Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach go into politics, and those who know where the bodies are buried, become lobbyists.
Education is often the sign of a higher form of civilization. Those who control the education, control the masses. Look at North Korea. While they have one of the lowest standards of living outside of sub-Saharan Africa they have a fanatical loyalty to those who keep them enslave.
*talk about being in the dark…
Speaking of North Korea, I highly recommend the National Geographic special on North Korea. As a matter of fact, my wife made our children watch this expose on North Korea.
But that’s not what we are here to talk about… We are here to talk about education and job training. The idea being, the more highly skilled the workforce, the more valuable and productive they will be. That generally makes sense. Until the Imperial Government gets involved. Then all logic goes out the window.
Here’s the situation. The recession led to extremely high unemployment rates. At over 10% of the work force categorized as “unemployed,” this country was in deep doo-doo. Technically speaking.
Check out current unemployment rates here.
In Other News of the Ironic, Nancy Pelosi is happy that unemployment is at 9%. Here’s the irony… On November 3, 2006, Pelosi said this:
when the unemployment rate was 4.4%.
*Person in photo is apparently not a mathlete. Even redneck puppy knuckledraggers know that 9 is more than 4.4
So what does our amazing IG do to help slow/decrease unemployment. Why, train the unemployed, I tell you. The reason they don’t have a job is obviously because they don’t have the right skills. If they had the skills, they would have a job. That makes perfect sense.
I opine that the reason they weren’t employed is because THERE WEREN’T ANY JOBS….. I don’t care how trained up, educated, and or productive a person is, if there isn’t a job for that highly skilled person, they are still unemployed. Besides, if I am an employer and I have my choice of a person who has experience in the industry and a person who just completed a government sponsored and paid for training class who do you think I will select. The person who chose to enter into a field and took their own initiative to learn a trade or the person who selected that particular government sponsored class because it was free and didn’t conflict with Jersey Shores and American Idol.
Back to the story.
So the IG, in it’s infinite wisdom, realizes that the problem is not a lack of jobs, but skilled workers. Now, the IG has always has job training programs. I believe that the only federally sponsored training program should be the military. But that is a different rant for a different time. As the spending on IG training programs increased, so did the ire of Sen. Tom Coburn.
And for the record, Sen. Coburn is a hero among the CentsToChange newsroom in the bowels of the International Worldwide Headquarters (IWH). We don’t care about his party affiliation, we love his annual Wastebook which casts a spotlight on stupid government waste and spending.
Here is where the many facets of this complex story intertwine. By that I mean IG spending on training and Sen. Coburn’s never ending crusade against government waste.
Sen. Coburn teamed up with Sen. Enzi and requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate possible redundancies, waste, and failed programs regarding IG jobs training. In January of 2011, the GAO issued a report titled:
“MULTIPLE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAMS
Providing Information on Colocating Services and Consolidating Administrative Structures Could Promote Efficiencies”
Not even the GAO understands the concept of brevity. But I digress…..
Just in case you feel like reading all 108 pages, I have secured a copy and stored it here on the super secure datacenter here in the IWH.
Since I doubt you have a lot of better things to do than read an IG report with 17 words in the title alone, I will be happy to extract some interesting tidbits.
In 2003, the GAO did a similar study and found 44 programs that spent $13,000,000,000.00. In 2009, thanks to the Stimulus Package the GAO reported that 9 different agencies had 47 programs that spent $18,000,000,000.00. An increase of 3 programs and $5 billion.
Two other interesting factoids…
“Almost all federal employment and training programs, including those with broader missions such as multipurpose block grants, overlap with at least one other program in that they provide similar services to similar populations.”
And neither one doing it with any level of success. Remember, unemployment is still above 8%, even though we were promised that it would never be as HIGH as 8%.
Here’s the other thing that stunned me, then it didn’t when I remembered this was an IG series of programs.
“Nearly all programs track multiple outcome measures, but only five programs have had an impact study completed since 2004 to assess whether outcomes resulted from the program and not some other cause.”
So… We spend $18 billion (which is more than the cost to construct an aircraft carrier) and there is no attempt to measure if that money is actually helping anyone find a job. None whatsoever. Here is the success or failure as decided by the idiots in office:
Really? That’s all? So the plans and programs and government waste and over taxation is working because things would be worse if they weren’t there to do all these things?
And people vote for this guy.
So we have $18 billion spent in 2009, on 47 training programs that all intertwine with another IG training programs without any way to measure the true success and, here’s the best part, the majority of the money was spent on administering the programs, not teaching people new trades.
So if you want to work for an IG training program in any of the 9 agencies, where do you go to get trained? Hmmm…
$18 billion on ineffective training that does very little good, if any and we are paying interest on the loans to fund these programs that spend more money hiring people to run the program than to tech workers useful skills. Sounds good to me.
What would you do with $18 billion? I’d buy an aircraft carrier. Then sail it to the French coast. Just to watch them surrender. It’s their national pastime.