Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The real meaning of "shovel ready"

Federal stimulus money turns into jobs aiding Oregon's needy
Pruett was offered a job as a state caseworker helping other people get food stamps.

His new job comes, in part, thanks to the money Oregon is getting from the federal stimulus to preserve social service programs at a time of record demand. More than $1 billion will flow through the Department of Human Services over the next 15 months

To handle the workload, the agency is drawing upon other state and federal accounts to hire hundreds of employees even as Oregon's state budget troubles require public workers to take unpaid furlough days.

These are permanent positions, Kelley-Siel says. Once the recession ends and demand eases, she says the staff will be reduced through attrition or workers may be redeployed to other programs.

Due to "budget cuts" there are employees taking unpaid days off. To do their work while they are off we will hire new employees.

These employees are going to stimulate the economy by giving money to people who aren't working.

When the work for these employees dries up they will not be laid off.

... here I am wishing that we could skip all this mumbo jumbo and go right to the government paying half the population to dig holes and the other half to fill them back up. Full employment!

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