That aid — about $17 billion — is the first piece of the administration's massive stimulus package that can be tracked locally. Much of it has followed a well-worn path to places that regularly collect a bigger share of federal grants and contracts, guided by formulas that have been in place for decades and leave little room for manipulation.
"There's no politics at work when it comes to spending for the recovery," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says.
Counties that supported Obama last year have reaped twice as much money per person from the administration's $787 billion economic stimulus package as those that voted for his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, a USA TODAY analysis of government disclosure and accounting records shows. That money includes aid to repair military bases, improve public housing and help students pay for college.
In many ways, it still looks like politics as usual. Some things never change. You only thought you voted for a change. I find Mr. Gibbs comment laughable. I know, I'm getting old and senile, but this is exactly why I don't trust politicians...any of them! They will tell you anything to get elected, and do anything to get re-elected.