What is the most wasteful kind of big government stimulus spending of all? It is all the money that Obama allocated for places that don’t actually exist, like Arizona’s 15th district. (Seriously: “Arizona”!!) In fact, listed a bunch of statistics about jobs that were created and saved in places that aren’t even real. “We report what the recipients submit to us,” said Ed Pound, Communications Director for the [Recovery] Board. Ha… oh, dear! Might be one less “job saved” in this Ed Pound’s congressional district, assuming either of those exist.

See, people just mail in these things, you know! It’s called “human error”—ever heard of it? It means “declining, out of sheer laziness, to Google a single fact before posting them on this government website”:

Pound told ABC News the board receives declarations from the recipients – state governments, federal agencies and universities – of stimulus money about what program is being funded.

“Some recipients clearly don’t know what congressional district they live in, so they appear to be just throwing in any number. We expected all along that recipients would make mistakes on their congressional districts, on jobs numbers, on award amounts, and so on. Human beings make mistakes,” Pound said.

Some of these federal agencies have never even heard of their own congressional districts, that’s how closely they work together.

[ABC News]

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  1. I’d like to be critical of this, but I actually have no friggin’ clue what the number my congressional district is. So it’s really quite to know that I can just make up a number when filling out important government forms. Maryland 32nd?

  2. This would be a great tax return strategy–I don’t know what “income” I earned, and damned if I know how to find out, so I’ll just throw in any number.

  3. I thought was program for Republicans who spent like drunken gamblers and are still in denial by blaming this economic shit pot on Blarney Fwank.

  4. [re=460092]Spike[/re]: Hey, I know my congressional district! But then I only learned it when my Congressman was on Colbert, and 2 is an easy number to remember.

  5. IL-9 represent, holla. I’m pretty sure I exist, but I’m pissed that my zip code alone has gotten over $7 million in grants from this NOBAMA-porko-communistic-ulus (or whatever the wingnuts are calling it these days) and not a dime has gone to me. That’s some bullshit.

  6. [re=460099]ez[/re]: Rosco Bartlet is my rep, so I guess it is the 6th. I thought it might be the 8th, but apparently not. Seriously, what percentage of normal people(ie, non-political-blog people) actually know their congressional districts?

  7. Wingnut ABC News, aka Sarah’s Pals, doesn’t bother to report that a government agency attempting to track expenditures in a transparent way is totally innovative in Washington DC. Isn’t a major purpose of transparency to allow the public to monitor the program and let the government know if there are discrepancies? Here the system is working exactly as it should, and ABC News treats it like a mining disaster. They are just as conservatively biased as Faux News, just a bit more into covering their tracks. And their local news shows are the home of Happy Talk, which has destroyed what little credibility network-based news had left. “Hey, don’t worry about Afghanistan, we’re going to show you a tape of a dog that can drive!” Mickey Mouse should not be running a news organization.

  8. [re=460157]lawrenceofthedesert[/re]: This is a shame, because Jennings-era ABC was way above any of the other networks; his coverage of 9/11, and the subsequent “war on terror” was surprisingly nuanced and reserved. But this was when “nightly news” still mattered, of course.

    Heh, mining disaster. Little billy stimulus is down the well!

  9. [re=460204]Mad Brahms[/re]: Fuckin’ cancer. And it turned right almost immediately after he died, as if Disney was just waiting to pounce on the news division.

  10. Gasp — they got some facts wrong — therefore it’s a big conspiracy! The whole thing is broken! The recovery isn’t real! The moon landing was faked! Shaped charges!
    And frankly, this doesn’t surprise me one bit. Work in IT and see how many calls you get from managers (and other responsible people who should know better) who, when their email doesn’t work, will report that “The whole system is down” or “The network’s broken,” or insist that you do this or that fix before even telling you what’s wrong. Yeah, these are those people.

  11. [re=460142]JMP[/re]: And then there’s the people of Washington, who have an actual fake congressional district & fake Congresswoman.

    You must be speaking of some Washington of which I’ve not heard. Out here in WA 6, Congressman Norm Dicks* be representin’ and bringin’ home the pork bellies seems like, I dunno, forever?

    (Usually pronounced “Norms Dick,” for enhanced comic effect.)

  12. [re=460352]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: You’ve never heard of Washington, D.C., the capitol of the US? Which has a delegate to Congress, Elinor Holmes Norton, who can vote on legislation, but her votes don’t count.

  13. I’ve heard of Arizona but what is this ‘Delaware’ of which people speak? One of the islands captured from the Japanese during the last Good War?

  14. We expected all along that recipients would make mistakes on their congressional districts, on jobs numbers, on award amounts, and so on. Human beings make mistakes,” Pound said.

    Or maybe they knew some people would put the wrong numbers on so the money can’t be tracked???

  15. This kind of laziness actually does make me laugh. It’s not just laziness, but pure stupidity. Congressional districts are done by population meaning that most states aren’t going to have over 15 or so. So, to have a 99th congressional district in the Virgin Islands should have gotten someones attention. Even if it was a typo for (0)9 congressional district, that’d still be FAR too many districts for a territory like the US Virgin Islands.

    God, we’re stupid.

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