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Propaganda Worthy Of Stalin?

By Greg L | 17 November 2009 | National Politics | 27 Comments

The “stimulus” passed by Congress and the Obama Administration has truly done a wonderful thing. It has expanded the number of congressional districts in Virginia beyond the eleven we currently have, and managed to create new jobs in them! I never thought something like this would be possible, but I really have to wonder who is representing all these new districts.  I certainly don’t recall hearing about an election for the “79th Congressional District of Virginia”, much less ever having a representative for it.

But its got new jobs.  Seven of them.

Here’s a list of the new districts we have, and what our federal government has been doing in them, courtesy of Recovery.gov:

District New Jobs Total Cost
00 congressional district 2.5 $2,120,669
36th congressional district 10 $687,689
26th congressional district 5.6 $533,930
79th congressional district 7 $402,584
17th congressional district 0 $330,453
51st congressional district 0 $186,900
13th congressional district 3 $57,988
98th congressional district 0 $51,156
21st congressional district 1 $47,715
25th congressional district 0 $47,030
29th congressional district 0 $34,499

After viewing this, how much confidence do you have in the statistics put out by the current administration about the effects of all this massive spending and debt we’ve taken on?  If you’re like me — heck, even if you’re not — you really have to approach anything the Obama administration says with a huge amount of skepticism.  Even the Stalinists were better at putting out information that on its surface seemed somewhat credible.  This is a case of just making stuff up, and doing so very, very badly. 

Now where did that public affairs spokesman for Saddam Hussein go?  I think there’s a job opening for him in the current administration, and it’ll likely cost us less than the average cost for these 29.1 non-existent “stimulus” jobs of $154,658.52.

H/T: Virginia Virtucon

UPDATE: Bacon’s Rebellion also shows that there seems to be a curious relationship between the amount of “stimulus” money provided and whether the district is represented by a Republican or a Democrat.  Surely, no one would have expected the “stimulus” to be used as a means of protecting incumbent Congressmen of one party over another?



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27 Comments

  1. Citizen12 said on 17 Nov 2009 at 6:34 pm:
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    Great, as if we really need an increase in the number of bureaucrats weezing off the juice of real working Americans.

    The least they could have done is “stimulate” a widget factory into existence. Or, since all the manufacturing jobs have gone overseas how about a widget think tank to designe a new widget factory in some needy third world land. Like California.

  2. Bridget said on 17 Nov 2009 at 7:19 pm:
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    The Democratic chairman of the House Appropriations Committee is demanding greater accountability from the the Obama administration after gross inaccuracies were found on a government Web site that tracks jobs purportedly saved or created by the $787 billion stimulus plan.

    In a statement late Monday, Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, chairman of the House committee, called the inaccuracies “outrageous” and said the administration owes the American public “a commitment to work night and day to correct the ludicrous mistakes.”

    “Credibility counts in government and stupid mistakes like this undermine it,” Obey said. “We designed the Recovery Act to be open and transparent and I expect the the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, who oversees the recovery act Web site and data to have information that is accurate, reliable and understandable to the American public.”

    The site — Recovery.gov — is under fire for posting a number of jobs created in congressional districts that don’t exist and for accepting unrealistic data from several reporting outlets.

    For instance, the Web site reported that 30 jobs were saved or created with $761,420 of federal stimulus spending in Arizona’s 15th Congressional District. One problem with the claim — the state has only eight districts

    The site also lists 12 other non-existent districts in Arizona where jobs were reportedly saved or created. It also lists imaginary districts in at least three other states, including Oklahoma, Iowa, and Connecticut.

    One recipient of stimulus funds, Talladega County of Alabama, claimed that it had saved or created 5,000 jobs from only $42,000 in government money — which would amount to $8.40 in annual income per job if each position received an equal amount of funding.

    G. Edward DeSeve, Obama’s appointee to oversee the government’s federal stimulus program, acknowledged the mistakes and said the White House is reviewing all reports with a “fine tooth comb” and working to correct inaccuracies.

    In a blog posted to the White House Web site Monday, DeSeve said, “we fully agree with those who find the mistakes in the data frustrating — and we’ve been working with the Recovery Board to find the mistakes, and fix them.

    “Just because mistakes are inevitable in any new system — especially one this large, and this new — doesn’t mean they are acceptable.

    But DeSeve went on to downplay the impact of the mistakes, calling the inaccuracies “relatively few” and claiming they do not change the “fundamental conclusions one can draw from the data.”

