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The Next Great American Czar

Always at the leading edge of making an illicit buck, Sin City's home state is doing its part to make the story of stimulus spending even more comical. Nevada governor Jim Gibbons is considering raiding a state contingency fund for $500,000 to appoint a "stimulus czar" to oversee the $2b or so in freshly printed Monopoly money headed out west. In a place that built its fortunes on knowing the location of every last dollar well enough that only Danny Ocean & Co. can make them disappear, shelling out half a mil for somebody to keep a journal of where the money is going can only be viewed as Nevada's homage to handling stimulus funds the Washington way.