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California, the 54th State, Creating or Saving Lots of Jobs!

posted at 7:56 pm on November 16, 2009 by

According to the 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 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

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The 5th district is Sacramento. It shows 94000+ jobs saved.
I would guess Sacramento gets credit for keeping state workers in their jobs. The rest of the state? Not so important.

poteen on November 16, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Sadly, the modern education system does not teach civics any more. How many Californians (or Americans for that matter) really know how many congressional districts are in their state? How many people really know who their congresscritters are? How many people know how much is removed from their paycheck to feed the excesses of government?

In spite of the mass of civic idiots out there, I do think the number of people who are paying attention to some of these things is on the rise.

JohnTheBuilder on November 16, 2009 at 8:58 PM

California — with its 101 congressional districts

54th State — meet census.

Feedie on November 16, 2009 at 11:26 PM

54th State — meet census.

Nah – anyone with any census got out of there years ago!
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Adjoran on November 17, 2009 at 2:45 AM

All you naysayers should remember that, after the initial claims of stimulus “jobs created or saved” were proven bogus, the Administration says it now “triple-checks” all the new figures before posting them.
Maybe Minnesota and California don’t even KNOW how many congressional districts they have! Judging by recent election results, it seems obvious that the electorates of both states are pretty well inebriated on something.
Who you gonna believe? Obama, or your lyin’ eyes?

Adjoran on November 17, 2009 at 2:48 AM

it seems obvious that the electorates of both states are pretty well inebriated on something.

Considering the ease of getting “medical” marijuana here in California, I’d have to go with “or something”.

malclave on November 18, 2009 at 4:13 PM

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