Morning Bell: The Fake Jobs of Obama’s Failed Stimulus » The Foundry — Fake jobs, fake districts. The work of fake experts.

Forget everything bad you’ve ever heard about President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus. Combing through the data on the $18 million Recovery.gov website, you’ll find tons of Obama stimulus success stories from across the country. In Minnesota’s 57th Congressional District, 35 jobs have been saved or created using $404,340 in stimulus funds. In New Mexico’s 22nd Congressional District, 25 jobs have been saved or created using $61,000 in stimulus cash. And in Arizona’s fighting 15th Congressional District, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending.

The it-would-be-funny-if-it-weren’t-our-tax-dollars-at-stake punch line here is that none of the above Congressional Districts actually exist. Yet those jobs “created or saved” claims still sit on the Obama administration’s official “transparency and accountability” website Recovery.gov. As the Washington Examiner’s David Freddoso points out, it would have been nearly costless for the Recovery.gov site designers to limit the input fields so that non-existent Congressional Districts never made it into the public domain, but for whatever reason the Obama administration chose otherwise. Defending the fake data on his website, Recovery.gov Communications Director Ed Pound told ABC News: “We report what the recipients submit to us.




  1. nathaniel says:

    #39 Mr F,

    Thanks for the correction, it was recovery.gov where I got my data; I just mistyped my comment.

  2. Guyver says:

    28, Overtly biased sources of news are a great way to get the news from one perspective. If you get news from each perspective, each side will rat the other out and you can come to your own conclusions.

    It beats trying to get news spoon fed from subjective sources who promote themselves as being objective.

  3. Guyver says:

    30, It seems Obama takes credit for anything positive but blames the previous administration for anything negative.

    There does not seem to be a statute of limitations for blaming Bush when the current administration or their ilk skirts taking responsibility for their own actions.

  4. Guyver says:

    36, Perhaps the money may end up in China to create jobs over there? See post #21 for a link.

  5. Guyver says:

    37, Good point. Partisan hacks are on both sides who blame others but not their own. I would venture to guess the left here monopolize this site more than the right. :)

    39, Same thing happened with the food pyramid website when a new one was proposed a few years ago.

  6. Winston says:

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    “Love him or hate him, he got this one almost completely right, and explained it in terms anyone can understand.

    TAKE THE TIME TO VIEW THIS EVEN IF YOU HATE GLENN BECK AND FOX NEWS. IT’S IMPORTANT.”

    http://market-ticker.org/archives/1640-MUST-WATCH-Glenn-Beck-And-The-Dollar-Carry.html

  7. roadrunner2525 says:

    #2, #6

    Trillions??? If Obama gave $23 Trillion to the banks and Bush gave $185 Trillion to his buddies, don’t you think we would have a deficit somewhat higher than $1.5 Trillion? For God’s sake, if you are going to make up numbers, get them in the ballpark! I think you may have missed some decimals. Either that or I need the number of your dealers.

  8. Winston says:

    Sorry, I posted the above video link before watching it because I trusted the source, but there’s far to much MWO garbage in it even though it clearly explains the magnitude of the US debt, the mechanism that got us here and the low probability of recovery. In that respect, it is worth watching.

    I’m one of the people who thinks Beck is a flake, so I should have known better no matter what the original source claimed.

  9. Winston says:

    The best video of the above set I liked to is Part 3 which explains the current, massive bubble caused by the carry trade and it’s eventual catastrophic consequences.

  10. Mr. Fusion says:

    #41, Nathanial,

    I would attribute the 0.5% not accounted for by district as that money directly to the State.

  11. jccalhoun says:

    Biden was on the Daily Show last night and claimed that people entered the wrong district but that the jobs actually exist.

  12. john says:

    Why do we allow the government to spend our money?

  13. gal416 says:

    Once you turn it over it’s not your money anymore, it’s mine.

  14. Uncle Patso says:

    What did you expect from the Heritage Foundation? Praise? For anything a Democrat ever did, said or was? Hah!

  15. John Baskette says:

    This thread is old, but it sure seems filled with conspiracy type thinking. What is more likely, that some politician is fabricating all of this to lie and deceive you all? Or that the data was filled out hastily and has lots of errors.

    Remeber Hanlon’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”

    My understanding is that you can look up the institutions that got the money and see where they are located, but the entries have the wrong district numbers and often the wrong ZIP code.