How to create a zillion jobs

posted at 9:26 am on July 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

As time goes on, we find more on how the administration can claim that they have saved or created so many jobs.  No one has specified anything about the length of those jobs.  The Associated Press checked on figures used by Democrats in Oregon and found they took credit for creating over 3,000 jobs with Porkulus funds — jobs that lasted shorter than a typical Barack Obama expiration date:

How much are politicians straining to convince people that the government is stimulating the economy? In Oregon, where lawmakers are spending $176 million to supplement the federal stimulus, Democrats are taking credit for a remarkable feat: creating 3,236 new jobs in the program’s first three months.

But those jobs lasted on average only 35 hours, or about one work week. After that, those workers were effectively back unemployed, according to an Associated Press analysis of state spending and hiring data. By the state’s accounting, a job is a job, whether it lasts three hours, three days, three months, or a lifetime.

The state takes offense to the notion that they’re being dishonest in reporting these numbers:

“This stimulus plan was intentionally designed for short-term projects to pump needed jobs and income into families, businesses and communities struggling to get by,” Hunt said in a statement. “No one ever said these would be full-time jobs for months at a time.”

Which is exactly why Porkulus was a bad idea.  If that same capital had gone into the private sector instead of getting confiscated by the Obama administration for this generation’s WPA, the investment would have allowed businesses to expand and new businesses to start. That would have created actual jobs that last longer than a few months, or in Oregon’s case, a few hours.

When the issue of stimulus arose in January and February, critics made exactly this argument, now corroborated by this Oregon bureaucrat.  Instead of agreeing with that criticism, Democrats insisted that it was completely incorrect.  They sold Porkulus as the vista to a future economy that would create better jobs for more Americans.  Instead, they bolstered the day-worker industry and tried to pass it off as a real corrective to massive unemployment that continues to expand.

At this rate, how will Porkulus actually reduce unemployment in Oregon with the $176 million in Porkulus grants?

If Oregon’s dollars-to-jobs ratio remains steady, the program will create about 688 full-time, yearlong jobs. So far, it’s generated only enough hours to employ 54 people full-time for a year.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  At least it’s cheaper per job than New Hampshire.

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The question I have is why it is taking so long for the American public to realize the truth.

highhopes on July 30, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Just under half realized the truth all along.

Another 25% or so are now realizing the truth. The plumeting poll numbers indicate that fact.

Then there is that group who now recognize the truth, but are not ready to admit they were duped.

Then there is Obama’s actual base who will never admit the truth, or are incapable of ever recognizing the truth.

Once that group, that are presently too embarassed to admit they were wrong, finally turn on him the polls are going to show him with numbers like Pelosi’s and Reid’s.

The “Train-Wreck-of-Historical-Proportions” will be coming to a theater near you soon.

Yoop on July 30, 2009 at 12:16 PM

When it comes to living by the word of the law, governments always have lawyers to help ’em out.

Take the plan to add more cops, with the “stimulous” paying their first three years but local governments required to retain the position for a fourth year. Loophole big enough to get Barack Obama’s ego through. I guarantee there will be lots of cases — how well reported I can’t guarantee — where (1) federally-funded cop #10 keeps his job in year 4 but one or two of his peers’ positions are eliminated, or (2) where he is laid off but one of his workmates is assigned to that no-long-federally-fund “position,” or (3) where a city outright replaces a local-taxpayer-funded job with a federal-taxpayer-funded job even during the first three years, maybe with some sleight-of-hand. Paying for one fungible thing with another — a city worker with federal funds — is not going to guarantee anything.

raybury on July 30, 2009 at 12:49 PM

My cat and dog get along fine…..but I don’t let them watch tv or listen to radio either…..

Ozprey on July 30, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Make sure you watch what they read too. No “Rules for Radicals” for the cats. Otherwise, they’ll try to launch a coup against you the ‘specieist’. They’ll create crisis situations like leaving the back door open for burglars, and then use the dog as the scapegoat by taking a leak in the house, and the final event, faking an attack from the dog with a phony injury, thereby getting you to toss out the one animal who was loyal to you from the beginning.


Sapwolf on July 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

All the GOP candidate has to do is simply move 4% of the popular vote back to the GOP column and the GOP gets the POTUS back.

Sapwolf on July 30, 2009 at 1:49 PM

If you ignore the amount of the federal stimulus and just look at the $176 million that Oregon is adding to it, they could pay 3236 people (the number of “new jobs” they say they created) over $18,000 a year for three years for doing nothing. So the money would be more useful if they just gave it to people instead of what they’re actually doing.

JS on July 30, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Government productivity is only slightly less oxymoronic than government efficiency.
highhopes on July 30, 2009 at 10:30 AM

How about “academic achievement”? That’s my favorite.

logis on July 30, 2009 at 4:14 PM