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Opening Arguments

Another few billion

Another right you didn't even know you had, probably because you've been wasting your time reading that musty old Constitution -- the right to broadband access:

The Obama administration named 18 projects Thursday that would receive a portion of the $7.4 billion in stimulus funds set aside to bring high-speed Internet to poor and rural areas that have been overlooked by Internet service providers.

I suppose I shouldn't make a big deal of this, though. It's only $7.4 billion, which is chump change compared with the federal government's current and intended outlays. These are the same stimulus funds, by the way, that were desperately needed to create jobs immediately. The jobs made possible by this spending should be here around the middle of next year.

I used to live in one of those "poor and rural" areas, and lots of businesses "overlooked" us, because serving a few people in remote areas was a lousy way to make money. That's a main reason we, you know, moved to an area that was less poor and rural. Give everybody everything right where they are now, and, guess what? This will be a damn boring country. Boring and broke.


Bob G.
Fri, 12/18/2009 - 11:19am

Yeah, Leo, but we can ALWAYS commit CRIME...that'll keep us entertained, at least...when we're bored and broke.

(works for many on the SE side of town now )
Trust me on this one.


tim zank
Fri, 12/18/2009 - 4:54pm

Using the standard breakdown in government disbursements, that should be about $1 billion to hardware, and $6 billion into thin air. Oh, and 6 or 7 jobs saved or created.