White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest is selling the idea that Rob Klain will make a good Ebola Czar - even without any Ebola expertise - because of his work on the $830 billion failed Stimulus.
Defending Pres. Obama's pick as the new Ebola Czar on Friday, Earnest defended the choice by repeatedly citing Klain's "success in implementing the Recovery Act" - which Earnest declared "exceeded expectations":
"You'll recall that when he served here at the White House he was responsible for working in the Vice President's office at a time that that office was responsible for implementing the Recovery Act. Now, we've talked a lot about the resilience of the U.S. economy in the last few months, the long track record of continuous private sector job growth. The economic growth in terms of the GDP has been very strong in recent quarters. So I think the results of the Recovery Act as it relates to the economic impact certainly speak for themselves."
"In the context -- because, again, ultimately what we're looking for here is an implementation expert, and when it came to implementing the Recovery Act, that was successful not just in terms of the intended effect that it had on our economy, which was exceedingly beneficial; the Recovery Act itself exceeded expectations in terms of the timeframe in which it was implemented. We're talking about a very complex interagency scenario that involved just about every agency of the federal government."
"And we are confident that somebody with Mr. Klain's management credentials both inside government and outside government -- he has a strong track record of implementing complex government policies, as evidenced by his success in implementing the Recovery Act. And we are confident he has all of the credentials that we could want for somebody who can implement these kinds of policies that are so critical to the safety and health of the American people."
But, at more than $200,000 spent per job created/saved - $2 million per job in some cases - the $830 billion Stimulus was anything but a success.
Here's just a small sampling of headlines from stories documenting the impressive - and costly - failure of the taxpayer-funded Stimulus:
- CBO: Jobs Created and Saved By Stimulus Cost At Minimum An Average of $228,055 Each
- Obama Visits Corporation Where His Stimulus Created 'Green' Jobs at $2 Million Per Job
- Obama's Stimulus: A Documented Failure
- Why the Stimulus Failed
- The Five Biggest Failures From President Obama's Stimulus Law
- Obama quiet as GOP taunts him for failed stimulus plan
- Budget Office: Obama's Stimulus Failed on Jobs