Monday, January 25, 2010

Obama administration: "Effects of stimulus unplottable, but trust us - they're wicked good..."

Look, we all know that the PorkStimulus Bill damaged the economy. We know that the real number of jobs "saved or created" by that piece of economic idiocy is large and negative. So you'd think that the administration claiming that it worked, sending flacks out to defend it with fictional numbers, would at least send them all out with the same fictional number, if only as "corroborative detail to give an air of verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative."

You'd think so, but you'd be wrong...
White House advisers appearing on the Sunday talk shows gave three different estimates of how many jobs could be credited to President Obama’s Recovery Act.

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Valerie Jarrett had the most conservative count, saying “the Recovery Act saved thousands and thousands of jobs,” while David Axelrod gave the bill the most credit, saying it has “created more than – or saved more than 2 million jobs.” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs came in between them, saying the plan had “saved or created 1.5 million jobs.”
If they made up one number and everyone used it, it would take some work, some examination, to demonstrate that it was false. When they're all just making up their own, it becomes obvious that there isn't a real one.

Barack Obama - combining the honesty and forthrightness of Bill Clinton with the competence of Jimmy Carter...

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