Stimulus comes to hard-hit Indiana town

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With no fanfare and mixed expectations, economic stimulus is coming to the banks of the Eel River, bringing two dozen jobs and the welcome clatter of work to a quiet northern Indiana college town that's been ...

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I hear Schadenfreude

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#24
Feb 26, 2009
 
Only a hatin' whining loser that is upset because the USA repudiated their glorious republitard majority would be upset that Americans are working. Why do you hate America?
Average Chicagoan

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#25
Feb 26, 2009
 
None of the Chicago papers have covered the nationwide movement to oppose the Generational Theft being perpetrated in Washington.
That's right. There is a growing movement around the country to oppose the multi-trillion dollars of various wasteful, harmful bailouts.
The waste can stil be influenced, including that headed for the financial, mortgage, and health care sectors. These bailouts will PROLONG the recession, not shorten it.
Anyway, for any of you who oppose the Porkulus Package, and want to pressure the media and government officials to--at least--limit the damage, look at the information below for the Chicago version of the Nationwide Tea Party.
The Chicago event, as shown below, will take place tomorrow, beginning at Daley Plaza and including a walk to the Michigan Avenue Bridge to dump the Stimulus Tea in the Chicago River. Those of you who believe in fiscal conservatism, please come and enjoy the event!
Chicago, IL Tea Party
Friday, February 27, 2009
11:00 a.m.- 12:20 p.m.
Daley Plaza Civic Center
50 W Washington St.
info@officialchicagoteaparty.c om
http://officialchicagoteaparty.com
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Feb 26, 2009
 
MinisterR wrote:
- Signed 15 year Navy vet, father of 2, husband, small business owner, property owner, minority, never voted straight ticket or party, born and raised in South Shore/Hyde Park
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Wow. You're really impressed with yourself, aren't you?
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#27
Feb 26, 2009
 
This is a good start. That water system will help that town in the future. And there are over two dozen skilled workers that can at least pay their bills for a while.

If we gave those workers a tax cut instead they would only have a few bucks more on their unemployment checks.
IMHO

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#28
Feb 26, 2009
 
Proud Republican wrote:
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Wow. You're really impressed with yourself, aren't you?
yeah, i know, right?
Mike - Indianapolis

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#30
Feb 26, 2009
 
Taxpayer wrote:
26 people, from out of the state, working 8 months, is around $180,000 per person annualized. One time shot, no continuous benefit.
If 6400 residens covered the total tab, it would have set them back $600 each.
What factories are going to be willing to set up shop in the US given the increase in health care costs, the ease of unionization, and the increase in taxes that are all on the horizen.
Every one that faces a dimmer prospect anywhere else in worse stressed economies waiting for the U.S. to recover.
Lou

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#31
Feb 26, 2009
 
Average Chicagoan wrote:
None of the Chicago papers have covered the nationwide movement to oppose the Generational Theft being perpetrated in Washington.
That's right. There is a growing movement around the country to oppose the multi-trillion dollars of various wasteful, harmful bailouts.
The waste can stil be influenced, including that headed for the financial, mortgage, and health care sectors. These bailouts will PROLONG the recession, not shorten it.
Anyway, for any of you who oppose the Porkulus Package, and want to pressure the media and government officials to--at least--limit the damage, look at the information below for the Chicago version of the Nationwide Tea Party.
The Chicago event, as shown below, will take place tomorrow, beginning at Daley Plaza and including a walk to the Michigan Avenue Bridge to dump the Stimulus Tea in the Chicago River. Those of you who believe in fiscal conservatism, please come and enjoy the event!
Chicago, IL Tea Party
Friday, February 27, 2009
11:00 a.m.- 12:20 p.m.
Daley Plaza Civic Center
50 W Washington St.
info@officialchicagoteaparty.c om
http://officialchicagoteaparty.com
Yeah, this should rank right up there with the '68 convention riot. Daley will probably have the police ready in riot gear, and Quinn will have to call out the National Guard. Woo.

You think one foot-long from Subway will feed the masses for this, or will you need another 6"?
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No I am not. But I got tired of people like you accusing me of being part of a party , of being white racist, of not having children, of not understanding business, of not being married, of being rich. You name it.

My signature gives you some insight into who I am so I can avoid the attacks. Doing so has worked for the most part. Now I mostly get people now claiming I am aloof or arrogant or "impressed" with myself.

Now did you have a point you actually thought would bring clarity to this discussion?

- Signed A humbled, 15 year Navy vet, father of 2, husband, small business owner, property owner, minority, never voted straight ticket or party, born and raised in South Shore/Hyde Park
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I could add that I am a disabled veteran with damaged hands and a missing left lower leg but that you'd accuse me of something beside arrogance then right?

