Jonathan Karl at ABC on jobs that don’t exist in congressional districts that don’t exist.
Meredith Jessup at Townhall:
Fuzzy math is one thing, but making stuff up is a completely separate issue. Economists are scratching their heads about the Obama administration’s definition of “created or saved” jobs, but some information being reported on Recovery.gov is indisputably false.
There are also 3.5 jobs being reported–split between the 16th and the 29th districts of Missouri–costing another $55,896.
Finally, there are districts numbered “00”, 31st and 10th that report zero jobs created, but still managed to secure $254,823 in taxpayer dollars.
In all, taxpayers have forked over $928,567 to these phantom congressional districts. Explanation? Maybe these districts are located in one of the seven extra states in America only Obama knows about…
Update: The problem is much more widespread than just one state’s data on Recovery.gov. The Washington Examiner is tracking bogus stimulus jobs all across the country. As of today, 75,343 bogus jobs have been “created or saved” from the stimulus.
The latest media reporting on the fraudulent nature of White House reporting on jobs “saved and created” comes from the blue state of Michigan. The Detroit Free Press reported yesterday that Michigan has received billions in federal funds, but has done nothing to stimulate hiring. And even those claimed to have been “saved or created” are greatly overstated
Basically, this is crack cocaine for bureaucracies. It provides a one-shot lifeline to state bureaucracies to avoid having the states downsize in the middle of an economic turndown, when states should be looking at ways to tighten their belts. These same jobs will be back at risk in the next budget year, because the underlying problem — a bloated and oversized government — will not be solved by a one-time federal subsidy. The states don’t have the revenue to keep all of their bureaucracies in place for the long term, which means each year Obama will have to have a Porkulus outlay or the “saved or created” jobs will disappear due to the eventual exercise of fiscal responsibility.
Add Michigan to the list of states whose media are discovering the fraud of Porkulus:
A follow-up to Ed’s post on Michigan this morning reminding us once again that if you start with a garbage indicator like jobs “created or saved,” you’re bound to end up with garbage data. How much garbage? 75,000+ phantom jobs, and that’s based only on what newspapers have dredged up so far. The White House actually excluded data from another 60,000 bogus jobs from its recent “Recovery” report because even they couldn’t come up with a way to spin it credibly.
Jim Geraghty at National Review:
UPDATE: A reader reports, “I have heard the congressmen representing Lake Woebegone, MN and Margaritaville, FL are livid those communities did not get their fair share of stimulus funding.”
Of course, the really offensive thing – this merely shows that we’re going to have spent 18 million on a database full of garbage entries; something that I already knew – is that the best case scenario is that in Maryland the government spent $3,178,239,416 to ’save or create’ 6,748 jobs. That works out to $471,024.74 per job. For that kind of money I could have guaranteed 10,964 people a US national median income AND medical benefits (average for a family of four) for five years (with an operating budget of $1 million a year, and of course a personal salary of $1 million/year for that period*).
Mike Brownfield at Heritage