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Old 07-30-2009, 02:47 AM
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How much are politicians straining to convince people that the government is stimulating the economy? In Oregon, where lawmakers are spending $176 million to supplement the federal stimulus, Democrats are taking credit for a remarkable feat: creating 3,236 new jobs in the program's first three months.

But those jobs lasted on average only 35 hours, or about one work week.
After that, those workers were effectively back unemployed, according to an Associated Press analysis of state spending and hiring data. By the state's accounting, a job is a job, whether it lasts three hours, three days, three months, or a lifetime.

"Sometimes some work for an individual is better than no work," said Oregon's Senate president, Peter Courtney.

With the economy in tatters and unemployment rising, Oregon's inventive math underscores the urgency for politicians across the country to show that spending programs designed to stimulate the economy are workingóeven if that means stretching the facts.

At the federal level, President Barack Obama has said the federal stimulus has created 150,000 jobs, a number based on a misused formula and which is so murky it can't be verified.
Hell...using this logic, Obama could've just gave everyone in the country a dollar to yawn and then consider unemployment at 0%...
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Community police grants to fund 37 new officers for Memphis : Mid-South : Memphis Commercial Appeal

By Bartholomew Sullivan (Contact), Memphis Commercial Appeal
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
WASHINGTON -- The Memphis Police Department will be able to hire 37 new police officers with economic stimulus funding, the U.S. Department of Justice and the office of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., have announced.
The $6.3 million Community Oriented Policing grants will pay all of the salary and benefits of 37 recruits for three years on the condition that the city funds the new officers in the fourth year.
In addition to Memphis, Bolivar in Hardeman County and Lexington in Henderson County, each will receive funding for one additional officer in U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's 7th Congressional District. In U.S. Rep. John Tanner's 8th District, Brownsville will be able to hire one new officer; Dyersburg, three; Humboldt, one; Jackson, 10; and Ripley, two.
"Long-term economic recovery and job creation depend on us having thriving, secure neighborhoods where families feel safe living and working," Tanner said in a statement.
Funding for 122 new, badly needed, officers here disappeared two months ago when the city had to cut the budget. The stimulus gives our town 37 of the needed 122 for three years that we would not otherwise hire now. It also provides 37 jobs that would not have been available otherwise due to the economy. Hopefully between now and then the economy will have improved enough to add more and we can afford them.

Contrary to the subject article, all the stimulus jobs are NOT temporary. I'm sure this is happening all over - this just happened to be local and in my local paper this morning.....
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