Wonder what you would find if you frisked the stimulus package’s Recovery.gov website?
Answer: A bunch of congressional districts that don’t exist in Michigan and other states.
Not to mention, $5.4 million dollars is supposedly going to these non-existent congressional districts. Also, with that $5.4 millions, Michigan supposedly received 63 ‘saved or created’ jobs in those ghost congressional districts. That’s about an average of $87,700 per job. At least this type of problem is only occurring on Michigan’s Recovery.gov stats, right? Nope. The same problem has popped up in Arizona, Maryland, Minnesota, and more.
Kudos to the United States government for spending $18 million of taxpayer money on an internet database full of garbage entries.
Side-Note: How many examples of government failed programs/entitlements do you need in order for a liberal to realize that maybe the government running health-care isn’t such a good idea after all? Or anything at all?
Oh, and by the way…
What on Earth is this ‘half’ job? With the amount of money the government spent on that position (in a non-existent congressional district), I sure want to know where to apply!
What a joke.
Well dang! This story has become bigger since I originally posted it this morning in regards to just my home state of Michigan. More and more states having been increasing their number of congressional districts over night as well:
Just how big is the stimulus package? Well for one, it has doubled the size of the House of Representatives, according to recovery.gov, which says that funds were distributed to 440 congressional districts that do not exist.
According to data retrieved from recovery.gov, nearly $6.4 billion was used to “create or save” just under 30,000 jobs in these phantom congressional districts–almost $225,000 per job. The web site operates on an $84 million budget and is tasked with monitoring the distribution of the $787 billion stimulus package passed by Congress–which, for the record, counts 435 members–in early 2009.
The site’s monitors, however, are not too savvy about America’s political or geographic landscape. More than $2 million was given to the 99th District of North Dakota, a state which has only one congressional district. In order to qualify for 99 districts, North Dakota would have to have a population of about 60 million people, almost 24 million more people than California.
And the winner of most money given to a non-existent congressional district goes to:
Many other recipients carried the banner for congressional districts that have been defunct for decades. South Carolina’s 7th took the cake, garnering more than $27 million in stimulus funds, despite being eliminated in 1930. And Virginia’s 12th District may have been written off at the start of the Civil War, but it must carry some sentimental value in Old Dominion–it received more than $2 million, according to recovery.gov.
Congratulations Obama Administration for your numerous errors and fraudulent job numbers! Also, you still have failed to define what a ‘saved’ job is… America is still waiting.
Above I mentioned “what a joke,” I think I’ll change that to: What a entire comedic skit.