NY Times columnist Tom Friedman, dubbed by the Wall Street Journal's clever James Taranto as "the worst writer in the English language" (a good example found here), is a China-phile of some repute. He stated at one point that China is better governed than America primarily because he saw the Democrats' statist approaches to problems as the only solutions, not realizing that Republicans wouldn't engage in negotiations that would merely dilute the badness, and famously wished before qualifying caveats that we could be "China for a day" so that all-powerful, all-knowing leaders could just choose and implement the right solutions and make all our troubles disappear.
Well, with the Olympics upon us, Yahoo! has a slideshow of what's happened to all of those spectacular Beijing Olympic venues in just four short years. Go ahead and see what infrastructure spending for propaganda purposes looks like. It's perhaps that a baseball venue in China would simply disappear, but rowing, kayaking, cycling, and volleyball are still Olympic sports.
This is, perhaps, what happens when You Didn't Build That, but They Did.