More and More Jobs Saved by Stimulus…Not 01/13/2010Posted by Leona Dawnfire in Government.
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787 billion dollars to save/create jobs. That’s $787,000,000,000 of taxpayer money spent, supposedly to help the economy and the people by saving jobs.
The initial number: 640,329 jobs saved or created. However, many errors were discovered, including jobs supposedly created and saved in districts that do not even exist. Try again.
Then, somehow, despite many of the jobs not being real, the number of “saved” and “created” jobs rose to 900,000. Unbelievable.
Now the White House claims that the stimulus package saved 1.5 million to 2 million jobs. Incidentally, they also changed the requirements for counting the jobs. Instead of actually needed to determine whether or not the job would have existed without the money, ANY job that received ANY money from the stimulus package counts as a saved or created job. That includes raises to employees who were in no danger of losing their jobs. Also, double counting is impossible to avoid. Each quarter will include all the same jobs as before, making it appear as though many more jobs have been funded.
Despite these supposed saved/created jobs, unemployment has been rising and is now at 10%. Surely the American people are not dense enough to believe what the White House is claiming.
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(From ABC News)
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.
Discrepancies on government web site call into question stimulus spending.
There’s one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts.
And ABC News has found many more entries for projects like this in places that are incorrectly identified.
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.
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The Recovery Board is trying to cover their butts by playing the blame game and saying it’s human err – but not on their part. It’s just that they report what they are told and everyone else keeps messing up.
But if the number of jobs created/saved keeps getting overestimated (again…) and over 10% of said jobs are in districts that don’t exist…where in the world is our money going?