- Signed 15 year Navy vet, father of 2, husband, small business owner, property owner, minority, never voted straight ticket or party, born and raised in South Shore/Hyde Park
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MinisterR wrote:
No I am not. But I got tired of people like you accusing me of being part of a party , of being white racist, of not having children, of not understanding business, of not being married, of being rich. You name it.
My signature gives you some insight into who I am so I can avoid the attacks. Doing so has worked for the most part. Now I mostly get people now claiming I am aloof or arrogant or "impressed" with myself.
Now did you have a point you actually thought would bring clarity to this discussion?
- Signed A humbled, 15 year Navy vet, father of 2, husband, small business owner, property owner, minority, never voted straight ticket or party, born and raised in South Shore/Hyde Park
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yeah, dude, no one cares. it seems like you're trying to make every conversation about you, which is narcissistic at least and crazy at worst. i think as long as you continue to "sign off" on each post, you should expect people to ridicule you. i suppose you can add that to your list of struggles.
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MinisterR wrote:
I could add that I am a disabled veteran with damaged hands and a missing left lower leg but that you'd accuse me of something beside arrogance then right?- Signed 15 year Navy vet, father of 2, husband, small business owner, property owner, minority, never voted straight ticket or party, born and raised in South Shore/Hyde Park <quoted text>
...still don't care.
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You are a liar. You care so much that you can't stop reading my posts and you can't seem to stop replying to them.

You are weak
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#37
Feb 27, 2009
 
Indiana Tea Party Tax Revolt! Sunday, March 1st, 2008 at 1 p.m. CST. Lake County Government Center.

Bring your tax assessments or a facsimile to put in the giant tea bag to be dunked in the pond.

A national and local media event. Bring your protest signs.
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Feb 28, 2009
 
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You are a liar. You care so much that you can't stop reading my posts and you can't seem to stop replying to them. You are weak <quoted text>
be that as it may, it appears you should expect to be mocked every time you post that silly resume.
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Feb 28, 2009
 
- Signed 15 year Navy vet, father of 2, husband, small business owner, property owner, minority, never voted straight ticket or party, born and raised in South Shore/Hyde Park.
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be that as it may, it appears you should expect to be mocked every time you post that silly resume.
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#40
Mar 1, 2009
 
To think this story has brought on a national conversation is quite a rush. I'm a resident of this small town of 6,000 inhabitants called North Manchester.
Allow me to clarify a few points which could shed a little light on this discussion: The new water treatment plant has been in the planning stage for many years: Years before any kind of stimulus package was on the horizon. The Town has been discussing and seeking various methods of funding for this project for a long time. The money from the stimulus no where near pays for expensive of the overall project.
A new water treatment plant is needed because the old one is antiquated and needs to be brought in line with the new federal mandates.
Let me clarify an important point: We have GREAT water here! North Manchester has always received the highest rating on its water quality.(The water comes from artisian wells.) The purpose of the new plant is not so much as to improve upon water quality but perhaps to keep it that way before the infrastructure crumbles.
Another point I'd like to make is that all town residents will be absorbing a percentage of the cost of the treatment plant through a fairly significant increase in their water bill.(There goes my monthly luncheon outing at a local establishment--but for me, it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make for the betterment of the whole--although, believe me, there are plenty of folks here who are grumbling.) Additionally, our state taxes have climbed very high hurting farmers and the small business owners already struggling to survive in this economically depressed atmosphere. The "shot in the arm" of having 26 workers (really, 23; since three are from this community) come to town and inject money into the community is not likely to have any long term impact. The best case scenerio would be if all 23 workers so fell in love with this little community that they would decide to move themselves and their families here to live, work, go to school, open up a business....
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Mar 2, 2009
 
Thank you
Christa wrote:
To think this story has brought on a national conversation is quite a rush. I'm a resident of this small town of 6,000 inhabitants called North Manchester.
Allow me to clarify a few points which could shed a little light on this discussion: The new water treatment plant has been in the planning stage for many years: Years before any kind of stimulus package was on the horizon. The Town has been discussing and seeking various methods of funding for this project for a long time. The money from the stimulus no where near pays for expensive of the overall project.
A new water treatment plant is needed because the old one is antiquated and needs to be brought in line with the new federal mandates.
Let me clarify an important point: We have GREAT water here! North Manchester has always received the highest rating on its water quality.(The water comes from artisian wells.) The purpose of the new plant is not so much as to improve upon water quality but perhaps to keep it that way before the infrastructure crumbles.
Another point I'd like to make is that all town residents will be absorbing a percentage of the cost of the treatment plant through a fairly significant increase in their water bill.(There goes my monthly luncheon outing at a local establishment--but for me, it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make for the betterment of the whole--although, believe me, there are plenty of folks here who are grumbling.) Additionally, our state taxes have climbed very high hurting farmers and the small business owners already struggling to survive in this economically depressed atmosphere. The "shot in the arm" of having 26 workers (really, 23; since three are from this community) come to town and inject money into the community is not likely to have any long term impact. The best case scenerio would be if all 23 workers so fell in love with this little community that they would decide to move themselves and their families here to live, work, go to school, open up a business....

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#42
Mar 2, 2009
 
Just Steve wrote:
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This is a project that would have always been paid with tax dollars... always. Because of the rising unemployment rates in Indiana, which means a huge decrease in state income taxes, work like this water treatment plant couldn't get done because they didn't have it in the budget. Now, 26 Americans have a job for the better part of a year, building something the community needed. These workers will be spending money. The project will buy concrete from the local concrete manufacturer... jobs there. They will install the mechanisms that work inside the pools, manufactured by Americans. Some of the people working the project will stay in a local motel for months helping other business owners. These same workers will go to restaurants, go shopping, drive a car or truck to and from work.
And in the end this community gets cleaner water.
This is how the economy works, and this is why stuff like this is stimulative.
Well said. I'm quite sure that these 26 people will be tremendously grateful for the work they and income they will have for the better part of that year. I see it as a win-win situation for this small community!

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