Half of America laughed when Obama attempted to claim that his failed stimulus has “saved or created” [insert made-up number here] jobs. Most of Obama’s claims were right out fraud and lies. Stimulus money was being sent to nonexistent congressional districts and zip codes. Now it looks like Obama wants to change strategies and try something new to trick his weak-minded followers.
Jake Tapper reports:
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.
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.
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.
This change has not yet hit the Recovery.gov website, which lists 640,329 “Jobs Created/Saved as Reported by Recipients.”
Ed Pound, the spokesman for the Recovery Board — which is charge of Recovery.gov — tells ABC News “since OMB is not going to use ‘jobs created or jobs saved’ any more, we’re not going to use it either.” He said Recovery.gov will probably use something more like “jobs reported by recipients where Recovery funds were expended.”
Wonder why the Obama camp wants to stop using this mythical phrase? 640,329 jobs “saved or created” while losing 4 million in 2009 makes Obama believe we are heading in the right direction. Only liberals, and Obama fluffers, can fall for numbers like this and keep a straight face when informing the taxpayers that the stimulus is working.
The Obama administration is so transparent. They believe that people will fall for this slight of hand trick and believe their next new phrase for job creation. Maybe the Obama administration will get rid of the 10 % unemployment phrase?
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