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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"Accolades" from Wisconsin

What's sad about all of these criticisms is that I'm sure mayor Janice is proud of them. She is proud to be told by 95% of people writing about her that she is a Luddite, cretin and fool. 
She cannot learn because her mind is closed. She is pigheaded indeed...


Dave Zweifel: Mayor in Michigan as pigheaded as Walker

I think I’ve found another American politician
 as pigheaded and shortsighted as our Gov. Scott Walker.

She’s the mayor of Troy, Mich., and according to a recent piece in the New York Times, she is so anti-Washington that she got the City Council — on a 4-3 vote — to turn down $8.6 million in federal stimulus funds to fully finance a new transportation center on the soon-to-be-upgraded Chicago-to-Detroit Amtrak passenger rail line.

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

Hmmm. Guess she’s already forgotten about the recent government bailouts of Michigan’s auto industry that have managed to revive the state’s economy and maintained thousands of jobs in the struggling state.

Our own Scott Walker, of course, famously gave away $810 million in federal stimulus funds shortly after he assumed office last January. The money would have gone for upgrading the existing Amtrak Hiawatha route from Milwaukee to the Illinois state line plus added a high-speed link between the state’s largest city and its capital, Madison.

Walker, whose lamebrained decision has succeeded in costing Wisconsin taxpayers more than $32 million because the state has to foot the bill for upgrades that the stimulus funds would have covered, at least used the excuse that to build the line would have encumbered the state for long-term maintenance charges even though the federal government typically pays 90 percent of those costs.

Mayor Daniels, a tea party organizer, didn’t even have that excuse. The new station wouldn’t have cost her city a dime.

Even Michigan’s governor, Republican Rick Snyder, was aghast. He had urged her to accept the funds because the project would have “significant, positive economic development on your community and the state.”

But, as in the case of Walker, no amount of reasoning could change her mind.

Now already some Troy businesses, which will be left without a stop on the new eventual high-speed rail transit route, are saying they will no longer consider Troy in their expansion plans.

But the mayor is unperturbed. This, after all, isn’t her first brush with controversy, the Times pointed out. Last summer she posted a Facebook message after New York state approved same-sex marriage.

“I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there,” she said.

Aren’t these tea party politicians just lovely?

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1 comment:

  1. The Saturday Detroit News shows an article stating there might be another vote for a scaled down transit center. Of course, Daniels will vote against any transit center, but perhaps Fleming might have an awakening and realize the foolish mistake he made. It would be so sweet to see this come to fruition.