Holocaust Rail Car Restoration Is Another Train Project That Rick Scott Won't Fund

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A rail car used in the Holocaust.
The whole country knows that Gov. Rick Scott turned down $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money for a high-speed train between Tampa and Orlando (and many are blaming that move for his current dismal 29 percent approval rating). But another train project, this one with deep emotional significance for some of his constituents, has also gotten the ax.

Adding to his long and fast-growing list of vetoed expenditures, yesterday Scott vetoed two proposals: one that would allow the Tampa Bay area transportation authority to get back funds it hadn't spent and another that would have given a quarter-million dollars to the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center in Hollywood. One intended purpose of the grant? To restore a train car that was used by the Nazis to transport Jews to their eventual deaths.

Scott did approve $150,000 for the Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, but the rail-car restoration project, which would have revealed the car's original serial numbers and provided educational materials, will have to get its money elsewhere.

Eleanor Sobel, a Democratic state senator from Hollywood, decried the move:

"A small funding source would help restore the car to reveal the original serial numbers and provide educational materials so survivors and their families could trace this horrendous experience. The Governor's veto seems to show a lack of respect and understanding for history," Sobel wrote in a press release.
Sobel says she will continue to seek state funds for the Holocaust Documentation Center during the next legislative session.

This isn't the first controversy over Nazi-era rail cars we've seen in Florida. When the high-speed rail project was still a possibility, Allen West's congressional predecessor, Ron Klein, wanted to ban French rail carrier SNCF from bidding on the project because of its past role in transporting Holocaust prisoners.


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Garfish
Garfish

Yikes, the anti-semitic jokes (that aren't funny) aside, given the financial state every government is finding itself in, there does need to be some triage differentiating needs vs. wants.  Police, fire, schools, repairing infrastructure (not building or expanding the infrastructure) and libraries should be funded first.  Publicly owned museums, parks, and new infrastructure take a lower priority.  Giving money to private non-profits should be lower, and giving money to private for profit organizations should be the lowest priority, if not abolished altogether.  No more tax money to build stadiums and arenas unless the government entity will receive an ownership stake in the building, and receive profits from the parking and concession rights, as well as gate receipts.

Harry Bertram
Harry Bertram

Why do taxpayers have to provide funds to the Holocaust museum? Let Germany or Jewish people provide the funds.

Morty Zuckerbaum
Morty Zuckerbaum

I'm in a teleconference with Abe Foxman and some of the big movers in Tallahassee right now. This is an absolute outrage. What's this world coming to these days? Those dumb Baptist goy hicks in the state capitol have another thing coming if they think I'm going to let this go. I carry a tremendous amount of weight against them due to the fact that I sell exotic Eastern European/Israeli artwork featuring pre-pubsescent models to more than half of them.

Charlie Haberl
Charlie Haberl

Anti-semitism is hating Jews more than is absolutely neccessary.

Azimuth
Azimuth

Just imagine how many shrunken heads, lampshades and bars of soap this train car must have hauled! It should be a national shrine!

Keystein
Keystein

My Uncle Feivel was in that very cattle car! You know how I know? He told me just before he died in Miami!

Azimuth
Azimuth

Maybe this train car's serial number is invisible, like the one tattoed on Elie Wiesel's arm. Oy vey!

kulak
kulak

People who collect Nazi memorabilia are really weird.

Solomon Bloombergowitcz
Solomon Bloombergowitcz

Dis is BLASPHEMYWITZ! Oy gevult on my mehagekaka! My great-great-great grandmother's uncle's daughter's nephew's niece's aunt's uncle's twice-removed second cousin on her father's side died from da holocaust in nineteen thoity! It was a heart attack caused from an anti-semitic slogan shouted at her in New York. Dis is an outrage! As da relative of a holocaust survivor, I'm beyond disgusted at da lack of compassion da govuhment is given our race! We demand justice for all dis injustice! I'm callin' Abe Foxman right now!

X-15
X-15

Is the alleged train car in Florida? If so, how did it cross the ocean?? Who payed for THAT?? If it's in Florida, why wasn't it restored by the importer??? Burning questions.....questions that are hotter than a flaming oven....

Tony soprano
Tony soprano

Definitely a case of anti-semitism otherwise known as doing something that is in the best interest of white people.

Dave E
Dave E

Private Funding from rich local Jews would be a good way to go.  Maybe Debbie Wasserman-Shultz could raise funds through her new Anti-Women campaign she has "Made-Up" to help Resident Obama win a second term.

Azimuth
Azimuth

Oy vey, this is an outrage! With the economy as bad as it is today, how dare Mr. Scott deny a handful of Jews $250K to find a serial number on a train car used as a fictional tale stage prop! This is clearly anti-semitism. I urge everyone to contact the ADL and complain.

Reveilleusa
Reveilleusa

Holohoax.  No gas chambers.  No six million.

getallthefacts
getallthefacts

Many of our taxpayers ARE German and Jewish.   This is history. Those who forget it are doomed to repeat it.

Anthony
Anthony

At a time when we are laying off teachers and cutting programs for our kids at all district in Florida, why these people are fighting to have Florida tax payers fund a museum and train restoration.

And you wonder why everyone (except Jews  and their friends) agrees these people are out of control. The self entitlement, arrogance is mind boggling and repulsive. We all have relatives that died in WW2 and these ppl still feel they are entitle to our pity, guilt and money.

Go to Germany with that crap. My grandfather lost his left arm already, now his grand kids need to pay for your entitlements? Sheesh....

Azimuth
Azimuth

Morty, good to see you here. The nerve of these bastard scum goyim and their hatred and intolerance!

getallthefacts
getallthefacts

Why hate Jews at all?  If everyone who put a WWJD bumper sticker on their vehicles actually did what he would do, they would be no hate in this case.

Azimuth
Azimuth

Your uncle was a good man, Keystein. He and I survived 13 death camps together!

X-15
X-15

Good. With a clear title it could be put to good use transporting, say, *six million* illegal mexicans back to Old Mexico.....

Ryan
Ryan

 I don't know if you're a parody of a Jew or a real Jew, it's hard to tell the difference sometimes.

Azimuth
Azimuth

Sol, yer a real mensch. Callin' Abe is the right thing to do. We must report all these anti-semites. Always remember- Never Again!

Ryan
Ryan

If she died in New York then she is not a Holocaust survivor.

Azimuth
Azimuth

Oy vey, and now the anti-semites show up. Who are you to question the Holocaust? If it were up to me, you'd be in jail for your preposterous questions and doubts!

Hellvis
Hellvis

all the jews I know are white

Solomon Bloombergowitcz
Solomon Bloombergowitcz

Dat's nuthin'! I survived 230 death camps and even survived da gas chambah by holdin' my breath and hidin' under da corpse of a fetus that Hitlah had torn from a pregnant woman's stomach with his bare hands. I saw him do it wit' mah own eyes!

X-15
X-15

ROFLMAO!!

Never Forget!!TM Registered U.S. Pat. Office All Rights Reserved

Harry Bertram
Harry Bertram

White as in Caucasian?  Or White as in Semitic?

Ryan
Ryan

 All the Jews  I know are white when it's convenient. 

Guest
Guest

Just reading your comments...What a disgusting scum of a human being you must be!

Solomon Bloombergowitcz
Solomon Bloombergowitcz

You anti-semite! We had to suffah injustice cuz of people like you! Da Holocaust shoulda taught peace and tolerance. People like you should be shot and sent to camps.

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