Gifts piled high on the table

Pretty packages of fraud, waste and abuse all wrapped and ready for the Stimulus Porkulus Birthday Party!

From the LA Times:

Who could forget the $5 billion in Obama administration stimulus money that was going to rapidly create nearly 90,000 green jobs across the country in these tough economic times and make so many thousands of homes all snuggy and warm and energy-efficient these very snowy days?

Well, a new report due out this morning will show the $5-billion program is so riddled with drafts that so far it’s weatherized only about 9,000 homes.

Based on the initial Obama-Biden program promise that it would create 87,000 new jobs its first year, that would be about 10 jobs for each home weatherized so far. Makes for pretty crowded doorways.

I wonder if the 87,000 imaginary jobs counts in the “created or saved” numbers from the WH.

ABC News reports that the General Accountability Office will declare today that the Energy Department has fallen woefully behind — about 98.5% behind — the 593,000 homes it initially predicted would be weatherized in the Recovery Act’s very first, very chilly year.

The Energy Department is run by Steven Chu, like President Obama a Nobel Prize winner.

Which obviously means the department is destined for failure.

You’ll never guess what the federal government blames for the lack of significant progress.  RED tape.  Not duct tape. Not weatherstripping. But that infamous RED tape. In the form of, well, forms.

It seems that the Pelosi-Reid stimulus plan that was so quickly cobbled together and was supposed to immediately pump so much money into the sagging economy last year included an 80-year-old legal provision requiring all federally funded projects to pay a prevailing wage to workers.

 Actions have consequences.  So does passing a bill  boondoggle “so quickly cobbled together.”

The Energy folks did tell ABC they’ve so far spent $522 million Recovery Act dollars on the program. Which works out to, let’s see, about $57,362 worth of very expensive weatherstripping for each home fixed up so far.

Pundette marked the first birthday of the Stimulus yesterday with excellent links for further reading. 

 

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