It all sounded good when spouted out of the mouths of MSM babes (Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and the like) and other children of our time (Joe Biden): $787 Billion to “jumpstart” the economy, and create MILLIONS of jobs!
But just like nearly all of Obama’s principles and promises — this one falls flat in a major way. 3.2 Million Americans have LOST their jobs SINCE the Democrats’ Stimulus Package was enacted into law.
Now in a vain effort to promote all of these alleged jobs “SAVED”, the Obama Administrations PR effort has fallen flat on its face and reinforced the notion that the Federal Government is at best inept. (h/t – Instapundit)
The chairman of the Obama administration’s Recovery Board is telling lawmakers that he can’t certify jobs data posted at the Recovery.gov Web site — and doesn’t have access to a “master list” of stimulus recipients that have neglected to report data.
Earl Devaney, the chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, responded to questions posed by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., late yesterday to say the board can’t vouch for the numbers submitted by recipients of stimulus funding.
“Your letter specifically asks if I am able to certify that the number of jobs reported as created/saved on Recovery.gov is accurate and auditable. No, I am not able to make this certification,” Devaney wrote, in a letter provided to ABC News.
However, the website [Recovery.gov] is troubled with inaccuracies, and these problems are undermining its credibility. Wisconsin Democrat Rep. Dave Obey agrees: “The inaccuracies on recovery.gov that have come to light are outrageous and the Administration owes itself, the Congress, and every American a commitment to work night and day to correct the ludicrous mistakes.”
Given that stimulus award recipients are responsible for providing much of the information you see on Recovery.gov, it’s reasonable to expect some errors in the reporting process. Alas, some of the information seems to come out of thin air.
Here’s a novel idea, Congress. Stop all Stimulus spending for 9 months beginning NOW. Instead, institute an across the board payroll tax holiday (individuals & small businesses) for those same 9 months. Let’s see how that idea does for job creation versus your Stimulus’ 9 month track record. A more substantive tax cut in the 1980s led to 20 million jobs created and the greatest growth period since WWII. And, Reagan’s tax cuts led to deficit spending that in the context of Obama’s debt — would look like a savings plan now in comparison.
I know, wishful thinking. Washington doesn’t listen to We, The People anymore.