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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Not Going To Cost Us?

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 08:54:45 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, NICT, Governor, Snyder, Politcal Patronage, Mackinac Center, Jack McHugh (all tags)

    Just to get it to the starting gate, the Governerd's obsession will have costs alright.

    From The Mackinac Center's McHugh:

    "MIRS has reported that all 12 Democrats in the state senate -- only four of whom are from Detroit -- will vote "yes" on a controversial Detroit-Windsor bridge, but only if the deal includes a wish list of "community benefits" being written by Sen. Tupac Hunter, D-Detroit.

    What are these "community benefits"? The fancy labels like "employment training and related facilities;" "housing;" "economic development;" "green development initiatives;" and more sound nice, but the benefits of these programs are, at the very best, uncertain. Here's what is certain: For the political system's foot soldiers, these programs translate into jobs with the government or organizations funded by government. For the moneyed interests that bankroll the political system, it means "economic development" -- business subsidies, sweetheart real estate deals, selective tax breaks, government contracts and so on. These benefits to the politically connected boil down to political patronage. "

    Everything has a cost to be sure.

    In this case, lets fill the pockets of the community organizers just before the 2012 elections. That way fair elections are sure to occur.

    McHugh has put the dot on the i. Between the patronage Snyder could guarantee for the left, and the crony capitalism that has no political center, the vote rewarding is apparent.

    I wonder if Ficano is somehow involved?

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    Is it just me, or is it crazy (none / 0) (#1)
    by LessGovernmentPlease on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 09:50:55 AM EST
    that the Governor wants to use the force of government to compel us to spend our own money (via tax dollars) on a new bridge when a private citizen is willing to make it himself?

    And last I looked at the traffic volumes, we didn't even need another bridge.  But I admit I haven't looked in a while.

    • From what I hear . . . by Kevin Rex Heine, 10/20/2011 05:37:13 PM EST (5.00 / 1)
      • Ed Zachary .. by Corinthian Scales, 10/20/2011 07:13:09 PM EST (none / 0)
        • Right! by KG One, 10/20/2011 08:30:31 PM EST (none / 0)
    Take it from someone who's been there. (none / 0) (#2)
    by KG One on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 09:56:45 AM EST
    Contrary to the claims from that evil Mr. Rogers sitting in the governor's office, the traffic volume that he keeps citing, just plain isn't there.

    Wisely, and slow. (none / 0) (#3)
    by Corinthian Scales on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 10:12:39 AM EST
    They stumble that run fast.

    Consul General of Canada Roy Norton also promoted the New International Trade Crossing when he spoke to the summit on Monday. Canadian officials are so confident the bridge will be built that construction has begun on a road that would link to it. Canada has pledged to cover Michigan's $550 million share to build a plaza on the U.S. side of the bridge, eventually recouping the money from tolls.

    Snyder echoed that confidence at a news conference later Tuesday.

    "I'm convinced that we're going to make positive progress, we'll get something done," he said. "I look forward to building the bridge."

    As part of Michigan's broader ties with its Canadian neighbor, Snyder would like to see passenger rail service between Pontiac, about 30 miles northwest of Detroit, to Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

    He also wants the Detroit Region Aerotropolis to help expand trade along the North American trade corridor stretching into Canada, and is actively promoting Michigan and the Great Lakes area as a top value spot to do business.

    The GoverNerd doth protest too much, methinks.  Plenty of the Nerds Washtenaw County cronies arses should be puckering right about now too.

    Sorry, I guess I'm in a Shakespearean mood this morning.  With that, I part with a courtesy for the Lansing Elected Class...

    If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?

    legally by ballot of course...

    Hmmmmm. (none / 0) (#4)
    by KG One on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 10:21:06 AM EST
    A federal judge north of the border hauled the owners of the bridge into court for building something that they didn't have the permission to build yet.

    I wonder if the same thing might apply south of the border as well?

    Whoops. (none / 0) (#5)
    by KG One on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 10:27:28 AM EST
    Wayne County Judge.

    I will now cut back on my coffee.

    Bridge (none / 0) (#6)
    by Rougman on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 11:16:20 AM EST
    I'm not a Detroiter so color me subjectively agnostic on the need for a new bridge in Detroit.  If fact, the only bridge I've ever used to get me into Canada is the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie.  What lovely people they have up there in customs!

    What I don't understand is why Matty Maroun is being so thoroughly demonized in this process...has he screwed up the current bridge's operations so badly that the concerned governments and their citizens are in peril by simply venturing onto its steel?  

    Why are these governments so intent on spending taxpayer money when they have a private citizen willing to take all the risk?  What long term benefits will the citizens  of Detroit receive if the new bridge is run by just another unresponsive and faceless government bureaucracy?  Where is the confidence in government coming from that makes people believe that bureaucrats can pull this off more efficiently than the private sector?  

    If Maroun believes there is a need for the bridge and wants to pay for it...let him build the damn thing.  The worst thing that can happen is that he will run out of money part way through the project--a scenario in which the government can step in and finish the whole project at a discounted price.  

    Of course, this is not what interests government.  Government wants to grow in its absolute benevolence and kind authority.  It wants to control every available portion of developing society that it can possibly conquer--particularly if it can do so in the process of redistributing wealth and economic justice.

    Again, in my humble opinion, Maroun has proven that he can responsibly operate a bridge.  He has proven the ability to privately employ thousands of people in his private empire.  He has paid millions of dollars in personal and corporate taxes and his thousands of employees have paid millions more in the course of their employment.  Consumers, through the efficiency of Maroun's private operations, have saved countless millions in lower costs.    

    No wonder he is so hated.  What has he ever done for the people?

    Tabled (none / 0) (#7)
    by Corinthian Scales on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 05:03:01 PM EST
    Sen. Kowall Statement

    During the course of hearings on SB 410, I have conducted the Economic Development Committee in a fair and transparent fashion.

    Today's submission of a 38-page substitute literally two minutes prior to the beginning of the hearing runs counter to the spirit of openness of which we've been operating.

    It's completely unacceptable to be asked to vote on a new bill without first having the opportunity to read it. Thus, I adjourned today's hearing to give committee members time to review the Hunter substitute.

    As chairman of this committee, I will continue to work to preserve a fair and open discussion of this issue. Michigan citizens deserve no less.

    The GoverNerd and Richardville sure as hell are reminding me of someone...

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