Wait — How Many Jobs?

Politico: ‘White House Brass Split on Stimulus Stats’

White House advisers appearing on the Sunday talk shows gave three different estimates of how many jobs could be credited to President Obama’s Recovery Act.

The discrepancy was pointed out by a Republican official in an email to reporters noting that “Three presidential advisers on three different programs [gave] three different descriptions of the trillion-dollar stimulus bill.”

Valerie Jarrett had the most conservative count, saying “the Recovery Act saved thousands and thousands of jobs,” while David Axelrod gave the bill the most credit, saying it has “created more than – or saved more than 2 million jobs.” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs came in between them, saying the plan had “saved or created 1.5 million jobs.”

Any surprise here? Of course not. The only way for this administration to come up with a straight and consistent answer with regard to how many jobs were “saved or created” is if they all sat down in the Blue Room or something and decided on a number. That they didn’t even bother to do that only shows the levels of ineptitude in this White House, not to mention an admission of the fact that the so-called “stimulus” package was never about jobs in the first place.

Even if it was, even if the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act had done everything correctly–well, to do everything correctly would have been to not pass it at all–and truly used the $787 billion for shovel-ready infrastructure projects and across-the-board tax cuts for everyone, there still would be no way to actually measure how many jobs were “saved or created.” It’s like taking someone who has a severe peanut allergy and calculating the amount of calories they did not consume over a lifetime by avoiding peanut butter and everything else. It’s just impossible.

But when it comes to bending the truth, fudging the numbers and manipulating the discernment of the people, this administration looks at it with three words: yes we can.

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