Saved or Created, Inc claims a million jobs now

posted at 3:30 pm on September 10, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The last we heard from Saved or Created, Inc, three months ago, they claimed to have rescued 150,000 jobs with their Porkulus spending.  At that time, unemployment had hit 9.4% and the number of unemployed was 14.5 million.  Three months later, unemployment has risen to 9.7% and we now have 14.9 million unemployed, an increase of 417,000.  Did the White House explain these job losses?  Not exactly:

White House economists said Thursday the Obama administration’s recovery efforts have saved or created more than one million jobs so far.

President Barack Obama has promised that his $787 billion stimulus plan will create or save 3.5 million jobs by the end of next year. But the economy has fared worse than the White House predicted when it pitched the jobs plan and officials have sought to beat back criticism that the results did not justify the huge combination of tax cuts, state aide and government spending.

In its first report to Congress on the stimulus, the White House Council on Economic Advisers said the economy would have been far worse without the stimulus. The report was scheduled to be released Thursday afternoon. An official who reviewed it summarized its findings on condition of anonymity because it had not been released.

The report attributes the million job figure to the stimulus and other policy actions but says the driving force behind the job creation is the stimulus.

Bear in mind that increase in unemployment.  Over four hundred thousand people lost their jobs while the White House claims it “saved or created” 850,000 more jobs since its last report.

So where are those 850,000 extra jobs?  Where did they get “saved or created”?  Which highway jobs led to other jobs, and who filled them or kept them?  Don’t expect to get any answers to those questions.  Congress has already become skeptical of Obama’s economic advisers and their unsupportable claims, and for good reasons.  When the man in charge of the program can’t provide an explanation at all, let alone one that makes sense, the White House tends to lose all credibility on the topic.

Whatever credibility they retain with anyone outside of their core of true believers will dissipate quickly when this number hits the critical mass of media attention.  No one will buy that a summer of massive job losses somehow saw 850,000 jobs “saved or created” by Porkulus, especially since the flow of Porkulus money actually slowed during the summer.  If anyone ever needed proof of the Obama administration’s fantasy world, this provides it nicely.


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I used to laugh at the propaganda that Pravda would put out in the 70′s.

And I used to laugh at Sadaam in the first Gulf War – when he proclaimed “victory” after we’d kicked his ass in like 2 hours.

And I laughed like hell at Bagdad Bob “there are NO tanks in Bagdad!”

Now that I’m seeing the same shite come out of this White House … by cracky …

It’s not funny anymore.

This kind of “say anything” without regard for the truth – without regard for even the slightest grain of it …

Makes this nation look like Venuzuela.

Hell … the next thing I expect to see is how Obama played a perfect bowling game or something.

HondaV65 on September 10, 2009 at 4:20 PM

It was supposed to be 750,000 saved by early august, they somehow found another 250,000.

rob verdi on September 10, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Wait until we start hearing about all the lives they save with their healthcare bill.

evensteven on September 10, 2009 at 4:23 PM

My husband spent $20 on a coupon book with $600 in coupons for places we never shop at, restaurants we never eat at dry cleaners we never use.

But look at the money we saved!!

Bicyea on September 10, 2009 at 4:24 PM

There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home. joe biden, you were there, bo the dog, you were there…..

rjoco1 on September 10, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Obama’s Job Trouble with Tribbles

maverick muse on September 10, 2009 at 4:26 PM

If anyone ever needed proof of the Obama administration’s fantasy world, this provides it nicely.

Fantasy World?

Do what a man like Joe Wilson does and call it for what it is!

HondaV65 on September 10, 2009 at 4:30 PM

My husband spent $20 on a coupon book with $600 in coupons for places we never shop at, restaurants we never eat at dry cleaners we never use.

But look at the money we saved!!

Bicyea on September 10, 2009 at 4:24 PM

I got one of those books from the realtor when I bought my house. I have since lost $100K on the house value… that book has now cost me $100K!

leftnomore on September 10, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Yeah, well, I created or saved 28903724890572957290 jobs. Beat that, numbskulls.

(just as provable, no doubt)

mjk on September 10, 2009 at 3:54 PM

OK. 28903724890572957290.332571247369001245789637894556

Can’t Touch This! (Hammertime!)

jimmy2shoes on September 10, 2009 at 4:31 PM

It was supposed to be 750,000 saved by early august, they somehow found another 250,000.

rob verdi on September 10, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Just goes to show that their plans are working better than they thought.

Full steam ahead!…chuga chuga chugs chuga..CHOO choooo.

