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Senators’ Bid to Force Governor to Accept High-Speed Rail Money Fails
A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 5 March 2011 | John Semmens

Posted on 03/05/2011 6:29:01 PM PST by John Semmens

The effort of State Senator Thad Altman (R) and Arthenia Joyner (D) to have the court compel Governor Rick Scott (R) to accept $2.4 billion in federal money for the construction of high-speed rail in the state was unanimously rejected when the Florida Supreme Court ruled that “by both federal and state law, the Governor is authorized to make this decision.”

Senator Altman called the decision “devastating for the State of Florida. Perhaps the Governor is within his legal rights to reject this money, but the consequences will be felt by every person in the state. Even if the Governor is right about future operating losses, we shouldn’t pass up the money that can be made just by building it.”

The Governor rejection of the federal aid cited the state’s fiscal difficulties as his rationale. “The $2.4 billion is only a minor part of the estimated $11 billion total construction cost,” Scott recounted. “On top of that there would be annual operating deficits of $100 million or more. This financial albatross around the state’s neck is not what we need during these difficult economic times.”

Senator Joyner disagreed with the Governor’s take. “Constructing this rail line would mean jobs for Floridians right now, when we most need them,” Joyner alleged. “The state could’ve borrowed its share of the matching funds required. How to pay back this money along with covering the operating losses is a decision that could’ve been deferred to a future and, hopefully, more prosperous time.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Humor; Politics
KEYWORDS: craptire; deficits; florida; satire; stupid; subsidy; waste; wasteoftime

1 posted on 03/05/2011 6:29:03 PM PST by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens
“Constructing this rail line would mean jobs for Floridians right now, when we most need them,” Joyner alleged. “The state could’ve borrowed its share of the matching funds required. How to pay back this money along with covering the operating losses is a decision that could’ve been deferred to a future and, hopefully, more prosperous time.”

Sure you dumb idiot!
Its kinda like the phone company giving you a $400 rebate check to switch and only to find out in your next bill that they were charging you at least twice what you were paying before, but only now you are stuck in a LONG CONTRACT and have to pay a huge penalty to get outta it!!

2 posted on 03/05/2011 6:42:01 PM PST by prophetic (0Bama = 1 illegal president = 32 illegal, unconstitutional & unnecessary CZARS to do his job!!)
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To: prophetic; John Semmens

**snicker snicker**


3 posted on 03/05/2011 6:45:10 PM PST by abigailsmybaby ("To understan' the livin', you gotta commune wit' da dead." Minerva)
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To: prophetic
" Just LET ME SHOOT the junk NOW! I can quit the Heroin later. When It's warmer. Honest. ....."
4 posted on 03/05/2011 6:52:34 PM PST by Leisler (Our debts are someone's profit. Follow the money, the vig.....)
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To: John Semmens

Yeah a Train Tampa to Orlando Brilliant\s How about the 2.4 Billion to drill for Oil?


5 posted on 03/05/2011 7:18:48 PM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: John Semmens

Good one John.


6 posted on 03/05/2011 8:06:40 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: abigailsmybaby; prophetic; John Semmens

7 posted on 03/05/2011 8:09:23 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: John Semmens

Wish we had Rick Scott in VA.


8 posted on 03/05/2011 8:11:35 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: John Semmens
from another article:
“If burglars know which homes are firearm-free they won’t need to bring guns to defend themselves. Property transfers could be accomplished with less threat of bloodshed. This is a big plus in my mind.”

Pure genius.

9 posted on 03/05/2011 8:13:41 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: #1CTYankee; 12Gauge687; 14erClimb; 21twelve; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 2ndDivisionVet; 3D-JOY; A message; ..

ping


10 posted on 03/05/2011 8:44:49 PM PST by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

Senator Joyner disagreed with the Governor’s take. “Constructing this rail line would mean jobs for Floridians right now, when we most need them,” Joyner alleged.


That’s not why she’s fighting for O-B-A-M-A-R-A-I-L.


