More Porkulus 3-card Monte in Colorado, Washington

posted at 3:35 pm on November 11, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

This comes as no surprise to anyone who gave the notion of “saved or created jobs” any thought at all, except to the extent that media outlets have begun to challenge the numbers proclaimed by the government.  We’ve already seen the deceptive and misleading statistics challenged by local and regional newspapers in several states, as well as by some of the national media.  We can now add Colorado and Washington to that list, where Porkulus job numbers have been seriously inflated by adding in jobs that were never at risk in the first place.

First, Colorado:

• Englewood-based TeleTech Government Solutions listed the equivalent of 635 full-time jobs credited to Colorado created by recovery funds used to set up call centers on the conversion to digital television. Only the equivalent of 34 of them were filled in Colorado. The rest are scattered across the country.

• The city of Westminster reported that its $150,438 contract for road work on Lowell Boulevard would create 117 jobs. That would equate to $1,286 per job. The city said the estimate is based on anyone who will work on the project, even if it was for only one day. No federal officials told the city to convert to the number of full-time-equivalent slots, an official said.

• Two child-development centers — one in Colorado Springs and the other in Saguache County — reported they had created or saved more than 292 jobs combined. However, the money — totaling about $650,000, or $2,226 a job — was used to give employees cost- of-living raises. Only three new jobs were created.

• Some subsidized-housing projects listed their entire staffs as jobs retained as a result of stimulus spending even if the money was the same rental assistance for their tenants they had received in previous years. Combined, they could total as many as 200 jobs.

The Denver Post says that a thousand of the 8,094 jobs claimed to have been “saved or created” by the Obama administration are simply vaporware.  It’s not any better in Washington — in fact, it’s quite a bit worse:

New numbers released by the federal government Friday estimate that the federal stimulus package has helped create or save 34,500 total jobs in Washington, making it the state with the third-largest reported number of stimulus jobs behind California and New York.

But there’s a caveat on those job creation numbers: 24,000 of them probably weren’t in danger in the first place.

State officials used a chunk of stimulus money to cover paychecks for 24,000 teachers who were already contracted to finish out the school year. That money came from a pot of stimulus funds given to the state to help offset budget cuts.

Without that funding, the money to pay the teachers would have come out of the state general fund, said Jill Satran, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s main adviser on stimulus projects.

That would have meant cuts elsewhere, Satran said, but the job losses that would have resulted from such cuts is difficult to quantify. Few, if any, of the 24,000 teacher jobs would have been among them, Satran said.

That means that more than two-thirds of the claimed jobs have not been “saved” at all.  The state would have paid the teachers anyway.  What that grant money did do was allow the state to save the jobs of less-critical bureaucrats by playing shell games with the money.  Instead of tightening their belts, the bureaucrats in Washington postponed efficiency and fiscal responsibility while allowing the Obama administration to pretend that they have saved the jobs of teachers and public safety officials whose jobs were never at risk at all.

The entire Porkulus accounting effort consists of these shell games.  The Obama administration built it for this kind of dishonest reporting, in order to claim credit for doing something about joblessness while unemployment accelerates.  We’ve wasted months and tens of billions of dollars already just to rescue states from doing what they should have done at the beginning of the year: downsize bureaucracies and roll back the cost of their government on their overburdened citizens.

These states join those already reporting the Porkulus fraud:

More will undoubtedly be forthcoming.


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“Fox News Lies” Says Pinnochio!

dhunter on November 11, 2009 at 3:40 PM

By the end of the year, porkulus will have saved or created some 950 million jobs in the USA.

Tonus on November 11, 2009 at 3:40 PM

..there ought to be a website somewhere’s that documents these “math errors” and job figures made up out of whole cloth.

You know, something that accumulates a handy reference chart for use in..oh..say 6 or 7 months.

VoyskaPVO on November 11, 2009 at 3:41 PM

The only deception is by Fox News!

