Now that the AP has figured out that the $176 million Oregon stimulus plan has created only a small fraction of the jobs its proponents claim, how is the media responding?
The hardest hitting editorial I’ve seen so far says:
“”¦some government officials have twisted the numbers more artfully than a clown making balloon animals.
“Oregon’s clowns — er, government officials — claim that state’s $176 million stimulus program has created 3,236 new jobs in the program’s first three months.
“But those jobs lasted an average of just 35 hours”¦”
“It’s as dishonest as it is deceptive. Oregonians shouldn’t tolerate it from their leaders.”
So, which Oregon editorial board made those pointed statements?
None. They were made in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin up in our neighbor to the north. Read the entire editorial at:
Fox Business News also picked up on the story and interviewed yours truly on the Stuart Varney show. Watch it at:
When will the Oregon media notice this now five-day old story and hold Oregon officials accountable?
Steve Buckstein is founder and senior policy analyst at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research center.