11 posted on 03/05/2011 8:46:19 PM PST by eaglestar
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To: John Semmens

On a roll today, you are...


12 posted on 03/05/2011 8:48:03 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Sharia? No, thanks.)
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To: John Semmens
"How to pay back this money along with covering the operating losses is a decision that could’ve been deferred to a future and, hopefully, more prosperous time."

In the original Greek it is less obvious that this is satire.

13 posted on 03/05/2011 9:20:56 PM PST by TChad
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To: John Semmens

HA!!!

I thought this was real too.

Are you an ex-CIA guy?


14 posted on 03/05/2011 9:31:21 PM PST by cruise_missile
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To: John Semmens

love the payment deferral to a “hopefully” more prosperous time!

BUT, while you KNOW I adore your satire, after reading the whole page, my favorite part was “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif).” Man, do I like how that reads!


15 posted on 03/05/2011 9:54:19 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: John Semmens
I am still waiting for a reasonable explanation of the Left's fascination with high-speed rail in particular, and trains in general, from its proponents.

The most reasonable explanation I have been offered does not originate from its proponents, but from its opponents. And that explanation is basically that rail is a collective, centrally-planned-and-controlled alternative to individual locomotion.

And it can be claimed to run on time via the good graces of a central authority.

I find this both compelling and disturbing, given the historical precedent.

16 posted on 03/05/2011 10:01:20 PM PST by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (I am one lab accident away from being a super-villian.)
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To: abigailsmybaby

Come for the article, stay for the people who don’t realize that it’s satire.


17 posted on 03/05/2011 10:13:19 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: John Semmens

From your Madigan satire

f people know which of their neighbors have guns they can help point them out to authorities if a weapons round-up is desired. There are many anti-government nuts who wouldn’t hesitate to use their weapons against what they imagine to be government tyranny. An orderly disarming of these people will save many lives. This is another big plus.”

Katrina anyone

John both of these are so close to the truth that ,,,,,, I would laugh except these bums actually think like this


18 posted on 03/05/2011 11:17:23 PM PST by Nailbiter
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To: John Semmens

Ha! Waited a while to ping the list, huh? lol

I don’t blame you. I love reading the replies to your threads. ;o)

This is a ‘nuther good ‘un.


19 posted on 03/05/2011 11:53:08 PM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: John Semmens

So far I’m glad I voted for Scott.
Keep it up Govenor, you’re pissing off the libs and president odumbo so ya must be doing something right.


20 posted on 03/06/2011 3:40:03 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper
I once had a doctor friend who was fascinated with trains. He built his own private line in his basement. When a train passed, you could be sure if he was in the area, he was watching it with awe in his eyes. His wish in life was to have been an Engineer. Maybe Dear Leader always wanted to be an Engineer, but couldn't pass the entrance exam without supernumerary help.
21 posted on 03/06/2011 4:27:16 AM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: John Semmens

You had ‘em lined up and going strong until someone spilled the beans.


22 posted on 03/06/2011 4:36:04 AM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: John Semmens

The trains are a control mechanism and union organizing tool. If you notice, most of the support is coming from seiu unions that have nothing to gain from the trains.

Where I live, it’s the freight trains that they are pushing,coal trains. The
Left figures that they can win the support of the coal regions if they sell the coal that they won’t let them burn in the US to China at below market price they can win the votes of the coal regions.


23 posted on 03/06/2011 4:41:19 AM PST by Eva
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To: jennings2004
I once had a doctor friend who was fascinated with trains.

Was his name Willie Green by chance???

24 posted on 03/06/2011 4:59:32 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (America has two cancers - democrats and RINOS.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

No, but maybe a lot of Docs wanted to be Engineers!


25 posted on 03/06/2011 5:17:50 AM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: jennings2004

You did get the Willie Green reference? He was obsessed with trains and got the ZOT for picking a fight with JR.


26 posted on 03/06/2011 5:24:51 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (America has two cancers - democrats and RINOS.)
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To: John Semmens

“High Speed Rail”...like “HealthCare” ...Like “Global Warming”...all are merely excuses for formation of sinecures in perpetuity for the connected and ruling class.


