Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Pawlenty Vetoes Central Corridor Funding
Now, here's an interesting way to headline this story. Check out Finance and Commerce, reporting on this story with the headline: "Pawlenty to St. Paul: Drop dead."
Well, isn't that special! So much for independent, non-partisan journalism. St. Paul is in the midst of committing suicide at the hands of its own
Picture this - you're out on the town with your friends, family or significant other in downtown Minneapolis where nightlife is fun, lively and you have a choice of activities, nightclubs, restaurants, cultural choices and entertainment venues all of which you can pretty much reach on foot or for a nominal taxi fee. Suddenly, someone you're with or in your party says, "I know, let's take light rail to downtown St. Paul." You'd look at the person(s) with you who said that and wonder what the fuck is wrong with them. Who wants to leave a party for a ghost town and tumbleweeds? The only time St. Paul has even moderately exciting nightlife now is after a Minnesota Wild Hockey Game. St. Paul is dead after 5PM and the responsible parties are Kommissar Coleman and the City Asshats.
Good job, Gov.; let's hope you don't flip-flop on this in the near future. As usual, the Democrat Tax and Spenders reacted to the veto with their usual, suspected child-like behavior.
The gathering of Whine-O-Crats included St. Paul Shit-For-Brains Kommissar Democrat Chris Coleman, State Senator Democrat Little Stevie Murphy, U.S. Congresswombat Democrat Betty McGollum and U.S. Congressman Democrat Keith al-Ellison all of whom soiled their panties at a news conference today because Pawlenty line item vetoed $70 million state dollars from a bonding bill - among other things - that was intended to partially fund the light rail choo-choo train between St. Paul and Minneapolis.
"I want to know why the governor hates the people of St. Paul."
Don't you feel sorry for the little Communists who normally wet and soil themselves with glee over tax increases and spending money on pet projects that will never pay for itself, that provides a service for a tiny amount of people and that will forever require massive amounts of endless taxpayer subsidies? They're angry; throwing child-like hissy fits and having temper tantrums because...get this...Pawlenty indicated he would support the funding but then changed his mind and vetoed it.
Minnesota's Light Rail Choo Choo has cost to date something like - I've lost count - a billion or a trillion or a bazillion dollars. The plan, what is called the Central Corridor between downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, requires removing and reducing various bus lines and bus stops and replacing those areas with the Choo-Choo.
The Central Corridor Choo Choo wouldn't make as many stops as current buses do in their routes and the Choo Choo would make it more difficult for people to reach their destination because it runs on a set grid, unlike a bus which can travel on any street, road or highway. This is analogous to replacing automobiles with the horse and buggy. WTF are these Democrats thinking? Oh, wait - my bad - Democrats Thinking? Sorry, I forgot who I was talking about for a moment.
I don't have a problem with mass transit as long as it's the right mass transit. What has been spent on the current Choo-Choo (which runs from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to the Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis) should have instead been spent on buying more buses, increasing bus-only lanes and adding more bus routes. But no, for reasons that escape me, the Little Band of Merry Socialists in the Twin Cities are hell-bent over Light Rail and its absurdly prohibitive costs.
Other cuts in the bonding bill included the following. Post Bulletin:
* Mankato lost out on $975,000 to begin design of a performing arts center and women's hockey arena.
* $46.7 million for property acquisitions and classroom renovations on Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campuses.
* $16 million for a loan to the Red Lake school district for a new school.
* $6 million toward sports centers in Moorhead and Rochester.
* $5.5 million to study or plan for passenger rail routes connecting the Twin Cities to Duluth and another to Chicago.
* $5 million for a St. Paul Asian Pacific Cultural Center.
* $3 million toward planning for a Minnesota Orchestra Hall renovation.
* $400,000 for a music lending library in Chatfield.
The nixed items only serves to reinforce what I and others have written and said time and time again: It's not that government doesn't have enough money, it has far - far, far, far, far - too much money. They cannot piss it away fast enough. And then the Dems have the audacity to bitch and complain and run for office on a platform - a false platform - that "we" aren't spending enough on infrastructure, witness the collapse of the I-35W bridge last summer. How much more hypocritical can these Liberals get?
So, Gov. Pawlenty changed his mind, and he vetoed items in the bonding bill. Good for him, I wasn't sure he had the chutzpah.
Democrats never reverse themselves on what they say. Certainly, they'd never ever lie directly to someone's face about something and then do the exact opposite of what they say they would do. No, never. They'd never do that. It's never happened, not ever, in the history of politics.
This situation of Minnesota's favorite group of Wee Little Stalinists calls for commentary from the mrssatan.blogspot.com exclusive expert analyst, The One And Only Baby Democrat:
Let the Central Corridor die. It is a supreme waste of money, time and resources. It is a hardship imposed on people already using the bus routes on a daily basis. Let it die forever.
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