“I was urging my former colleagues and, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill, it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration,” Farkas, who is now a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, said.
“Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left, so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy ... that the Trump folks – if they found out how we knew what we knew about their ... the Trump staff dealing with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence.”
Before the city council squanders $140,000 on a restaurant venture capital investment with a dubious future in an industry that has a failure rate of about 60%, why not use that money to partner with Amtrak to restore an Amtrak agent at the Burlington Depot. Burlington loses a lot customers because passengers cannot check their baggage at Burlington. A lot of Nauvoo passengers use Mt. Pleasant because there is no way to check baggage in Burlington.
It seems to me that using taxpayer money to generate a positive cash flow vs. the perennial losers - the auditorium, RecPlex and golf course - would be a much better business decision.
But yet again, logic seems to be a missing commodity in city hall for a council that can't break the tax-and-spend addiction.