"Stimulus" Fuzzy Math of the Day: No Hope for Michigan in "Stimulus" Plan

Townhall.com Staff

11/17/2009 7:45:00 AM - Townhall.com Staff
Guest post from Mattie Duppler with the Center for Fiscal Accountability

Michigan, which has the highest unemployment in the nation, is not faring any better because of the so-called “stimulus.” In fact, the $5.2 billion slotted for the state has, according to a Free Press analysis, “created or retained virtually no jobs.” In a state that has been hit hardest by the recession, it seems the President’s poorly-conceived plan has had, if anything, had the effect of creating part-time summer jobs for teens, providing for COLA adjustments and rental assistance.

In a nod to the na?vet? that guides the administration’s economic policy, White House Economic Advisor Jared Bernstein claimed: "It looks to us like the program is unfolding much as we hoped in Michigan.”

Amongst other things, this would mean the White House hoped the “stimulus” would, according to the Free Press, have the following effects:

If this is what the administration had hoped for in its grand disbursal of taxpayers’ money, no wonder Vice-President Biden thinks the “stimulus” has worked beyond his “wildest dreams.”