Many of the third world countries who are ruled by dictatorships lie anbout their economic prowess … there is no hunger in these countries, no one is unemployment, these countries are a paradise for the workers or a “worker’s paradise”. Heath Care for all. Of course the truth has nothing to do with these exaggerated claims … the people wait in long lines for hours to buy poorly made shoes – when there are any shoes to be had at all, food – when it is available – is always short on quality and quantity …. health care is available – for the rich and privledged. The “leaders” of these Countries propagandize – they never admit the truth ……. Such was the case in the old Soviet Union and the Eastern Block countries. Such is the case in Cuba and Chavez’s Venezuela today, Venezuela where electrical power is shut off to the people for up to 4 hours a day ….. Venezuela, one of the world’s leading oil exporters can’t provide electrical power to it’s own people … power that the people had before Chavez took over the Country …… http://cbs4denver.com/wireapnational/Venezuela.announces.rolling.2.1420607.html
Sadly, the Obama Administration has adopted the tactics of these Countries and their oppressive leaders. Propaganda ….
I’m stunned that the Adminstration believes the American People will be duped by it’s most recent actions and claims. A fundamental element of Democracy is the ability of the people to believe, is some part, what its leaders say ……..
Opinion polls show that we, The American People, overwhelming reject the Administrations claims of “stimulus related” job creation. We, The People, reject these claims because every independent organization to review the Adminstration’s claims have rejected the accuracy of those claims.
Even ABC News, one of Obama’s strongest supporters and the the first news organization in what is referred to as the Main Stream Media to endorse Obama, has noted that the stimulus spending has, to date, done nothing to curb unemployment. http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=9527995
ABC News, commenting on a story by the Associated Press noted, “President Barack Obama’s first stimulus has had no effect on local unemployment rates, raising questions about his argument for billions more to address an “urgent need to accelerate job growth.”” “With the nation’s unemployment rate at 10 percent and expected to rise, Obama wants a second stimulus bill from Congress including billions of additional dollars” …….. “But AP’s analysis, which was reviewed by independent economists at five universities, showed the strategy of pumping transportation money into counties hasn’t affected local unemployment rates so far.”There seems to me to be very little evidence that it’s making a difference,” said Todd Steen, an economics professor at Hope College in Michigan who reviewed the AP analysis. And there’s concern about relying on transportation spending a second time. “My bottom line is, I’d be skeptical about putting too much more money into a second stimulus until we’ve seen broader effects from the first stimulus,” said Aaron Jackson, a Bentley University economist who also reviewed AP’s analysis.
“For the analysis, the AP reviewed Transportation Department data on more than $21 billion in stimulus projects in every state and Washington, D.C., and the Labor Department’s monthly unemployment data to assess the effects of road and bridge spending on local unemployment and construction employment. The AP’s analysis found there was nearly no connection between stimulus money and the number of construction workers hired or fired since Congress passed the recovery program. The effect was so small, one economist compared it to trying to move the Empire State Building by pushing against it. “As a policy tool for creating jobs, this doesn’t seem to have much bite,” said Emory University economist Thomas Smith, who supported the stimulus and reviewed AP’s analysis. “In terms of creating jobs, it doesn’t seem like it’s created very many.”
“It would be unlikely that even $20 billion spent all at once would be enough to move the needle of the huge decline we’ve seen, even in construction, much less the economy. The job destruction is way too big,” said Kenneth D. Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America.
“Few counties, for example, received more road money per capita than Marshall County, Tenn., about 90 minutes south of Nashville. Obama’s stimulus is paying the salaries of dozens of workers there, but local officials said the unemployment rate continues to rise and is expected to top 20 percent soon. The new money for road projects isn’t enough to offset the thousands of local jobs lost from the closing of manufacturing plants and automotive parts suppliers.“The stimulus has not benefited the working-class people of Marshall County at all,“ said Isaac Zimmerle, a local contractor who has seen his construction business slowly dry up since 2008. That year, he built 30 homes. But prospects this year look grim.”
