The folks in charge of the stimulus money are, apparently, not even trying to stimulate:
Billions in transportation stimulus dollars that President Barack Obama promoted as a way to create jobs shortchanges counties that need the work the most, an Associated Press analysis has found.
The AP’s review of more than 5,500 planned transportation projects nationwide is the most complete picture available of where states plan to spend the first wave of highway money. It reveals that states are planning to spend 50 percent more per person in areas with the lowest unemployment than in communities with the highest. The Transportation Departmentsaid it will attempt to replicate the AP’s analysis as it continues pressing states to dole out money fairly.
(emphasis mine). And it gets better:
To determine whether there was a disparity in where the money would go, the AP divided the nation’s counties into four groups by unemployment levels. The analysis found that, no matter how the early money is measured, communities suffering most fare the worst:
_High-unemployment counties, those in the top quarter of jobless rates, are allotted about 16 percent of the money, compared with about 20 percent for areas least affected by joblessness.
_In low-unemployment counties nationwide, those in the bottom quarter of jobless rates, the federal government is spending about $89 a person compared with $59 a person in the worst-hit areas.
_In counties with the largest populations, the government is spending about $69 a person in areas with the lowest unemployment and $40 a person in places with the greatest job need.
_Counties with the highest unemployment are most likely to have been passed over completely in the early spending.
But at least Rose Hagner should have plenty of opportunity to spend her stimulus money. Maybe she can buy a new headstone, or spruce up the old plot, or something nice like that, seeing how she’s been dead for almost forty-two years.
Social Security representatives said there is a good explanation. Of the about 52 million checks that have been mailed out, about 10,000 of those have been sent to people who are deceased.
The agency blames the error on the strict mid-June deadline of mailing out all of the checks, which didn’t leave officials much time to clean up all of their records.
Agents ask that people return the check if they receive it.
(emphasis mine) Well, that’s certainly not a lot to ask. I’m sure almost all of the 10,000 people will certainly do that. And, come on, 40 years is really not enough time to update records like that- what are they expecting Social Security to do, act like a private company with an actual interest in the outcome?
Hagner (her son, age 83) said he’d like to frame it and hang it on his wall.
“I just want to keep it as a souvenir, that’s all. I’ll never cash it,” Hagner said.
Maybe with a nice plaque- I’m thinking: “Thank god I’ll be dead before this shit hits the fan.”