Thursday, November 19, 2009 Numbers Embarrass Obama’s Bureaucrats

News reports of grievous mistakes in numbers reported for job creation on the stimulus web site have been popping up ever since the first claims by the Obama administration that the stimulus appropriations have saved or created 640,000 jobs to date. Now the worst of all seems to be a report that stimulus spending of $761,420 in Arizona’s 15th Congressional District has created 30 jobs there. The problem? There is no 15th Congressional District in Arizona!

House Appropriations Chairman David Obey said it best: “The inaccuracies are outrageous, and the administration owes itself, the Congress, and every American a commitment to work night and day to correct the ludicrous mistakes. We designed the Recovery Act to be open and transparent. Whether the numbers are good news or bad news, I want honest numbers and I want them now.” In a surfeit of understatement, Vice President Biden acknowledged, “We know this is not 100% accurate. Further updates and corrections are going to be needed.”
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