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There are 113 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jan 28, 2010, titled High-speed Chicago-to-St. Paul rail line gets first federal gra.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A high-speed rail line between the St. Paul and Chicago moved one step closer to reality Thursday when the White House said it would provide seed money for the long-sought line.

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Mike

Montréal, Canada

#90 Feb 1, 2010
If we pay for it we should own it and share in the revenue. I doubt it will bring prosparity to the twin cities, just an easier commuite back to work in Chicago. For the speed i doubt it will be any more conveniant the air travel to Chicago.
But most importantly, no one will have waste gas to drive back to MN to pick up welfare checks.
Lets worry about transpertation within the state before we spend billions getting people in and out of our state. The state is not isolated, if people want to come here they can, A rail line is not going the make Minnesota any more apealing, just more in debt.
Buzzy Baker

Eden Prairie, MN

#92 Feb 1, 2010
Ha!

Take the bus with the schwartzies and welfare scum like the rest of us.

Or better yet, who the fugg really goes to and from Chicago? See the above. Cheap wheelers for welfare dealers.
Nick

United States

#93 Feb 1, 2010
Mike wrote:
If we pay for it we should own it and share in the revenue. I doubt it will bring prosparity to the twin cities, just an easier commuite back to work in Chicago. For the speed i doubt it will be any more conveniant the air travel to Chicago.
But most importantly, no one will have waste gas to drive back to MN to pick up welfare checks.
Lets worry about transpertation within the state before we spend billions getting people in and out of our state. The state is not isolated, if people want to come here they can, A rail line is not going the make Minnesota any more apealing, just more in debt.
The revenue will be ours? LMAO
There is no revenue. Trains are heavily subsidized by the taxpayers.
They don't make $$$ they eat $$$$
Bridge Repair Money

Monticello, MN

#94 Feb 1, 2010
Nick wrote:
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The revenue will be ours? LMAO
There is no revenue. Trains are heavily subsidized by the taxpayers.
They don't make $$$ they eat $$$$
Is that why Elementary School Teachers use Kindergarten reading tables for an office desk in California?

“Sustainability Now!”

Since: May 08

Vadnais Heights

#95 Feb 1, 2010
Bridge Repair Money wrote:
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Is that why Elementary School Teachers use Kindergarten reading tables for an office desk in California?
YES. Train studies are why Elementary School Teachers in California use Kindergarten reading tables as their office desks.

You solved THAT one for us! Thanks.
Bridge Repair Money

Monticello, MN

#96 Feb 1, 2010
Madaman wrote:
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YES. Train studies are why Elementary School Teachers in California use Kindergarten reading tables as their office desks.
You solved THAT one for us! Thanks.
Are mass Transit systems the reason why California Elementary School Principles use Kindergarten reading tables for their office desk too?
Buzzy Baker

Eden Prairie, MN

#97 Feb 1, 2010
This is pure poppycokcery.
Nick

United States

#98 Feb 1, 2010
Bridge Repair Money wrote:
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Is that why Elementary School Teachers use Kindergarten reading tables for an office desk in California?
What? Have you been drinking?

“Sustainability Now!”

Since: May 08

Vadnais Heights

#99 Feb 1, 2010
Bridge Repair Money wrote:
<quoted text>
Are mass Transit systems the reason why California Elementary School Principles use Kindergarten reading tables for their office desk too?
California Elementary Schools have no principles.

Some of those schools' principals use Kindergarten reading tables for their office desks -- all because of mass transit.

Again, thanks for solving these confounding & serious issues for us. We couldn't do it without you.

“Sustainability Now!”

Since: May 08

Vadnais Heights

#100 Feb 1, 2010
Nick wrote:
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What? Have you been drinking?
While that is a great and relevant question, I suspect an even better and more relevant question would be:

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN SMOKING?? Can I get some? Must be REALLY GOOD stuff!
Bridge Repair Money

Monticello, MN

#101 Feb 1, 2010
Madaman wrote:
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California Elementary Schools have no principles.
Some of those schools' principals use Kindergarten reading tables for their office desks -- all because of mass transit.
Again, thanks for solving these confounding & serious issues for us. We couldn't do it without you.
I've lived in California, and when the Transit Workers go on strike, the public schools suffer from budget cuts.

