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Why Not Claim Obama Saved Every Job?

From the Politico:

Obama: Stimulus saved 1 million jobs

By: Mike Allen and Eamon Javers
October 30, 2009

White House officials, under pressure from the economy’s continuing job losses, plan to announce Friday that President Barack Obama’s $787 billion stimulus plan "has created and saved at least 1 million jobs" since he signed it in February.

“We anticipate that these reports will credit the Recovery Act with directly creating or saving about 650,000 jobs,” a senior administration official e-mailed POLITICO Friday morning. “Because these reports show that less than half of the spending through that date created or saved about 650,000 jobs, they confirm government and private forecaster’s estimates that overall Recovery Act spending has created and saved at least 1 million jobs.” …

Once the data is posted, the administration says, visitors to Recovery.gov will be able to see who received funds for each project, when they received them, how they began to spend them and the jobs they have supported so far – all with the help of user-friendly mapping features that allow them to zoom in by state, zip code or Congressional District.

The administration also points out that the reports released today will not capture the job impact of the stimulus’ tax cuts, direct payments to individuals (such as Pell Grants and Unemployment Compensation), and grants and awards of amounts under $25,000 per recipient.

According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics there are currently 154,006,000 people in the civilian workforce. According to the Department Of Defense there are 1,454,515 people on active duty in the military.

That adds up to 155,460,515 jobs.

Why doesn’t Obama just announce that he saved them all?

What exactly is the difference between these jobs and the ones Obama claims he has “saved”?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Why Not Claim Obama Saved Every Job?”

  1. ilzito guacamolito says:

    Why not claim 500 million jobs were created and saved since we probably lost about that many according to San Fran Nan?

  2. Confucius says:

    I’m surprised Obama hasn’t (yet) claimed to have personally birthed 1 million jobs.

    And then saved them by not aborting them.

  3. proreason says:

    “Why doesn’t Obama just announce that he saved them all?”


    In a way, they have already done that.

    They claimed THIS administration brought the country and economy back from the brink of extinction.

    “”It’s safe to say we have stepped back from the brink, that there is some calm that didn’t exist before,” Obama told donors and celebrities at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. He said the stimulus bill that Congress passed three months ago is starting to improve the economy.” the Moron, May 27, 2009.

    At that point, of course, 24.6B of the Stimulus Scam had been spent, and every other economic action the Moronistration had done was simply an extension of of the Bush/Paulsen/Bernacke programs put in place in late 2008.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Along with “transparency”, the new term “jobless recovery” is perhaps the most damning statement. I remember when I was unemployed but I don’t recall feeling particularly “recovered” during that time. Once I started working again, I felt that recovery was on the way but far from “recovered” in the truest sense.

      Get out your Baracktionaries, boys and girls. More new words are on the way.

    • proreason says:

      Rusty, did you pick up yesterday how they are claiming the Recession is over.

      The formal definition of GDP includes “government spending”. I wrote about it yesterday. Rush mentioned it as well at the end of his show, as have many commentators.

      So they can make GDP do whatever they choose, simply by printing more money and throwing it out there. Jobs are not required at all.

      The reasons they didn’t do it earlier is that they wanted it to get worse in 2009 to blame it on Bush, then by Q3 2010 they will be able to claim 4 consecutive quarters of growth…..at any level they choose. In addition, by thowing 30 million out of work, they improve their chances to takeover iron control of the country’s medical system, and hence our lives.

      Marginal changes in GDP are 100% under the control of the criminal government.

      And of course the side benefit is that it will impoverish multiple generations.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Yes, I did follow that and found it enlightening. And angering, of course.

      Because I reason and think in “parallels” that is, “how is what the government doing similar to what someone might do in their private life”, it allows me to simplify. I find that not a lot of other people have this skill, whereas I take it for granted. Those who do share it, I find easy to talk to.

      Liberals, to the greatest extent possible, do not have this skill set.

      But, yes, the information you posted was interesting and every time I come here, which obviously is a lot lately, I learn something new. Mostly, though, it frustrates me. Then I listen to Rush, when I can, and hear the frustration in his voice and it confirms that many millions of people are most likely in a similar mindset.

