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Elections Mon Jan 11 2010

Early Voting Begins Today

The mayor cut the ribbon on the new Fullerton L stop over the weekend, imploring us all to behave more like China. Their infrastructure projects are done "on a daily basis," with full cooperation from "federal, state and local offices." Of course, federal, state and local cooperation is mandated by the communist party hierarchy. Perhaps he just yearns for the good old days of daddy's machine, when power was centralized and things were easier.

Reminded of the particulars of the Chinese political order, the mayor responded:

"The form of government has nothing to do with it. . . . How did they figure that 25-year infrastructure plan is important for them and we only do one year? It isn't government -- it's the people thinking 25 years ahead."

Holy shit. That's the mayor of one of the largest cities in America, might I remind you--a mayor presiding over a city that can't come to collective agreement on how to generate needed revenue (1, 2) in the face of massive budget holes.

Which reminds me, early voting begins today.

 
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Bryan / January 11, 2010 2:24 PM

Comminnnnaaaaayyyeeeaaaaahhhhhh......POW.

Pat / January 12, 2010 12:13 PM

A mayor who sells off major assets like parking meters and highways in order to plug a budget defecit is giving us advice on how to look ahead. Thanks for the tip, Rich!

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