Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Business in Richmond wrongly accused of taking Stimulus Money.
In today's Richmond Times Dispatch, the owners of Escape Massage Spa were wrongly accused of taking Federal Stimulus Money on the Rush Limbaugh radio show. The owners had recently taken out a Small Business Loan to open a new facility. The loan was guaranteed by the federal government through the bank in Richmond that issued the loan, so when the federal government backed the loan for the local bank the loan showed up on Recovery.gov, the government website that is in charge of keeping track of federal money. However, the site has recently had many discrepancies on it. There has been no comment from the Rush Limbaugh show about the mistake. The owners of the Spa were inundated by angry calls, emails, and walk ins. A lesson is to be learned here, make sure the information we are getting from government websites is absolutely correct before vilifying someones livelihood.