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Homeschoolers: if you created jobs in a district that doesn’t exist, how much would that stimulate the economy?

Arizona map of Congressional Districts seems to be missing some data. I wonder who moved the district boundary lines.

Homeschoolers generally include Arizona Civics and History and Geography in their curriculum, so this shouldn’t be a very difficult question:

How much money does it take to save or create jobs in Arizona’s 86th district?

A quick internet search (for those who have forgotten) for the Congressional District map shows the document on the left, with a total of eight districts.  However, federal government reports indicate that massive amounts of money have been spent (with jobs saved or created) in Arizona’s 9th and 86th districts.

The United States government has set up a fascinating website on Recovery.gov to show how the stimulus funds are being spent.  The following article from ABC news reports that non-existent districts all across the nation have received funds and numerous jobs have been positively affected.

Here are some interesting notes about these reports:

  • ABC is reporting on these discrepancies.  I thought ABC only reported on things that gave a positive side to the news from the administration.  Perhaps this is a REALLY big deal.
  • If you take the administration figure of 640,329 jobs that have been created or saved, divided into the $159 billion spent, the average cost per job is $248K.[1] I wonder if the people hired are happy with their wages?
  • Numerous errors have been found in the number of jobs reported–some as high as ten-fold what the actual numbers are. [1] [2]
  • When the numbers were crunched to reflect cost per job, Jared Bernstein, chief economist and senior economic advisor to the vice president, called that “calculator abuse.”[3]
  • Just a brief check of the funds spent near my home in Arizona yields many projects worth hundreds of thousands of dollars which have zero jobs reported saved or created.


ABC NEWS Exclusive:  Jobs ‘Saved or Created’ in Congressional Districts That Don’t Exist

Recovery.gov Lists Millions Spent and Hundreds of Jobs Created in Districts Not on Map

By Jonathan Karl

Nov. 16, 2009

Here’s a stimulus success story: In Arizona’s 9th Congressional District, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that’s what the website set up by the Obama Administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says.

There’s one problem, though: There is no 9th Congressional District in Arizona; the state has only eight Congressional Districts.

There’s no 86th Congressional District in Arizona either, but the government’s recovery.gov Web site says $34 million in stimulus money has been spent there.

In fact, Recovery.gov lists hundreds of millions spent and hundreds of jobs created in Congressional districts that don’t exist.

Read more about this exclusive report.

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