Wonder what you would find if you frisked President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package?
Answer: A ton of taxpayer money was spent in nonexistent zip codes.
The agency charged with tracking the stimulus funds, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, attempted to eliminate this embarrassment by lumping all the billions reported going to nonexistent Congressional districts into a new category called the “unassigned” Congressional district.
Closer examination of the latest recovery.gov report for New Mexico shows hundreds of thousands of dollars sent to and credited with creating jobs in zip codes that do not exist in New Mexico or anywhere else. Moreover, funds reported as being spent in New Mexico were given zip codes corresponding to areas in Washington and Oregon.
The recovery.gov site reports that $373,874 was spent in zip code 97052. Unfortunately, this expenditure created zip jobs. But $36,218 was credited with creating 5 jobs in zip code 87258. A cool hundred grand went into zip code 86705, but didn’t result in even one person finding work.
None of these zip codes exist in New Mexico, or anywhere else, for that matter.
Truly impressive. Everyone should take a quick second right now and give the United States government a round of applause for spending $18 million of taxpayer money on an internet database that is STILL full of garbage entries.
Like I have said before… 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?
Side-Note: I realize this story is related to zip codes, but it reminds me of Ludacris’ hit single “Area Codes” featuring Nate Dogg 😆 :
Hmm… Do I sense a political/conservative remix coming?