Lowering the Bar on Disappointment

The International Business Times reports Los Angeles used $111 million (its share of the $800 billion stimulus bill) to create or retain 55 jobs, or about $2 million per job. The city’s Controller, Wendy Greuel, says she’s “disappointed.” Shouldn’t she be at least very disappointed?

  1. Kenneth

    Pat, I am so tired of your constant carping about stimulus.

    Just think of it anecdotally, like Democrats always do:

    Babe Reporter:

    “And here in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, Gladys Peppermill is grateful that her job as a turtle inspector for the Department of Parks and Recreation has been restored…”

    Gladys:

    “When they called me back to my job, I was like, oh, thank you, Mr. President! My children were down to their last box of Cocoa Puffs and I was just about to cancel my cable…”

    Frankly, Sajak, if that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, you’re a monster.

  2. Pat Sajak
    C

    Kenneth, $2 million buys a whole lot of Cocoa Puffs plus premium cable.

  3. tabula rasa

    Or “extremely disappointed.” Other alternatives: “it’s tragic,” or “it’s so disappointing I’m considering suicide,” or its even “more disappointing than when Han Solo and Princess Leia were just about to arrive in Alderon and it had been blown up.”

  4. Kenneth
    Pat Sajak: Kenneth, $2 million buys a whole lot of Cocoa Puffs plus premium cable. · Sep 19 at 1:25pm

    You’re an elitist, Sajak. Ask your Norwegian maid how much a box of Cocoa Puffs costs.

    And that funny-looking doohickey printed on the box? It’s a UPC code. It’s used with something called a “scanner”.

    As for premium cable, Mr. Fancy Pants, that might get you the BBC, but working folks have to cough up more cash for the Monster Truck Channel.

  5. Ragnarok

    I am only guessing here but I bet that the mildly disappointed lady is a Democrat.

  6. Kenneth
    Ragnarok: I am only guessing here but I bet that the mildly disappointed lady is a Democrat. · Sep 19 at 1:47pm

    Everybody in Los Angeles is a Democrat, except for Sajak and Rob Long.

    Every second Sunday, like the “last Jew” of Hitler’s fantasy, Pat and Rob are driven around the streets in the back of a flat-bed truck, while virtuous citizens hurl epithets and over-ripe produce.

  7. Waynester

    I know this is off topic but I was just watching Airplane II: The Sequel on AMC and who was it did I see but our own (very young) Pat Sajak (as a newscaster.) You looked about 22, Pat.

  8. Kenneth
    Waynester: I know this is off topic but I was just watching Airplane II: The Sequel on AMC and who was it did I see but our own (very young) Pat Sajak (as a newscaster.) You looked about 22, Pat. · Sep 19 at 2:06pm

    Edited on Sep 19 at 02:07 pm

    What a coincidence! I was just watching Debbie Does Dallas IV: Super Bowl Edition.

    Pat had a walk-on role in the steamy locker-room scene.

    Never made it to DVD, which makes my VHS tape a very valuable commodity for anyone who might wish it to, um, disappear….

  9. Waynester
    Kenneth:

    Everybody in Los Angeles is a Democrat, except for Sajak and Rob Long.

    Oh, I wouldn’t go quite that far. Maybe a trip to BigHollywood would change your perspective?

  10. Pat Sajak
    C
    Waynester: I know this is off topic but I was just watching Airplane II: The Sequel on AMC and who was it did I see but our own (very young) Pat Sajak (as a newscaster.) You looked about 22, Pat. · Sep 19 at 2:06pm

    Edited on Sep 19 at 02:07 pm

    Actually I was 36 and not too discriminating about project choices. (At least the original Airplane! was funny.)

  11. Ragnarok
    Kenneth

    Everybody in Los Angeles is a Democrat, except for Sajak and Rob Long.

    Well, that explains how you retain 55 jobs out of a $111 million hand-out, eh?

  12. Waynester
    Pat Sajak

    Waynester: I know this is off topic but I was just watching Airplane II: The Sequel on AMC and who was it did I see but our own (very young) Pat Sajak (as a newscaster.) You looked about 22, Pat. · Sep 19 at 2:06pm

    Edited on Sep 19 at 02:07 pm

    Actually I was 36 and not too discriminating about project choices. (At least the original Airplane! was funny.) · Sep 19 at 2:15pm

    Edited on Sep 19 at 02:16 pm

    Hey, a person has to make a living, right? Did you have more than the one scene? (I couldn’t stay with it because, as you imply, it wasn’t that funny)

  13. Craig McLaughlin

    Did she at least say it like Kevin Kline in “A Fish Called Wanda”? Because that might be good enough. For a City Employee. Whose a Democrat.

  14. Dave Carter
    C

    Kenneth, back away from the caffeine.

  15. mesquito

    “Captain Smith, it pains me to report that so many water-tight compartments have been breached that this vessel must surely founder.”

    “Well, that’s certainly a disappointment.”

  16. Claire Berlinski
    C

    You know, Pat, I just generally feel a sense of regret about the way the government is spending that money. It’s unfortunate. Perhaps we should call it an “unfortunate incident.” “A bit of misjudgment.” No, that’s a bit strong. It sounds judgmental. Perhaps we need a government commission to study the whole business, with a lot of bureaucrats concerned. They can produce a long report about it, with subheadings like “Best Practices.” They might discreetly leave the episode you describe off the list. What do you think?

  17. Palaeologus

    I was thinking about it and you know, govenrment isn’t really that inefficient. Try this alternate scenario out:

    Lender: Ok, I’ll give you 1 million bucks and you don’t have to pay it back.

    Small Businessman: What’s the catch?

    L: You have to hire someone.

    SB: Alright, but only half-time.

  18. Paul D Lawyer

    Whys is Pat disappointed? I mean, come on now, this is Los Angeles! It is in California! Creating or saving 55 jobs on only 111 million dollars sounds like they are getting it, that they are finally beginning to get more frugal with the taxpayers money. I can remember when 111 million dollars only got you a feasibility study bidding process. This is much better. I am glad that they think they actually created or saved more than a dozen jobs on a mere 111 million dollars.

  19. Matthew Gilley

    Can I ask a question? It will appear rude, but I’m genuinely interested.

    I see a lot of you on here are Californians. What, exactly, keeps you there? Is it just the weather? The restaurants? I gotta be honest, I would have decamped for Arizona, Nevada, Utah or just about anywhere else years ago if given half a chance.