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    Tag: Bridges

    Proof You're An Idiot

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 10:48:30 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Bankruptcy, Snyder, Detroit, Tunnels, Bridges, DRIC, NICT, Boondoggles, Government (all tags)

    That is a message to Governor Snyder from another blog.

    We seldom use such direct attacks in a title even though the content has tended to be more direct as of late.  And though we openly wonder on why certain pursuits exist, the Detroit bankruptcy really drives home a point that cannot be ignored.  The bankruptcy had to happen, and even though happening later than it should have been, Snyder gets some credit for doing what is needed.

    For the remainder of the message however, Stephanie quotes Forbes and opines:

    "In light of Detroit's bankruptcy case getting national attention, many people have missed this little development:

    Detroit's Tunnel To Canada Follows The City Into Bankruptcy.  

    Since 1930, Detroiters have had two choices to reach Windsor, Ontario across the U.S.-Canadian border: the Ambassador Bridge or the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.

    Now, the tunnel's operator has joined the city in seeking bankruptcy protection. It's blaming two reasons, according to Reuters: reduced traffic across the border, and the same kind of unmanageable debt burden that led to the city's Chapter 9 petition.

    If Michigander's might recall, Governor Rick Snyder, as part of his campaign platform, ran advocating for a second bridge to Canada to be built, using at least partly, taxpayer money.  One has to ask, in considering this little plan of his, did he not research the profitability of the two existing means by which to get to Canada (the Windsor Tunnel and the Ambassador Bridge)?  If he didn't do the research that makes Governor Snyder just stupid.  If he did do his due diligence, he would have seen the enormous operating losses of the Tunnel."

    Read the rest here

    Unless someone can find a gray area in there somewhere, she has a point.

    (5 comments) Comments >>


    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 10:46:19 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Bridges, Tunnels, DRIC, DRTP, Trains, Planes, Automobiles, Crony Capitalism, Snyder, Goose, Gander, On One Hand, Yet On The Other, Government, Private Enterprise, Inconsistency (all tags)

    What do these pictures have to do with Proposal 6?

    Click on the top of the images to see them full size.

    More than one might think. H/T Scales

    (5 comments) Comments >>

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    On Prop 6

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 10:38:26 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Ballot Initiatives, Prop 6, Bridges, Snyder (all tags)

    Maybe someone did us a favor

    Forget about the new international bridge crossing costing, or NOT costing us a dime as the arguments are made.  Forget about traffic numbers being 45% of their once peak, or the other side's arguing for relief from backups that slow down economic activity.  Take away those arguments about whether 'infrastructure' should be owned by private enterprise, or whether its appropriate to destroy a business to correct the situation.

    And just plain abandon those arguments for, or against, Ford's ability to import Chinese transmissions through the newest NAFTA super highway component.

    All of those arguments have legitimate standing.  They also have placed good folks in opposition to other good folks argumentatively, frustrating conversation outcomes, and in fact causing minor political realignments. Perhaps causing a rift within the Michigan Republican party itself. Perhaps because some Republicans would not follow the lead of a moderate governor who decided to make his Democrat predecessor's goal his own.

    But Rick Snyder was not supposed to be "political".  And we have now found out what that means.

    Politics is indeed a game of give and take.  Building on goodwill, an elected leader can do much to move a personal agenda, but is limited to the prevailing common sense provided by greater numbers in leadership and historical precedent. There will be certain things that even the most skilled politicos will not be able to accomplish, as they are sufficiently questionable or in opposition to the values and principles of governing majorities.  There are some areas of 'principle', or simply hardened resolve that cannot be breached, no matter the personality or politics involved.

    A politician who recognizes his or her limits within THOSE rules, will concentrate on efforts to maximize in areas of agreement, and use developed goodwill to work on the marginal things outside of those areas.  In some cases quid pro quo, and alternately, with others brokering for their own advantages.

    But our governor has no use for that system.

    Continued below the fold.

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    I Hope You Lose

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 11:18:20 PM EST
    Tags: DRIC, NICT, Snyder, Joe H., Elections, Bridges, Directness, Have A Little More Wine (all tags)

    Thanks Joe H., for that concise sentiment the other day.

    That's just fine, because even though you are lucky enough to have made a few of the right votes along the way, there is one issue you openly advocated that puts you square in the not such a big thinker zone. (I'll get to that in a minute) Understood, you have a bud who might lose to such an unsophisticated scoundrel as myself, so I grant a little understanding for a little directness.  Out of nowhere you declared how our relationship will start, after I prevail in this election.