And then the Democrats crack down on smoking in bars and stopping people from making fun of gay people.
Bridge Repair Money

Monticello, MN

#102 Feb 1, 2010
Here is the Democrat frame of mind in California.

"Planes crashed into the World Trade Center?? Quick!! We need to teach Kindergarten kids how to put condoms on bananas with their mouth!"

And then they blame Enron because Wyoming and Washington State can't keep up with their big stinky economy.

“Sustainability Now!”

Since: May 08

Vadnais Heights

#103 Feb 1, 2010
Bridge Repair Money wrote:
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I've lived in California, and when the Transit Workers go on strike, the public schools suffer from budget cuts.
And then the Democrats crack down on smoking in bars and stopping people from making fun of gay people.
OK, OK, I'll stop making fun of you. Alright?
Bridge Repair Money

Monticello, MN

#104 Feb 1, 2010
Madaman wrote:
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OK, OK, I'll stop making fun of you. Alright?
Everyone knows Democrats are ditzy and they'll make a federal program out of anything they saw on Oprah Winfrey.
Broke Obummer

Minneapolis, MN

#105 Feb 2, 2010
Critics are pointing to the $54 million in federal stimulus money for the California Wine Train as “silly and short sighted,” and a waste of money.

Sixteen times a week, the Wine Train transports tourists from Napa to St. Helena aboard restored dining cars. A champagne dinner costs $129. About 125,000 people ride the train each year.

At issue is a complicated story about flood control in Napa. Voters agreed to tax themselves for 20 years to cover the cost of a water diversion project. However, the cost went up dramatically when the owner of the Wine Train, Vincent DeDemenico, the founder of Rice-A-Roni got involved. DeDemenico wanted the project to include modernization of a Napa bridge used by the Wine Train and extra protection for the railroad station. He threatened to campaign against the tax measure, otherwise.

Further complicating the story is the awarding of $54 million in federal stimulus money in a non-competitive bid to a construction company–based in Alaska–to make the Wine Train improvements. Anchorage-based Suulutaag, Inc, founded by Alaskan natives, apparently enjoys special access to federal contracts, and that’s how they received the federal stimulus money.

According to a report issued by Suulutaag last year, the number of jobs they’ve created on the project so far: 12.

Republican senators John McCain and Tom Coburn list the Wine Train on their list of the Top 100 examples of waste of federal stimulus funds.

http://calcoastnews.com/2010/01/california-wi...
Mary Allen

United States

#106 Feb 2, 2010
Terri wrote:
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No kidding, WTF. We do not need the high speed welfare express coming to Minnesota. I hope in that stimilus money is funds for building more prisons and hire police officers because we are going need it. Also who will be paying for the extra welfare these clowns are going to collect.
The way I see it the can collect in Illinois and Minnesota without anyone ever knowing it.
The sad thing is that since the welfare crowd are the only ones who spend, whether they are here for the debit card scam or the earned income credit lucative tax refunds, seeing this first hand make me want to puke. Single mother I know, with two kids, gets back $9000, spent it on 2 big screens tv's, tanning, nails, casinos, excessive spending at stores, you can bet that none of it will go to pay bills and be gone in a flash. By April she will be begging the Salvation Army Heatshare to pay her heat. I have seen it every year. That is another scam that someone should look into. Please do not contribute your hard earned dollars for Heatshare whatever you do.
Stadium Vikes NOW

Duluth, MN

#107 Feb 2, 2010
lets solve the stadium issue instead
Buzzy Baker

Eden Prairie, MN

#108 Feb 2, 2010
This is a horrible waste of taxpayer money. Or Arab money. Or Chinese money. Whatever their source.
Stadium Vikes NOW

Duluth, MN

#109 Feb 2, 2010
Buzzy Baker wrote:
This is a horrible waste of taxpayer money. Or Arab money. Or Chinese money. Whatever their source.
lets put it to stadium use instead
Bubba

Cashton, WI

#110 Feb 2, 2010
5.5 hours to Chicago? Why would I do that when there are cheap flights every hour between MSP and Chicago?

Time is money and when I have to give up two days to travel to and from Chicago, that's a bad investment. I'd rather fly in to Chicago on the early Monday flight, do the meeting and fly back out that same day on the evening flight. No hotel, no rental car, no baggage, etc, etc.

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