Feds to pay $52M for NC road still go...

Feds to pay $52M for NC road still going nowhere

There are 5 comments on the Kansas City Star story from Feb 3, 2010, titled Feds to pay $52M for NC road still going nowhere. In it, Kansas City Star reports that:

The federal government has agreed to pay a $52 million settlement so it will not have to complete the so-called "road-to-nowhere" through North Carolina's mountain wilderness, officials said Tuesday, ending a dispute that began during World War II.The payments destined for Swain County will be a boon for the area: The settlement is four times the ...

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“Resist”

Since: Apr 09

Bryson City

#1 Feb 5, 2010
Shuler opens his mouth and crap just falls out.
He just voted for a $2 trillion dollar spending ceiling increase, bringing the total to $14 trillion... PAYGO, an excuse to raise taxes to balance a budget. That's a joke, Congress can't manage a marble tournament.

Stimulus scam(for banks), the Cap and Trade energy tax are on his list of fiscally responsible blue dog accomplishments. That's sarcasm.
Any money in lieu of road comes from China. In 50 years we have become the greatest debtor nation on the planet. Thank both parties for that.

Burr, Hagan, and Webb want $75 million for tweety bird parks too. Fine if you can afford them, but we can't. We're broke, and they are not listening.
anonymous

United States

#2 Feb 5, 2010
Tar and Feathers wrote:
Shuler opens his mouth and crap just falls out.
He just voted for a $2 trillion dollar spending ceiling increase, bringing the total to $14 trillion... PAYGO, an excuse to raise taxes to balance a budget. That's a joke, Congress can't manage a marble tournament.
Stimulus scam(for banks), the Cap and Trade energy tax are on his list of fiscally responsible blue dog accomplishments. That's sarcasm.
Any money in lieu of road comes from China. In 50 years we have become the greatest debtor nation on the planet. Thank both parties for that.
Burr, Hagan, and Webb want $75 million for tweety bird parks too. Fine if you can afford them, but we can't. We're broke, and they are not listening.
What does that have to do with the Road to Nowhere settlement? Just to inform, you know that the road through the park would cost taxpayers hundreds of millions, right?

“Resist”

Since: Apr 09

Bryson City

#3 Feb 6, 2010
While the road may indeed cost millions, consider all the stimulus projects funded by taxpayers. Lots of it is generally worthless garbage and borrowed. It seems a road is a better investment than turtle tunnels or cash for caulkers or other pie in sky junk. And, there was a contract.
This comes down to vote buying, Shuler was against the road from the start and said so.

I also think that the road would never be built and it's either settlement or nothing. It's politicial expediency, and nothing less. When the fed.gov contract was abrogated the road was a write off. It was never going to happen. It's that simple. In that light, people might want to consider reliability of any future promises by any government entity.

I'm also saying that while Shuler professes to be a blue dog fiscal conservative, he is not. Neither is Burr or Hagan. Both parties have spent without regard, and despite professing concern, they continue to do so. There is no way to ever pay it off, so I don't think it even matters anymore. Who knows what $52 million of devalued or inflated currency is worth? We already know what government promises are worth.

I'm also wondering what Great Cause will be presented to voters by commissioners to allow them access to the principal. You know they will. Interest rates are very low, and politicians can't stand to have money sitting around.
Everybody is lining up to get a piece of it; what will be left when they are done picking the bones?

The road is a tangible asset. Promises are not.
eagle

United States

#4 Feb 6, 2010
It is not over, Swain County citizens are still
split.
From Charlotte

Lindsay, CA

#5 Feb 7, 2010
If they build a casino there and put a damn toll on the road, it will pay for itself and become a moneymaker!

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