Tuesday, August 23, 2011

More Amazing Examples of Stimulus Spending

This August 22, 2011 Fox News report tells about a $490,000 federal grant that created 1.72 jobs.  (Yes, the decimal point is in the right place.)
According to Recovery.gov, the U.S. government's official website related to Recovery Act spending, the project created 1.72 permanent jobs.  In addition, the Nevada state Division of Forestry reported the federal grant generated one full-time temporary job and 11 short-term project-oriented jobs.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/22/taxpayer-union-slams-stimulus-project-for-lack-jobs-officials-say-it-wasnt/#ixzz1VrYBAW14
A project summary provided by Conrad showed an even lower amount of full-time jobs, with 1.37 full-time employees at the Las Vegas Nursery.
Conrad explained that the number of full-time jobs is low because most of the tasks, such as planting trees or driving plants from the nursery to participating schools or parks, are given to individuals on a short-term basis via a temp agency. For example, 11 people were hired temporarily for different aspects of the project, such as planters, trainers, drivers, and individuals to develop programs.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/22/taxpayer-union-slams-stimulus-project-for-lack-jobs-officials-say-it-wasnt/#ixzz1VrYLGMLO
Obama for a while promoted the idea that he was a modern FDR.  At least programs like CCC and WPA, no matter how wasteful they might have been, put vast swarms of unemployed people to work, and the nation ended up with substantial public works projects that are still in use today: schools, post offices, national park facilities. Obama's crowd does not seem to even be that competent.

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