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Posted on 12/18/2010 12:40:00 AM PST by raccoonradio
But groundbreaking in spring
The founding president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate yesterday said he is giving up on seeking federal funds for the legacy project, $30 million short of the total the institute has requested from Congress.
We had this request in and we felt that either we get it this year or we dont, and were not going to go back, said Peter Meade, president of the institute. I doubt were going back to ask for any more.
The institute, a $150 million project to honor the liberal lion, already has nabbed $38 million in federal dollars.
Bay State pols U.S. Sen. John Kerry and U.S. Rep. Edward Markey had sought another $30 million this year, only to see it get slashed down to $8.5 million as an anti-earmark tide swept over Capitol Hill.
The final $8.5 million died along with the Senate Democrats $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill this week.
Sen. Kerry has always believed that the Kennedy Institute will become one of the nations preeminent civic educational institutions, said Kerry spokeswoman Whitney Smith, who added that the project, backed by federal funding combined with the lions share of private funding, will make a difference in Mass achusetts for generations to come.
Markeys spokeswoman, Giselle Barry, said the congressman had pushed for federal funding because the institute will also be a source of tourism dollars once completed and serve as a unique educational destination for UMass students.
The additional taxpayer funds would have been used toward the endowment and to create a civics course, Meade said.
The two-story, 40,000- square-foot institute will stand adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point. It will include a replica of Ted Kennedys Washington office, as well as classrooms and a digital library.
Were still breaking ground this spring, said Meade, who added that construction is slated to be completed by 2014.
First, kick his traitor sorry rotting corps out of Arlington Cemetery. Next, not one red commie freaking dime from Congress to fund this sick twisted boondoggle!
About 6 drunks a year would stumble in. The Kennedy name should be stricken from history’s memory..
A few hookers and a bottle of scotch - $2 grand - tops.
We, taxpayers, spend millions, even billions to fund lies. Davie Crockett was right. Crockett was ahead of his time. Too bad there have been so few like Mr. Crockett since.
What's that? A restoration of a 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88, building of a set and re-enactment over a certain bridge in Massachusetts?
Yeah, good "legacy project." I say give 'em the $30 mil.
The Tides Foundation should fund it.
I even had a name for the restaurant at the Kennedy Institute. It would be called “Waitress Sammies.” They could have slogans like “ check out our one for two specials and by all means bring a friend.” Senator Dodd would do the grand opening and the first waitress.
Sen. Kerry has always believed that the Kennedy Institute will become one of the nations preeminent civic educational institutions, said Kerry spokeswoman Whitney Smith
Rest assured, if J. F’n Kerry said it, the outcome is guaranteed to be 180 degrees opposite of his opinion.
If anything, this Institute should hold seminars on swimming, sandwich construction, bootlegging, infidelity, tax evasion, and cures for obesity.
And meanwhile the Boston Globe is lamenting the soon-to-be-absence of Ted’s son Patrick from the House (he was leaving due to illness: the voters got sick of him as Howie
Carr puts it). No more Kennedys serving in Washington, oh no! But fear not—some say Ted’s widow Vicky is being, as they say, ‘urged to run’ against Scott Brown.
If its so important, why doesn’t the Kennedy family fund it out of their own pockets? Liberals always want to use other people’s money for their own glorification.
(Yet it still sunk.)
Beautiful car...when dry and un-submerged. And a driver NOT named Kennedy behind the wheel.
She should fit right in, I seem to remember her daddy served some time in jail for some type of fraud.
Attempting to honor another fraud with our money.
And of course as National Lampoon pointed out “If Ted Kennedy drove a VW Bug He’s Be President Today”
>>BOSTONThe billboard-sized photo of Vicki Kennedy beside one of the major highways entering Boston is impossible to overlook.
The question is, what message is it sending?
Is it merely touting, as the sign reads, the attendance of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s widow at a mayoral event on immigrants and diversity? Or is it part of a low-wattage effort to maintain Vicki Kennedy’s profile for a possible 2012 campaign against the man who succeeded her husband, Republican Sen. Scott Brown?
That’s the hope of the roughly 1,700 members of a Facebook group “Vicki Kennedy for Senator of Massachusetts in 2012.”
The interest is shared by some Democrats looking for a heavy-hitting challenger to Brown, who staged an extraordinary upset in January to claim the seat Edward Kennedy had held for nearly a half-century.
Too bad this is the first I've heard of the so-called Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate (whatever the hell that means), or I'd have bombarded Congress with demands that not one cent of taxpayer money go to fund this mess.
By the way, why is it that the Kennedys seem to feel the need to have more memorials than anyone else? Since when does a dead senator get the equivalent of a presidential library?
Since this "institute" is adjacent to JFK's presidential library how soon will it be before the Kennedys manage to have the National Archives and/or Park Service take over responsibility for running the damned thing.
Exactly. Kennedy should be a national shame...not someone to be honored in anyway.
Tell Carolyn to come up with some dollars, you know!
Not a pretty picture. Adding embarrassment to defeat.
Caption read, "Nobody's perfect". Won best commercial of the year, I think.
If it’s such an important civic educational institution, then I think the Kennedy spawn and other rich liberals should fund the damn place; and leave the American Taxpayers out of it.
FUND IT YOURSELVES!!!
Fill a goldfish bowl with Chivas Regal. Stick in a Barbie doll face-down. Mount atop an Oldsmobile.
I think somewhere there was an ad/picture of a VW floating and bobbing in the water, wasn't there?
Thats 38 million worth of children kicked out of access to health care.
(I'm using alinsky tactics)
Seems there are people on both sides that are sick of the Kennedys too.