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I suppose one man’s boondoggle…

October 8, 2005

… is a local community’s big, fat welfare check from the American taxpayer.

My favorite part of the wire story?

Jack Shay, a member of the Ketchikan Borough Assembly who proposed the renaming the airport after Young, said he would have no problem deferring the funds for a year if the money is instead used on Gulf Coast projects.

But he disagrees with opponents who say the bridge is a boondoggle.

We’ve only been a state relatively short time, so we’re way behind the other states,” Shay said. “Don Young has been a great help catching us up with other states.”

More substantive posts forthcoming.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.