Is Obama’s Administration god-like?
November 17, 2009 Leave a comment
Can they speak and things just happen? If Obama says there are 57 states, do 7 more magically appear? If they make up congressional districts to prove that Stimulus money is being spent wisely, does that mean that the States automatically get a few more Congressmen? In other words, can they speak things into existence? It’s a valid question, but the obvious answer leads me down the path of even deeper questions. For instance, where exactly did all that money go? If the people who sanctioned it can’t keep up with it, then who knows where in fact it went. Any ideas. Feel free to discuss in the comments below.
Here’s a stimulus success story: In Arizona’s 15th congressional district, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that’s what the Web site set up by the Obama administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says.
Discrepancies on government web site call into question stimulus spending.
There’s one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts.
And ABC News has found many more entries for projects like this in places that are incorrectly identified.
Late Monday, officials with the Recovery Board created to track the stimulus spending, said the mistakes in crediting nonexistent congressional districts were caused by human error.
“We report what the recipients submit to us,” said Ed Pound, Communications Director for the Board.
Pound told ABC News the board receives declarations from the recipients – state governments, federal agencies and universities – of stimulus money about what program is being funded.
“Some recipients clearly don’t know what congressional district they live in, so they appear to be just throwing in any number. We expected all along that recipients would make mistakes on their congressional districts, on jobs numbers, on award amounts, and so on. Human beings make mistakes,” Pound said.
The issue has raised hackles on Capitol Hill.
Rep. David Obey, D-Wisc, who chairs the powerful House appropriations Committee, issued a paper statement demanding that the recovery.gov Web site be updated.
“The inaccuracies on recovery.gov that have come to light are outrageous and the Administration owes itself, the Congress, and every American a commitment to work night and day to correct the ludicrous mistakes.”
Honestly though, what other kind of error is there? Really, come on. To pass the blame on to the recipients for being too stupid to know their own district number? What ever happened to fact checking before publishing? I mean, it’s just a suggestion, but if I knew my neck was on the line for something this big, I might want to do a quick Google search before hitting the Publish button.