Today’s political cartoon was drawn by Lisa Benson.

Obama's Stimulus Game

I’ve played carnival games before, but I’ve never been hit with player fever: “Just once more! This time I just know I’ll win!” We’ve already had a near-trillion-dollar stimulus, and the results have been less than advertised, as demonstrated by the following graph borrowed from Gateway Pundit:

Stimulus Jobs

You can see the unemployment numbers President Obama’s administration said the U.S. would have, with or without the huge stimulus plan. It was passed, but reality has shown that the administration should hang up their crystal ball because they cannot predict the future with any accuracy. Face it — the stimulus has been a failure to stimulate the economy and jobs, but it has been a success for feeding money to state governments and unions.

But President Obama isn’t done spending your money yet. Welcome to Son of Stimulus! No, the administration will tie their tongues in knots before they call this “infrastructure spending” another stimulus package. But *quack* *waddle* *poop* — yeah, it’s a duck, I mean stimulus.

Vowing to find new ways to stimulate the sputtering economy, President Barack Obama will call for long-term investments in the nation’s roads, railways and runways that would cost at least $50 billion.

So what did we get with the $862 billion spent in the first stimulus that we need to spend another $50 billion for our roads, railways, and runways? Obviously that first stimulus didn’t go to roads, railways, and runways. It went to fund stupid stuff like replacing windows in a Mount St. Helens visitor center that was closed in 2007, funding computerized dance software, or providing funds for a underground tunnel in Pennsylvania already described as a “tragic mistake” by Gov. Ed Rendell. And those are just the first three of 100 stimulus projects singled out in this report.

But government succeeds in throwing your money around with great abandon. That pinch you feel in your wallet right now is President Obama reaching back there to spend even more of your money. He’s caught up in stimulus player fever — “Just one more stimulus! This time I just know it will work!”

OK, to get me back into the swing of posting stuff here rather than driving my wife nuts with my verbal ranting, [Yes please! --TPK] I’m going to use some political cartoons as a jump-off spot. I’m calling these posts Cartoon Wisdom.

First up, something by Lisa Benson.

Laser-like Focus

President Obama talks about having “saved or created” millions of jobs because of the multi-billion dollar stimulus. Back when the stimulus was being debated, the government put out some numbers of the jobs they expected to create. Now many months later, Republicans have checked out the reality of jobs in each market compared to what the Democrat stimulus promised would appear. Here is the table they published showing the prediction verses reality.

Industry

Administration Prediction of Job Creation by the End of 2010

Actual Change in Jobs since Stimulus (February 2009 – June 2010)

Construction

678,000

-853,000

Manufacturing

408,000

-707,000

Financial Activities

214,000

-310,000

Retail Trade

604,000

-286,800

Professional and Business Services

345,000

-211,000

Information

50,000

-158,000

Transportation and Warehousing

98,000

-155,600

Wholesale Trade

158,000

-135,400

Other Services

99,000

-72,000

Leisure and Hospitality

499,000

-69,000

Mining

26,000

-16,900

Utilities

11,000

-7,500

Government

244,000

+201,000

Education, Health and Social Services

240,000

+434,000

Total

3,675,000

-2,347,200

Over two million jobs lost in this economy, and yet President Obama is all to happy to claim that millions of jobs have been created or saved. Yeah. Right.

In every sector of the economy, jobs have been lost. But one sector has seen lots of growth, and that has been President Obama’s laser-like focus: government jobs. Interestingly enough, the list breaks it down into Government and “Education, Health and Social Services.” But here’s the dirty little secret: both sectors are government jobs.

But this isn’t a surprise to me since I have written about it already:

If you are uncertain how the current administration will react to some situation, just identify the action most likely to increase the government’s size and power, and you will know exactly how the government will act.