The Palmetto Insider

The blog of the South Carolina Policy Council

Government Stimulus Figures Still Don’t Add Up

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Just days after a national uproar regarding the apparent funneling of stimulus dollars to non-existent congressional districts – news the Policy Council broke in South Carolina – the U.S. government has revised its data related to Recovery Act spending.

However, the new information raises still more questions.

For example, in the category of Jobs Created/Saved by ZIP code, Recovery.gov lists 5,186.7 jobs having been created or saved in the 29201 ZIP code (Columbia). This is correlated with $399,700,409 in stimulus funding.

By comparison, in the 29211 ZIP code (also Columbia), $640,467,845 is listed under stimulus funding, but zero jobs have been created or saved in that area, according to Recovery.gov.

In fact, more than 90 South Carolina ZIP codes that have stimulus money associated with them but have no jobs created or saved listed, according to the government’s Web site.

Dozens more have had fewer than 10 jobs created or saved. Among those: ZIP code 29801 (Aiken) where $191,270,648 is listed but just three jobs have been created or saved.

It’s unclear whether the government is just counting money already handed out or is also adding in money scheduled to be handed out. It’s also unclear if the job numbers being touted are for jobs already created or saved, or projected to be created or saved, said R.J. Shealy, spokesman for the South Carolina Comptroller General’s Office, which is tracking the stimulus dollars flowing through state agencies.

“The only thing that’s clear is that you can’t have faith in these job numbers,” he said.

Earlier this week, the Policy Council reported that the government claimed to have allocated $40.75 million in stimulus money and created or saved 52.4 jobs in South Carolina’s 7th, 12th, 16th, 32nd, 43rd and 45th districts, along with District 00. The problem is none of those districts exist.

Nationwide, the Franklin Center reported that $6.4 billion had been spent in 440 phantom districts.

That was followed by a series of reports nationwide on the flawed information relating to the $787 billion economic stimulus package.

Thursday, a congressional committee tried to determine whether the flawed data was the result of a propaganda effort meant to show that the Obama administration’s economic policies are working, or were they simply clerical errors?

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Written by Cotton Boll Conspiracy

November 20, 2009 at 3:54 pm

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  1. […] the recovery.gov Web site so that it no longer lists nonexistent congressional districts, the embarrassment and damaged credibility continue. In ZIP code 29211, for example, recovery.gov reports stimulus spending of more than $640 million, […]

  2. […] Last month, there was a national uproar regarding the apparent funneling of stimulus dollars to non-existent congressional districts – news the Policy Council broke in South Carolina. Days later the U.S. government revised its data but the new information raised still more questions. […]


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