    “Some of the mistakes are frustrating typos and coding errors that don’t undermine information at the heart of the data,” DeSeve wrote, adding that “transparency is going to be messy.”

    ABC News reported Monday that the White House slashed 60,000 jobs from its most recent report on the recovery program as a result of the faulty data.

    Officials with the Recovery Board reportedly told the network that the mistakes were caused by human error.

    “We report what the recipients submit to us,” Ed Pound, communications director for the board, told ABC.

    Meanwhile, groups like the NAACP and Hispanic advocacy group National Council of La Raza are expected to speak on Capitol Hill Tuesday to urge President Obama and Congress to pass a new jobs creation package aimed at minority communities. Unemployment among African Americans is at 15 percent, higher than the 10.2 percent nationwide.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/11/17/congressman-blasts-white-house-faulty-job-data-government-web-site-849363506/

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2388463/posts

  3. Bridget said on 17 Nov 2009 at 7:40 pm:
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    http://blog.heritage.org/2009/11/17/morning-bell-the-fake-jobs-of-obamas-failed-stimulus/

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/maps/Bogus-jobs-created-or-saved-by-the-Stimulus.html

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/Stop-lying-about-those-stimulus-jobs-8541871-70230087.html

  4. citizenofmanassas said on 17 Nov 2009 at 8:27 pm:
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    Is anyone surprised by this? obama knows only how to lie. He is worse than an empty suit, he makes Jimmy Carter look like the best President we have ever had. We’ll be lucky to survive the next three years.

  5. legal2 said on 17 Nov 2009 at 9:11 pm:
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    Perhaps the newly-formed districts will help in the 2010 election to ensure seats for the Dems? New districts = new votes?

  6. Bridget said on 17 Nov 2009 at 9:31 pm:
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    Another “Christmas Present” from the dems: Stimulus II

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2388635/posts

    Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs Jobs…

  7. Bridget said on 17 Nov 2009 at 9:51 pm:
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    Title should be Grim Millstone Around the Neck of America:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2009/11/17/grim-milestone-national-debt-now-tops-12-trillion/

    http://hotair.com/archives/2009/11/17/6-4-billion-in-porkulus-money-spent-in-phantom-districts/

  8. Groveton said on 17 Nov 2009 at 10:07 pm:
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    GregL:

    You article is interesting and humorous but a bit superficial. I believe that Jim Bacon over at BaconsRebellion has figured out the real story underlying the almost comical bumbling of the Obama regime:

    http://baconsrebellion.blogspot.com/

  9. Greg L said on 17 Nov 2009 at 10:10 pm:
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    What makes this even more eggregious is that the recovery.gov website as an EIGHTY-FOUR MILLION DOLLAR annual budget, and they can’t even bother to validate the information they’re posting for us proles. What in the heck are we spending all that taxpayer money on if the information the site provides is clearly garbage?

  10. Groveton said on 17 Nov 2009 at 10:17 pm:
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    It seems the Republicans have some new allies:

    http://blogs.reuters.com/james-pethokoukis/2009/11/16/china-questions-costs-of-us-healthcare-reform/

    Xiexie

  11. Groveton said on 17 Nov 2009 at 10:29 pm:
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    You guys are worried over nothing. G. Edward DeSeve may bumble but his boss is a billion candlepower intellect who will face any challenge, solve any puzzle and put to rest any questions about the recovery act.

    Who is this “inside the beltway Superman”?

    Joe “if one neuron twitches I blurt out something” Biden.

    Don’t you feel better now that you know our grandchildren’s money is being managed by Ole Joe?

    http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/G._Edward_DeSeve

  12. Bridget said on 17 Nov 2009 at 10:33 pm:
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    “This is the largest act of fraud perpetrated on the American people in the history of the US. They took almost a trillion dollars and handed it out to their friends. I’ve been saying this since it was passed. Maybe people will catch on and see what criminals we have in Washington. They are destroying our Country, taking power and laughing all the way to the bank.”

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2388657/posts

    These guys have an answer for everything: “The White House blames the problems on (GET THIS!) clerical errors”

    http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-22564-Des-Moines-Conservative-Examiner~y2009m11d17-Obama-claims-he-created-Iowa-jobs-in-districts-that-do-not-exist

  13. Kevin C. said on 17 Nov 2009 at 10:47 pm:
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    Greg L said, “…you really have to approach anything the Obama administration says with a huge amount of skepticism.”

