And once the job is done, the job is done. It's a temporary shot in arm at best. Without Mother Nature's cooperation, this is a dead end.
Once a bridge is built it is built. Not all stimulus projects are going to be to infinity and beyond [and we would be really, really pissed if they were].
This package has a bunch of different tools. Some are good for one thing, some for another. It does not make any type bad or good.
Right now I am concerned about generating work for workers, stopping layoffs and rebuilding infrastructure. Most everything else is backburner.
Using the little volcano issue, while it means nothing to me in Kentucky, if Mt St. Helens goes off again, WITHOUT AMPLE WARNING it costs the federal government more money, costs more lives, more jobs and affects everyone. It is a big job, no but it is work, it is a step on a ladder and pushes forward.
Some would look at monitors that check for leaks on viaducts into the Phoenix area as a waste. I would bet that, for the locals, they are considered somewhat important. I help pay for them even though I get no benefit from them and have to deal with benzine and mercury in my water because we don't have the same clout. So it goes.
Some earmarks are bad, some are good. Once they quit calling them that and come up with a logical name that makes sense and can better categorize them things will be much better.