Doing a bit of reading - reading Jim O's opposition to Bass Pro in particular, and corporate welfare in general. In one post, someone argues that using public money for public works has been positive, and mentions the Erie Canal, which opened Buffalo up to trade in the 19th century. Jim thinks it was wasteful, and points to this article to support that conclusion. The point of that article? That the railroads soon rendered the Erie Canal obsolete. In other words, the builders of the canal failed to foresee the advent of a whole new mode of transportation. Well, what a waste the airports must be, since we're all going to have flying cars by the year 2000.