Michele Bachmann says federal law doesn't apply to pet bridge project

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Bachmann's porking for a bridge to Wisconsin.
Rep. Michele Bachmann insists America is headed for socialism and bankruptcy because "porking" has gotten way out of control--unless, of course, you're talking about her pet bridge project to Wisconsin.

She's about to submit a bill that does an end run around federal law to secure $700 million for the St. Croix River Crossing Project near Stillwater.

The massive bridge that was originally planned by the the Minnesota Department of Transportation was shelved last year after the National Park Service ruled the proposed behemoth structure did not comply with the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Last year she tried and failed to get the St. Croix cut from the act to make way for her bridge. But Bachmann, now part of the Republican majority in the U.S. House, figures the law doesn't apply to her bridge anyway. She's just going to cherry pick her facts: a previous Park Service decision supporting the bridge.

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She also likes to cherry pick her outlook on the Obama administration's federal stimulus package, which she prefers to label "failed" unless she's pestering the U.S. Transportation Secretary for a stimulus earmark to help finance the bridge.

Few doubt that a new bridge is needed; conservationists would prefer something a little more modest in size and scope. But don't call this bringing home the pork, or an earmark. Bachmann only spends taxpayer dollars on desperately needed infrastructure projects.

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

This bridge has been held up since 1996 by - The Sierra ClubAnd Um this Stillwater bridge project had cleared the approval process BEFORE Michele took office.So, using a play from Obama's play book; Didn't she "inherit" this pork bridge mess?Using another play from Obama's play book; Shouldn't she triple this "inherited" pork bridge mess.Name of this book? Well lets call it - A liberals guide to their "economic sense"

But hey, don't trust me, LOOK IT UP!

Jeff
Jeff

"Few doubt that a new bridge is needed; conservationists would prefer something a little more modest in size and scope."

Those groups don't want a new bridge. Period.

I actually attended several of the mediation sessions where twenty or so representatives of different stakeholders would meet to discuss bridge designs, environmental problems and mitigation solutions.

The Sierra Club representatives would always show up right as the meeting started...ignore the other participants and go sulk at their section of the table, offering no contributions to the discussions.

They knew all along their group would file a lawsuit, even though their participation in the mediation session was contingent on their agreeing to not filing a lawsuit.

You'll notice that these "conservationists" never mentioned where they would build their "modest" bridge. One of their previous proposals was to build a second bridge side-by-side with the dilapidated lift bridge, funneling 4 lanes of traffic through downtown Stillwater.

They have never offered a serious proposal for actually dealing with the real traffic and the real growth in the area. It's always been this way. They take such a perverse pleasure of fighting MNDOT that they've long ago lost touch with reality but unfortunately, they still have access to lawyers and enough true believers in the sacred St. Croix in the National Park Service to keep dragging this out.

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

Kirk,Kirk,Kirk, you cannot just make up silliness and call it facts-nor can you ignore the hypocracy of her position, nor can you distinguish betwen the works "loose" and "Loser"

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