The Meaning of Jobs “Created”

The Washington Examiner spots the pattern from multiple news reports:

More than ten percent of the jobs the Obama administration has claimed were “created or saved” by the $787 billion stimulus package are doubtful or imaginary, according to reports compiled from eleven major newspapers and the Associated Press.
Based only on our analysis of stimulus media coverage in the last two weeks, The Examiner has created this interactive map to document exaggerated stimulus claims. The map, which will be updated as new revelations appear, currently reflects an exaggeration by the Obama administration of about 75,000 jobs, out of the 640,000 jobs supposedly “created or saved.”

Read the whole thing, and don’t miss clicking on the link for the map. Ah, well, it’s only $787 billion, I’m sure there’s more where that came from.
UPDATE: My favorite, of course: “A $1,000 grant to purchase a single lawn mower was credited with saving 50 jobs.”
ANOTHER FAVORITE from the Sacramento Bee’s report, including a quote that sums up government budgeting in a nutshell:

The California State University system received $268.5 million in stimulus funds and claimed that the money allowed them to save over 26,000 jobs or half its workforce. But when pressed, the California State University system admitted they weren’t really going to lay off half their workforce, and that in fact few or none of these jobs would have been lost without the stimulus. “This is not really a real number of people,” a CSU spokesman said. “It’s like a budget number.”

4 thoughts on “The Meaning of Jobs “Created””

  1. If they’re actually only lying/exaggerating by 10%, I’d be surprised. That’s downright efficient by government standards.

  2. The map has pins in 26 states, so a rough count of the total bogus jobs would be more like 145,000.
    But how likely is it that each state that was examined was examined in totality?
    One thing for sure, the bogus jobs are a LOT MORE than 75,000.
    And even that is before noting that most of the jobs were government jobs. And since government jobs pay more than private sector jobs, it takes more than 1 private sector job to support each government job (each of which is overhead. none of which produces food, clothing, shelter, transportation or any other necessity of life),
    EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE JOBS is a net drain on the economy.
    We should root that they all be bogus.
    The $797 billion would still be flushed down the toilet, but at least that way, it would not continue to destroy the country after it is spent.

  3. Who cares, certainly not any liberals. Democrats don’t care if America gets destroyed as long as their candidates get elected. We are so (excuse the language) fucked. The media sits by and let’s themselves be lost in business…all they care about is their….agenda….bad mouth any conservative, like S. Palin and let any wrong doing by a liberal go unreported.

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