November 17th, 2009
03:51 PM ET

Jobs created in places that don’t even exist?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty

The Obama administration is bragging about jobs "saved or created" in congressional districts that don't exist.

ABC News broke this incredible story, finding several examples on the government's recovery web site... including hundreds of millions of dollars spent and jobs created in nonexistent or misidentified districts.

For example – Recovery.gov says thirty jobs were created or saved in Arizona's 15th congressional district using under $800,000 in stimulus spending. There is no 15th Congressional district in Arizona. The entire state only has eight.

Garbage like this also turned up in Oklahoma, Iowa, and Connecticut -along with the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The Recovery Board - which was created to track the $787 billion in stimulus spending and provide an unprecedented level of transparency - is chalking up the mistakes to human error. They say they report what recipients, like state governments or federal agencies, submit to them and that some of those recipients don't know what district they live in.

Shouldn't someone in Washington know how many congressional districts there are in Arizona? We're being treated like mushrooms here, folks. Kept in the dark and fed a diet of - well, you know.

ABC News also reports that the White House deleted sixty thousand from the count of those "saved or created" in a recent report because the numbers were based on "unrealistic data."

Democratic Congressman David Obey, who chairs the appropriations Committee, calls the inaccuracies "outrageous" and says the administration owes "every American a commitment to work night and day to correct the ludicrous mistakes."

How much faith do you have in stimulus spending if the administration reports job creation in places that don’t even exist?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Filed under: Stimulus
November 17th, 2009
03:50 PM ET

Should health care be the government’s responsibility?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty

More and more Americans are saying health care is not the government's responsibility.

A new Gallup poll shows 50% of those surveyed say the federal government should not have to make sure that all Americans have health care coverage... while 47% say this is the government's job. This marks a big shift in attitudes from the past decade... and it's the first time since Gallup started tracking this question that more people are against the idea.

The reason for this shift is unknown... although it's possible that the current debate has increased Americans' skepticism about the role government could play in health care.

A poll by the Associated Press seems to back this up as well... it shows that Americans are worried about the hidden costs in reforming health care. Although most people agree that major changes are needed... the current Democratic bills are not getting strong support.

This poll suggests the public is now onto the fact that when it comes to these pieces of legislation, the devil is in the details.

Meanwhile - don't hold your breath for health care reform to happen any time soon. Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate won't rush the legislation... and that lawmakers can count on a lot of amendments.

McConnell says the only way to guarantee that all of the senators and the American people can really understand the bill is to –quote - "delay the process."

Should health care be govt’s responsibility?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Filed under: Health care
November 17th, 2009
03:49 PM ET

1 in 6 Americans goes hungry as Thanksgiving nears?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty

When you're sitting around your Thanksgiving table next week, here's something to think about:

Nearly 50 million Americans or 1 in 6 struggled to get enough to eat last year. That includes almost 1 in 4 children.

The Agriculture Department is out with a shocking report showing the highest number of hungry Americans since the government started tracking this in 1995.

It shows food shortages are especially bad among women raising children alone - with more than 1 in 3 single mothers saying they struggled for food. And, African-Americans and Latinos were more than twice as likely as whites to say that food was scarce in their home.

Experts say these numbers are even worse than what they expected... The president of a group called "Feeding America" says "This is unthinkable. It's like we are living in a Third World country".

President Obama calls the report "unsettling"... and says more needs to be done. He points to steps his administration has taken... like additional spending on food stamps, food banks and school lunch programs.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says it's a "wake-up call" to get very serious about food security, hunger, and nutrition. Vilsack says the main cause is the rise in unemployment, now above 10% and acknowledges the number of Americans going hungry could be even worse this year.

With Thanksgiving coming up, what does it say when 1 in 6 Americans goes hungry?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Filed under: Thanksgiving