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The Stimulus and Presidential Credibility, Part II

Mixed signals.

3:40 PM, Jan 13, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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I appreciate Orszag's attempt to eliminate some of the nonsense from stimulus jobs numbers, but if the rhetoric used to describe the new numbers doesn't change, the administration's message becomes even more misleading.

Rep. Darrell Issa pointed out problems with the new rules for counting jobs in a letter to Chairman Earl Devaney, in charge of stimulus accountability and transparency:

"...the new guidance counts every job that is funded using stimulus mone even if it existed before the Recovery Act and was not in any danger of being eliminate— as "created or saved." This definition ignores the plain meanings o th ewords "created" and "saved," and makes Recovery.gov's "JOBS CREATED/SAVED" label a falsehood, further eroding the confidence of the American people in their gvernment."

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