California, the 54th State, Creating or Saving Lots of Jobs!
posted at 7:56 pm on November 16, 2009 by Dafydd ab Hugh
According to the Recovery.gov website, California — with its 101 congressional districts — has created or saved a total of 110,185 jobs since the Obamic stimulus bill passed.
Oddly, other, less reliable sources report that “the state has lost 732,700 jobs over the last year.”
And those same other sources also seem to be under the impression that California has only 53 congressional districts; we certainly have only 53 U.S. representatives! But if that’s true, how could the federal incompetocracy of Barack H. Obama report the specific number of jobs “created or saved” — along with the total stimulus spending required to create or save them — in California congressional districts 57, 64, 67, 76, 80, 91, and 99? Not to mention district 00, and the inexplicable district labeled simply “congressional district?” (Those last two are always colored green on our maps, while the other 99 alternate between red and black.)
Our higher-numbered districts (and the unenumerated one) aren’t doing well by the stimulus policy, alas. California congressional districts that do not actually exist created or saved a scant 24.2 jobs (I think the last two-tenths of one job comprise teenaged baby-sitters, drunken bums who won’t stop singing “Crazy Train” until you give them a quarter, three-card monte experts, and community organizers). Worse, they sucked up $5,740,757 to create or save those 24 jobs (sorry, 24.2 jobs), which works out to $237,221.36 per job per seven months (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was passed in February, and the recovery.gov figures are from September) — or $406,665.19 per job per year.
Even assuming that 67% of the cost per job is overhead — federal building maintenance costs, salaries for government employees, payoffs to ACORN and the SEIU, etc. — that means each job must offer an average compensation package of $134,199.51. Wow — where do I sign up to be created or saved?
With the new transparency, it’s easy to see exactly how the administration is able to report such stellar economic improvement so quickly. All I can say is hip hip, chin chin for the One!
Oh — and can we have our 44 other congressmen, please? (Hat tip to Power Line’s Scott Johnson.)
Cross-posted on Big Lizards…