It’s official

Posted by: Phineas on December 7, 2010 at 2:01 pm

President Obama’s pork-laden monstrosity stimulus program was an absolute failure:

Wilson’s study makes an important contribution to this debate by focusing on state-by-state comparisons. A large portion of stimulus funding at the state level was based on criteria that were entirely independent of the economic situation that states faced. For example, the number of existing highway miles was used to calculate additional transportation spending.

The study uses this resulting variation in state-level stimulus funding to determine what impact ARRA funding had on employment — including both the direct impact of workers hired to complete planned projects, as well as any broader spillover effects resulting from greater government spending. Administration economists have repeatedly emphasized the importance of this indirect employment growth in driving economic recovery.

The results suggest that though the program did result in 2 million jobs “created or saved” by March 2010, net job creation was statistically indistinguishable from zero by August of this year. Taken at face value, this would suggest that the stimulus program (with an overall cost of $814 billion) worked only to generate temporary jobs at a cost of over $400,000 per worker. Even if the stimulus had in fact generated this level of employment as a durable outcome, it would still have been an extremely expensive way to generate employment.

In other words, on the advice —nay, the insistence!— of the President and (Social) Democratic leadership, we borrowed and blew over $800 billion dollars… for nothing! Well, except for unused airports, frozen fish sperm, and coke for monkeys, among other things.

Actually, it was less than nothing, for the study shows how assistance to state Medicaid programs actually cost jobs:

Interestingly, federal assistance to state Medicaid programs appears to have decreased local and state government employment. One possibility is that requirements to maintain full Medicaid benefits in order to receive federal aid proved sufficiently expensive that state governments pushed though additional rounds of layoffs in non-health related areas.

Oh, well done, you geniuses. Go ahead, pat yourselves on the back. Trusted by the voters to heal a sick economy, you acted like drunken sailors in a brothel on payday and actually made it worse. And now we’re stuck with your hangover. High fives and group hugs all around!!

It’s no wonder the voters took you to the woodshed last month. It is a wonder they didn’t have you shot.

Via Gay Patriot and Hot Air.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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4 Responses to “It’s official”


  1. Carlos says:

    Well done, indeed! Their planned takeover of the government nanny features remains right on schedule, without so much as a bump in the road due to the election results a month ago.

    Why? Because the “opposition party”, also known as the Republicans, are as much on board with the jackasses’ ultimate plan as the jackasses, only the Repubs just want to go a little slower.

    You see, the Republican leadership says all the wonderful things they think us rubes want to hear, but go about their business of expanding government anyway because us stupid rubes are dumb to them, too, just like to the jackasses.

    They’re all arrogant, they’re all narcissistic, and they’re all after power, not a free country.

  2. Jo says:

    Carlos, you are probably right about that. I just laugh whenever our Empty Suit in Chief babbles on about THE AMERICAN PEOPLE and all he and ‘his party’ are doing to help us when everything they do ends up harming us further. I just wish he would shut up about the AMERICAN PEOPLE. The only ones he is interested in are the Union leaders, his black voter base and all the rest of the Libtards. He hates ‘his enemies’ as much as he hates America itself.

  3. Carlos says:

    In his mind, Jo, America IS the enemy.

  4. Tango says:

    ….bein’ a little hard on drunken sailors aren’t ya ST?