POLITICS & PREJUDICES
Don’t Run Again, Mayor Bing
Mayor Bing, Snyder’s Newest Atrocity, Battle of the Bridge
Published: May 1, 2013
The Oakland County executive was badly racked up in a car accident last August, and his driver will be a quadriplegic for life. Brooks called the governor’s proposal “an embarrassment to the Republican Party,” terms echoed by others who actually know and care about some humans who need continual care.
The governor, however, seemed bewildered by the reaction. After all, his proposal would give people a $125 auto insurance rate reduction per car. Bet Patterson’s now-quadriplegic driver is just thrilled about that.
BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE
LATEST COMMUNIQUE: AS I mentioned a few weeks ago, Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun is behind a couple of last-ditch lawsuits — one in state courts, one in the federal system — designed to stop construction of the New International Trade Crossing.
Canadian officials aren’t terribly worried about either, but what does worry them is that while they are paying all the costs of building a new bridge, Congress will have to appropriate an estimated $250 million for a customs plaza at the Michigan landing. You can bet Moroun will be lobbying Tea Party types hard, claiming this is an unnecessary burden on taxpayers, especially when he already has a bridge.
Ironically, it may be up to Snyder and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Tea Party darling who does realize how important a new bridge is, to lobby on the side of the angels.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to email@example.com.
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