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Shovel-Ready Jobs at Only $738,000 Per Job

Written by Gary North on August 22, 2012

President Obama described his 2009 stimulus law as providing jobs — shovel-ready jobs. He was right. There were some jobs. They were a tad expensive, however.

The Department of Transportation awarded some of these jobs. Cost to taxpayers: $738,000 per job.

The Secretary of Transportation says he thinks these were a good deal for America.

He is a former Republican Congressman. In a spirit of bipartisanship, Obama appointed him.

The DoT got $48 billion. It hired 65,000 workers.

They shoveled dirt. The government shoveled money. Read what the Secretary shovels.

“Yeah, we spent $48 billion and we put 65,000 people to work in 15,000 projects in two years with no problems. I’m very proud of that. I know that the governors can spend this money because over two years we gave them $48 billion, they created 65,000 jobs in 15,000 projects. This is doable. We’re going to get the money out and get people to work.”

But wait! There’s more! Another $473 million in unspent funds. This will go to states as “earmarks.”

The Secretary had these observations.

“You know what? These are old earmarks. There are earmarks that were set aside by members of Congress going back several years. We’re in the no earmark era. There are no more earmarks. This money needs to be spent because we need to get people to work.

“We’re going to send this money back to the governors and say, ‘put people to work now, during the construction season. Build the roads, build the bridges, build these projects’ and let us know how you’re going to spend the money so we’re sending an e-mail out to governors all over the country and we’re saying to them, this is money that was earmarked for a project, spend it now, get people to work and get this project finished. . . .

“I want to see projects where people can go to work now. We know that this money was allocated to roads and bridges and other projects and we’re going to send it back. My goal, which is the president’s goal, is let’s get people to work.”

This is the bipartisan spirit.

Do you think the federal budget will be balanced soon?

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7 thoughts on “Shovel-Ready Jobs at Only $738,000 Per Job


  2. Patriot1776 says:

    Hopefully, in November, America will wake up to the fact that the most "shovel ready" task is cleaning out of our government of all big government proponents regardless of their party.

  3. Pakinpastor says:

    America is just about shovel ready.

  4. Dirt is not what they are shoveling ,, it's pig crap , and it smells like ODUMBA ,,,,,,,,

  5. stephen russell says:

    Just Union jobs only

  6. dntmkmecomoverther says:

    Only a government certified IDIOT would call this 'stimulus' successful. Only a full blown dolt would call spending $738,000 per job 'a great idea'. Only in America…God help us. Vote out Stupid in November.

  7. our government is so corrupt it is time for change. And Obama is NOT THE CHANGE WE NEED.