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Michigan City Turns Down Millions of Dollars, Saying Federal Money Is Not Free


Jeff's father lived in Troy for many years, it's just a dinky bedroom town outside of Detroit, I can't even fathom the concept of refusing money, especially for transportation.

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.”

Well, I guess that makes since it's a core principle of tea baggers to save money, oh wait, whatsthatyousay?

Yet if the money does not go to Troy, it will not be used to pay down the national debt; it will be redirected to other projects around the country.

So this doorknob Daniels, already under fire for being a bigoted idiot, just let millions of dollars that would have unequivocally improved the city she is in charge of just go away. I smell a recall in the making.