View Full Version : $70M Created 7.8 Jobs-Corruption Or Incompetence?

10-21-2010, 08:34 PM
Thursday, October 21, 2010

<span style="color: #CC0000">Stimulus Works: Los Angeles Spent $70 Million In Stimulus Funds To Create 7.76 Jobs </span>

A new piece of evidence has emerged in the debate over the effectiveness of President Obama's 2009 stimulus package, and it's not good for Democrats. According to two newly released audits performed by the Los Angeles controller, L.A. spent enormous portions of the $594 million in stimulus funds it receivedon projects that created or saved just a handful of jobs. All told, the audits available here and here [pdf]Link: http://controller.lacity.org/stellent/gr...ityp_011642.pdf (http://controller.lacity.org/stellent/groups/electedofficials/@ctr_contributor/documents/contributor_web_content/lacityp_011642.pdf) examined $111 million in stimulus spending by the city's Department of Transportation and found that the money went to projects that created or retained just 54 jobs. That works out to roughly $2 million per job.

The $71 million that went to the Department of Public Works, which funded 15 road-surfacing and similar projects, was projected to save or create 238 jobs. But according to the audit, the money created just 7.76 jobs or slightly more than $10 million per new job and saved 37.7 (the fractions are a result of calculating the number of jobs by hours worked).

The Department of Transportation's $40 million created or retained just nine jobs, the audit found.

10-22-2010, 03:41 AM
My vote is both.

Where is the left decrying waste?


10-22-2010, 06:19 AM
I have been saying since the whole stimulus idea first surfaced, that the government can not stimulate the economy. The economy is based with consumers and private business. The only way the government can inject cash into the economy is to just print more of it, which is inflationary, or take it from the economy in the form of taxes, and then put it back. When they do that, it somehow doesn't end up in the hands of those they took it from, so there is no "stimulus", only redistribution.

It's not brain surgery, but for some reason, the leftists refuse to grasp this very simple economic concept.