Itchee Dryback on September 10, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Nancy claims that we lose 500 million American jobs each month we don’t pass her $1 trillion porkulus spending boondoggle. Imagine if you will had Dubya said anything this stupid. The MSM would’ve run it nonstop for years. I wonder what the follow-up question was.

1 million jobs are a tiny speck on the total amount.

seven on September 10, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Itchee Dryback on September 10, 2009 at 4:31 PM

The truth of the matter is found in the opposite of whatever Obama claims.

This “million jobs” number would be jobs lost or prevented by Obama/Democrat mandates.

maverick muse on September 10, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Yeah, well, I created or saved 28903724890572957290 jobs. Beat that, numbskulls.

(just as provable, no doubt)

mjk on September 10, 2009 at 3:54 PM

OK. 28903724890572957290.332571247369001245789637894556

Can’t Touch This! (Hammertime!)

jimmy2shoes on September 10, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Exactly the Trouble With Tribbles.

“Captain — one little tribble isn’t… harmful?”
–Cryano Jones in the station bar, now overrun with tribbles, Star Trek

maverick muse on September 10, 2009 at 4:38 PM

When Obooba’s voted out in 2012, 239,876 czars are gonna be outa work.

Akzed on September 10, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Why have billions when we could have millions

rollthedice on September 10, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Don’t forget, the stimulus also saved Steve Jobs. Without it the Apple CEO surely would have died from liver cancer.

year_of_the_dingo on September 10, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Wait until we start hearing about all the lives they save with their healthcare bill.

evensteven on September 10, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Silly hu-man! Did you not hear Fearmonger-in-chief say (just last night), “Pass my crappy bill or people will die.”?

ya2daup on September 10, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Well I just heard on CNN news that the recession is over! Just look at the stock market they say, oh don’t forget that only 550,000 new claims for unemployment were filled last week. Can’t you all just feel relief?

sandee on September 10, 2009 at 5:04 PM

As someone who is in a position to know how many jobs were created for a northeastern state due to ARRA, I can tell you that we have no idea and the 1M number is completely made up by the Feds.

jnelchef on September 10, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Lanceman on September 10, 2009 at 3:56 PM

+100 I think we should create ‘stupid people death panels’…

Ltlgeneral64 on September 10, 2009 at 5:23 PM

I love to read these threads and all of the hilariously funny comments…I think I would just cry til I died if not for all of the people here…at least we are all in this together and can support each other…

Ltlgeneral64 on September 10, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Four jobs are good. Two jobs are better.

GnuBreed on September 10, 2009 at 5:41 PM

He meant to say Acorn jobs.

Kissmygrits on September 10, 2009 at 5:43 PM

“Obama Appoints Bizarro Economic Policy Communications Czar” http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/07/obama-appoints-bizarro-economic-policy.html

Mervis Winter on September 10, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Fantasy World?

Do what a man like Joe Wilson does and call it for what it is!

HondaV65 on September 10, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Or at least, call it what Fred Barnes did a few nights ago on Bret Baier’s show. He called it Tinkerbell syndrome.

That is, thinking that something is going to happen just because you REALLY REALLY want it to happen.

UltimateBob on September 10, 2009 at 5:48 PM

If Obama wants to know why he’s having such a nightmare of a time getting ObamaCare passed…maybe it’s because they keep saying this kind of obvious BS. Only a total Hopium addict/moron believes these ‘saved or created’ hallucinations emanating from the White House. It knocks off their credibility in huge chunks.

AUINSC on September 10, 2009 at 5:55 PM

This is just part of the same usual spin. Of course are not being created. But by saying that jobs were “saved” they blatantly try to make it look as if the stimulus is working. After all, how can you prove that those still working wouldn’t have been let go? Clever us of words to make something look less negative, even though we are aware of the facts.

ptcamn on September 10, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Well perhaps those jobs created were for Acorn and his czars.

becki51758 on September 10, 2009 at 6:01 PM

“White House economists”? Is that an oxymoron?

Beckham on September 10, 2009 at 6:08 PM

they somehow found another 250,000.
rob verdi on September 10, 2

Must have something to do with the 17 million that disappeared form the uninsured last night.

DSchoen on September 10, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Ok, so we now know that Bagdad Bob has taken a job in the Doh-bama economic staff.

Alden Pyle on September 10, 2009 at 8:37 PM

I’m sorry, but anyone STUPID enough to believe this should be put to sleep!

Lanceman on September 10, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Are you auditioning for death panel czar?

Laura in Maryland on September 10, 2009 at 8:57 PM

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