Written by CongressWoman Michele Bachmann - Bachmann.House.gov
Washington, D.C., - The President's economic "stimulus" package appears to be working so marvelously that it's even creating nonexistent jobs in nonexistent locations. While the evidence continues to pile up that the President's stimulus package has been a failure with unemployment rising to over 10%, Americans continue to ask: Where are the jobs?Visiting the federal government's stimulus tracking website sure won't help anyone find them. You can try, but your search will lead you in all sorts of different directions.
"Here's a stimulus success story: In Arizona's 15th congressional district, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that's what the Web site set up by the Obama administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says. There's one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts.
And ABC News has found many more entries for projects like this in places that are incorrectly identified. "
Minnesota has eight Congressional districts, but the website lists 19 different districts, all of which have received stimulus funds. Taken together, the 11 mystery congressional districts posted received more than $7 million in stimulus spending, and created or saved about 50 jobs. Who's in charge of managing the accuracy of this website and properly distributing stimulus dollars? The same federal government that wants to take control of your health care. Talk about a lack of fiscal responsibility and transparency.
This is government accountability at its best.
CongressWoman Michele Bachmann - Elected in 2006, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. In only her first term, Congresswoman Bachmann developed a reputation as a "principled reformer" who stays true to her conservative beliefs while pushing for real reform of the broken ways of Washington. And, her strong advocacy for her constituents earned her a second term in Congress in November 2008.
Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate. She was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2000 where she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. And, prior to that, Bachmann spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney, working on hundreds of civil and criminal cases. That experience solidified Bachmann's strong support for efforts to simplify the Tax Code and reduce tax burdens on family and small business budgets.