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The surprise wasn’t Governor McCrory’s Cabinet Secretaries ripping into the liberals over at the Southern Environmental Law Center, calling them ‘do-gooders sitting in ivory towers in air-conditioned offices in Chapel Hill sipping lattes’;--- the surprise was the cost of the two bridges the Governor’s camp and the environmentalists  were battling over.
The Governor’s folks want to build to a new three-mile long bridge to Cape Hatteras which will cost $215 million.
The SELC adamantly disagrees and, instead, wants the department to build a seventeen-mile bridge (because the longer bridge will protect the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge).
The longer bridge, according to the state, will cost a cool billion dollars.
Curious, after doing a little math, I looked up the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge to see what kind of varmints the SELC was protecting: The Wildlife Refuge is a way station for migratory birds like ducks, geese, and swans, and home to alligators, wolves, and turtles (which are endangered species).
Now, I don’t have a bit of use for alligators or wolves but it’s hard not to admire a creature as noble as the Snow Goose though, still, the idea of spending $785 million more so a goose doesn’t have to fly around a bridge seems a bit odd.
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# dap916
Thursday, January 09, 2014 4:07 PM
For liberals, it's always about spending. Hey, we republicans aren't too shabby in that department either, but these spendthrifts are off the hook!! What is their answer here on where the money is going to come from to pay for a billion-dollar bridge? Let's see...they want this bridge, they want more and more and more extended unemployment benefits, they want everyone and their illegal cousin on Medicaid, they want teachers to receive higher salaries (that one I agree with, by the way)....on and on and on and on!! Where the heck is all the money going to come from to pay for the ever-increasing "wants and needs" of the liberal/progressives??? You could take ALL of the money away from ALL of the horrible rich, old, white men in our state and it would be spent by these democratic drunken sailors in a matter of months! So, if they tell you all we need to do is get more money from the rich, I call total Bull on that one.

I agree with you totally. The animals will adapt just fine with the building of the $215 million bridge. That's all that's needed and that's all that should be built. Oh, and if someone says: "well, we'll get some federal funding for this to help out"....Um, haven't these geniuses figured out THAT'S TAXPAYER MONEY TOO????

Sheeeeeesh !!!!!!!!!!!!
# Choo
Friday, January 10, 2014 1:38 AM
Nothing odd about liberals spending $750 million dollars of other people's money. Better bet they would never spend their money.

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