November 20, 2009
It’s even dumber than you think. Kyle Smith explains:
The Associated Press discovered that an outfit called the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council reported that the stimulus had enabled it to save 935 jobs — out of 508. How so? Everyone at the center got a 1.8% pay raise — so the director of the place multiplied the number of jobs by 1.8 to obtain the number of jobs saved. The number of jobs was supposed to be multiplied by .018, yielding a “created or saved” figure of nine. Nine, 935 — what’s the difference? Both numbers are equally fabricated.
Another Associated Press report noted, “A child care center in Florida said it saved 129 jobs with the help of stimulus money. Instead, it gave pay raises to its existing employees.” The head of the center maintained that it did so to keep employees from quitting and taking better-paying jobs, not joining the ranks of the jobless.
It’s getting old to keep saying it, but what the hell: can you imagine if the Bush administration pulled this nonsense?