The Democratic chairman of the House Appropriations Committee is demanding greater accountability from the the Obama administration after gross inaccuracies were found on a government Web site that tracks jobs purportedly saved or created by the $787 billion stimulus plan.
The site -- Recovery.gov -- is under fire for posting a number of jobs created in congressional districts that don't exist and for accepting unrealistic data from several reporting outlets.
For instance, the Web site reported that 30 jobs were saved or created with $761,420 of federal stimulus spending in Arizona's 15th Congressional District. One problem with the claim -- the state has only eight districts
The site also lists 12 other non-existent districts in Arizona where jobs were reportedly saved or created. It also lists imaginary districts in at least three other states, including Oklahoma, Iowa, and Connecticut.Embarrassingly enough, the web site is still up and as of the time of this posting was still advertising bogus jobs and bogus expenditures in bogus congressional districts. I happen to have first hand knowledge that little old Rhode Island (li'l Rhody) happens to only have two congressional districts. However, the web site reports stimulus funds being spent in five Rhode Island Congressional districts.
More Number Crunching: What is even more embarrassing is that they publish these numbers as if they are something to be proud of! Do they think we should be happy with the fact that each job supposedly created in Rhode Island cost tax payers $335,355? Does that sound good to any body? I am pretty confident that the jobs supposedly created are not six figure jobs and would not be worthy of a $335,355 investment by even the most aggressive speculator.
I know, I know; I can hear Tony Soprano now; "Don't worry aboud it!"