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Michigan City Turns Down Millions of Dollars, Saying Federal Money Is Not Free
New York Times ^ | 12/23/2011 | By JOHN SCHWARTZ

Posted on 12/23/2011 4:50:42 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Water flows uphill.

A city turns down $8.5 million in federal grant money.

In what could be a new high water mark of anti-Washington sentiment, the city of Troy, Mich., is rejecting a long-planned transportation center whose construction would have been fully financed with federal stimulus money.

The terminal, which would help Troy become a transportation node on an upgraded Detroit-to-Chicago Amtrak line, was hailed by supporters as a way to create jobs and to spur economic development. But federal money is federal money, so with the urging of the new mayor, who helped found the local Tea Party chapter, the City Council cast a 4-to-3 vote this week against granting a crucial contract, sending the project into limbo.

“There’s nothing free about government money,” Mayor Janice Daniels said in an interview. “It’s never free, and it’s crippling our way of life.”

Other Republican officeholders have said “Thanks, but no thanks” to federal money for high-speed rail: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin rejected an $810 million federal grant to extend passenger rail from Milwaukee to Madison; Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey killed a project to dig a new commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River. But those actions have generally involved criticism of the underlying logic of the projects, or projections of enormous costs to be borne down the line by state and local governments.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: chicago; detroit; federal; illinois; michigan; troy

1 posted on 12/23/2011 4:50:51 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It begins.


2 posted on 12/23/2011 4:51:51 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This new mayor is great!


3 posted on 12/23/2011 4:53:07 PM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: SeekAndFind
Wow. For a town of 80,000, this is huge. Tea Party strikes sanity into the hearts of men! And women!
4 posted on 12/23/2011 4:57:38 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeekAndFind
Governor Rick Scott of FL rejected $ from Hussein's stash for Tampa-Orlando high speed rail.

South FL Leftists actually filed suit (and lost) to force him to accept the money.

5 posted on 12/23/2011 4:59:11 PM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow...a sane politician in Michigan?? Something’s happening out there......


6 posted on 12/23/2011 5:00:20 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: Psalm 144

Its the way it has to happen. Nobody ever cut spending by holding their hand out.

My congressman ran on the promise that he wasn’t going to bring a lot of pork to the district. He says that we shouldn’t take in more than we produce.


7 posted on 12/23/2011 5:01:09 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: SeekAndFind
upgraded Detroit-to-Chicago Amtrak line,

this doesn't seem like a money maker either
8 posted on 12/23/2011 5:01:35 PM PST by stylin19a (obama - "FREDO" smart)
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To: Jacquerie

Some large banks were also forced to accept TARP money in 2008.

Wells Fargo, Bank of America (before they too over Countrywide) and JP Morgan Chase come to mind.

The rationale was if only some banks received TARP money and not all, there WOULD be a major bank ran from those who accepted to those who did not because depositors will get the impression that these banks are in trouble ( and they were ). Better everyone take the money and dampen the panic.


9 posted on 12/23/2011 5:02:10 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Federal Money Is Never Free


10 posted on 12/23/2011 5:04:02 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: FrdmLvr

Dependency is slavery.

Somebody put Willie Green on suicide watch.


11 posted on 12/23/2011 5:06:32 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: BenLurkin
In what could be a new high water mark of anti-Washington sentiment

I'd like to see it promoted as a challenge nationwide. Who can turn down the largest sum of money.
12 posted on 12/23/2011 5:12:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

How long has Willie been gone? He and A+Burt were fun. Or is that funny?


13 posted on 12/23/2011 5:13:53 PM PST by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: ASA Vet

Willie has been gone for a least a year.

He got into an argument with JimRob and stomped off never to return.


14 posted on 12/23/2011 5:16:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: ASA Vet

“He and A+Burt were fun. Or is that funny?”

Remember “TheOtherHarry”, now deceased, one of my all time favorites.

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:theotherharry/index?brevity=full;tab=comments


15 posted on 12/23/2011 6:38:16 PM PST by Graybeard58 (No Obama, No Romney, No Paul, No Huntsman. We can do better than that!)
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To: Graybeard58

There was definitely something “other” about Harry. He was hilarious but I’m not sure it was intentional.


16 posted on 12/23/2011 6:51:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

What a concept.

Thanks SeekAndFind.


17 posted on 12/24/2011 5:40:03 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: ASA Vet
I found this thread.

What Happened to A+Bert

Ha, it was Willie Green who answered the question correctly.

18 posted on 12/24/2011 6:00:37 AM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: ASA Vet

See 60 and 65 on this thread. Oct of 2010.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2607597/posts


19 posted on 12/24/2011 7:19:56 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: jakerobins

Another breath of fresh air is Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson (R)

Read about her and the “Safe and Fair Elections Initiative”-

http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2011/10/election-reform-republican-style.html


20 posted on 12/25/2011 8:16:38 AM PST by equaviator ( "There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: cripplecreek

Wasn’t that the way it always was? Communities took care of their own needs rather than relying on the federal government. I hope this trend continues.


21 posted on 12/27/2011 6:58:33 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cradle of freedom

Things have gotten ridiculous and its time for individuals and communities to take a stand.

I’ve been going to village council meetings and trying to come up with ways of saving township money. For instance, our township pays over $100,000 per year for less than a dozen streetlights in the entire 32 square miles of the township. 5 of those lights are here in town and the rest are at remote crossroads. I think we could convince a few people around town to put up poles with lights and let the ones in the country go. I also think we would be better off plowing our own streets here in town rather than paying the county.


22 posted on 12/27/2011 7:21:14 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: equaviator

In my opinion, Ruth Johnson was the real gem of the 2010 election.


23 posted on 12/27/2011 7:22:59 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

Does you town have a senior citizens’ center? This seems like another LBJ scheme to take away more of our tax dollars while expanding the Dem patronage system which brings them an ever growing number of government employees and campaign donations.


24 posted on 12/27/2011 7:29:41 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cripplecreek
He got into an argument with JimRob and stomped off never to return.

I thought JimRob zotted him after he mouthed off.

25 posted on 12/27/2011 7:33:14 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: cradle of freedom

There are only about 150 people in my town so there is no senior center to speak of. I know there are a lot of people who would like to do away with townships so the counties and states can have greater control.


26 posted on 12/27/2011 7:44:24 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

Isn’t that related to Agenda 21?


27 posted on 12/27/2011 7:54:11 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cradle of freedom
Isn’t that related to Agenda 21?

I would say so. I know they have big plans for the land around here.

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28 posted on 12/28/2011 4:17:02 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cradle of freedom

Does you town have a senior citizens’ center...Ours does. It’s called the American Legion and doesn’t cost the taxpayers a damn dime.


29 posted on 12/28/2011 4:41:24 AM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Safetgiver

Our town does have a senior center but you are right there are other gathering places where people can come together without costing the taxpayers a dime.


30 posted on 12/28/2011 12:28:49 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cripplecreek

It’s a good start.


31 posted on 12/29/2011 1:17:20 PM PST by equaviator ( "There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: FrdmLvr

He is great.

Second, the last thing Troy needs right now is for those in Detroit to have the ability to travel to Troy and end up causing havoc and committing crimes there. I mean, really, Troy would end up with a skyrocketing crime rate once Detroiters start being able to easily go there.


32 posted on 01/03/2012 6:35:59 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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