Another Porkulus fable in New Hampshire?

posted at 12:55 pm on May 26, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when Barack Obama put Joe Biden in charge of implementing the stimulus package, because “no one messes with Joe”?  Apparently someone has been messing with Joe, or at least feeding him and the White House the wrong numbers.  A month ago, the Obama administration announced that it had “saved or created” over 12,000 jobs in New Hampshire through its Porkulus spending as a way of helping Democrats campaign for re-election:

The White House estimates the federal economic stimulus package has saved or created 12,000 jobs in New Hampshire, but also admits the figure is speculative.

The estimate, released Friday by President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, shows the White House could be within striking range of its initial prediction that stimulus money would create or save 16,000 jobs in the Granite State. …

In January, the stimulus office reported that as of December, if all stimulus money had been paid out only to people working 40 hours a week over a full year, then the equivalent of 2,021 jobs had been created.

The White House touted its new estimates as proof that the $787 billion stimulus package has put people to work and helped resuscitate the staggering economy.

“From tax cuts to construction projects, the Recovery Act is now firing on all cylinders when it comes to creating jobs and putting Americans back to work,” Vice President Joe Biden wrote in a statement.

A month later, the Recovery.gov website tells a different story:

The actual reported “saved or created” jobs in New Hampshire come to a little over 10% of what Biden and the White House claimed.  In almost 1100 awards through Porkulus, the bureau tracking the “saved or created” jobs across the country could only find 1432 jobs, or 1.31 jobs per award.  The amount of Porkulus money spent in New Hampshire is more than $772 million, which means that the cost of saving or creating each job documented through Recovery.gov comes to $539,248.29.

The State of New Hampshire’s numbers are much closer to the Recovery.gov website than previous White House claims.  They show 2,223 jobs saved or created through Porkulus, which makes the investment in each job only $347,370.02.  A bargain!

Needless to say, Democrats like Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter, who voted for Porkulus, will have to account for the lack of impact this bill has had in New Hampshire.  Had this money been put to use by the private sector, it would have created a lot more than 1432 jobs, and would have also created actual economic growth.  One of the Republicans vying to challenge Shea-Porter, Sean Mahoney, wants an audit of how the money is being spent:

“When three different government entities report widely disparate jobs figures after spending the same enormous pot of money, it’s time for the politicians to start answering questions. Especially politicians like Carol Shea-Porter who voted for this debacle,” Mahoney continued.

Last month the Obama administration’s Council of Economic Advisers released a report claiming the stimulus has created 12,000 jobs in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Recovery.gov, the website set up by President Obama allegedly to “root out waste, inefficiency and unnecessary spending in our government” estimates the stimulus has created only 1,432 jobs. On Wednesday, the New Hampshire Office of Economic Recovery released its jobs report for the first quarter of 2010 estimating the stimulus created 2,223 jobs to date.

“Carol Shea-Porter voted for the stimulus spending bill with all manner of promises about transparency and job creation.  We’re slowly finding out both those promises were empty,” Mahoney stated. “It would be tempting to chalk this up to just another Washington politician’s phony rhetoric. But we’re talking about almost a trillion dollars in taxpayers’ money.”

“The Government Accountability Office needs to audit the stimulus law. They need to come clean as to where our money went. They didn’t spend it creating the jobs they promised. And they are flouting their own standards or transparency and accountability,” Mahoney continued. “Carol Shea-Porter is plugged in to the powers that be in Washington. She would be wise to be the first elected politician to call for an audit of stimulus spending.”

It’s worse than that, Sean.  Someone is messing with Joe Biden! Or, more likely, Biden and this administration are messing with us.


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To bad this information will not make the “news.”

sandee on May 26, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Yep, the state run media will be all over this story…/

d1carter on May 26, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Obooba lied, economy died.

Akzed on May 26, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Oh, wait, it was 12,000 unicorns saved in NY.

rbj on May 26, 2010 at 1:07 PM

This is not the New Hampshire I knew.

Mr. Bingley on May 26, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Gimme one of those $347K Porkulus jobs! I could use a raise!

Steve Z on May 26, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Is there no way to prosecute these corruptocrats for fiscal malfeasance of office? Is that Holder’s job? Oops, what was I thinking.

riverrat10k on May 26, 2010 at 1:12 PM

In March at our Town Meeting we voted on accepting $290,000 to be transferred in its entirety to a small private college in our town.
The money is a grant to allow this private business to upgrade its lighting and electrical systems to be more efficient.
So the college will (potentially) save money because we borrowed money from China to give to them.
Money our grandchildren will have to repay many times over with interest.
Actual jobs created – ZERO.
I was in the minority voting against it. Sorry America.

HammerNH on May 26, 2010 at 1:13 PM

This is a big effing deal!

Deckard on May 26, 2010 at 1:15 PM

All that money is going someplace. And there ain’t nobody tracking hardly any of up budget shortfalls, but not all of it. Big bunches of money are leaking out of the system into private hands at every single stage.

Johnnyreb on May 26, 2010 at 1:16 PM

This is what happens when publik skools teach 1+1=yellow.

jukin on May 26, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Can anyone think of a time when a statement from the Obuma administration was NOT a lie or deception?

volsense on May 26, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Johnnyreb on May 26, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Is something wrong with comments today? That’s twice entire sentences have been left out of my posts. Preview looked fine.

