The Obama administration has taken some heat and mockery for using the nebulous and non-economic term of jobs being “saved or created” by the $787 billion stimulus program.
So it’s gotten rid of it.
In a little-noticed December 18, 2009 memo from Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag the Obama administration is changing the way stimulus jobs are counted.
The memo, first noted by ProPublica, says that those receiving stimulus funds no longer have to say whether a job has been saved or created.
“Instead, recipients will more easily and objectively report on jobs funded with Recovery Act dollars,” Orszag wrote.
In other words, if the project is being funded with stimulus dollars – even if the person worked at that company or organization before and will work the same place afterwards – that’s a stimulus job.
We pointed out back on December 21st, 2008 that “saved or created” was just a BS way for Obama to claim whatever he wanted on the jobs front. But now that has worn off – it didn’t help that jobs were “saved or created” in non-existent Congressional districts, ya know? This, then, forced Obama and Co to choose – start telling the truth, or come up with a new lie.
It was inevitable that a new lie would be chosen – telling the truth is simply not the default position of Democrats. Geared towards lying about themselves ever since the elder Bush crushed Dukakis pretty much simply because Dukakis was identified as a liberal, Democrats have raised the art of the Big Lie to proportions never seen before. What they haven’t learned is that while the Big Lie can work for a while, it can’t work forever – and people have had just about enough of it, thanks very much.
November can’t get here fast enough…
UPDATE: All those “shovel ready” projects? Spending on them didn’t help in the least.