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IdaBriggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-11-11 07:17 AM
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Anybody know who is behind this "Bridge to Nowhere" stuff?
And what's the story - I just don't understand why someone concerned with saving "taxpayer dollars" would spend this much money advertising *against it* unless they have something to gain - or am I being cynical?

Anyone know the "real" story? :)
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blue_onyx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-11-11 10:41 AM
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1. Well....
The Detroit International Bridge Company (owners of the Ambassador Bridge) is behind the ads against the new bridge. They don't want competition for their own bridge. They say we don't need another bridge yet plan to build another bridge of their own. It has nothing to do with saving taxpayer money.
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-11-11 12:24 PM
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2. Matty Maroun is paying for the ads
He wants to build his own bridge.
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-11-11 03:50 PM
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3. The Koch Bros. have joined Maroun in his battle for the new bridge.
The sparsely attended Teabagger demonstration in Lansing two weeks ago showed folks carrying prepared signs against the public bridge.

Why else would Teabaggers even care?

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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-11-11 03:59 PM
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4. Yep, he doesn't want competition
he likes his monopoly on the Ambassador Bridge, and he'll grease Lansing politicians generously in order to keep it.

At least the ads are open about who's paying for the ads. Not hiding behind an ad-hoc new group name like "people who like detroit" or something dumb like that. So many political ads are paid for by groups with names so obscure you can't tell who bought them. This one sort of says "I'm Matty. This is my bridge. You can't have a bridge."

Another bridge is fine, as long as it's another "Matty's bridge".



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GKirk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-25-11 08:05 PM
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5. Not truly a monopoly...
...there is a tunnel, too.
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wobblie Donating Member (19 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-29-11 09:27 PM
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10. tunnel is not competition
you can't drive an 18 wheeler through the tunnel. The real money is in all the truck traffic between the US and Canada. They get backed up for miles waiting to cross his bridge.
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maddogesq Donating Member (915 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-09-11 10:20 AM
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8. All kinds of nice fellas trying to sell us bridges.
Isn't life just grand? And one way or the other, you and I will get stuck paying for another bridge we don't need at all. And does anyone talk about environmental impact? No, they don't need no stinkin' environment!

This whole bridge thing is an ad campaign between two evil forces. This is clear, living proof that private ownership of public roadways and bridges is a really, really bad idea.

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mk2guy7355 Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-02-11 04:53 PM
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11. +1
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Crowman1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-30-11 10:29 AM
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6. We need a constitutional amendment against the private ownership of public infrastructure.
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maddogesq Donating Member (915 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-10-11 11:27 AM
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9. Right on, right on, right on.
This cannot be stated enough!
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demmiblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-11 03:59 PM
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7. Americans for Prosperity are in on the act:
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