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Hey, Ma’am, where are the jobs?
Twice as many Californians lost jobs in one week in October than put to work in nine months by the “stimulus”

Last week alone, more Californians filed for jobless benefits for the first time than the number of jobs created by the “stimulus” since it passed nearly nine months ago.  The Golden State had largest increase in claims for benefits (of any state) with 5,774 citizens asking for government help after being laid off  (H/t Instapundit).

According to, the “so-called stimulus” created (or saved) 2,260 jobs in the Golden State since the President signed the bill in February.   At that time, the Golden State’s junior Senator, Barbara Boxer, heralded Senate passage of the legislation, promising it would “put Californians to work“.

Hey, Ma’am, it doesn’t seem to be putting Californians to work.  You said, “This bill will put Californians to work now building the highways, bridges, transit and rail systems, and renewable energy sources of the 21st century.”  The data show layoffs “in the construction, services and agricultural industries.”  So, maybe 2,260 Californians are building bridges for the state.  5,774 fewer are building other things (or otherwise engaging in productive and remunerative activities).

Let me repeat:  More than twice as many Californians lost their jobs in just one week in October than the number of Californians put to work by the “stimulus.”



  1. Yeah, one of those jobs was reinforcing the Bay bridge on Labor Day, today the bridge is closed since the ‘repair’ fell on a number of cars.

    Great Job!

    Comment by Leah — October 29, 2009 @ 8:07 pm - October 29, 2009

  2. Imus guest this morning Chris Christie Republican candidate for Video included.

    Imus guest this morning Chris Christie Republican candidate for Governor of New Jersey. Imus: I got tell you the truth Chris, I need you to win, it will make me look good.

    Chris Christie Republican Candidate for Governor of New Jerseys, tells Imus “I’m Going To Be A Big Fat Winner”

    All Eyes on the New Jersey and Virginia, Governor Races November 3rd (5 days away) *litmus for how the 2010 elections will proceed?

    Comment by keyboard Jockey — October 29, 2009 @ 8:27 pm - October 29, 2009

  3. This summer I drove across West Virginia from Ohio to the Virginia line on top of ther Shenandoah Mountain. I drove US33 all the way. It was beautiful drive. Occasionally I would come upon an enormous sign saying in large letters “YOUR STIMULUS BILL AT WORK”. It reminded me of the times in the 30s when I watched the men in the WPA with their picks and shovels.

    I was told that the signs in WV alone cost the tax payers $300,000.00.

    Comment by John W — October 29, 2009 @ 10:12 pm - October 29, 2009

  4. An imagined GayPatriot dialogue.

    Tardo: The economy grew 3.5% in the third quarter, thanks to the Dear Leader’s skilled, wise and steady leadership!

    Real people: No Tardo, that was just (1) Cash for Clunkers and (2) growth in government spending. Note that (1) steals from future quarters, while (2) is fundamentally non-productive – at least in the real world. The ranks of the unemployed continue to swell.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 29, 2009 @ 10:56 pm - October 29, 2009

  5. Tardo: But 3.5%! That’s huge! That has to be real growth.

    Real people: No Tardo, that’s 3.5% *annualized*, so even by the government’s numbers (which are Potemkin numbers, for the reasons just stated), it’s only around 0.875% or so.

    Continue as needed.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 29, 2009 @ 10:59 pm - October 29, 2009

  6. As Levin said, what the hell is a “jobless recovery” anyway?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 30, 2009 @ 12:29 am - October 30, 2009

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  8. It looks like the only people who will still have a job in CA are going to be the illegal immigrants.

    Comment by Liz — October 30, 2009 @ 9:19 am - October 30, 2009

  9. #7: “It looks like the only people who will still have a job in CA are going to be the illegal immigrants.”

    and (inexplicably) Barbara Boxer.

    Comment by Sean A — October 30, 2009 @ 9:31 am - October 30, 2009

  10. Can’t we all just get along? Being unemployed gives you time to do stuff. Some people just can’t handle change. I hope they learn to settle down in their new life style. It is so important to be happy and praise The Won. Some people must be redistributed sooner than others. Rome wasn’t dismantled in a day.

    Comment by heliotrope — October 30, 2009 @ 9:45 am - October 30, 2009

  11. #3: Funny you should mention this, I keep seeing these signs in small “villages” in PA when I drive up to my nephew’s school! Weird to see them in such out-of-the-way areas.

    Comment by John — October 30, 2009 @ 9:56 am - October 30, 2009

  12. Brian Sullivan on “stimulus”, “job creation” and GDP growth:

    A teaser:

    …the economy added approximately $112 billion dollars in output quarter-over-quarter. Yet we have spent $173 billion worth of the $787 billion dollar stimulus plan so far.

    In other words, the stimulus plan is ‘returning’ just 65-cents for every dollar spent. Factor in future interest on the stimulus debt… and that ‘return’ may fall even more.


    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 30, 2009 @ 1:32 pm - October 30, 2009

  13. It’s certainly odd how the teaparties didn’t stress imm. enforcement or didn’t go after pols over that issue when a) that’s a more fundamental issue than taxes and spending, and b) that’s a much more popular issue than libertarianism. It’s certainly *odd*, isn’t it?

    Comment by 24AheadDotCom — October 30, 2009 @ 2:02 pm - October 30, 2009

  14. to 24AheadDotCom,
    I can tell you from my Anti-Vietnam War activist days (sigh) that putting a kitchen sinkful of issues onto a gathering just gives people more reasons to not join in. For instance, “Free Bobby Seale” was one of too many items on our “End the War Now” why-we’re-marching-today list, and folks who weren’t sure what that meant would have reason to stand aside.
    To be effective, it’s important to keep the message simple and focused, dumbed down really, like the Dems have taught us all so well how to do these last eight years.

    Comment by carol — October 30, 2009 @ 3:06 pm - October 30, 2009

  15. Have your own damn demonstration, 24, and quit telling the rest of us what we “should” be protesting.

    Comment by Squid — October 30, 2009 @ 3:41 pm - October 30, 2009

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