RUSH: Two related stories. This is from St. Louis, Missouri, the Fox affiliate there, KTVI, Channel 2: ‘Officials from Boeing and the Machinists Union, are warning that the proposed Pentagon budget could result in the loss of 30,000 jobs in the St. Louis area over the next three years. The budget stops production of the C-17 cargo plane, and cuts production of the F-18 fighter by [25%]. Nine hundred Boeing workers here work on the C-17, while 5,000 work assembling various versions of the F-18.’ Okay, so, St. Louis, Boeing says — machinists union says — 30,000 jobs in St. Louis lost over the next three years with Pentagon budget cuts.
Then you come to this story, from Reuters: ‘President Barack Obama’s Defense Department plans to create 20,000 new jobs to manage a revamp of the way the United States buys billions of dollars of weapons each year, the Pentagon’s No. 2 official told Congress. The Pentagon also plans to tie more contract fee structures to performance and will make sure that multiyear contracts are awarded only when ‘real, substantial’ savings result to taxpayers…’ So all of these budget cuts that we keep hearing about, most of them are in defense. So we’re going to lay off 30,000 people or they’re going to lose their jobs in St. Louis working for Boeing, but 20,000 bureaucrats are going to be hired at the Pentagon to expand the Barack Obama police state.
And if you didn’t know what was going on in St. Louis, you’d say, ‘Oh, Pentagon planning on 20,000 new jobs? Oh, Obama’s investing in defense! Obama’s investing in defense. This is absolutely fabulous.’ No, he’s not. He’s investing in bureaucracy. He’s investing in absolutely more money and more people to be in the Pentagon bureaucracy. He is not expanding the Defense Department. Speaking of all this, let’s go to the audio sound bites. We’ll start here. This is February 3rd this year in Washington during the announcement that Senator Judd Gregg would be Obama’s Commerce secretary nominee. President Obama said this.
OBAMA: The vast majority of the investments in the plan will be made within the next 18 months, immediately creating jobs and helping states avoid painful tax hikes and cuts to essential services. And every dime of the spending will be made available to the public on Recovery.gov so every American can see where their tax dollars are going.
RUSH: Right. All right. Now, let’s go to forward to February 9th, six days later. Elkhart, Indiana, town meeting. After his opening remarks, an unidentified female audience member had an exchange with Obama, and she said my question to you is, ‘Sir, when you allocate the money for Elkhart, Indiana, will it come directly into Elkhart, or is it going to have to go around somewhere else?’
OBAMA: We’re actually going to set up something called Recovery.gov. This is going to be a special website that we set up that gives you a report on where the money is going in your community, how it’s being spent, how many jobs it’s (sic) being created, so that all of you can be the eyes and ears; and if you see that a project is not working the way it’s supposed to, you’ll be able to get on that website and say, ‘You know, I — I — I thought this was supposed to be going to school construction, but, uhhhh, all — I haven’t noticed any changes being made.’
RUSH: All right, so we were all supposed to be policemen, essentially. We were going to be able to go to this website, Recovery.gov, and we were going to be able to see how all the stimulus money was being spent. Ah, ah, ah! Not so fast. From USA Today ‘Although President Obama has vowed that citizens will be able to track ”every dime’ of the $787 billion stimulus bill, a government website dedicated to the spending won’t have details on contracts and grants until October and may not be complete until next spring — halfway through the program, administration officials said. Recovery.gov now lists programs being funded by the stimulus money, but provides no details on who received the grants and contracts. Agencies won’t report that data until Oct. 10, according to Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which manages the website.’ So October 10th is the first chance anybody will have to see this. It won’t be ’til next year. So once again it’s smoke and mirrors. But it doesn’t matter. I know it doesn’t matter. It’s just what he says and how he says it. It doesn’t matter the details. So, once again, another promise or another claim or another assuredness or whatever. It’s all smoke and mirrors. It’s all just 100% BS.