The Obama administration has taken some heat and mockery for using the bogus non-economic term of jobs being “saved or created” by the $787 billion stimulus program. Guess what, "you aint seen nothing yet." As Woody Allen said in Bananas It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.
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.“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.
Is it me, or have they changed the description every time the numbers look bad?
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.”How about counting the number of times someone mentions the word "jobs" at every office, or if that doesn't show good numbers, they can count the number of words mentioned with the letter "j."
OMB spokesman Tom Gavin said that after talking to funding recipients, good government groups, Democratic and Republican members of Congress and the Government Accountability Office, the administration decided to change its counting mechanism.How about Using Jobs Created, just like the "big-boy" honest economists do
In its November report, titled “Recipient Reported Jobs Data Provide Some Insight into Use of Recovery Act Funding, but Data Quality and Reporting Issues Need Attention,” GAO specifically made recommendations as to how to change the counting procedures, saying the Obama administration should “consider being more explicit that ‘jobs created or retained’ are to be reported as hours worked and paid for with Recovery Act funds.”
“Instead of putting the GAO report on a shelf as is typically done we took the recommendations to heart,” Gavin told ABC News. “The changes are designed to make the definitions clearer, to simplify the process, and to increase the accuracy of the data that’s reported.”Come on Gavin, its simply a political way to reflect a larger number
But Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote to the chair of the Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board Earl Devaney saying that “the new guidance counts every jobs that is funded using stimulus money – even if it existed before the Recovery Act, and was not in any danger of being eliminated – as ‘created or saved.’ This definition ignores the plain meanings of the words ‘created’ and ‘saved’ and makes Recovery.gov’s ‘ ‘JOBS CREATED/SAVED’ label a falsehood, further eroding the confidence of the American people in their government.”
“It’s funny,” Gavin says. “A lot of the people who are being critical of this effort to simplify the process are the same people who three months ago were complaining the process was too complex.”Once again Obama chooses not to understand, people were complaining because the created/saved number was a lie. Now you have substituted it with a bigger lie. If they truly want to simplify the process, then they should admit the stimulus didn't work, and look for a different way to spur employment, like tax cuts.