President Obama also ensured through the stimulus package that union members would get a fair shake via the Department of Labor. The 1199 Service Employees International Union League Job Security Fund grabbed in excess of $2 million. What does the fund provide? According to the SEIU website, the fund is to be used to place laid off workers in new jobs. But if that can’t be achieved – and how could it, exactly? – the laid off workers are given extra unemployment benefits along with their government unemployment benefits. In other words, we are paying for laid off union members to get unemployment benefits twice.
The Department of Health and Human Services is providing jobs by funding research studies like the one at Emory University on how to get more gay black and Hispanic men to participate in research studies. That study has only cost the taxpayers $998,982. HHS is also providing $939,585 to Boston University to study how effective Massachusetts’ socialized medicine has been in treating “traditionally underserved women” with cancer. Does anyone really doubt what the outcome of that government-sponsored study will be?
And let’s not forget the most important people of all: the people who enable us to track where our money is going. Smartronix, Inc., received an award in 2009 to build the Recovery.gov website. “The scope of this order,” according to the award summary, “is to provide and implement a complete Web solution, known as Recovery.gov Version 2.0 that facilitates maximum transparency in support of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.” That they do – and at the bargain basement price of just over $15 million. That $15 million, according to the website, has created 4.00 jobs.
The stimulus: the gift that keeps on giving.
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