Did White House Inflate Stimulus Results?
The news that is not White House approved...
The stimulus has created 30,000 jobs... or so we thought. According to a new AP report, it looks like even that number is inflated.
The AP says that in many cases jobs were counted as many as four times. A Colorado company claimed that thanks to the stimulus it had created over 4,000 jobs. The real number: less than one thousand. And a Florida child care center reported that it saved 129 jobs when in reality it just gave pay raises to its existing employees.
The White House did not take kindly to this report. It fired back just 10 minutes after the article appeared, saying that the AP, "looked only at the earlier data posted, representing just 2 percent of Recovery Act spending. The data errors cited by AP... are not significant to the total job count... that will be posted on Friday."
Well, if the early data is any indication of what's to come, we should be in for a real treat.
Blame It on Bill
The rocky relationship between President Obama and the Clintons is about to encounter even more turbulence. In a new book set to hit stores next week, Barack Obama's former campaign manager David Plough reveals why Hillary Clinton was not picked to be vice president and all the blame is being placed on former President Bill Clinton.
Apparently Barack Obama was seriously leaning towards Hillary as his running mate, but later told his advisers, "I think Bill may be too big a complication. If I pick her, my concern is that there would be more than two of us in the relationship."
Have fun explaining this to the Clintons, Mr. President.
The Meltdown is brought to you by Dr. Steve Running, the founder of the Climate Change Studies Program at the University of Montana. He is also the author of a Nobel Prize-winning paper on climate change.
During a radio interview, Dr. Running explained what the effects of the Democrats' cap-and-tax bill would actually be. It looks like this is another example of Democrats misleading you, the American people:
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DR. STEVE RUNNING, UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA: If the U.S. passed a cap-and-trade and other countries did not, it wouldn't work. It would ruin the U.S. economy and it wouldn't save the climate, either.
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Isn't it Al Gore who likes to say that the debate is settled on this issue? I guess he never talks to his fellow Nobel Prize recipients.
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