150 Reasons Why Barack Obama Is the Worst President in History by Matt Margolis & Mark Noonan

150 Reasons Why Barack Obama Is the Worst President in History by Matt Margolis & Mark Noonan

Author:Matt Margolis & Mark Noonan
Language: eng
Format: mobi
Tags: Nonfiction
ISBN: 9780615794754
Publisher: Victory Books
Published: 2013-03-29T23:00:00+00:00

115.Stimulus Money, Jobs Saved or Created in Phantom Districts

Despite a weak economy still suffering from high unemployment, Obama argued that his 2009 Stimulus worked. Regularly referring to jobs “saved or created” by the stimulus, Obama painted a picture of himself as the man who single-handedly saved our economy.

To help document the success of the stimulus, a government website, recovery.gov, was set up as part of the stimulus bill. This site tracked how and where the stimulus money was spent, and how many jobs were “saved or created.”

There was, however, a major problem. The website was reporting on money spent and jobs “saved or created” in congressional districts that did not exist.375 According to Watchdog.org, there were 440 non-existent congressional districts that received $6.4 billion in stimulus funds, to “create or save” nearly 30,000 jobs.376 There were other problems with the website as well: According to recovery.gov, a single lawn mower purchased with stimulus funds to cut grass at an Arkansas cemetery “saved or created” fifty jobs.


Despite the absurdity of the data, the Obama Administration had been using the recovery.gov stats to prove that the stimulus bill was a success. Stimulus recipients were blamed for input errors, but the site could have easily been designed to prevent inaccurate data from being inputted, a feature the Obama Administration apparently didn’t think was necessary.377

There were also questions about how stimulus money recipients can know how many jobs were “saved or created” because of the money they received. Instead of being a beacon of government transparency, recovery.gov became a huge database of faulty data used by the White House to overstate the success of the stimulus bill.


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