In 2000 state Sen. Barack Obama was running for Congress against incumbent Bobby Rush. Obama lost that race--his only political defeat.
Part of his effort to win that race was spending other people's money--taxpayer cash, of course. He arranged for a group controlled by a campaign contributor, Kenny B. Smith, to receive a $100,000 state grant create a garden in the crime-ridden Englewood neighborhood--which was not in his state Senate district, but it was in that congressional district.
Little work was done--and by 2008 the garden consisted of a Home Depot-type gazebo and lots of weeds.
What should have been a lesson for Obama--government is not adept at spending money wisely--was lost on him. Obama has gone from throwing away $100,000 to hundreds of billions of dollars on such boondoggles as Solyndra and pricey car batteries. ...More HERE