Today's N&O runs a NY Times piecedecrying the disproportionate amount of federal "stimulus" transportation dollars going to rural areas, rather than big cities.
According to an analysis by The New York Times of 5,274 transportation projects approved so far — the most complete look yet at how states plan to spend their stimulus money — the 100 largest metropolitan areas are getting less than half the money from the biggest pot of transportation stimulus money.
The article then references a university professor who comes to the conclusion:
in some states the distribution was driven by statehouse politics, with money spread to the districts of as many lawmakers as possible, or given out as political favors.
As I've said many times before, when politicians spend our money, the money is spent for political ends, not productive economic activity. They are, after all, politicians.