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March 10, 2010

Porkulus Jobs "Created or Saved" Went to Teachers

Posted by The MaryHunter at March 10, 2010 4:28 PM

Porkulus was supposed to stave off the ravages of a deep recession and keep unemployment below 8%. Fail on both counts. What did Porkulus measurably do for jobs? From

Based on the data, more than two third of the 594,754.3 jobs "created or saved" with the stimulus funds were "created or saved" in the Department of Education (see chart). Basically, what the administration meant by shovel ready projects was funding for your next door teacher.

This couldn't be some sort of union payoff, could it? Consider:

1. Most jobs are created in the Department of Education
2. In 2009, for the first time ever, more public-sector employees (7.9 million) belonged to a union than did private-sector employees (7.4 million) despite there being five times more wage and salary workers in the private sector.
3. A third of all union jobs are in Education
4. 33 percent of the education industry is unionized
5. The union boss, Andy Stern, was appointed to be on the president's debt commission.

I've nothing per se against teachers, except when they are incompetent and corrupt my children with leftist progressive ideology. Plus, growing teaching jobs doesn't grow the economy short-term -- and with rotten school standards, may in fact cripple the economy longterm.