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$383,000 Stimulus Spent at Hollywood Spa for Georgia Teachers

February 5th, 2010 1 comment

Your Stimulus $$ at Work, Vacations for Teachers

DEKALB GA: Georgia teachers this week are staying at the posh Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and Spa for an educator’s conference. Those in attendance from the Dekalb school district include 39 principals, 32 assistant principals, 45 teachers, 50 reading and math coaches, and 20 central office staff. Remember that the Dekalb contingent is just a small part of the national conference attendees. Georgia school district tax payers don’t have to worry though– they are off the hook. This trip is being paid for by Obama stimulus funds.

Stimulus money from Washington is often discussed in terms of “shovel ready,” designated for construction projects that are supposed to create jobs for unemployed Americans.

But the DeKalb County School System has decided to use stimulus money to attend a four-day conference sponsored by America’s Choice, which a schools spokesman calls “a great thing.”…

[Schools spokesman Dale] Davis said the school system will spend $91,500 for conference registrations and another $291,400 for hotels, flights, meals and incidentals. That’s a total of $382,900 in federal tax money. In an email, Davis wrote, “I am happy that you are expressing interesting in this training opportunity for our employees. We are focused on student improvement. America’s Choice is in partnership with the district to help improve the academic success in 40 of our lowest performing schools.” Atlanta WSBRadio

So the school district couldn’t fit them into a gym for an assembly? This is the type of fraud you can expect when you give Congress a credit card with no spending limits. Oh wait… Congress does have a spending limit: $12.394 trillion. But they decided it wasn’t high enough and just gave themselves a $1.9 trillion credit line increase, bringing their limit to $14.3 trillion.

Congress needs to take your money so they can give to folks that will vote for them, and that certainly includes teachers. When they run out of your money, they’ll spend your children’s money, and then your grandchildren’s, all in order to pay back those who got them elected, and you are letting them do it. Read more…

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Federal deficit $176 billion in Oct, revenues plunge, spending high

November 12th, 2009 No comments

WASHINGTON: The AP reported an hour ago that the Federal deficit hit a record high in October, $176.4 billion. (Just billions… nothing to worry about, now that the trillion has become the new billion). This comes during a time of plunging revenues while at the same time Congress is spending borrowed money at a record rate.

According to Martin Crutsinger and Daniel Wagner of the AP:

The deficit for the 2009 budget year, which ended on Sept. 30, set an all-time record in dollar terms of $1.42 trillion. That was $958 billion above the 2008 deficit, the previous record holder. [Emphasis added]

October was the 13th straight month to show a monthly deficit — another record. It was the fifth-largest monthly deficit ever.  Martin Crutsinger and Daniel Wagner, Newser.com

The 2008 deficit, the previous record holder: $462 billion. The 2009 deficit: $1.42 trillion, three times larger than the largest deficit on record. And to think some in Congress are calling for Stimulus II.

You can see the effect on the National Debt at our running counter on the right. We hope US citizens are saving money to pay all this back. Either that or voters might want to start thinking about replacing this administration.

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More Phony Job Stimulus Numbers

November 1st, 2009 No comments

Obama Jobs Cost 6x MoreWASHINGTON: Get us some oxygen. Staffers at the NIP passed out when they saw the “revised” job stimulus numbers last Friday. Early in the AM Recovery.gov was still reporting 30,383 jobs created or “saved” by the stimulus. (Read our coverage of those numbers here.) When the AP had examined those numbers they found 1 in 6 were bogus. We thought it odd that Robert Gibbs retorted at the time that the AP had found “only 5000” phony jobs.

Sometime later on Friday the “revised” numbers were posted. That was when we needed the oxygen. Not in our wildest dreams did we think the WH would “revise” the claim upwards to 640,000, dropping the percentage of bogus jobs from 16.7% to .8%. Pretty audacious.
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White House Puts Out Phony Job Stimulus Numbers

October 29th, 2009 No comments

WASHINGTON: The AP reviewed a sampling of jobs purportedly created by the $787 billion stimulus package as reported on Recovery.gov. According to the site’s original estimate reported by the NY Times on October 15 the government on claimed some 30,000 jobs have been created. If you do the math that is $26,233,333 per job.* We sense more jobs coming soon due, this time in Hollywood for the new show “Do You Want to Be a Stimulus Multimillionaire?”

AP Reporters Brett Blackledge and Matt Apuzzo report that a sampling of less than 9,000 of these jobs show that half of those examined or nearly 5,000 jobs were simply not created. It appears that ACORN alumni are working in the polling department at the White House: Read more…

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