This week the Center For Progressive Urban Politics is taking a very critical look at one of the largest public works projects ever proposed for the state of California and compares it to another public works project from a hundred years ago.  A project that  was proposed for the “public good” but was in fact a swindle that allowed a few people to become extraordinarily rich off the backs of the tax payers.  As Mark Twain aptly stated, “history doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.”  Or gives rise to opportunities for some really good satire. . . .