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MI Senators ask for $20 million to save lighthouses
AP ^ | 9-28-08 | AP

Posted on 09/28/2008 10:50:53 AM PDT by mombyprofession

Levin, Stabenow seek lighthouse grant program

Posted: Sep 28, 2008 07:29 AM

Updated: Sep 28, 2008 07:39 AM

DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan's senators want to create a federal program to help pay for the preservation of historic lighthouses.

U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow have introduced a bill to let states and nonprofit organizations apply for competitive grants to restore and maintain lighthouses.

The two Democrats say the pilot program would distribute $20 million a year for three years. Funds would be distributed based on the percentage of historic lighthouses in each state.

Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state.

The bill was introduced Wednesday and referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: 110th; carllevin; mi2008; michigan; stabenow
I am a fan of preserving history, that's fine, but why federal money, and WHY NOW???
1 posted on 09/28/2008 10:50:55 AM PDT by mombyprofession
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To: mombyprofession

The answer should be NO. They need to get off their butts and raise private money.


2 posted on 09/28/2008 10:52:49 AM PDT by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: mombyprofession

Sell them. Plenty of people would like to own a lighthouse as a personal home.


3 posted on 09/28/2008 10:52:54 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (Stand Up For Chuck 2008!)
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To: mombyprofession

Levin and Stabenow should be arrested for treason.


4 posted on 09/28/2008 10:54:44 AM PDT by Onerom99
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To: SumProVita
The answer should be NO. They need to get off their butts and raise private money.

This has been done for our local lighthouses. We, the folks who live around them, maintain them and raise funds for their upkeep. Sorry, Carl, you'll have to go without your pork for this election!

5 posted on 09/28/2008 10:55:21 AM PDT by blu (Last one out of Michigan, please turn off the lights.)
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To: mombyprofession

U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow ....how much are they donating?....... each?


6 posted on 09/28/2008 10:55:26 AM PDT by shiva
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To: mombyprofession

I imagine that the patriotic taxpayers of Michigan wouldn’t mind a tax increase to get this done. The rest of us are busy with the lowlife “bailout.”


7 posted on 09/28/2008 10:55:41 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama - The Next Josef Stalin.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

There is already a program for lighthouses. Any one can buy a lighthouse. However you have to restore it to as close as its original state as possible.


8 posted on 09/28/2008 10:57:41 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (McCain/Palin 2008)
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To: blu

Exactly! There are lots of people who would love to contribute to saving such treasures of history. It should not, however, be the role of the government to do this.


9 posted on 09/28/2008 10:57:43 AM PDT by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: SumProVita

This would be a far better use of Ford Foundation money than what they usually spend it on (left-wing “educational” psychobabble).

Perhaps MI Freepers could suggest to Stabenow and Levin that they seek help from the auto industry foundations.


10 posted on 09/28/2008 10:57:54 AM PDT by freespirited
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To: mombyprofession

ask why it’s got to cost the govt $20 million dollars to SELL defunct lighthouses to private individuals?

Maybe we ought to keep them and put windmills on top, that might be worth our tax dollars


11 posted on 09/28/2008 10:58:53 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: FreedomHammer

Is there no end?


12 posted on 09/28/2008 10:59:50 AM PDT by mombyprofession
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To: mombyprofession

This kind of crap has got to stop.


13 posted on 09/28/2008 11:05:44 AM PDT by refermech
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To: mombyprofession

Michigan’s senators want to create a federal program to help pay for the preservation of historic lighthouses.

Let’s see, Michagan has no jobs for their citizens, their capital is a shithole all but taken over by the Islamists and they want Federal money for lighthouses????
No wonder the American people rate Congress in the low teens............


14 posted on 09/28/2008 11:09:46 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Vote FOR AMERICA . Vote McCain / Palin)
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To: mombyprofession
"The two Democrats say the pilot program would distribute $20 million a year for three years."

That means $60 million over three years, not $20 million. They can punt.

15 posted on 09/28/2008 11:15:01 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mombyprofession

Obambi’s Detroit rally was just on FOX, he was talking about how Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow “fight for you.” Ah huh


16 posted on 09/28/2008 11:21:16 AM PDT by nobamanada
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To: mombyprofession

The lighthouses will be useful as Muslim minurets when Detroitistan expands.


17 posted on 09/28/2008 11:29:19 AM PDT by Leisler
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To: mombyprofession

Maybe Stabenow’s husband could donate some of the money he has sit aside for hookers.


18 posted on 09/28/2008 11:30:20 AM PDT by just me (Looks like the MSM moonbats have been infected with rabies..)
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To: SumProVita

They see it as easy money. Our Congress uses our money as though we don’t work for it. Our tax system needs to be changed so that the only money raised is support our military and few other programs.


19 posted on 09/28/2008 11:30:47 AM PDT by RC2
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To: mombyprofession

PRIVATE investments should do that, NOT THE GOVERNMENT!

We have an historical organization that does exactly that. Not one dime comes from the government so why should they be ‘special’?


20 posted on 09/28/2008 11:32:14 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: mombyprofession

Why now? Because if Obama gets elected the money is given, and who knows WHERE it will really go.

Pork is THE menu for the Obama Whitehouse.

His ‘presidential seal’

His ‘greek temple’

Like Henry VIII he’ll really knows how to throw a party.