27 posted on 03/06/2011 5:27:12 AM PST by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: Arrowhead1952

No, I missed that one...after all it’s not 9 a.m. yet...LOL


28 posted on 03/06/2011 5:43:23 AM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper

“Left’s fascination with high-speed rail in particular, and trains in general, from its proponents.”

They’re probably Dagny Taggart wannabes, but being brain-dead, didn’t realize that the whole point of Atlas Shrugged was to celebrate the ability of the private sector to build such railroads in response to market needs.


29 posted on 03/06/2011 5:49:23 AM PST by DrC
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To: John Semmens

Every communist government has high-speed rail. What the citizens don’t have are cars, good housing, good food, or decent work.


30 posted on 03/06/2011 5:55:49 AM PST by browniexyz
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To: John Semmens
Senator Joyner disagreed with the Governor’s take. “Constructing this rail line would mean jobs for Floridians right now, when we most need them,”

A visiting diplomat from Russia was traveling the streets of New York City with the mayor. He noticed men shoveling snow from the sides of the streets. "In Russia, we use plow trucks to clear the streets. It is much more efficient. Why do you have so many men shoveling?" The mayor replied, "Unemployment is pretty high now. We're trying to keep as many people working as possible." The Russian said, "Then why not give them spoons so everyone can have a job?"

I use to think that was just a joke. I didn't want to believe that people really think this way.

31 posted on 03/06/2011 6:05:27 AM PST by Can i say that here?
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To: jennings2004

From Oct:


I’ll put it this way so there is no misunderstanding. If you continue pushing leftist clap-trap on this website, you get the zot.

It’s not wanted here. Drop it or leave. The choice is yours and I’m not going to argue with you about it. Zip it or zot it.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2607597/posts?page=65#65


32 posted on 03/06/2011 6:21:20 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (America has two cancers - democrats and RINOS.)
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To: jennings2004
Maybe Dear Leader always wanted to be an Engineer, but couldn't pass the entrance exam without supernumerary help.

Or ID.

33 posted on 03/06/2011 7:06:05 AM PST by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (I am one lab accident away from being a super-villian.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Come for the article, stay for the people who don’t realize that it’s satire.

Yep. That's why I got on his ping list. Heads explode EVERY SINGLE TIME HE POSTS!

34 posted on 03/06/2011 7:15:17 AM PST by houeto (Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.)
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To: John Semmens

“The state could’ve borrowed its share of the matching funds required. How to pay back this money along with covering the operating losses is a decision that could’ve been deferred to a future and, hopefully, more prosperous time.”

****

You nailed that one perfectly. After all, that is how Dems have been spending money all along...which is why our local, state and federal governments are broke.

Thanks for the ping, John.


35 posted on 03/06/2011 7:34:53 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: houeto

Boom, baby.


36 posted on 03/06/2011 8:47:42 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I hardly understand your response. If anything is the case it is that I am not a leftist.


37 posted on 03/06/2011 10:27:27 AM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: John Semmens

Quite impressive, Semmens.


38 posted on 03/06/2011 11:17:49 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: John Semmens

My argument against a Tampa-Orlando HSR: I-4.


39 posted on 03/06/2011 1:04:24 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (up)
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To: John Semmens

Un freaking real. The federal govt is broke. They think that when the good times return all the baby boomers that are retiring will some how be paying all the taxes they used to. I really wish some of these dunderheads will take some time to look at demographics and see the future. There isn’t any money!


40 posted on 03/06/2011 5:25:51 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: jennings2004

No. Not at all. That was the response to Willie Green by Jim Rob before Willie got the ZOT. Click the link and you can see where JR warned WG, but WG instead posted his OPUS on his about page.


41 posted on 03/06/2011 5:48:25 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (America has two cancers - democrats and RINOS.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I’m just a little slow...did not know about the significance of “Willie Green”...LOL


42 posted on 03/06/2011 7:29:28 PM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: John Semmens

Another winner.


43 posted on 03/07/2011 5:09:12 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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