Wonder what you would find if you frisked the stimulus money being spent in the state of Michigan?
Answer: The job numbers are a little off.
The Porkulus spending package has struck again! This time in my home state of Michigan:
Seven months into the massive federal stimulus program, the vast majority of government grants, contracts and loans in Michigan so far have created or retained virtually no jobs, a Free Press analysis shows.
The analysis also revealed that others who have been promised or have received stimulus money have overstated — in some cases greatly — the number of jobs created or protected.
The Free Press examination of more than 1,800 government reports of those who have received or expect to receive stimulus money found the biggest impact was spurring or protecting public-sector or summer jobs — not private-sector jobs. Michigan has the nation’s worst unemployment rate.
Oops! Someone didn’t pay much attention in their math classes:
Detroit reported on a grant award — $10 million for work on 14 improvement projects in the city — saying 342 jobs had been saved or created, despite none of the money actually reaching the city yet. Last week, city officials told the Free Press those were only projections — not jobs saved or created.
There were other exaggerations.
The Ingham County Health Department reported 97.49 jobs retained, but an official with the agency said without the funding, six jobs would have been lost. The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan in Sault Ste. Marie, which provides services to member American Indian tribes, reported 99 jobs created or saved thanks to $46,000 in cost-of-living adjustments for Head Start employees. An official with the tribal council said she believes no jobs would have been lost without the government money.
Hmm… What happened to the promise of 90% of the stimulus jobs being created in the private sector?:
So far in Michigan, the numbers support his claim. Of 22,513 jobs reported, 13,555 were tied to state money for education, doled out to local school districts. Without a huge economic turnaround or more federal money after the 2-year stimulus ends, many of those jobs could be threatened.
Another problem: More than 3,000 were summer-only jobs for youths. Those jobs do little to bring down Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation unemployment rate.
Welcome to the state with the high unemployment rate in the country! Glad to see the stimulus package is performing miracles in the mitten – not at all. The stimulus package is just another example that proves the government cannot be trusted to run anything efficiently.
Side-Note: With the fraud stimulus numbers popping up all over the country, I find it ironic that this administration is still selling the stimulus package as a success story?
How do you say: lying through the teeth?