5:28 pm November 16, 2009, by Kyle Wingfield
In the Obama administration’s oft-used phrase “jobs created or saved,” the word “created” has been applied very, well, creatively. The official figures include tens of thousands of jobs that exist only on paper or in the minds of confused people. You might say the job-counters did the counting very liberally.
The AJC’s Jeremy Redmon identified more than 1,500 of these bogus new jobs in an article Sunday. His findings, as well as others from around the country, are summarized on this map compiled by the Washington Examiner.
Now comes a report from ABC News that the figures also break down jobs data into congressional districts that don’t even exist — in Arizona alone, there are 14 non-existent districts cited. In Georgia, more than $6.2 million in stimulus spending is identified in the fictitious 14th, 19th, 21st, 25th, 27th, 86th and 00th. (Is zero-eth a word? Zero-est? New contest: Name the ordinal number for zero! Or, better yet, double-zero! Yes, we can!)
Don’t worry, the Census is in the very best of hands.
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