Yep: the government sure is spending that stimulus money to beef up the crumbling bridges of America:
In making the case that the recovery program was not just economically sound but also good policy, [VP Joe] Biden noted that transportation money was replacing unsafe bridges.
"It is worthwhile to take some of those 5,000 bridges out there that are ready to collapse, follow what happened in the upper Midwest, and fix them," he said.
But most states are spending stimulus money on bridges that are already in good shape, another AP analysis found. Of the 2,476 bridges scheduled to receive stimulus money so far, nearly half have passed inspections with high marks, according to federal data. Those 1,123 sound bridges received such high inspection ratings that they normally would not qualify for federal bridge money, yet they will share in more than $1.2 billion in stimulus money, the AP analysis published in July found.
My favorite stimulus stat, by the way, is that NASA has $1,002,000 set aside in the stimulus package, and thus far reports spending $102 of that total. What? Did they need a low-gravity toilet seat?