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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Troy, We Salute You

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 09:39:36 AM EST
    Tags: City of Troy, Mayor, Janice Daniels, Conservatism, Taking a Stand, Chamber of Commerce, Snyder, Stupid Rail Ideas Trains, Free Money (all tags)

    A political friend wrote to me on the rail issue and Mayor Daniels stand against using those federal dollars.  Quoting the New York Times article, he asked:
    "Is there more to this strategy? Or is our best hope for change based on the martyrdom of political kamikazes?

    My reply as all too often, was a curt
    "Won't matter in a couple years anyhow".

    That was Christmas morning.

    Looking back at the question again, I decided it warranted a better reply.  First of all, the sender is a very good conservative ally, and secondly, is likely to ascend to higher office in the foreseeable future.  

    I felt he needed a better explanation.

    Below ~

    I replied again:
    "You know, I was pretty short on this with my first reply.

    If Daniels and the other 4 on the council who voted with her were to have said "Hey we think these are wrong, but we'll vote for jobs", then does the message that they have ever get out?  If they dither on the issues such as this how could they advance even the smaller ones?

    The news cycle is full of exhibition.  Been a part of it all too often, and realize that rational thought alone does not grab attention.  Titillation, and extreme action (or the appearance anyhow) is what makes the front page.

    Having said that, it was not what Daniels wanted I am sure. (the front page angle) She believes as I do, that these projects come at an incalculable cost. One of money and liberty, and if she does nothing, then the next guy does nothing, and so on.  Somewhere, there has to be a person (or persons) of moral certitude, who understand that it is WRONG to continue to abuse the taxpayer in this manner.

    And as for these things creating jobs?  Sure they do.  On one side of the equation anyhow.  But first they must destroy them by taking the ability for us to grow our own businesses through oppressive taxation, regulating us into using such modes of transportation, and stealing our property to do it.  For our own good.

    As we all know, there is no free money.

    There is a saying that I had not really understood til now: "Don't piss down my back and tell me its raining."


    Strategy?  Speak the truth, and act the truth.  Make the best argument, and demonstrate that words and deeds can go hand in hand.  There is no winning the game of opinion if one acts against his own position.  Some may contend that advancement of position is necessary to advance ideas, but I question what happens to those ideas if they are weakened by ongoing hypocrisy?

    Janice Daniels will be fighting the media, and chamber groups, as I am, and will be fighting them here.  Right now there needs to be a whole lot more of these mayors in America.


    And we will be following up on this in the future.

    In the meantime, for those of you who voted for Janice Daniels as mayor?  You are the truest patriots.  As much as she is, for taking the stand that needs to be taken.

    We salute you.

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    And a vote count correction on my part (none / 0) (#1)
    by JGillman on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 10:09:56 AM EST
    in order.


    Free Money! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Rougman on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 12:11:33 PM EST
    Sooner or later local people are going to realize that the pennies from Washington they receive (particularly those that come a billion or so at a time) will have to be paid back one way or another.

    They will have to be paid back at the local level too, because no locality in this country will be able to escape the forced austerity measures that will take place.  When the bill comes due we will all pay through the teeth for all of these thoughtful measures of good intent.  

    It will be the locals that lose their jobs and cannot buy meat, or bread, or gasoline.  It will be the locals whose expenses will far surpass their revenues who must then look to family, friends, the church and other charities to keep their children from going hungry and in shoes.  It will be the locals that will lose their jobs as employers find their customer base has also grown austere.  

    These sorts of pie-in-the-sky projects that provide minimal benefits among tangible costs do a lot more to hurt the children than they do to benefit them--the inevitable economic collapse we face just around the bend if we cannot learn to say no, will harm a lot of kids.  We must place our faith back in the free market where profit driven companies select market solutions based upon their customer's desires.  And, if their free market solutions fail to turn a profit, we must allow those companies that made those gambles (with their own money, mind you, not the money granted to them by bureaucrats seeking a blessed outcome) to fail miserably.

    We shouldn't be attacking Mayor Daniels, we should be demanding that thousands of other local and state leaders around the country act in exactly the same way.

    Of course, in the real world outside of Troy, this is not how things work.  During the time of TARP, when hundreds of billions of dollars were being aimed not so much on shovel ready projects as they were at bailing out fiscally undisciplined states, RINO Gov. Schwarzenegger declared that he would gladly accept any money for California that was turned down by other states.  

    Believe me, California, many billions of dollars in debt, would still love the few million that Troy turned down--for the future!.

    This malevolent silliness must stop somewhere.  It might as well be Troy.  

    But .. but .. but.. (none / 0) (#4)
    by Corinthian Scales on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 01:24:25 PM EST
    ...look at the long line of Democrats salivating behind LaHood.

    Ya, the GoverNerd, "Well it's a positive. It's hard to quantify it at this point. [Stop]"

    Can't "quantify it," Rick?  Then you have no business "taking it".  You're the problem, Snyder.

    There is absolutely no limit to how much disdain I have for Rick Snyder and his allies within the MI-GOP.

    Mayor Daniels needs every Conservative in Michigan to step up in her support.

    Thank you, Janice Daniels!

    Nice post and (none / 0) (#7)
    by maidintheus on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 07:49:29 AM EST
    I look forward to your updates.

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