Here’s a stimulus success story: In Arizona’s 9th Congressional District, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that’s what the website set up by the Obama Administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says.
There’s one problem, though: There is no 9th Congressional District in Arizona; the state has only eight Congressional Districts.
Government is so awesome, right? I did a little fact checking just to make sure, and there are definitely only eight districts. I also checked out the state legislature, but there are only 30 districts there, so we still don’t make it to Recovery.gov’s 86th district. The best part? The government hasn’t realized its mistake yet. Here’s a screenshot of the AZ by district page from Recovery.gov that I’ve taken as a precaution against its eventual correction (click on the image for a larger version):
Line 9 is (nonexistent) District 86. The list also includes nonexistent Districts 40, 9, 15, 00, 78, 38, 11, 29, 36, 50, 52, 25, and 18. The $34 million in 86 didn’t even save any jobs, but it’s way weirder that the $761,420 spent in nonexistent District 15 did save 30.Published in