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Just Saying No to Dough

Recorded on March 2, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I’m Ernest Istook.

Everyone asks Washington, DC, for money. For roads, for bridges, for schools, for studies, for science, for art, forever and ever and ever.

But--the new Tea Party mayor of Troy, Michigan, just turned down $8.5-million to turn an old rail station into a transportation center. The mayor said the city could not afford the upkeep.

The governor of New Jersey turned down funding for a tunnel under the Hudson River—because possible cost overruns could cost the state billions.

Florida 's governor was not fooled by phony claims about a high-speed rail project, and sent back $2-billion. The same thing happened in Ohio, and Wisconsin.

But for every dollar they turn down, the feds just give it to someplace else seeking a handout. We need a system where money that's turned down goes back to the taxpayers, not back to spendthrifts. From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.