behind and assigned by the ever-campaigning president to monitor the stimulus plan, its spending and effectiveness moving into the crucial midterm elections of 2010. Might the Democrats snatch that House seat?

So the people of that 15th Congressional District in staunchly Republican Arizona should be pretty happy about this.

Trouble is, there is no 15th Congressional District in Arizona. None. Nada. Zip. Zero. Doesn’t exist. Not in Arizona. Not even on paper at the Democratic National Committee.

I’m not so sure about that. I don’t know anyone who would vote for a Democrat. Do they come up with votes the same way? (Ask Norm Coleman)

One in seven Americans short of food

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 49 million Americans — one in seven — struggled to get enough to eat in 2008, the highest total in 14 years of a federal survey on “food insecurity,” the U.S. government said Monday.

While Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said programs such as food stamps softened the impact of an economic recession, anti-hunger groups pointed to the huge increase from the preceding year when 36.2 million people had trouble getting enough food and a third of them occasionally went hungry.

The serious side of the issue. Unemployment is over 10%.

WH jobs and economy forum to take place on December 3rd

As someone pointed out, they keep the pumps off out west to “protect” some smelt, and food is not being produced, people are unemployed, farmland is being given up, agriculture is hurting. A “beer summit” about the economy. I have a suggestion for our “public servants”. Stop destroying the economy.

Stop lying about those stimulus jobs

From their reports, The Examiner has created an http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/maps/Bogus-jobs-created-or-saved-by-the-Stimulus.html online interactive map for tracking exaggerated stimulus claims. So far, more than 75,000 jobs — exceeding 10 percent of the total — are either highly doubtful or clearly imaginary. In the coming weeks, we expect to add many thousands more to that total as other media organizations scrutinize stimulus grants in their areas.

N.A.A.C.P. Prods Obama on Job Losses

Where’s my check?

With unemployment among blacks at more than 15 percent, the N.A.A.C.P. will join several other groups on Tuesday to call on President Obama to do more to create jobs.

The organizations — including the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group— will make clear that they believe the president’s $787 billion stimulus program has not gone far enough to fight unemployment.

They will call for increased spending for schools and roads, billions of dollars in fiscal relief to state and local governments to forestall more layoffs and a direct government jobs program, “especially in distressed communities facing severe unemployment.”

Looking for handouts. Those aren’t real jobs.

The ‘stimulus’ for unemployment: How Washington goosed joblessness

Why did the unemployment rate rise so rapidly — from 7.2 per cent in January to 10.2 percent in October? It was clearly the administration’s “stimulus” bill — which in February provided $40 billion to greatly extend jobless benefits at no cost to the states.

As Larry Summers, the president’s top assistant for economic policy, noted in July, “the unemployment rate over the recession has risen about 1 to 1.5 percentage points more than would normally be attributable to the contraction in GDP.” And the rate has moved nearly a percentage point higher since then, even though GDP increased. Countries with much deeper declines in GDP, such as Germany and Sweden, have unemployment rates far below ours.

Summers knows why the US rate is so high. He explained it well in a 1995 paper co-authored with James Poterba of MIT: “Unemployment insurance lengthens unemployment spells.”

That is: When the government pays people 50 to 60 percent of their previous wage to stay home for a year or more, many of them do just that.

Situation Normal, All… SNAFU

Just wait… if they pass the economy-killing “Cap & Trade” bill… the economy-killing “healthcare” bill…

Previous posts:

Unemployment 10.2% Where is the “recovery?”

The Government’s Job-Counting Errors

Seriously.

The stimulus package is $787 Billion. They are taking your money and spending it in Congressional districts that don’t exist.  Spending on jobs that don’t exist. Oh, the news media thinks that’s sooo cute! At best that’s mismanagement, at worst it’s criminal.

 

 

What do you think?

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The reporting problems are not limited to Arizona, ABC News found.

In Oklahoma, recovery.gov lists more than $19 million in spending — and 15 jobs created — in yet more congressional districts that don’t exist.

In Iowa, it shows $10.6 million spent – and 39 jobs created — in nonexistent districts.

In Connecticut’s 42nd district (which also does not exist), the Web site claims 25 jobs created with zero stimulus dollars.

The list of spending and job creation in fictional congressional districts extends to U.S. territories as well.

$68.3 million spent and 72.2 million spent in the 1st congressional district of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

$8.4 million spent and 40.3 jobs created in the 99th congressional district of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

$1.5 million spent and .3 jobs created in the 69th district and $35 million for 142 jobs in the 99th district of the Northern Mariana Islands.

$47.7 million spent and 291 jobs created in Puerto Rico’s 99th congressional district.

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