More Stimulus Shenanigans

The Boston Globe investigates job-creation claims in the Bay State, and finds something stinkier than week-old chowder:

While Massachusetts recipients of federal stimulus money collectively report 12,374 jobs saved or created, a Globe review shows that number is wildly exaggerated. Organizations that received stimulus money miscounted jobs, filed erroneous figures, or claimed jobs for work that has not yet started.

The Globe's finding is based on the federal government's just-released accounts of stimulus spending at the end of October. It lists the nearly $4 billion in stimulus awards made to an array of Massachusetts government agencies, universities, hospitals, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations, and notes how many jobs each created or saved.

But in interviews with recipients, the Globe found that several openly acknowledged creating far fewer jobs than they have been credited for.

One of the largest reported jobs figures comes from Bridgewater State College, which is listed as using $77,181 in stimulus money for 160 full-time work-study jobs for students. But Bridgewater State spokesman Bryan Baldwin said the college made a mistake and the actual number of new jobs was "almost nothing." Bridgewater has submitted a correction, but it is not yet reflected in the report.

In other cases, federal money that recipients already receive annually - subsidies for affordable housing, for example - was reclassified this year as stimulus spending, and the existing jobs already supported by those programs were credited to stimulus spending. Some of these recipients said they did not even know the money they were getting was classified as stimulus funds until September, when federal officials told them they had to file reports.

"There were no jobs created. It was just shuffling around of the funds," said Susan Kelly, director of property management for Boston Land Co., which reported retaining 26 jobs with $2.7 million in rental subsidies for its affordable housing developments in Waltham. "It's hard to figure out if you did the paperwork right. We never asked for this."

Governments that lie to you are not worthy of respect.

Link via Drudge. Reason Contributing Editor Veronique de Rugy on other bogus stimulus claims here, here, and here.

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  • ||

    Wasn't Joe Biden in charge of all of this stimulus tracking crap?

    Because that would explain a lot of the fuckedupitude.

  • The Gobbler||

    Yes, I believe he is.

  • ||

    Joe Biden: A True Man of Accomplishment. He's the symptom and the disease all rolled into one neat package.

  • ||

    Governments that lie to you are not worthy of respect.

    Now you're just being silly.

  • Episiarch||

    Governments that lie to you are not worthy of respect.

    Seeing as all governments lie, I guess none are worthy of respect?

  • ||

    You have achieved total consciousness, my son.

  • ||

    Well don't just sit there. Bestow upon him his medallion of spiritual awareness already!

  • Episiarch||

    So are you telling me I can dodge bullets?

  • The Gobbler||

    Just put on a ghost shirt.

  • ||

    Easy there, Keanu. Try dodging developmentally disabled kids first.

  • Episiarch||

    WHOA

  • ||

    You have achieved total consciousness

    ...which is nice.

  • ||

    Correct. Little known fact--I'm the next Dalai Lama. The current one is only half here, spiritually speaking.

    Episiarch,

    You can leave this place when you snatch this pebble from my hand, leave no trace after walking on rice paper, pay me a service fee of 25% of your gross income until you die, and pick up this brazier full of hot coals with your forearms.

  • ||

    Matt Welch, how dare you sully The Hopester and his genius plans?

  • Xeones||

    This post is blatantly racist.

  • ||

    What Welch said: "Governments that lie to you are not worthy of respect."

    What Welch meant: "You lie, boy!"

  • hurly buehrle||

    Most surprising news ever: the state that brought you the Big Dig just wasted $4B in stimulus money.

  • kc||

    Actually, what I do find truly surprising is that the Boston Globe reported this. Wow - real investigative reporting! But too little too late, you paragon of the lefty liberal press.

  • Episiarch||

    "'Cause I'm a Masshole-e-o-lio...a Masshole-e-o-lio..."

  • ||

    While I do like "Masshole," I think an acceptable site-specific variation is "Joehole."

  • Episiarch||

    What did you do in the joehole, NutraSweet? CONFESS

  • ||

    Fact: Joe has never received anal sex. He's just that full of shit.

  • Freddy Quimby||

    ...finds something stinkier than week-old chowder:

    That's Chow-dah'! Chow-dah'! C'mon, say it right, Welchie!

  • creech||

    Or the company that sold 9 pairs of workboots and was credited with saving 9 jobs (can't work without the boots can they?)

  • ||

    What did you do in the joehole, NutraSweet? CONFESS

    "RUN AWAAAAY! RUN AWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!~!!"

  • Moose||

    "...which is listed as using $77,181 in stimulus money for 160 full-time work-study jobs for students."

    Apparently, a full-time work-study job can be created for just a little over $482.

    If you figure that into $1 trillion stimulus package, everybody in America should have a couple of full-time work-study jobs now!

  • ||

    Looks like everyone is jumpin on the "Free Money" bandwagon!

    RT
    www.ultimate-privacy.cz.tc

  • Art-P.O.G.||

    Luckily not you. You'd just spend your stimulus money on opium.

  • Rich||

    Governments that lie to you are not worthy of respect.

    But we still have to respect teh *Office*, right?

  • Barry O||

    My stimulus program has saved or created 32,768 jobs in the auditing and blogging industries, reviewing claims about the number of jobs saved or created. There are those would claim that this activity is not contributing to our economic recovery: to them I say, this is the multiplier effect in action.

  • Balls of Iron||

    this is the multiplier effect - inaction.

    FIFY

  • Barry O||

    I just said there was a multiplier. I never said it was greater than 1.

  • ||

    Governments that lie to you are not worthy of respect.

    Remind me again which Reason editors voted for Obama?

  • Matt Welch||

    Among current full-time editorial staff members -- one.

  • ||

    I think Dave voted for Obama twice.

  • ||

    Better than LRC, which spent the majority of the campaign season telling folks "at least Obama will get us out of Iraq!"

  • ||

    Very good Clintonian response. I applaud you for your subterfuge.

  • ||

    C'mon, give me a break. I'm creating or saving millions of jobs for you and all you care about is the math? Grow up everyone. And show some respect!

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