      Bottom line though is that more than ever thought possible, the government, such as it is, is playing the people as the stupidest forms of life on the planet. And…I dunno…maybe to a large extent, we are. It all just seems like such a very bad show, though.

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    Well yeah .. He did. Got the Olympics, too!

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And yet, the AP gets different info:

    Gov’t says stimulus saved or created 650,000 jobs


    By MATT APUZZO and BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE, Associated Press Writers Matt Apuzzo And Brett J. Blackledge, Associated Press Writers – 1 hr 5 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – About 650,000 jobs have been saved or created under President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan, the White House said Friday, saying it is on track to reach the president’s goal of 3.5 million jobs by the end of next year.

    New job numbers from businesses, contractors, state and local governments, nonprofit groups and universities were scheduled to be released publicly later Friday. White House economic adviser Jared Bernstein said the figures will show that, when adding in jobs linked to $288 billion in tax cuts, the stimulus plan has created or saved more than 1 million jobs.

    The data will be posted on recovery.gov, the web site of the independent panel overseeing stimulus spending.

    “It’s a great example of the unprecedented transparency, where the American taxpayer can point and click and see their taxes creating jobs,” Bernstein said.

    Why yes….yes it is.

    Government recovery plans — everything from the $787 billion stimulus to tax credits for buying new homes to government deals on new cars — are credited with helping the economy grow again after a record four straight losing quarters.

    But the job market has yet to show signs of recovery, putting pressure on the White House to show that the stimulus was worth its hefty price tag.

    This is perhaps the most insulting sentence of all. Along with the previous sentence, which lies that our economy is “growing”, this sentence says “hefty price tag”. A hefty price tag is $1,000 for a new washing machine. Over a trillion in new spending is beyond the beyonds and will wreck our economy but good for generations. Why the press is so eager to embrace it tells me that NOBODY in the media has any idea where the money is supposed to come from.

    When it is released Friday, the new data will be the largest and most complete look at how the stimulus money has been spent so far. The White House promised the data would be far more reliable than the first batch of numbers on federal contracts, which the administration initially embraced, then branded a “test run” after thousands of errors were discovered.

    Teachers are expected to represent the largest number of jobs in the report. With state budgets in crisis, federal aid helped governors avoid major cuts in education, which officials said spared hundreds of thousands of teachers from the unemployment line.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Barry took time off the campaign trail to deliver the good news?

  7. Yarddog1 says:

    While the caviar and bubbly flow freely in DC one only has to take a ride around any city to see businesses closing on a daily basis. Malls are nothing but empty storefronts.

    Manufacturing plants are also shutting down. We are losing a BF Goodrich plant and 1000 jobs fifty miles from Montgomery.

    I am sure the situation is not much better for the rest of the country. When inflation sets in things will get much worse.

    Collect some non-perishables and get a good water filter. Some means of protection will also be essential. Have a plan. When the supply chain breaks down one won’t have the convenience of the local grocery store. When the trucks stop running you’ll be on your own.

  8. proreason says:

    via Tapper, more that 1/2 of the jobs “saved or created” are teachers.

    “Of the 640,329 jobs cited today, White House officials said 80,000 were in the construction sector and more than half — 325,000 — were education jobs, despite President Obama’s claim in January that 90 percent of the stimulus jobs would be in the private sector. Bernstein said Mr. Obama’s pledge was an assessment of the totality of the jobs saved or created by the end of 2010.”


    We can safely assume that a very high percentage of the other jobs “cited today” were also government jobs.

    Now, teachers are necessary in life, but how much more necessary are they than the other occupations in which millions of jobs have been lost? Those occupations include work that puts food on your table, fuel in your cars, and shelter over your head.

    And of course, while the wealth of the nation declines, why should it be that teachers above everything else, are the people to be saved.

    But we know the answer, don’t we. Teachers have a lifetime sinecure and in repayment for that, they vote Democrat. It’s great for them.

    Because it is the rest of us that pay for them. Whether we have jobs or not.

    (as an aside, I read the other day what rings true as a key reason for the decline of education in this country. 50 years ago, because of the way society was structured, a high percentage of the most skilled women who wanted to work became teachers. Now, almost all women work, but the most skilled have access to occupations that are much more financially rewarding than teaching. Makes sense to me. Beware what you wish for.)

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