So what is the Administration’s answer …. the same as always …. as we are learning …… this Adminsitration is a “one trick pony” – spend more, tax more and increase the deficit ….. Focus on “temporary work” created by Government spending and funnel our tax dollars to corrupt poltical cronies ……
This is not new – this doesn’t represent CHANGE ….. we will get the same old results ……
The Administration has now moved …. not to improve the economy but to change how the Adminstration counts the ficticious jobs created under the first stimulus package …. you remember the laughable “jobs created or saved” reports – you know, where the Administration claimed to have created jobs in fictious zip codes and in Congressional Disticts that did not exist, claims that inlcuded the creation of 50 jobs by buying one lawn mower at a cemetery that employed only 20 people …… The “created or saved” system needed to be eliminated. That system had two fatal flaws – flaws that the Adminsitration could no longer live with. The first flaw, the American People found it to be laughable – no one believed the numbers. The second flaw of the system, the phoney numbers being claimed were not “BIG ENOUGH” …… they needed a bigger lie … because they want more money to throw down this same rat hole. The spurious claim that 640,000 jobs had been created by the first stimuls, simply would not support a call for a second stimulus package.
Why actually put people back to work if all you need do is tell a bigger lie ……
Stimulus: White House changes job-count rule
The White House has abandoned its controversial method of counting jobs under President Obama’s economic stimulus, making it impossible to track the number of jobs saved or created with the $787 billion in recovery money.
Despite mounting a vigorous defense of its earlier count of more than 640,000 jobs, to the stimulus
, even after numerous errors were identified, the Obama administration now is making it easier to give the stimulus credit for hiring.
It’s no longer about counting a job as saved or created; now it’s a matter of counting jobs funded by the stimulus. That means that any stimulus money used to cover payroll will be included in the jobs credited to the program, including pay raises for existing employees and pay for people who never were in jeopardy of losing their positions. http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-01-12-stimulus-counting_N.htm?csp=34
How shameful …… giving lavish pay raises to Government employees, both in Congress and out, at a time of economic crisis like this and then classifying the pay raises as a “new” or “saved” stimulus job.
“Recipients of recovery money no longer have to show that a job would have been lost without the stimulus help, and they no longer are required to keep an ongoing tally of jobs saved or created. The new rules allow stimulus recipients to limit the job tally to quarterly reports, making it impossible to avoid double-counting a job that was created in one quarter and continued into the next.” http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-01-12-stimulus-counting_N.htm?csp=34
Please note that the USA Today article cited in this post (above) was published yesterday, Sunday, January 12, 2010. USA Today, long a supporter of President Obama, cited the Administration’s claim of 640,000 jobs created by the stimulus …. and now …. for the miracles of miracles …. an article from this morning …… Monday, January 13, 2010 ….
Associated Press: White House credits stimulus with up to 2 million jobs.
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is trumpeting a new White House estimate that his top economist calls “stunning”. His stimulus plan has already created or saved up to 2 million jobs.
The analysis is part of the administration’s quarterly report to Congress on the controversial $787 billion package of spending and tax cuts he signed weeks after taking office. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100113/ap_on_bi_ge/us_obama_jobs
Stunning is an understatement …. when we went to bed last night the most incredibly optomistic estimates produced by the Administration, the estimates loaded with jobs in fake zip codes and non-existent Congressional Districts was set at 640,000 and now, presto chango …. nothing up my sleeve …… in less than 24 hours ….. we now have 2 Million Stimulus related jobs …………
This is beyond shameless …. lying about the success of a failed program, lies that won’t put people back to work, put food on tables or prevent even one additional foreclosure …. lies intended to boost the approval ratings of the politicians in the next set of opinion polls ….lies aimed at funneling more money into corrupt Government spending programs ……
Mr. President, frankly I didn’t expect much from you … I hoped for your success if your success was going to be good for our Country…….. I can only imagine how disappointed your supporters must be ….. especially those who thought that by voting for you they were voting for a positive change.
Mr. Presdient we are not stupid …. all we need do is look around to see the truth …… when you send someone out to lie on your behalf the lie still attaches to your reputation ……. take a look at your poll numbers – we are not buying your political double talk any longer ……. November is just 10 months away and we are counting the days …………
Stop the lies ….. stop the back room dealing ……. and keep your promises ….
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