    OK no problem. I have a great deal of respect for your positions on a number of issues other than a sense that you don't much like guns in the hands of young hunters.  You don't seem to mess around much, and that's great.  Even with some of the PAC donation's I am impressed even that you are willing to buck the hands that feed you.

    Cool stuff mister.

    And in fact, aside from your liquor induced honesty on Sunday, I like you.

    But I really have to ask you about that one issue (below the fold)

    (1 comment, 542 words in story) Full Story

    The Governor's Obsession

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 09:19:18 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Canada, DRIC, NICT, Boondoggle, Bridges, Loony, Rick Snyder (all tags)

    What is it that drives the Rick Snyder to buck the legislature, give the people of Michigan a shrug, and essentially give the finger to privately owned business?

    It surely cannot be strictly economic development, as the low hanging fruit known as Right-To-Work is still quite doable.  It could not be a concern that growth will leave us stranded with an unworkable transport solution between Canada and the US, as simply adding a couple of booths for the Bluewater apparently eased traffic considerably this last holiday.  Add to that, the amount of traffic over the DIBC is still at historic lows.  And to boot, the owner of the DIBC wants to build a second span at NO cost to the taxpayer, and has actually done due diligence by purchases of property and right of ways on both sides.

    No, there must be something else.

    It almost seems ..emotional.

    More below the fold

    (479 words in story) Full Story

    Michigan Valuable Lesson Against Government Economic Efforts

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 09:09:14 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Privatization, Government, Economic Development, Trains, Lighthouses, Bridges, Mackinac Center (all tags)

    Reposted From MTTM ~

    Yesterday was Michigan's birthday.

    Our state has undergone a great deal of change over the last 175 years, and today can serve well as a history lesson for the country and itself.   Especially given the recent discussion with regard to government owned bridges, light rail, and other stimulus & economic development efforts funded with tax dollars, we should certainly note that some things never change.

    The Mackinac center in 1998, published a piece that needs to be read again.

    Below the fold.

    (7 comments, 1031 words in story) Full Story

    Because we must know.

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 09:49:32 PM EST
    Tags: DRIC, NICT, Bridges, WTF, Coincidence, Judges, Quid Pro Quo, Corruption, Questions, Snyder, Prentis Edwards (all tags)

    Does THIS:
    Moroun, 84, and Stamper, 62, were sent to jail Thursday as punishment for their company being found in contempt of court. Judge Prentis Edwards said Detroit International Bridge Co. repeatedly failed to follow his orders to work with the state of Michigan and get the Gateway Project done.

    have anything to do with THIS?
    The son of a Detroit judge who is set to impose contempt of court penalties against Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun has been appointed to the bench by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

    Somebody has some splainin to do.

    It likely won't be Mr Moroun.

    For the sake of integrity in the bench, perhaps in the executive branch in Lansing, I want to see a really good reason.  I am really seriously shaken by this if it is true.

    I know one fan of this site whom I hope would take a look at this.  I pray there is no quid pro quo, but for the life of me I cannot get over what would have to be the crappiest coincidence in Michigan political history.

    (55 comments) Comments >>

    The Price of Freedom...

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 02:47:52 PM EST
    Tags: Eminent domain, Stuff, Bridges, Power, Democrats, Republicans, HB4961 (all tags)

    Will the left EVER stop trying to take our stuff?

    For those of you watching the International Bridge debate you already know that HB 4961  has been passed.  It cleared with an yea vote on June 3, wholly supported by the Michigan Democrat representatives. Not a single Republican voted in favor of it, and I guess you could say the dissent was indeed bipartisan, as Democrat reps: Bledsoe, Brown, T., Cushingberry,   Dean, Durhal, Lemmons, Liss, Mayes and Neumann sided with the wisdom of the Republicans in the room opposing the measure..

    A reasonable way to know how wretched the effects of such a bill might really be, would be to look at that kind of line up.  That type of vote indicates a strong lobbying presence on one side of the aisle not at all respected by the other.  Further, it demonstrates that the few Democrats who really understand and oppose HB4961 are so turned off, that they would buck their party.

    But not being a mind reader, and looking to do things the hard way, I looked around and found a couple of items worth considering.

    (10 comments, 1052 words in story) Full Story

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