The following is part of a press release on receiving stimulus money to complete the Cultural Trail:
On Wednesday, Rep. Andre Carson and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced $20.5 million in stimulus money will be used to finish the remaining 4.5 miles of the Cultural Trail downtown, creating an additional 11,000 jobs.
Here we see the idiocy of the President’s stimulus program. 4.5 miles of glorified sidewalks is somehow going to employ 11,000 people. Yeah, sure.
Anyone who observed the work done to date will know there were at most a dozen or so people EVER working on the project. And that was a few days here and there, with barricades and orange barrels sitting and waiting the rest of the time for someone to return and do a little more work.
11,000 people are going to be employed by this? Can you even imagine 1,000 people working on it? ELEVEN THOUSAND PEOPLE? That works out to 1 person every 2.2 feet of trail. That works out to $1818 per person.
So I guess the trail will be done in, oh, about 3 days with that many people? Unless it rains a lot. Then maybe 2 weeks.
Then we’ll have spent $20 million dollars, but still have all those unemployed people unemployed again 2 weeks later.
Oh, maybe it will employ just 100 people to build it and 10,900 people will suddenly be hired by companies going all gah-gah over the new sidewalk out front of their building.
C’mon, seriously? You expect us to believe this will create 11,000 jobs?
Now I understand how you expected to accomplish this health care reform thing. You believe we are all really, really, REALLY stupid and/or gullible and will believe anything. ANYTHING! No matter how absurd.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Cultural Trail Will Create 11,000 Jobs? Absurd Claim Made by Congressman Carson and Mayor Ballard
I found this over on the Bart Lies blog. I could have said it better myself. 11,000 people employed by this project? How stupid do they think we are?