August 21, 2010
Obama, looking for jobs in all the wrong places
As the ‘Summer of Recovery' tour rolls down the lost highways of America it is getting more and more difficult to find those pesky ‘jobs saved or created' by the vaunted stimulus bill. On Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio Mr. Obama was able to find another example of his economic success story. The Dispatch reports that.
The president spoke at the North Side home of architect Joe Weithman, and both Obama's comments and information from the White House touted Weithman's work on a project that the president said was being at least partially funded by the $787 billion stimulus bill passed last year.
"What we've been trying to do is to build infrastructure that puts people back to work but also improves the quality of life in communities like Columbus," Obama said in his remarks. "So Joe is an architect, and he's now working on a new police station that was funded in part with Recovery Act funds."
Another Obama economic miracle. So far this project has saved two jobs and Mr. Weithman may add another employee at some future date. If you think that sounds like a stretch to prove how the stimulus fraud is working, then you'll love what follows.
According to Paul Rakosky (a Democrat) the Columbus Finance Director, the project isn't a police station but rather the renovation of a warehouse that the city purchased in 2007, which will be used as the Columbus Police Department's new crime lab and property storage. Rakosky also revealed that the $300,000 in funding for Weithman's design work was not provided by Mr. Obama stimulus program.
So it appears as if BHO flew into Columbus on the tax payers dime to tout the success of his stimulus bill in saving two jobs for a project that isn't what he said it was and wasn't funded by his wonderful stimulus program. Actually this is a step in the right direction, it is far better than holding an event at a ‘green technology' battery factory which continues to lose millions of dollars in tax payer provided subsidies with no hope for change in their bottom line.