You've heard the argument. Hey, if it weren't for the stimulus, well the state budgets would be in trouble. And as everyone knows, when it comes to what we need to cut first, the American People demand that we cut Teachers and Firefighters and Police first and keep the funding for highway turtle underpasses.
Or, say, giving parents of disabled school children iPods. Because, you know, the whole system would collapse if we didn't give people iPods.