Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Would An Abbacus Help To Accurately Count Jobs "Recovered"?

Recently, Vice President Biden reported that the Stimulus Program had created a huge number of jobs. If you have 41 minutes to spend to watch him - what the hell is the matter with you?? Oh, no wait - sorry. Ahem. I meant to say, if you have the time, you can watch Biden announce all of the many jobs recovered below in this "clip" (and I use the term loosely):

Isn't that great?? Well, it would be if it was actually true. But it is not. For instance, did you know that Puerto Rico has 99 districts? Nope, me, either. Because they don't. They have 1 (one). How about Arizona? Heck, they've got at least 38 (thirty-eight), right? Oh, wait, no they don't - they have 8 (eight). The alleged "recovered jobs" bragged about by Biden and how our stimulus money is being spent don't quite match up. I know, big surprise (almost as much as the following report being on ABCNews):

Wow that's some "state of the art system" you got going on there, Joe. And I am SOOOOO sure that all of the problems are the result of people not knowing in which district they live. Oh, sure. Because it is so difficult to access that information. I mean, really, you might need to make a PHONE CALL or something. Or look it up on "the internets," if it isn't in the area in which you live. Because then, you could just take a little look-see at your voter registration card! Gosh, I am just stunned that they would not be getting these numbers right!

Speaking of jobs, check out these headlines:

This is exactly why so many of us are concerned about the Government running our health care system. Can you say fraud? If they cannot even get this right, how are they going to adequately address issues of life and death?? I don't think even an abacus could help out there ...


Anonymous said...

Rev, I just couldn't get past the first 10 seconds of Boo and his shout-outs. I wanted to, really I did, but...

Love that ABC questioned the numbers, but I do so long for the days when a reporter would actually investigate what they were told. Human error? Well gosh, maybe we should investigate and uncover the truth!

And wouldn't you think that before the administration put UP those numbers, they'd verify them? Nah, I guess not. Just toss under the bus the people who DID put up the numbers, right? It's all THEIR fault.

I do have one question, though. What exactly is a "saved" job? Is there a place on the reports that asks, "how many people were you going to fire but didn't?"

On a completely different note, how nice would it have been for "philanthropist" Bill Gates to have used some of his billions of dollars to help save even a few of the 5800 jobs at Microsoft, the company that made him one of the richest men in the world? Just sayin'.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

I hear ya, SF - you did well! :-)

That's the thing - abt the "saved" jobs - now a university in CA is saying the jobs the Feds counted were never in jeopardy in the FIRST place. They are just padding their numbers wherever they can. It is pathetic.

There was a really good discussion abt this on America's Newsroom this morning, but they take a while to get their videos up, and I had to go to an app't. Anyway - they take a more critical look at these numbers compared to ABC's "Oh, gee - wonder what happened??"

What the hell has happened to journalism?!?!?!

Anywho - good effort listening to Boo! :-D