ABC's Jake Tapper notes the administration's mishandling of jobs figures that have come out of Porkulus:
The Obama administration has taken some heat and mockery for using the nebulous and non-economic term of jobs being “saved or created” by the $787 billion stimulus program.
I can understand that. Especially with all the money being funneled into non-existent Congressional districts and zip codes, along with the fuzzy "new" math used to count jobs that were "saved or created", which, as Tapper reports, sits at over 640,000.
So it’s gotten rid of it.
In a little-noticed December 18, 2009 memo from Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag the Obama administration is changing the way stimulus jobs are counted.
The memo, first noted by ProPublica, says that those receiving stimulus funds no longer have to say whether a job has been saved or created.
“Instead, recipients will more easily and objectively report on jobs funded with Recovery Act dollars,” Orszag wrote.
Tapper notes the obvious:
In other words, if the project is being funded with stimulus dollars – even if the person worked at that company or organization before and will work the same place afterwards – that’s a stimulus job.
In other other words, Porkulus has now been proven to be a failure and a lie. It was meant to have borrowed Chinese dollars put into "shovel-ready" projects (and we know what's being shoveled) to stimulate the economy and keep unemployment from getting out of hand. Those who aren't paid shills of the Democratic Party saw that this was ridiculous, having now been proven correct as unemployment has gone way beyond what The One and his puppets had predicted.
I fully expect the number of Porkulus "stimulus jobs", as now defined by the administration, to match what The One promised. Never mind that it's a hypocritical lie; Obama will never let the truth get in the way of a talking point.
It will also give The One and Congressional Democrats the green light to work on another travesty, Son of Porkulus.
(Hat tip: Lucianne.com)