Monday, November 16, 2009

Stimulus in Simulated Districts. Right.

Joe Biden may have thought this up...

Here's a stimulus success story: In Arizona's 15th congressional district, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that's what the Web site set up by the Obama administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says.

When it comes to stimulus spending, could the wheels of government bureaucracy be grinding too quickly for once? There's
one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts.

...For example, the government's Web site says $34 million in stimulus money has been spent in Arizona's 86th congressional district in a project for the Navajo Housing authority, which is actually located in the 1st congressional district.

Oh, no. That's hardly all.

In Oklahoma, lists more than $19 million in spending -- and 15 jobs created -- in yet more congressional districts that don't exist.

In Iowa, it shows $10.6 million spent – and 39 jobs created -- in nonexistent districts.
In Connecticut's 42nd district (which also does not exist), the Web site claims 25
jobs created with zero stimulus dollars.

In Chicago, they only count tombstones as voters. In DC, they graduated to making up entire DISTRICTS from random numbers.

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