21 posted on 09/28/2008 11:32:40 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: mombyprofession
The audacity of these two. We're getting ready to fork out a $700B+ bailout and they're asking for more federal money to pay for lighthouses?!
22 posted on 09/28/2008 11:32:48 AM PDT by LiberConservative ("Typical" white guy voting McCain/Palin)
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To: RC2

I am CONVINCED that if ordinary Americans don’t rise up and effectively take back the control of their own government....that they have no room for complaint. It will take nothing less to get any REAL change.

BIG government does not serve; it consumes.


23 posted on 09/28/2008 11:33:48 AM PDT by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: RC2
Our tax system needs to be changed so that the only money raised is support our military and few other programs.

I've been saying for years now, only the five items outlined in the Preamble and that's it.

24 posted on 09/28/2008 11:39:12 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: just me
ROFLOL!

Thomas Athans, the husband of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow had paid $150 per hour to Alycia Martin, the hooker who had oral sex with him at a hotel. Alycia Martin was supposedly contacted by the husband of Debbie Stabenow through an online ad.

Thomas Athans, 46, co-founder of the liberal TalkUSA Radio network, was stopped by Troy, Mich. police who were investigating prostitution at the hotel, according to a police report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press under the state Freedom of Information Act.

“This is very disturbing and serious. Obviously, it’s a deeply difficult and personal matter,” Stabenow said, according to a statement from her office.

Police arrested Alycia Lorraine Martin, 20, in the hotel room on a charge of prostitution and confiscated a cell phone, laptop and $431. Martin told cops that she was a stripper who had only been “doing this for one week.”

The Smoking Gun

Troy Police Department report

Athans, who married Stabenow, a second-term Democrat from Michigan, in 2003, is founder of TalkUSA Radio, a liberal radio network.

25 posted on 09/28/2008 11:41:00 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: silverleaf
ask why it’s got to cost the govt $20 million dollars to SELL defunct lighthouses to private individuals?

Whoa! Whoa! This isn't going to cost $20 million. This is going to cost $60 million, and on a pilot program no less.

The two Democrats say the pilot program would distribute $20 million a year for three years.

26 posted on 09/28/2008 11:47:20 AM PDT by Bommer (Who was Obama's diction coach? Bevis or Butthead? Uhhhhhh.....)
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To: SumProVita

“They need to get off the butts and raise private money.”

Every location in the Union has historical sites that are sacrosanct to the local people, and nice to have and all that; however, I agree, if the private sector is not interested in having bake sales and other fund raising things, then perhaps the sacred cows of the preservation-minded people may not really be as worthy of being saved as they portray. Too many golden geese have been given to these projects from the government. People are sick of it.


27 posted on 09/28/2008 11:51:12 AM PDT by Twinkie (WORDS FAIL ME !)
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To: mombyprofession
Levin, Stabenow seek lighthouse grant program

More Democrats with their hand out...palm up...Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme. Typical Leftist BS. These lighthouses aren't aids to navigation anymore...return the sites to nature. Gimme, Gimme, my Butt!!!

28 posted on 09/28/2008 12:09:29 PM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: mombyprofession
Figures.. from MI Sens Karl Lenin and Debbie Stab-em (Taxpayer) -now.
29 posted on 09/28/2008 12:10:02 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: mombyprofession
Forgot to add to previous post...

Whose brother-in-law or cousin or nephew or neice or relative is in line for the maintenance contracts if the money is granted? Probably closer to "home" than we think.

30 posted on 09/28/2008 12:17:07 PM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: Onerom99

They have no shame.


31 posted on 09/28/2008 1:34:31 PM PDT by FES0844 (FES0844)
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To: kcvl

Exactly. We also have a GOVERNMENT program to fund this already thru the Secretary of State. Have you seen the license plates with lighthouses on them? Yeah. The extra money is supposed to go this cause.


32 posted on 09/28/2008 2:05:49 PM PDT by mombyprofession
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To: mombyprofession

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” - Benjamin Franklin


33 posted on 09/28/2008 2:22:27 PM PDT by FreedomHammer (Just ring? ... let freedom ROAR!)
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To: mombyprofession

calling Sarah Palin....


34 posted on 09/28/2008 2:27:16 PM PDT by Republic
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To: shiva

Did you say donating? I’m wondering what their “fee” is in the form of “campaign contributions.”


35 posted on 09/28/2008 2:53:08 PM PDT by DPMD (~)
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To: mombyprofession

Michigan’s lighthouses are a lovely part of the state’s history and I’d like to see them preserved. Tourism is an important industry in Michigan, and lighthouses are part of it. I’d applaud private efforts to raise funds for their preservation. On the other hand, if Michigan taxpayers want to tax themselves to pay for it, they’re welcome to do that too. While I grew up in Michigan and am very fond of it, I see no reason I should pay to fix up its lighthouses when I live in Pennsylvania.


36 posted on 09/29/2008 7:46:48 PM PDT by Think free or die
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To: mombyprofession
Lighthouses are important and a great part of Michigan's history, but this is not the time or place for more federal funding that does not exist.
37 posted on 09/29/2008 7:48:09 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Palin in 08)
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I will also be voting for Jack Hoogendyk to stop this pork madness.

Jack for Michigan! Defeat Levin

38 posted on 09/29/2008 7:55:18 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Palin in 08)
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To: mombyprofession

Hold a flipping bake sale.


39 posted on 09/29/2008 7:57:02 PM PDT by Chickensoup ('08 VOTING for the SUPREME COURT that will be BEST for my FAMILY and voting for SARAH PALIN!!!)
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To: mombyprofession

I guess this would be the ‘lightbeam to nowhere?’


40 posted on 09/29/2008 8:00:09 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Obviously, liberals can't handle a strong, independent woman.)
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