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  • Obama's Failed Stimulus: Alabama Job Numbers Don’t Add Up

    Alabama has received 3 billion dollars of stimulus aid to help “save or create” jobs and cure unemployment. Yet somehow that stimulus aid isn’t helping in curing unemployment or creating new jobs, instead it’s resulting in a state unemployment rate that’s higher than the national unemployment rate of 10.2 percent.

    Here’s an illustration of the stimulus creating jobs in Alabama:

    The Fort Payne Housing Author­ity this year got a $540,071 grant from the U.S. Depart­ment of Housing and Urban Development and mistak­enly reported in early Octo­ber that the stimulus grant would create 7,280 jobs, au­thority director Pamela E. Darwin said Monday…Actually, the grant to re­roof 154 apartments owned by the authority has created 14 jobs, Darwin said, adding that someone at the author­ity meant to type on a fed­eral survey that the grant would create 7,280 hours of work, not jobs.

    But the Obama administration omitted that report from their October 30 statement that the stimulus had created 640,329 jobs. The sham didn’t stop there:

    Besides the Fort Payne Housing Authority, the board in the report cited by ABC News said the national job count also omitted job reports from Shelton State Community College in Tus­caloosa and from Talladega County.

    Worse, other job sector reports showed similarly dismal results:

    Though White House officials are boasting that the stimulus package has created or saved 325,000 education jobs nationwide, that only amounts to 841 in Alabama, according to a newly released report…..State officials estimated in the spring that the $1 billion Alabama schools expected as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would save about 3,790 jobs. But local officials have been cautious about using the money on salaries because of something known as the “spending cliff.”

    With Alabama suffering from over 10.2 percent unemployment, and one of the most precipitous increases in state unemployment rates since September, its people are left wondering what benefit the stimulus package has provided.

    David Weinberger currently is a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

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    7 Responses to Obama's Failed Stimulus: Alabama Job Numbers Don’t Add Up

    1. david shipp says:

      Surely this is no surprise to any one. Spending never got any one out of debt and it certainly does not fix an economy. H.R 25 would fix the economy but that is being ignored since it takes the tax code out of the hands of government.

    2. Vivek says:

      Not quite sure what Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide have to do with this. I think you're just bitter that you didn't get Cavs tickets last night David, and you're taking your anger out on Barack Obama.

    3. Alan Hallmark, Birmi says:

      As a conservative and a member of The American Heritage, I agree that the Stimulus Package and all the money giveaways going on in Washington is going to bankrupt this country and is taking us on a road to Socialism. As an Alabamian and an Alabama Crimson Tide Fan I find it Offensive that you would us a photo of Alabama football Players and Nick Saban, of which has noting to do with this article. You are stooping to tactics used by the likes of the NYT.

    4. ml cole from tn. says:

      What' the BIG deal? Just some more EVIDENCE of some MORE LIES. He's gonna have to apolize to that Wilson boy that blurted out LIAR .He can't open his mouth without lying and now America sees it!! haha

    5. T W Tubbs, Decatur, says:

      Alabama realizes that small business regeneration is the only way to recovery, not government spending. BHO was trounced in Alabama at the polls and will be again, and there are economic forces in all areas of the state that are thriving due to conservatism in values and economics. Liberals have come out of the woodwork here to run for state offices, but our voters are too smart to be duped and we hope to finally turn around the legislature. Nick Saban has turned Alabama into a winner again, and I can't blame you for using his picture since Forbes featured him as a true capitalist among coaches. ROLL TIDE !! And watch our state for great things in the future.

    6. Linda Asheville, NC says:

      Coach Saban and the Crimson Tide football team raise a lot of money to support other athletic teams not to mention academics at Bama. Money they cannot otherwise get from the state and especially not from Obama's "stash" after all Alabama is a solid red state. I am a proud alumna….Roll Tide!

    7. Maahier says:

      Think you started blogging for the same reasons I did:,lucy

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