i would argue that its 6 to one half dozen to the other. the government has no profit margin but that's not to say certain companies and individuals don't benefit more than others from the various projects they fund. in the same line of thought, i could make the argument that funding government employees such as teachers/soldiers/cops etc does just as much to 'benefit' society as taking the necessary money to fix up a worn down highway or road. we want these jobs to be held in a high regard to create an incentive for qualified individuals to pursue a career in these fields, and serve for the betterment of society. secure workers rights and a livable wage are vital elements of that process. how effective this has been is certainly debatable, but once again that can also be applied to many other forms of government spending.