Porkulus above the pay grade of its chief?

posted at 5:10 pm on June 10, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

We laughed over Joe Biden’s gaffe yesterday regarding a Porkulus-funded tunnel in New Jersey, but the American Spectator points out another that most of us missed on the same conference call.  When pressed for supporting data on Obama administration claims of 600,000 jobs being “saved or created” by the stimulus package in the near future, the man in charge of the stimulus claimed ignorance:

Vice President Joe Biden said on a Monday conference call with reporters that it was “above [his] pay grade” to explain in detail the methodology the White House uses to estimate the number of jobs created or saved by the economic stimulus legislation, but stressed that there had been no “reasonable” challenges to the estimates.

During the call, Biden said that the stimulus package, which was signed into law in February, saved or created 150,000 in its first 100 days, and he outlined White House plans to accelerate the pace so that 600,000 more jobs will be saved or created in the second 100 days this summer.

Asked by Jonathan Riskind of the Columbus Dispatch to explain how the White House determined these numbers, Biden said that the Council of Economic Advisers makes its estimates based on measuring what the U.S. employment level would have been without the stimulus, and then comparing it to the nation’s actual employment level.

“I’m sorry I’m not an economist,” Biden said as he was describing the methodology. “My background is foreign policy and the constitution. “

Of course, that’s why Barack Obama put Biden in charge of the economic stimulus project.  It makes as much sense as:

Biden wound up defending the numbers because he hadn’t heard any “reasonable” challenges to them.  Since economics is above his pay grade, who is Biden to know what criticisms are “reasonable”?  While some in the White House press corps have been asking for the actual data behind these claims, though, Biden is mostly right that the national media hasn’t really challenged the administration on their claims.  Maybe that’s above their pay grade.


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Above his paygrade? Isn’t this walking life insurance policy supposedly the number two man in charge of the United States right now?

Wolftech on June 10, 2009 at 5:23 PM

A heartbeat away…..

cobrakai99 on June 10, 2009 at 8:27 PM

A heartbeat away…..

cobrakai99 on June 10, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Even scarier: Pelosi two heartbeats away.

davidk on June 10, 2009 at 9:09 PM

makes its estimates based on measuring what the U.S. employment level would have been without the stimulus

How can you “measure” something that “would have been” but never was? MAGIC!

Resolute on June 10, 2009 at 10:03 PM

I have two questions:
1) Did Biden just open the door for the MSM to start questioning Obama’s motives, without looking like the want Obama to fail?
2) Is Biden suggesting that the media is making the Obama administration look incompetent or is the media hiding their incompetance?

djaymick on June 10, 2009 at 10:05 PM

If these two coconut heads don’t stop “saving or creating jobs” we won’t have a friggin job left in this country!

Wine_N_Dine on June 10, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Walking and chewing gum is above Biden’s pay grade

Jeff from WI on June 10, 2009 at 11:36 PM

“I’m sorry I’m not an economist,” Biden said as he was describing the methodology. “My background is foreign policy and the constitution. “

What part is in there on czars, getting involved in private business, abortion, no more “and free exercise therof” on religion, cut defense spending, takeover of insurance, cars and banks, pay for execs…?

What a pathetic loser.

dthorny on June 10, 2009 at 11:54 PM

Biden spends his days as VP, mostly behind his desk, adding to his string and tin foil collections, and keeping himself amused losing to himself in never ending tic tac toe games.

Jeff from WI on June 11, 2009 at 7:31 AM

Just imagining how the MSM coverage would be had McMaverick become POTUS and VP Palin said that something was above her pay grade.

DOOF on June 11, 2009 at 7:55 AM

Biden: All the mental power of a gnat fart.

SKYFOX on June 11, 2009 at 8:11 AM

“I’m sorry I’m not an economist,” Biden said as he was describing the methodology. “My background is foreign policy and the constitution. “

I thought his background was hanging out in restaurants that closed twenty years ago or at the local Home Depot, where no one has seen him, and enjoying himself by speaking about policy topics with people who evidently aren’t there.

Jeff from WI on June 11, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Opps..I must of pulled a Biden

Jeff from WI on June 11, 2009 at 9:35 AM

It all makes sense now….

Put a bunch of inept, inexperienced bozo’s in charge of departments, for which they are clearly, utterly, and absolutely unqualified for, so they can take the fall, when it all goes to hell, and it is all going to hell. Obama thinks, when it does tank, as he wants it to…his hands will be clean , because after all….he only appointed them. THEY did the job, of mucking it up!

capejasmine on June 11, 2009 at 11:58 AM

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