Today Michelle Malkin pointed out that funds from the non-stimulus/porkulus/generational theft act were “not going to the neediest areas”, noting this from the AP:

The billions in transportation stimulus dollars that President Barack Obama promoted as a way to create jobs shortchange counties that need the work the most, an Associated Press analysis has found.

The AP’s review of more than 5,500 planned transportation projects nationwide is the most complete picture available of where states plan to spend the first wave of highway money. It reveals that states are planning to spend 50 percent more per person in areas with the lowest unemployment than in communities with the highest. The Transportation Department said it will attempt to replicate the AP’s analysis as it continues pressing states to dole out money fairly.

One result among many: Elk County, Pa., isn’t receiving any road money despite its 13.8 percent unemployment rate. Yet the military and college community of Riley County, Kan., with 3.4 percent unemployment, will benefit from about $56 million to build a highway, improve an intersection and restore a historic farmhouse.

However, getting beyond all the arguments about the “stimulus” bill being right or wrong (wrong) or whether states should add to the national debt by accepting the money (shouldn’t), at least these states are using these funds in a sensible way. Of course the money on transportation projects is being spent in areas with low unemployment. It is more likely that a need exists in such areas because people in those areas are using transportation to go to work! They hold jobs that are more resilient to economic downturn because of their skill sets and their companies’ position in the marketplace! If we are going to spend this money (which we shouldn’t), it might as well be spent on people who make our economy go. If we can get our most productive workers to work and back faster, they will have more value-added time at work which will in turn grow our GDP.

If people from Elk County, Pa. can’t get a job in Elk County, Pennsylvania, maybe they should get off of their butts, find a job in, oh I don’t know, Riley County, Kansas, and move!

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