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Two Card Trick – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Policy, Politics, US Politics

Now that the enabling legislation for the roads program had been passed, Huey was anxious to get construction started. One day he went to the office of the Highway Commission and took a map of the state and drew lines on it. The first roads were to follow these lines, he said. The engineers and technicians in the office were incredulous. Huey’s road system was a patchwork pattern. There were only a few lines, representing proposed miles of paving, in each parish. In most parishes the lines led into and out of the principal town and then stopped. Huey, delighted at the engineers’ reaction, explained his purpose. He was deliberately going to bestrew the state with samplings of good highways to give the people a taste for more. Inevitably they would demand that the links be connected, and then more, and bigger, bond issues would have to be passed and more roads would be built.

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