The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

4,464 Is Equal to Nothing

Nov 9, 2009

A Maryland official claims 4,464 jobs have been created or saved with the stimulus plan money given to the state so far. State officials said their statistics were the best in the nation.

What officials don’t mention is that from February through September this year, another statistic in Maryland has made itself felt: at least 33,000 people have lost their jobs.

Maryland has received about two billion dollars it is supposed to get under the stimulus plan. That makes each job – if anyone could take the 4,464 figure seriously – cost $500,000.

With that much funding, they could have hired 50,000 unemployed people.