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Geoff

And we thought Bush's spending spree was atrocious.

This Congress will have carte blanche after tuesday to run up the Federal Visa to levels never seen before.

Ya sure, you will hear lots about 'infrastructure' and 'schools', keeping in mind, it's always 'for the children'. But just watch the pork barrel gluttony that's truly going to flourish for the next few years (from both parties).

All it takes is a quick look at what CA did the last 10 years, and what kind of bottomless hole it now finds itself in.

Brace yourselves.

Craig

Well at least the money is going to be re-invested in the US. Give it back to the people and we'll just buy more Chinese junk. As painful as it is, we really need to invest in the basics of our country.

Matt Davis

I like dining to forget. But not when I'm spending $6.75 for a slice of cheesecake!

http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2009/01/19/_6_75_too_much_for_slice_of_ch

Aneeda

Brace ourselves? Geoff, you have amnesia. If the War in Iraq wasn't one of the worst cases of profiteering and pork barrel spending/handouts this country has ever seen, I really don't know what to think. Look at oil industry profits and tell me it wasn't the government who handed over the American people's hard earned dollar. The last administration bankrupted this country. What comes next are investments...not investments toward the profits of greedy corporations, but investments in the public commons.

Geoff

Aneeda,

Both parties are in the pockets of the 'greedy corporations', just look at the latest 'bailout' spending. (curious) Lack of oversight has wasted billions in Iraq and is qued up for billions (trillions?) more in this latest bailout. The former was sold as spreading democracy, the present being sold as infrastructure. Mark my words, legal red-tape, middle-man positions, corporate boards and the exponentially growing bureaucracy of government at all levels will squander this spending yet again.

As architects in the private sector, shouldn't we be instead petitioning for a reduction of the overbearing weight of government on our practices and buildings? And I do believe this can be done without expense to the environment or local planning codes.

robert

Geoff,

What "overbearing weight of government" would you remove from an architect? Accessibility? Structural Integrity? Fire and Life Safety? Hygene and Sanitation?

Where are government regulations in conflict with an architect's responsibility to protect public health, safety, and welfare? What regulations are not a response to public concern?

Please be specific.

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