The news that is not White House approved...
Despite being slammed by the Associated Press Thursday for overstating the number of jobs created by the stimulus, the White House was at it again on Friday.
The administration says the stimulus has directly created or saved exactly 600,329 jobs. Here is White House propaganda minister, Robert Gibbs, speaking to reporters Friday afternoon:
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WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY ROBERT GIBBS: For those that have said the stimulus or the recovery plan aren't working, you're hard pressed to back that statement up with the figures that have come out in the last couple of days.
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There you go again, Robert.
Well, let me bring your attention to a few new stories you may have missed this week that expose glaring errors in how those jobs were calculated. For example, The Courier Journal revealed: "One contractor reported creating 4.7 million jobs, which is an 'obvious error' that should have been caught."
And there's The Denver Post story that says a Colorado state economic report claimed 4,600 jobs were created or saved. But after further review, the state had to downgrade that number to only 830 jobs.
And don't forget the Colorado company that said it had created 4,231 jobs when in actuality, well, it was fewer than one thousand.
I don't know, Robert. I think you need to soon revise your statement again and again until you get it right.
Democrat John Murtha and several of his colleagues on the House's powerful Defense Subcommittee are under investigation by not one but two ethics offices on Capitol Hill. Quite an accomplishment.
Now, Murtha and his gang are under scrutiny for what looks like a pay-to-play scheme. Now, they took huge campaign donations from the now defunct lobbying group, PMA, and then set aside over $200 million in earmarks for the group.
Other committee members under investigation include Virginia Congressman Jim Moran and Indiana Congressman Peter Visclosky. In all, seven members of the subcommittee are under official investigation. And that's almost half the committee's total membership.
It looks like the Democrats have done a great job of cleaning up Washington since they took over.
Buy Your Way to D.C.
From Capitol Hill to the White House, none of the Democrats seem particularly interested in changing Washington's corrupt ways. Now, on the campaign trail, remember, the president said this:
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We've had enough of the same old thing. It's time to bring about real change to Washington. And that's the choice you've got in this election.
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But it doesn't look like the president is too interested in following through on that promise.
USA Today reports that 40 percent of the president's top-tiered donors — those who gave $500,000 or more to his campaign — have been awarded with jobs in the administration ranging from the executive branch to diplomatic posts overseas.
But hey, if you're looking for work, there's an easy answer: Hand over some money to the president and his campaign and you'll have a job in no time.
Florida Fights Back
Congressman Alan Grayson has developed quite the reputation of late. Over the past month, he has claimed Republicans want sick people to "die quickly." He's accused Republicans of facilitating a Holocaust. And he's called a top government economist a "whore." He's even trying to turn those outrageous comments into fundraising opportunities.
But a group of embarrassed Floridians have had enough. And they have now helped launch a website called Mycongressmanisnuts.com.
Visitors to the site are encouraged to donate money to a political action committee dedicated to defeating Grayson in the year 2010.
There's a site I am going to be sure to earmark and bookmark. Earmark, that's Washington speak. Bookmark, that's computer speak.
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