The Washington Times reports that 440 'phantom districts' were listed on Recovery.gov as consuming $6.4 billion and creating or saving nearly 30,000 jobs. There are only 435 actual congressional districts.
Even Democrats are scandalized, and if they are thinking about passing more jobs (stimulus) legislation through Congress, they should be prepared to hear a lot more about these errors. "The inaccuracies ... are outrageous, and the administration owes itself, the Congress and every American a commitment to work day and night to correct the ludicrous mistakes," Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.), chairman of the House Appropriations Commitee and a chief author of the stimulus bill, told The Washington Post.
Americans aren't warm to the stimulus already, which makes it a continued, prime target for the GOP. According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, 23 percent of Americans think the stimulus hurt the economy and 39 percent of respondents said it has made no difference.
Tough numbers. Even the correct ones.
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