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Fictional Jobs in Fictional Districts: Garbage In, Garbage Out

From the geniuses that want to read and control the decision making and diagnostics on your next colonoscopy we learn that the idea of President Obama's statement that there are fifty seven U S States may finally have some circumstantial evidence to support it. According to recovery.org, the Obama administration's Biden run stimulus oversight watchdog, there are jobs being created in Congressional districts that know one knew existed.

Here's a stimulus success story: In Arizona's 15th congressional district, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that's what the Web site set up by the Obama administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says.

There's one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts.

And ABC News has found many more entries for projects like this in places that are incorrectly identified.

Late Monday, officials with the Recovery Board created to track the stimulus spending, said the mistakes in crediting nonexistent congressional districts were caused by human error.

"We report what the recipients submit to us," said Ed Pound, Communications Director for the Board.

Communications Director Pound has unwittingly served up what may yet be the best rebuttal for both ObamaCare and the Obama Keynesian economic policy that is reeking havoc on jobs recovery and the economy. Garbage In, Garbage Out. The federal government has no idea what the effect their spending extravagance has on the U S economy with the exception of two metrics: government jobs created (that still can't be accurately located) and the deficit. While the politicians and bureaucrats in Washington scramble to recover this embarrassing fumble, populists and businesses around the country are organizing around opposition to Obamacare and a liberal elitism that has manifested a political tone deafness not seen in decades.

It was assumed that the 1993 Clinton administration agenda was perhaps the most disconnected policy agenda of a generation; however it may turn out that the Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda will doom more Democrats than Clinton and LBJ combined.


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Comments (26)

Hmm, looks like Sheriff Joe... (Below threshold)

Hmm, looks like Sheriff Joe is taking too many naps in the jail house rather than patrolling.

I am today announcing my... (Below threshold)

I am today announcing my candidacy for Arizona's 15th Congressional District!!

I may run for some of the 300+ OTHER imaginary Congressional Districts mentioned on the Stimulus site...but this one is close (I think).

Vote for me!!

Okay. Send me my absentee ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Okay. Send me my absentee ballots, and I'll fill out a couple dozen for you, Justrand!

LOL! I just looked up my ho... (Below threshold)

LOL! I just looked up my home state of NC, and, apparently we now have a 14th, 37th, 86th, 24th, 99th, and 00 districts! We only have 13.

Interesting how the districts with the lowest payouts are all the ones held by Republicans, other than the 8th.

"Biden run</str... (Below threshold)
Marc:

"Biden run stimulus oversight watchdog, there are jobs being created in Congressional districts that know one knew existed."

And "they' say Palin wasn't qualified to be VP.

Biden couldn't start a fire in a match factory.

JLawson...THANKS!! I'm on ... (Below threshold)

JLawson...THANKS!! I'm on my way! Sooner or later I'll need an entourage and a private airport, but I'm looking to John Murtha (D-CosaNostra) to help me work out the details.

I've got my motto ready:

'Arizona-15, the best place imaginable!'

what do ya think??

Justrand, you got my vote.<... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Justrand, you got my vote.

I'm thinking if there are phantom districts in Kansas it would be a prefect place for Dorthy to start a House campaign.

Dorthy [Wizard of Oz] has a certain ring to it doesn't it?

Should'nt You have to be ab... (Below threshold)
914:

Should'nt You have to be able to pass at least 2nd grade math to be considered Presidential material?

Apparently not. Affirmative action is a sick Joke played on all of us.

These of course are the num... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

These of course are the numbers posted AFTER the initial gross reporting errors were discovered. THESE figures have been "triple-checked." I see some blitzed bureaucrat lifting his rubber stamp thrice, just managing to strike the page with each stroke.

In fairness to the Administration, if you crunch the actual numbers they do seem to do a much more efficient job of creating (or "saving"!) jobs in the nonexistent districts than in the real ones. There was one real district in Arizona (I think) where $3.25 million in stimulus money had gone to create (or "save"!) ONE job. ONE job. Okay, so it was a really, really GOOD job, but still . . .

What the heck did we expect, after all? The government to do a great job creating (or "saving"!) jobs? After it's track record of doing so much else so well?

Justrand, you have all my v... (Below threshold)

Justrand, you have all my votes, too. And those of all my dead relatives and my cats and dogs.

There are places in Chicago... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

There are places in Chicago where I like to dine. The food is truly inspirational. And we all should drawn on inspiration.

Justrand, from the great state of CT (home of C. Dodd - when he's not hanging out in his little cottage in Ireland) 137 votes from UOG. "Vote early, vote often."

The confusion about Congres... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The confusion about Congressional districts that don't exist is understandable given the number of votes that were cast for Obama from those districts, and as part of the political payback, the administration made sure they got a share of the stimulus money :-)

Obama's mistake was in touting transparency and trusting the lame stream media to look the other way.