Did MSNBC, CNN, CBS, ABC or say this was true?

Jon Stewart?

No?

Then feh I say… Feh!

Skywise on November 11, 2009 at 3:41 PM

What that grant money did do was allow the state to save the jobs of less-critical bureaucrats by playing shell games with the money. Instead of tightening their belts, the bureaucrats in Washington postponed efficiency and fiscal responsibility while allowing the Obama administration to pretend that they have saved the jobs of teachers and public safety officials whose jobs were never at risk at all.

See, this is the weird part of the whole thing. The Democrats could have passed their bill explicitly on this premise, and most people probably would have accepted it — after all, they won. Instead, they put forth the nonsensical BS that they were “stimulating” the economy, and the WH compounded the damage by insulting our intelligence with their ridiculous “saved or created jobs” numbers.

jwolf on November 11, 2009 at 3:43 PM

I see this post having 57 bullets in a couple weeks.

WashJeff on November 11, 2009 at 3:44 PM

The number of Conservative crowds seen at any rally is irrelavant because the Dems don’t give a crap no matter how many attend.

mobydutch on November 11, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Success! – crr6

lorien1973 on November 11, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Ed – Didn’t CA get added to that list earlier this week?

lorien1973 on November 11, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Parody: Quite a coup — Government Celebrates Takeover of Stimulus Bill http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/11/government-celebrates-takeover-of.html

Mervis Winter on November 11, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Florida and Georgia are on the same line, too.

Ed needs to create 57 bullets for each state now and just add in the hyperlinks.

WashJeff on November 11, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Someone needs to create a site that covers this in depth for all 50 states. Of course, that would actually be job creation…

hawksruleva on November 11, 2009 at 3:50 PM

What a crack-fest; the feds offer bullcrap and the states accept it with both sides knowing it’s a sham.

Bishop on November 11, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Democrats couldn’t pour pi$$ out of a boot if the instructions were printed on the sole.

GnuBreed on November 11, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Gregoire sucks. WA is beautiful, but its politicians are morons.

nickj116 on November 11, 2009 at 3:55 PM

It can’t be long before we hear “We saved a gazillion jobs!”

search4truth on November 11, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Hey! Where’s my Obama money? You know, from his stash.

tbear44 on November 11, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Obama floated the idea of destroying every business in the United States by unleashing our nuclear arsenal, but he decided against it.

Obama saved every job in the US.

You’re welcome.

Joe Caps on November 11, 2009 at 3:58 PM

I’m shocked! Lies? They Lie? I’m just shocked!!!

capejasmine on November 11, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Obama is trying so “Save or Create” HIS job.

portlandon on November 11, 2009 at 4:01 PM

We need to save the jobs of all the people counting the “saved jobs”, or our unemployment will double!

stldave on November 11, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Louder voices…. Repeal this stinking porkulus.

I have a spreadsheet showing exactly where these funds went. This was prepared immediately after it was passed and the funds were allocated. MOST of it was for the creation of additional government expansion at many levels. A lot of it was for “art”, some for Nancy’s mouse, tons went to just plain old crap.

If anyone wants a copy of this monstrosity let me know…

Key West Reader on November 11, 2009 at 4:14 PM

The fact that this “bad” math was found out is proof that the dems have not totally destroyed the school system…the dems have a lot of work to do.
The MSM have been reporting for years that when a projected dem budget is millions of dollars increase, and then the increase is reduced, they have always considered that a cost savings and a reduction in the budget.
I am shocked they could actually do the math on this…

right2bright on November 11, 2009 at 4:16 PM

The only job the Government can create is a Government job and that just takes money from Americans. Government can not save jobs that are not Government jobs.
conclusion- the only jobs the Government can make or save sucks money from the tax payers.
The Government needs to lose jobs and stop hiring!

