Friday, December 23, 2011


Um, I thought it was evil freedom-hating liberals who wanted to sabotage business:

... 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."

... The Troy transit center's construction ... required no local contribution, and its predicted annual maintenance cost of $31,000 was, in the context of the city's $50 million budget, "de minimis," said Mark Miller, the assistant city manager....

Look who's upset:

Taking Tea Party reasoning to the local level has outraged supporters of the transit center, which has been in the works for a decade. Michele Hodges, the president of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, which supports the transit project, said that her organization "will be a pit bull for what's best for this community."

Hey, way to go, Chamber of Commerce geniuses. At the national level, you got on board the tea party crazy train in 2010, and look what happened: when your proteges aren't putting the full faith and credit of the U.S. at risk in D.C. or endeavoring to reduce the take-home pay of 160 million Americans in a recession, at the local level they're doing the likes of this. You get what you pay for.

"I am drafting a memo to all Magna group presidents and our Magna corporate executives strongly recommending that Magna International no longer consider the City of Troy for future site considerations, expansions or new job creation," wrote Frank W. Ervin III, the company's manager of government affairs. "I have also recommended that where ever and when ever possible we reduce our footprint and employment level in Troy" in favor of communities that act in the best interests of residents and business and that do "not simply use their public position to advance their own private agenda."

Yes, but the dirty hippie Democrats are the ones who hate business.

And yes, the mayor has made the national news before:

The transit fight is not Mayor Daniels's first brush with controversy. Earlier this month, it was revealed that she posted a message to her Facebook page last June, after New York State approved same-sex marriage, stating, "I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there."

Look, I have seriously mixed feelings about the old-school chumminess between business and government. But I'm just asking the good burghers of the business establishment to recognize what they were doing to themselves when they threw in with the Ayn Rand Fan Club. Maybe they should ask themselves who's helping them more, the president who insults them occasionally but hasn't thrown a single one of them in jail, or people like Janice Daniels who love capitalism the way a stalker loves a celebrity.


c u n d gulag said...

These Teabagging "morans" were kind of cute when they sat around in their motorized Medicare scooters, used their Social Security money to buy stuff for making their misspelled "Prezidant Iz Uh Niger" signs, and bitched about government (read Democratic) spending at astro-turfed events paid for by the Koch brothers, and drummed up by FOX, Glenn, Rush, and Sean - but actually running shit?
Uhm, not so much...

It's like letting a petulant, mentally-challenged teenager who's angry at all adults, run your city.

And we can see how that's not-working out for you.

By the way, don't say we didn't tell you.

Nancy said...

In addition to the teabaggery, the mayor and sympatico council members expressed concern that there would be too many of "those people" using the trains and invading their fair city.

A Conservative Teacher said...

Perhaps instead of just quoting over and over people who wanted to build the 'transportation center', you could have quoted some of the arguments against it to provide some balance to your editorial?

For example, I believe that the City Council of Troy (not the Mayor, whom you seem to be focusing on for some odd reason) (oh, and City Council was elected by the people and therefore represent democracy- don't you pretend to believe in that?) rejected the building of a new 'transportation hub' because it has been demonstrated through several studies to drastically increase crime.

For example, if you visited the current transportation hub in the area, you'd see for yourself that it is a great place to buy drugs, pick up prostitutes, and steal from those who are traveling. I believe that rather than take the one-time money that comes with long-term maintenance and crime costs, the City Council did the responsible thing and rejected the proposal.

Ogami Itto said...
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Ogami Itto said...

For example, if you visited the current transportation hub in the area, you'd see for yourself that it is a great place to buy drugs, pick up prostitutes....

I guess you'd know better about those sorts of things than I do.