Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
First, really liked the media Piece you included- fits perfectly with my life's memories of growing up outside and inside Columbus.
Second, I read your website back a while to get up to speed, and it's hard not to remark on the historic ability of my fellow Ohioans to attach themselves to regressive policy machines going nowhere. I remember well all the years of Gov. Jimmy Rhodes' jerking the wheel in an attempt to put the ship of state on the reefs of his political hatreds. He did, too.
I admire your courage.

Yet I still marvel, I shake my head in amazement, in the case of 3C and all that federal dough.

Seemed such a good opportunity, and--my God, to give back such a handsome piece of change when so many state coffers everywhere are in such dire straights! It seems that the Republican party (or it's financiers) has enforced some absolutely incredible discipline on several states' governors.

Do you think this crash-and-burn is triggered by auto-road interests protecting their turf by buying the new governor(s)?

Is it more the Republican/ Ohio conservatives' desire to see ANYTHING done by Obama fail? Even at the cost of seriously hurting the national interest?

Or perhaps rejection of something that smacks of Europeanism (as Eric Cantor said clearly recently in the Senate, about another program)?

Could it be perhaps that Obama is now seen as likely a one-term president, and to attach yourself to long-term policy that will simply be eradicated in another couple years is unwise? Carter's wonderful Carribbean Basin Initiative suffered the same abandonment and for some of the same reasons.

Or is it that long, bitter strain of racism and self-destructive nihilism (they do go together) that seems to me so deeply embedded in the American Midwest zeitgeist?

What do you think now?

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Sat Nov 20th, 2010 at 10:39:16 PM EST

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