“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
"Saved or created" means save face by creating numbers
Recovery.gov reported that 30 jobs were saved or created with $761,420 of federal stimulus spending in Arizona's 15th Congressional District. One problem with the claim -- the state has only eight districts
Talladega County of Alabama, claimed that it had saved or created 5,000 jobs from only $42,000 in government money -- which would amount to $8.40 in annual income per job if each position received an equal amount of funding....
...nearly $6.4 billion was used to "create or save" nearly 30,000 jobs in 440 non-existing districts, including in New Mexico's 4th, 22nd, 35th and 40th Districts. New Mexico has three Congressional Districts.
"I was alarmed to see that Democrats have spent $3,582,587 to create five jobs in Florida's 86th congressional district, " said Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Fla. "In the fighting 53rd they spent $460,000 of your taxpayer dollars to create zero jobs."
Florida has 25 U.S. Congressional Districts.
The same accountants are being used by Pelosi and Reid to turn a three trillion dollar health care bill into one that only reportedly costs $999,999,999,999.99, because that last penny is the deal breaker.