Obama lied, No Shovel Ready Jobs

October 17, 2010


Obama Shovel


Brooks: Obama Told Me “Shovel-Ready” Jobs Don’t Exist Last Year


DAVID BROOKS, NYT: Yes. Well, I shouldn’t have confessed this. He said this to me off the record about a year ago. But it hasn’t…

JIM LEHRER: Off the record? So, then you can’t talk about it.

DAVID BROOKS: Yes, because Peter Baker is a better journalist than I am, because I couldn’t get him to go on the record with that thing.

JIM LEHRER: He said this to you a year ago?

DAVID BROOKS: It was obvious. I mean, you are trying to build a stimulus package. And when they were trying to build it, believe me, they would have loved to have filled it with infrastructure jobs. But the projects just didn’t exist. They couldn’t do it. They couldn’t find them. (RCP)

$6.4 billion in Porkulus money spent in phantom districts?

Any thrill of getting extra representation in Congress got muted by the fact that the Obama administration apparently added more phantom Congressional districts (440) than actually exist now (435), and that they somehow showed $6.4 billion in Porkulus money going to these nonexistent districts.  Watchdog.org has tracked down the massive failure to check data at Recovery.gov, the reporting arm of Porkulus for the White House: (read more)


Recovery’s Phantom Districts









2 Responses to “Obama lied, No Shovel Ready Jobs”

  1. David Brooks: Obama told me “shovel-ready” was a crock…a year ago
    By Michelle Malkin • October 16, 2010 05:43 AM


  2. Obama: No shame over shovel-ready sham
    By Jonah Goldberg
    Sunday, October 17, 2010 – Added 17 hours ago

    Back in early 2009, President-elect Barack Obama was asked on “Meet the Press” how quickly he could create jobs. Oh, very fast, he said. He’d already consulted with a gaggle of governors, and “all of them have projects that are shovel-ready.” When Obama revealed the members of his energy team, he explained that they were part of his effort to get started on “shovel-ready projects all across the country.” When he unveiled his education secretary, he assured everyone that he was going to get started “helping states and local governments with shovel-ready projects.”

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