Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Considerable quote

“If I give you a raise, it is going to save a portion of your job."

~ Health and Human Services spokesperson Luis Rosero, explaining how stimulus money used to increase salaries should be counted as "saving jobs."

Got it?

Update: But wait. It gets worse. Here's how those "saved jobs" were counted:
At Southwest Georgia Community Action Council in Moultrie, Ga., director Myrtis Mulkey-Ndawula said she followed the guidelines the Obama administration provided. She said she multiplied the 508 employees by 1.84 — the percentage pay raise they received — and came up with 935 jobs saved.

"I would say it's confusing at best," she said. "But we followed the instructions we were given."

Note that 508 multiplied by 1.84% works out to 9.35 jobs, not 935.

It's bad enough that the Obama administration invented the concept of a "saved job" to spin the failure of the "stimulus" plan. (Same lousy product in a new, flashy package!) It takes the charade a step further by claiming that the "saved" job is really worth more than a job. Then it adds absurdity to the madness by failing to check its own specious math, overestimating the farce by a factor of a hundred.

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