The phony "jobs created or saved" numbers are out. By all accounts the numbers reflect one big fraud, as uncovered in part by AP.
Why did STIMULUS recipients lie about "jobs created or saved"? How could the White House get and publish cooked numbers? How did Obama think he could get away with it?
His unelected czars and "funds for friends" of course.
"Funds for friends," Obama's TARP and STIMULUS slush fund, represents the first time in history Congress abdicated its responsibility to control the US purse strings, unfortunately as part of the largest spending bills in history. The evil sought to be prevented by the US Constitution has come to roost—an executive gone wild with power not only to punish with judicial oversight as dictated in the Constitution, but now to reward by the billions with no judicial oversight or other checks and balances. And Obama wants to extend out the slush fund—TARP—another year.
Armed with ready cash, the czars can elicit commitments by fund recipients to say and do just about anything Obama wants—and what the czars demanded was high "created or saved" job numbers. Once the czars made these demands in person or over the telephone overtly or covertly their jobs were done--the recipients got the message and got with the program. The czars did not want to know the details of the reports because they wanted plausible deniability if anybody caught on to the scam.
Well that day has come, the reports are cooked, the czars are responsible, and the White House is in bob, weave and denial mode. This is just one small example of life under a czarist government where Obama's minions can offer billions, cut side deals and get whatever they want behind closed doors, subject only to a free and independent press.
But we know what Team Obama thinks about a free and independent press.