Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Obama-structure

Obama-structure is coming.

Millions of dollars are going to be disseminated around the country for "infrastructure" related projects.

Are our politicians and notable movers and shakers going to be ready to get our region a piece of the action?

There is no excuse for Greater Cleveland and Cuyhoga County not to be at the front of the hand-out line. Cuyahoga County helped the president-elect solidify his historic electoral win. The region deserves the fruits of victory.

But where are our politicians, especially those on the left side of the aisle? There needs to be a concentrated effort between Sherrod Brown, Dennis Kucinich, Marsha Fudge, Mayor Frank Jackson, Peter Lawson Jones, and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, all NEO democrats, to build a pipeline of funding from Washington to Cuyahoga County. As New Haven was to Lyndon Johnson, Cleveland must become to President Obama--a city of experimentation and federal investment dollars.

And the first project that must be funded is the Technology + Innovation Corridor.

2 comments:

marcus said...

The recent op-ed by Tom Friedman might be of interest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/24/opinion/24friedman.html?_r=1

When low taxes are our only priority, things deteriorate and our infrastructure begins to fall behind that of the rest of the world. Infrastructure is like a computer; it needs upgrading and replacement every once in a while so as not to become obsolete. Many countries now put our physical and virtual networks to shame.

heckeranddecker said...

I hope you Clevelanders can get a far-reaching and far-thinking infrastructure program going. I am quite concerned, as you must be, that this will devolve into a "make-work" program, ignoring the very pressing and very real needs of our cities. You might enjoy a piece I wrote recently on my blog, entitled "Some Thoughts for the New Plumber-in-Chief.: you can find this at www.heckeranddecker.wordpress.com.