Jobs Created or Saved? "You Lie!" says Boston Globe to Stimulus Recipients

The Boston Globe, blue state of Massachusetts' leading newspaper and home state to liberals Senator John Kerry and Congressman Edward Markey, in its November 12 editorial, "Stimulus helps economy, but exaggerations don't," rebukes local recipients of government stimulus handouts and lectures them on basic economics and ethics:

LOCAL RECIPIENTS of federal stimulus money need a basic economics lesson: You can’t lie your way out of a recession. Sad to say, fibbing on the number of jobs that were saved or created by the stimulus bill won't actually put people back to work. It certainly won’t help secure more federal money, since the exaggerations, once revealed, only serve to fuel skepticism about whether federal spending can indeed stimulate the economy.

The Boston Globe goes on to list examples of outrageous misrepresentations of "jobs saved or created" and sheds some light on the actual, unimpressive effects of this wasteful spending:

Somehow, Bridgewater State College managed to tally 160 full-time student jobs out of $77,181 in federal funding. The college acknowledged the mistake, and said no new jobs were created. One rental-housing agency reported 26 jobs were saved or created because of rent subsidies that it receives every year. The agency blamed the error on confusing paperwork. Other recipients contacted by the Globe counted small cost-of-living raises as jobs being saved, or reported new jobs for work that hasn’t actually begun yet.

Apparently the distortions by stimulus hand-out recipients "suggest a collective belief that jacking up the number of jobs saved would lead to more federal largesse."

The Globe should be applauded for shedding light on this outrageous behavior by hand-out recipients and for raising fresh questions about this ineffective and dreadful use of taxpayer dollars!

Congress and the Obama administration have a lot to answer for in the stimulus bill, and their efforts to make a strict accounting of its benefits are admirable in theory. But the reports provided by Massachusetts recipients did nothing to advance the cause of federal stimulus legislation. Instead, they raised fresh doubts.

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