Johnnyreb on May 26, 2010 at 1:21 PM

The amount of Porkulus money spent in New Hampshire is more than $772 million, which means that the cost of saving or creating each job documented through Recovery.gov comes to $539,248.29.

Hey Joe, where you gonna go with that bundle of money in your hand……

Send me $539,248.29 and I’ll say you’ve saved my job for the next five years.

Rovin on May 26, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Obama can’t even save his own job.

RBMN on May 26, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Gangster Government.

The looting of America by the Democratic Party Crime Family.

TheBigOldDog on May 26, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Biden has no intention of accepting any responsibilities…he took that post because he didn’t have to do any work. Has anyone ever seen a picture of him working in an office, going over numbers?

scalleywag on May 26, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Those numbers are all racist.

search4truth on May 26, 2010 at 1:30 PM

This is a big effing deal!

Deckard on May 26, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Ha, we all got effed on this deal.

scalleywag on May 26, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Criminal.

Bishop on May 26, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I must quote from a member of my forum:
“Everything this administration does is dishonest”

Ain’t it de truth!

golfmann on May 26, 2010 at 1:34 PM

The pResident or anyone in his administration lie?

What is this? A trick question?

The pResident would never lie b/c he ccccaaaarrrrreeeesssss so much about us….

Dick Turpin on May 26, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Can anyone think of a time when a statement from the Obuma administration was NOT a lie or deception?

volsense on May 26, 2010 at 1:20 PM

They said they would hold a beer summit, and by golly they did.

Drinking beer. It’s sacred territory.

fogw on May 26, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Listening to Gibbs, Obama or Biden lowers your IQ by the second.

Worthless, pointless, useless idiots, all.

Americans would be better off if rodents and insects were the only thing stirring in the White House currently.

NoDonkey on May 26, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Come November,the Map,will double,as heart-attacks,
that will be mapped,after the Liberal Doom that is to
be expected from the elections!!(sarc).

canopfor on May 26, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Gangster Government.

The looting of America by the Democratic Party Crime Family.

TheBigOldDog on May 26, 2010 at 1:28 PM

TheBigOldDog:)
=============================================

We Now Have A Total Gangster Government

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thR-lVuztIY

canopfor on May 26, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Is there no way to prosecute these corruptocrats for fiscal malfeasance of office? Is that Holder’s job?

riverrat10k on May 26, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Holder is too busy preparing his lawsuit against Arizona for trying to actually enforce immigration laws.

Celebrate diversity by promoting lawlessness!

Equal enforcement of our laws is raaaaacist!

AZCoyote on May 26, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Dollars to donuts (a less appealing bet than in my youth…) someone in the administration totalled up monthly reports to reach the 12,000 mark…

TubbyHubby on May 26, 2010 at 1:46 PM

My government spent $787 Billion and all we got was some road construction signs and a turtle tunnel in Florida!

PatMac on May 26, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Can anyone think of a time when a statement from the Obuma administration was NOT a lie or deception?

volsense on May 26, 2010 at 1:20 PM

“I won”

But that’s the only one I can think of.

Kelligan on May 26, 2010 at 2:05 PM

LOL, some of the dots on that NH map up north are in Wilderness Areas

Del Dolemonte on May 26, 2010 at 2:10 PM

When three different government entities report widely disparate jobs figures after spending the same enormous pot of money, it’s time for the politicians to start answering questions.

A TRILLION DOLLARS of TAXPAYER MONEY is a Big F***ing Deal.

Where did all the Stimulus money go??

15 MILLION unemployed people want to know.

TN Mom on May 26, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Remember that some of the stimulus money has gone to Congressional districts that don’t exist?

Waste, #@&&, out right embezzlement is going on.

LarryD on May 26, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Time for an IRS audit starting at our incompetent President and go all the way through Congress, Senior Executive Service employees.

Then start with each State’s cronies starting with Illinois first.

Should uncover enough to impeach all of them.

SeniorD on May 26, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Obama and Biden are like the Bullwinkle and Rocky show

Jobs saved or created:
Hey Rocky watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat
Nothing up my sleeve
Presto!
“saved or created” over 12,000 jobs in New Hampshire

BDU-33 on May 26, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Hey, heaven forbid a politician with an interest in a development gets an earmark for sewer and road construction that would create hundreds of jobs and add to the tax base. Can’t have that. Let’s spend $772M on a few “grants” instead.

Jaynie59 on May 26, 2010 at 3:10 PM

We may not ever know just how bad unemployment is since the Census has been firing or laying off people and then hiring or rehiring people since it started. Govmint tracks the unemployment numbers so why should we trust the figures they publish.

Kissmygrits on May 26, 2010 at 3:14 PM

which means that the cost of saving or creating each job documented through Recovery.gov comes to $539,248.29.

Where is all that money going?

davidk on May 26, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Good Ol’ Sheriff Joe! God love ‘em!

GarandFan on May 26, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Biden: Mr. President, news of the failure of the stimulus is leaking out.
Obama: Plug that **** hole!!

PackerBronco on May 26, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Sticking a sign in front of an already existing project (like the new Manchester Airport interchange) doesn’t make it a Porkulous job no matter how much you wish it and no matter how you fudge the numbers.

crazy_legs on May 26, 2010 at 4:22 PM