IowaWoman on November 11, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Don’t forget to add Massachusetts to this list, it just come out today in the Globe!!

http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2009/11/11/stimulus_fund_job_benefits_exaggerated_review_finds/

Tom66 on November 11, 2009 at 4:32 PM

The 3 card Monty as you so aptly put it, is nothing but an attempt to disguise the dysfunction and failure of the progressive policies practiced already in blue-states. The effort to seize ever more of our economy is to cover up these failures, re-brand them as success stories and use them to justify their implentation nation-wide.

Forever is it the case that when the failure of progressive programs come to the fore, the only “cure” they can proscribe is to broaden the scope of those that’ll have suffer under it! If they cannot get you to go along willingly, that will attempt to force you intotheir sinking ship, misery loves company! Or as Andy Stern famously quipped, “if the power of persuasion doesn’t, he uses the persuasion of power!”

I’ll never tire of pointing out the proclivity for tyranny of the progressives as countenanced by our first progressive president, Woodrow Wilson— “Conformity will be the only virtue and any man who refuses to conform will have to pay the penalty.” Basrack and his merry band of progressives are of the very same mold, as is implicit in their threat of 5yrs imprisonment if you don’t comply their malignant schemes.

Those that choose to remain ignorant of the perils we face only serve to further aims of their future masters.

Archimedes on November 11, 2009 at 4:40 PM

WHERE THE HELL IS SHERIFF JOE? OBAMA PROMISED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO FOOLING AROUND WITH ‘STIMULUS’ MONEY!

GarandFan on November 11, 2009 at 4:42 PM

WHERE THE HELL IS SHERIFF JOE? OBAMA PROMISED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO FOOLING AROUND WITH ‘STIMULUS’ MONEY!

GarandFan on November 11, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Good question. Where’s former Vice President Joe Biden?

Key West Reader on November 11, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Key West Reader on November 11, 2009 at 4:14 PM

I would love to have a copy to publish online with credit going back to you!

And they probably have Uncle Joe stashed in the same room that Hills was locked in during her presidency.

Oh Mercy on November 11, 2009 at 4:54 PM

I use to live in Westminster, Colorado before I moved to Texas. The city government isn’t too bright there. This explains why they reported the inflated numbers and claimed that they had not been told to convert the number for full-time-equivalent slots.

MeAlice on November 11, 2009 at 4:55 PM

The blue are robbing from the red to give to the blue-blooded cronies under the guise of compassion.

How many times willwe listen that it’s “for the children” as we blow BILLIONS to provide ever more inferior education? Or pour BILLIONS more into welfare programs to “alleviate the suffering of the poor” as their plight only increases? There is an article out just today illustrating how hospital services are still not being provided for the victims (in more ways than one) of Katrina due to the politically affluent gaming the system to bilk us for even greater sums of money for their own gain!

At some point we have to react to the situation as it really is, what is your normal reaction to outright theft of you, your children and your grand-children?

I thought so.

Archimedes on November 11, 2009 at 5:00 PM

MeAlice on November 11, 2009 at 4:55 PM

The city government isn’t too bright there at all.

FIF

Archimedes on November 11, 2009 at 5:03 PM

It’s not long before ‘Obaming’ will be a synonym for a self-serving lie.

snaggletoothie on November 11, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Obama is trying so “Save or Create” HIS job.

portlandon on November 11, 2009 at 4:01 PM

He is trying to save the one he has long enough to create the one he wants; president for life of the Socialist States of America, all 56 of them. The Republic of Texas not included.

Franklyn on November 11, 2009 at 7:57 PM

WHERE THE HELL IS SHERIFF JOE? OBAMA PROMISED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO FOOLING AROUND WITH ‘STIMULUS’ MONEY!

GarandFan on November 11, 2009 at 4:42 PM

He is still reading the book “All you wanted to know about Sex but were afraid to ask” and figure out how he was suppose to to that stimulating thing. Bill would sit down and have a talk with him, but figures that would just confuse Joe even more and nothing would change anyway.

Franklyn on November 11, 2009 at 8:09 PM