Stimulus Creates Jobs In Fake Districts, Conspiracies By Real People
When ABC's Jonathan Karl found some stimulus money going toward Arizona's 15th congressional district, according to Recovery.gov, it sounded alarm bells in the anti-stimulus world. See, Arizona has only eight districts. Could it be that the government is secretly hiring Clarence Beeks?
Karl spoke to Ed Pound, Recovery.org's communications director, who attributes the crazy secret ninja stimulus money to human error. Those damn humans!
Of course not everyone's buying the "honest mistake" excuse. Not Bugalow Bill's Conservative Wisdom:
Even if it was a mistake, our government has expanded so much, that it wouldn’t take much time to look up their addresses and fix the mistake. I guess they are too busy on their coffee breaks. I think all these numbers of jobs Obama have saved are unproven pathos designed to save the failure in the White House. The Americans getting their pink slips aren’t buying it.
Some other blogs did their own sleuthing, and the Missouri-based doubleplusundead found shenanigans in their own state:
Without sounding too conspiracy minded, something tells me that something fishy may be going on with the recovery claims. Or the O-Bots will simply claim this was a misprint. Either way, "Sheriff" Biden needs to look into this.
And for the Line of the Week (55-and-Over Department), here's Jim Geraghty at the National Review:
We should have caught on quicker when we saw listings for jobs created in Bloom County, Gotham City, San Andreas, Sunnydale, and Sodor.
Bloom County and Grand Theft Auto references side by side? Personally I'd have used Hyrule, so I probably shouldn't be throwing stones.
Hopefully the humor used in the reporting of this story leads people to believe it was a clerical error, rather than a secret money laundering scheme. Mistakes happen all the time, while corruption is commonplace only in the Magical World Of Jerry Bruckheimer. Jonah Goldberg (I really don't subscribe to NRO, contrary to what it seems) once wrote, and I'm paraphrasing, that people believe either government is run by brilliant people with evil intentions, or adequate people with good intentions. Bureaucracy or Idiocracy. Pick your sociological poison.