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Propublica also reported last week that in crunching the figures in the stimulus bill for about $100 billion in transportation and infrastructure projects, it “found that states with high unemployment are getting less money per-capita or even per-unemployed worker than states with low unemployment.”

For example, Rhode Island with 9.3 percent jobless gets $193 million, while Virginia, with 4.8 percent unemployment, gets $890.6 million.

And www.stimuluswatch.org now lists all of the projects that are being funded under President Obama’s plan, many of which raise questions as to need.

In Lewiston, Maine, for instance, $2.6 million will be spent to build a bike and pedestrian path. In Portland, Maine, $2 million will be spent for a skateboard park; $1 million for a bike-ped trail; $2.5 million to restore a pond; and $500,000 to replace the city’s fleet of police cruisers and SUVs. This is just a small sampling of what the Blue Dogs voted for, and no doubt there’s more to come. Stay tuned.

Donald Lambro, chief political correspondent of The Washington Times, is a nationally syndicated columnist.