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Crossing Guards

Wanna know part of what the stimulus bill is funding?

$720 mil is set aside to improve border crossing checkpoints in the US.  Despite Obama promising to keep the process open, this section is actually quite open to political jockeying.  Case in point:  the checkpoint in Whitetail, Montana, is getting $15 mil after the two Democratic Senators from Montana (Jon Tester and Max Baucus) urged Homeland Security to bump it up on the priority list.  The checkpoint sees about three people a day.

A border station in Arizona was lobbied under Shrub to get upgrade funds.  Obama made it happen, and it's getting $199 mil.  This exceeds any other station's received funds by a factor of five.

Westhope, North Dakota, gets about 73 people a day and is getting $15 mil.

Laredo, Texas gets 55 000 travelers and 4 200 trucks a day.  They get jack squat.

So, how's that HOPE and CHANGE working out for you?

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