Marc : Couldn't start a ... (Below threshold)
Rich:

Marc : Couldn't start a fire in a match factory


I have to remember that. It would be fun to have a whole article on just sayings like this. There are a lot of people with a some of the best humor reading here.

Rich

Just a prelude to the reapp... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Just a prelude to the reapportionment from the 2010 U.S...err White House Census.

I truly believe no errors i... (Below threshold)
Matt:

I truly believe no errors in reporting were made. The "faulty" districts were reported so funds could be committed and disappear. The money for those "districts" was stolen and used to line someones pockets or campaign chests.

914:Shoul... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

914:

Should'nt You have to be able to pass at least 2nd grade math to be considered Presidential material?

Apparently not. Affirmative action is a sick Joke played on all of us.

No racism there, eh?

It's here, every day, and you all look the other way and condone it.

You claim you're not racist, but you never speak up against it when it is right in front of your noses... because?

Vic

Vic ?so thinking tha... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

Vic ?
so thinking that affirmative action allows unqualified people to advance is racism ?

Affirative Action is RACISM ... it is the clearest example of racism in America today and YOU can't even acknowledge it ...

You think you're not racist but if you defend Affirative Action you clearly are one ...

Justrand, I support your ca... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Justrand, I support your candidacy. You represent the kind of Change(tm) that is needed in the 15th District. It's time this Congressional District had a voice in Worshington.

I just mailed you a large imaginary campaign contribution.

I had to chime in and help ... (Below threshold)
JustRuss IT1(SW) USN [reitred]:

I had to chime in and help the VIC understand. Affirmative Action works on the basis that women and people of color are somehow less able to get a job or promotion on their own.

Basing ANY decision in hiring practices on skin color makes you a racist. You simply show your bias FOR colored persons and AGAINST average white people.

The difference VIC is that we do not call RACISM! at every turn, because saying that someone of color is wrong based on facts (whether you agree with those facts or not) is different than saying someone is black and therefor must be wrong. Saying that someone who was more qualified for a job was passed over for a colored person because they were WHITE is not racist, it is pointing out a fact.

Vic.. Nice try at hijacking... (Below threshold)
Ran:

Vic.. Nice try at hijacking a thread. Want to address the issue now?

"Vote for me!!2. P... (Below threshold)
914:

"Vote for me!!

2. Posted by Justrand | November 17, 2009 9:43 PM | Score: 11 (11 votes cast"

I cast My support for You in 7 districts across the country that like Barrys mystery states, do not exist.

If You like to travel to everywhere Your neither needed or wanted even if it's just to bow in submission to a town mayor? The taxpayers have Your back & good luck!

If it's true the government... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

If it's true the government spent $16 MILLION on that website, someone in Barry's administration should be taken out and HUNG!

Barrys in charge, albeit al... (Below threshold)
914:

Barrys in charge, albeit alledgely, so He takes the blame.

914 believes it aughter be ... (Below threshold)

914 believes it aughter be a requirement that a run at pretender to what now does us for a "presidency" (all the vast criminal enterprises more commonly referred to as the modern "Democratic" potty have put up as their candidate, these past hundred-and-fifty-odd years) be able to pass at least 2nd-grade math.

Just as well he didn't include the present pretender and new (replacing the almost-as-odious Colon Bowell) permanent poster person for both the Peter Principle and infirm-ative action in his 2nd-grade requirement, though. His KINDAGARTEN records are sealed! Seems this manifestation of evil, this awful product of the casual coupling of a loose Kansas kid with an obsession with and for third-world males and some or others of the latter, couldn't make even grade-school without pulling the race card, Vic.

(And, dear Vic, please do not confuse your own and/or other Lumpen berserkers' projectile projection around these parts of the fascissocialist psychopathology -- and the way that makes you feel -- with either the ideas (which for the most part are way beyond your ability to grasp) or the sentiments of those of us who revere our beloved fraternal republic's Laws, traditions, institutions and history whose posts you are privileged to peruse on these threads.

Everything you feel here, including those especially riveting feelings you interpret as your "thoughts" and translate into the verbalized bowel burblings you post -- belong entirely to you)

As I commented to Glenn Rey... (Below threshold)

As I commented to Glenn Reynolds earlier, we need to cool it about the "nonexistent" districts. Actually, many of these exist - it's just that they're Districts for State Representative, not for the national Congress. The problem isn't reporting nonexistent districts, but failing to distinguish between Congressional districts and state house districts. It's still a brazen display of stupidity, but let's get the facts right that we're complaining about.

Maybe they could get the Co... (Below threshold)
Saterp:

Maybe they could get the Corps of Engineers working on this....oh, wait...




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