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:

    People just entered state districts by mistake. Minnesota has 8 congressional and 67 state districts. I checked recovery.org, and the money allocated to districts 1-8 is over 99.5% of the total; the higher number districts are obviously just random errors.

  2. pedro says:

    #17 You think?

    #24 Don’t waste your time. He’s just a bus driver who thinks he understands what’s going on in the US. He also has a photo on the messiah on his bus’ dashboard.

    #25 There’s no repugblican complaint. Is the people who are able to, unlike you, see what’s going on and throwing their arms up on an amazing “change” that’s happened in your out of luck country. But pay no attention to reality, it’s too hard for ya to handle.

    #26 So for you transparency is having the possibility to be screwed by your government while it laughs at you in your face. Good of you; you certainly got what you deserve.

  3. Jim w. says:

    The real question is do you still want health care run by the government after reading this story?

  4. StoopidFlanders says:

    Good question #33. I see O-pologists trying to write off this story as simple ‘clerical errors’ (on an $18M website mind you).

    So when the the health care bureaucrats makes a ‘clerical error’ and you wake up with no legs and appendix intact, you’ll just have to man up, and know that you gave your legs for the betterment of society.

  5. omnicbex says:

    I see there are plenty of openings for armchair politicians and bankers, and just like the jobs of real politicians and bankers, they’re all SHOVEL-READY. (the only difference is what you shovel)

  6. deowll says:

    If the jobs and the districts are fake what happened to the real money or need I even ask?

    The next question is are they incompetent, dishonest or maybe incompetent at being dishonest?

    Oh well I’m sure a few people will soon be posting that Bush was worse even though that is water down the sewer even if true.

    Bush is history and no longer a threat.

    The people now ruining us are the people in power. I’m looking forward to voting against them.

  7. DFC says:

    Why do people make this into a left/right battle, the point is to keep EVERY president responsible for their actions and campaign promises. I don’t care if it is Bush, Obama or Mao Zedong, they have to be held responsible for what they do, regardless of whether he/she/it started it before they did. Carrying on something just because someone else did it is not a valid excuse. Bashing Bush because he sucked is a straw man argument; it is irrelevant to what Obama is doing today and is not a justification for continuing the same old crap.

  8. Greg Allen says:

    This story needs a BS meter… especially the headline.

  9. Mr. Fusion says:

    #31, Nathanial,

    You brought up a good point. Recovery.org is NOT the government site. The proper site is Recovery.gov. Recovery.org is a shadow site.

    A search at the Recovery.gov site for Minnisota’s 57th Congressional District returned this

    …Address 601 57th Street

    There was no reference to a Congressional district.

  10. Mr. Fusion says:

    #34, Stooopid,

    So when the the health care bureaucrats makes a ‘clerical error’ and you wake up with no legs and appendix intact, you’ll just have to man up, and know that you gave your legs for the betterment of society.

    Which is the current situation, except this is for the benefit of the insurance company CEOs.

  11. nathaniel says:

    #39 Mr F,

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Guyver says:

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

  15. 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.

  16. Winston says:

    And here’s why the stock market is rising:

    “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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Mr. Fusion says:

    #41, Nathanial,

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

  21. jccalhoun says:

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

  22. john says:

    Why do we allow the government to spend our money?

  23. gal416 says:

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

  24. Uncle Patso says:

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

  25. 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.