    I have YET to see an ARAB tell the TRUTH!

  14. Bridget said on 17 Nov 2009 at 11:30 pm:
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    Top Obama administration officials on Tuesday announced a new federal task force to combat financial fraud after deciding that the number and complexity of investigations linked to the economic crisis require a more coordinated response from government agencies…

    Created by executive order, the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force targets fraud related to mortgage lending and modification, securities law, stimulus spending and the government’s bailout of the financial sector.

    “This task force’s mission is not just to hold accountable those who helped bring about the last financial meltdown, but to prevent another meltdown from happening,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said at a news conference at the Justice Department.

    The establishment of the new team comes as federal and state authorities investigate a wide array of potential wrongdoing linked to the financial crisis.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/17/AR2009111703980.html

    Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-financial-fraud-enforcement-task-force

  15. Greg S said on 18 Nov 2009 at 5:13 am:
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    Aw come on folks. Its just a little mistake and it only cost us a trillion dollars. So we lose a little money, We will make it up in volume.

    The friends of Obama that got the money will spread it around. Maybe buy a few new cars, build a few new houses and eventual maybe pay a little inheritance tax.

    In the mean time the big ‘O’s off taking a bow.

  16. Jay said on 18 Nov 2009 at 7:06 am:
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    “Worthy of Stalin”?

    Look, hate Dumbo’s policies- but this is redneck shite of the highest order. . .

  17. A proud 79th resident! said on 18 Nov 2009 at 9:25 am:
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    Why don’t you guys like the 79th Congressional District? We are proud of our rich history, great crops, District Court House, and tourist attractions. We are using our stimulus money to repair the bridge over Credence creek. This bridge is our only connection to the old mill.

    Please, stop these baseless rumors that we don’t exist! It hurts the tourism business that we so desperately need. Come on down and see us sometime!

  18. Riley said on 18 Nov 2009 at 9:55 am:
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    Greg — these congressional districts are currently vacant, but a whole slate of GOP candidates has emerged to run for them.

    http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/rush-of-new-gop-congressional-candidates-in-virginia/

  19. Harry C from Manassas said on 18 Nov 2009 at 9:42 pm:
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    Hey, this is just normal politics for the Messiah, Rahm and the boys.

    In Chicago, the dead vote. On the national level the dead not only vote, they vote in phantom districts.

  20. Bridget said on 18 Nov 2009 at 11:05 pm:
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    Obama Calls Stimulus Data Errors ‘Side Issue’

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/11/18/obama-calls-stimulus-data-errors-issue-says-focus-job-growth/

    The Potemkin President

  21. Bridget said on 18 Nov 2009 at 11:12 pm:
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    http://hotair.com/archives/2009/11/18/recovery-chief-yeah-i-cant-back-up-those-numbers/

  22. Howard the Duck said on 19 Nov 2009 at 10:20 am:
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    Can a used condom be considered a “stimulus package?” :)

  23. wineplz said on 19 Nov 2009 at 5:14 pm:
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    Heard on the Chris Plante show that DC’s 25th district also got a good load of stimulus money.

  24. NoVA Scout said on 22 Nov 2009 at 10:35 am:
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    When I follow the link, I find only 11 congressional districts listed, plus an additional category that appears to be for inputs that can’t be allocated on a district-by-district basis. Did they clean it up after the outcry? Or was it always like that? I guess I’ll follow Groveton’s suggestion (a generally very reasonable fellow) and go to Bacon’s site for an explanation.

    Kevin C: what do the Arabs have to do with it?

  25. anonymous said on 23 Nov 2009 at 7:55 pm:
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    I just started a new business called the “17th congressional district”.

    Their was no error in the amount just the job total.

    The Fed Government owes me $330,000.

    They need to update the website to include 1 job.

  26. Kevin C. said on 26 Nov 2009 at 5:35 pm:
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    NoVA Scout said on 22 Nov 2009 at 10:35 am: Kevin C: what do the Arabs have to do with it?

    barack HUSSEIN obama

  27. Scout said on 28 Nov 2009 at 7:20 am:
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    ?

    still not getting it. Kevin. I thought his father was Kenyan (I’m assuming his father chose the name, not his American mother). Where does the Arab bloodline come in and what does it explain? One of my given names is Hebrew, but I’m not a Semite or an Israeli. Can you expand upon your analysis a little?

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