Infrastructure Spending, Chicago Style
December 10, 2008, 04:00 AM
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Aren't we all glad today that half a trillion or more of "infrastructure" spending will be in the hands of a Chicago politician?

To see where Obama's coming from in terms of infrastructure stimulus, here's an excerpt from the indictment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested today for trying to auction off Obama's Senate seat:

According to Individual A, after Individual B left the meeting on October 6, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH told Individual A that he was going to make an upcoming announcement concerning a $1.8 billion project involving the Tollway Authority. ROD BLAGOJEVICH told Individual A that Lobbyist 1 was going to approach Highway Contractor 1 to ask for $500,000 for Friends of Blagojevich. ROD BLAGOJEVICH told Individual A that, �I could have made a larger announcement but wanted to see how they perform by the end of the year. If they don’t perform, [bad word] ’em.�
As I've been saying all along, Obama wants to spend his hajillion dollars worth of infrastructure stimulus fast (before the November 2010 elections ideally), so he can't wait around for solar powered magnetic levitation Toontown trolleys and other SWPL fantasy green projects to pass all their environmental hearings. Instead, he's going to do what politicians in Chicago do—that's what he knows how to do because that's what he is: a Chicago politician. They hand out huge contracts to fill potholes and the like to campaign contributors and other supporters.