Boy, Jobs Must Be Really Expensive in Los Angeles!
posted at 6:20 pm on September 19, 2010 by Jimmie Bise, Jr
Why do I dislike big progressive government so much? Let me tell you the story of Los Angeles and its Missing Money. As a result of last year’s Vote Buying Act Stimulus Bill, Los Angeles received a humongous pile of money — 111 million dollars, to be exact. The purpose of that money was to create jobs as it circulated through, and thereby stimulated, the economy. The city’s unemployment rate is 12 percent, so one can assume that a few truckloads of money getting dumped into the local economy would probably be a big help. At least, that’s the theory being Keynesian Economics, the preferred method by which Democrat take money from you, launder it through a couple layers of government, then give what’s left back to you in handy Super Stimulated form.
This past week, the City Controller released the results of an audit her office conducted and found that with that $111 million, Los Angeles has created a grand total of 54.46 jobs (PDF link). How that is possible can be explained in this quote from the Controller, Wendy Greuel.
“I’m disappointed that we’ve only created or retained 55 jobs after receiving $111 million in ARRA funds. With our local unemployment rate over 12% we need to do a better job cutting the red tape and putting Angelenos back to work,” said City Controller Greuel. “While it doesn’t appear that any of the ARRA funds were misspent, the City needs to do a better job expediting the process and creating jobs…” [Emphasis mine]
What struck me about this report is that, even though each job her city allegedly created (or saved, whatever the heck that means) cost us well over 2 million dollars, Controller Greuel doesn’t see any particular reason for alarm. She doesn’t appear to believe that her government has failed miserably, nor that there’s anything at all wrong that a few tweaks here or there to speed up the spending process. Nope, her response is to say that she she can make her government work quickly and efficiently.
And there’s your problem. This is always the response from the Democrats. Every single time government wastes another few truckloads of our money, Democrats tell us that they’ll get it right the next time for sure. And, for reasons I can not for the life of me understand, we believe them, even though their pet economic theories have never worked. Well, I have a few questions for Ms. Greuel. Who will she fire for wasting so much of our money? Which regulation will she remove to speed up the flow of money? What byzantine and corrupt contracting process will she waive to get some of that $2 million a job free from the grasping hands of bureaucrats who don’t want to let that money go? Which budget will she cut to free up even more money for job creation?
I’m no fool. I know I won’t get an answer to any of those questions, but if enough of us ask them, and keep on asking them at every opportunity, we will be impossible to ignore.
So far as I’m concerned, Ms. Greuel and the city of Los Angeles have lost the privilege of spending my money. The people who gave them that money, the Democrats in Congress and the President of the United States, have also forfeited the right to raise taxes at all on anyone until they can prove they won’t chuck the trillions they have already taken from us into a favor-buying, corrupt-as-hell bureaucratic wood chipper. It’s long past time we put their failed “spend and spend and spend some more” plans in the garbage where history says they should be.