Ohio jobs “saved or created” weren’t in danger at all

posted at 1:36 pm on November 3, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Obama administration included in its estimate of 640,328 jobs “saved or created” by Porkulus around 7200 positions in Ohio’s school systems.  However, the Columbus Dispatch reports that the jobs listed were never at risk of being cut this year, and many of them wouldn’t have been cut at all, with or without the stimulus block grants (via Patterico):

The Obama administration announced Friday that federal stimulus money had created or saved about 7,200 education jobs in Ohio as of Sept. 30.

Although a couple of hundred of those jobs were in Columbus City Schools, the district acknowledged yesterday that many of the “saved” jobs definitely wouldn’t have been lost in the first place, and others might not have been lost at all. …

Federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a conference call with reporters yesterday that the country has “325,000 who would literally not be in the classroom today if not for these funds.” But not in Columbus, where the district’s finances looked pretty solid before the stimulus. Voters passed a levy last November that should keep the district’s books largely in the black until 2012.

The district explains how the shell game worked:

So was the district on the verge of laying off 36 school administrators?

“No,” Dannemiller said, explaining that the reporting choices were “created” and “saved.”  “They weren’t ‘created,’ obviously, so our only other choice was ‘saved.’  “

In other words, if the state applied the money, it had to report any positions on which they were spent as a job saved or created — even if the job was in no danger of disappearing.  It’s only one step removed from simply dividing the amount of money spent by a mystical job-creation number taken out of thin air and announcing numbers that exist only in the realm of the theoretical.

We can multiply this example through every application, especially in state block grants — Virginia, for example.  The states loaded the books on Porkulus with spending on education and public safety, not because they didn’t have the money for that, but because they could therefore redirect their own spending on less necessary positions.  State budgets are fungible; the states can redirect general fund spending where they wish.

Porkulus is nothing more than a shell game for Obama and the states, which mainly benefited the state employees in SEIU unions who may have faced real job elimination in non-critical positions — the kind of belt-tightening states should have been doing all year.


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Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive!

WHERE ARE THE JOBS? Obama mopped them all up.

TN Mom on November 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Every time I see this picture all I can think of is that famous video clip of Mussolini where puts his hands on his hips and juts his jaw out – just like this iconic pic.

TheBigOldDog on November 3, 2009 at 6:15 PM

TheBigOldDog on November 3, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Is that before or after that journalist Benito tells noted author-artist Adolph that he’s ‘all cool’ with exterminating the Jews? Il Duce had as many mistresses as John Edwards and Bill Clinton combined, lucky athiest! Who knew fascism was so cool! He should have Che-like t-shirt sales! Assume he is in Hell!

clorensen on November 3, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Another picture where it looks like he’s smelling a huge fart.

What’s up with that?

lorien1973 on November 3, 2009 at 1:48 PM

“Flatulence comes from the heart of the body, but the body it comes from is heartless.”

“The skunk smells his own hole first.”

GrannyDee on November 3, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Sorry. Forgot to name the site: http://www.heptune.com/fartpoem.html

“Flatulence comes from the heart of the body, but the body it comes from is heartless.” (Quote by Randy Mehling of Pineville, Louisian, submitted by Chad J.)

“The skunk smells his own hole first.” (Submitted by Mary S.)

GrannyDee on November 3, 2009 at 7:15 PM

The Obama administration announced Friday that federal stimulus money had created or saved about 7,200 education jobs in Ohio as of Sept. 30.

YEAHHHHHHH, more union jobs protected!

elderberry on November 3, 2009 at 7:56 PM

This Buckeye native loved it when Kerry addressed the Marysville Honda plant as UAW. Bob Shrum is the best ev-ah!!

BHO Jonestown on November 3, 2009 at 8:40 PM

I was talking to a young lady who changed her college master’s degree field to “environmental policy studies” on the grounds she would get a great green job.

She’s now asking, Where’s my job?

Dhuka on November 4, 2009 at 3:36 AM

Dannemiller said, explaining that the reporting choices were “created” and “saved.”

Should have been “Dig hole” OR “Fill hole

DSchoen on November 4, 2009 at 3:50 AM

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