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Submitted by ben (United States), Jun 29, 2010 10:06
I agree, it is a little strange and off putting for things to be named after a person while still alive. If Gates gives his own money to Stanford and wants a building named after him, that is one thing, but if a senator directs taxpayer's money to a project, it was not his/her money. I might say that after a person retires from public life, perhaps the naming can start. No reason for good public servants not to see some appreciation in life, so long as they aren't deciding on projects based on naming rights.
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The Future of Capitalism replies:
Problem is sometimes someone thinks they are retiring but then returns. Lautenberg. for example, retired in 2000 and then came back in 2002 when Torricelli got in trouble.
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