For all the teeth-gnashing and whining of the past couple weeks about this bill, the process worked to create all those expenditures where none of them existed beforehand.Howie P.S.: I have no idea what Al had in mind with the graphic he placed atop this post, do you?
Were there versions of the bill that spent more on education and other vital needs? Yes. But there were also versions of the bill aimed at rescuing the failed nuclear industry, the coal industry, and other boondoggles that didn't make it into the final version.
All in all, I find it astounding that some still point the finger at the President's "bipartisan" tone as somehow having been a bad thing. To the contrary, it was key to bring along the few Republican votes necessary in the Senate to go for this massive public works program.