Thursday, January 14, 2010

Caller: Missouri forces fabricated reports on "stimulus" jobs

Minutes ago on KMOX, I was listening to the Rush Limbaugh Show in my car before stopping for lunch.  I caught a conversation between Limbaugh and a caller who chose to remain anonymous.  The caller identified himself as the superintendent of a Missouri school district that through the state's funding formula received money from the federal "stimulus" plan.  In the Fall of 2009, Missouri officials required this superintendent to complete a report stating the number of jobs created with or saved by the federal funds provided.  The district had not hired any additional personnel and had not planned to lay anyone off before receiving them money so, being an honest man, the superintendent reported to the state that no jobs had been created and no jobs had been saved.  A few days after submitting the accurate report, a state official contacted the superintendent and informed him that he was not allowed to report zeros.  Instead, he was ordered to submit a new report claiming that jobs were created or saved with "stimulus" money.  Not wanting to bite the hand that feeds his district, the superintendent complied and submitted a fabricated, false report.

As Rush commented, if it happened once, we can bet that it happened on many, many such reports.  (Is there an investigative journalist in the state?)

Do not believe any of the government figures on jobs created or saved.  They are fictional.

The truth is that the "stimulus" plan was an abject failure.  It failed to stimulate the economy and failed to hold down the unemployment rate, as the Democrats, including the president, claimed it would.  The only thing that it succeeded in doing is creating a massive political slush fund and driving up the national debt at a rate and to heights never seen before.

And unless they're stopped, the Democrats are ready to do it again.  Keep the pressure on and throw the bums out of office as soon as you get the chance.

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