Infrastructure Spending, Chicago Style
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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.