Your tax dollars at work

This CNN headline was just too good to be true:

60 people get jobs from stimulus! SIXTY! That was certainly an efficient use of almost a trillion dollars. Why, 60 jobs in 42 days? That’s 1.4 jobs per day! Sure it’s nowhere near the one two three four million jobs that he promised, but really, over four years, thats over 2,000 jobs.  And if he manages to refrain from passing another stimulus bill, we’ll keep it at under $400 million per job! Man, these must be some kind of jobs, right? I mean, this is the stimulus we’re talking about. I wonder what sort of revolutionary new project these lucky sixty men are working on?

Oh. Highway repair. And it turns out not all 60 were new jobs, but that the new project asking for 60 might allow him to “bring back some laid-off employees.” Oh, and it turns out that the company is being given $2.1 million to complete the six-month project, which comes out to… not really that much after all?

Now I’m not detracting construction jobs, and interstate highway maintenance is one of the few areas where the FedGov actually should be spending money (although this is a state route). But CNN’s grasping at straws here to make something out of nothing, in some sort of vain effort to justify a bloated “stimulus” package, which is not something a respectable news agency should be doing. Not that CNN’s resembled that in years, but still – it’s incredible how hard the media seems to be trying to keep people from realizing how badly we’ve just been screwed by Obama and his band of theives.

But don’t worry. Obama will provide for you.

Obama and LaHood on Tuesday announced the release of $27 billion in funds from the stimulus package “to help states create a 21st-century infrastructure.”

The president said it is part of the “largest new investment in America’s infrastructure since President Eisenhower built the Interstate Highway System.”

Since Eisenhower, man. And we all know how cool he was.

Can anyone take Obama – or CNN – seriously anymore? I certainly can’t.

Help, I’ve been stimulated!

It passed cloture.

And it was more expensive than it was coming in, even though the Senate claims to have “trimmed it down” – trimmed it “down” from $820 billion to $829 billion. And that’s just immediate costs – there’s another $350 billion in planned spending that goes with it.

This brings the total number of pledged funds for bailouts and stimuli to over 9 TRILLION dollars. AWESOME.

The cloture vote was 61-36. The traitors are Specter, Collins, and Snowe it looks like. The real vote happens at noon tomorrow, but with no chance to obstruct it or filibuster it at this point, there is virtually no chance this will not pass.

I think I’m going to stop writing about politics for a while, this is just getting too depressing.