Today Abigail Adams decided to weigh in on my twitter exchange with Steve Woods. Abigail is clearly a pseudonym hiding the real identity of the poster and intended to give the impression that the poster is a conservative or even a member of the Tea Party. Steve Woods did not make an appearance, at least not in his true identity. For all we know about Abigail Adams, she could be Steve Woods.
Abigail entered the conversation with this tweet:
Tide Smart got loans through the Recovery Act (stimulus).
Steve Woods had entered the conversation in response to my tweet:
"Baldacci and Woods claim Tide Smart Global was financed by stimulus funds- Is that so? ? !! http://goo.gl/T6b4Ac
and said in a clearly mocking tone
"President Obama was born in Hawaii, Climate Change & gravity are both real & TSG never received a penny of stimulus funds."
I suppose that is meant to imply that Tide Smart Global did receive stimulus funds,when taken in the context in which Mr Woods had posted it, but mockery is such a commonplace political device, that I have a tendency to glaze over the mockery to try to focus on the substance of what is being said and so I flipped it around in my mind- meaning I took the statement "TSG never received a penny of stimulus funds" at face value and thanked Mr Woods for the clarification, after reminding him that Freedom of Access requests are also real. Then Mr Woods implicitly acknowledged that TSG did not receive stimulus funds, by justifying the fact that the PR News wire claimed otherwise, with the explanation that
"My reference at the time was in the context of broad infrastructure support that benefited my biz & all businesses"In other words, Mr Woods merely benefitted from Obama stimulus funds for infrastructure just like everyone else and that's why there was a big ceremony with Governor Baldacci and a commemorative stone:
Woods attributes the reality of the project to made available through federal and state stimulus programs. Out of gratitude for the opportunity and support through these programs, Woods presented both President Obama (not present) and the Governor with a commemorative stone pulled from the construction site and engraved with the ceremony's name and date. "For the TideSmart Global Business Garden to grow and prosper, we need the help and support of friends, family, business associates, community members, and local, county, state and national leaders." He continued, "There has never been a better time to expand TideSmart Global's operations and the economic incentives offered through federal and state stimulus programs have enabled us to harness this opportunity." Quoted from The Street and an article headlined: President Obama And Maine Governor Baldacci Receive Commemorative Gift At Ground Breaking Ceremony For Construction Expansion Made Possible By Federal And State Stimulus ProgramsVery generous of Mr Woods to make such an elaborate ceremony and gift in thanks for the Obama Stimulus funds going for infrastructure that benefits everyone ! What a Stand Up Guy! I wonder what infrastructure it was? Wasn't it Obama who joked about the shovel ready jobs not being as shovel ready as they thought they were? And isn't that still the plan- to stimulate the economy through infrastructure investment? If the Norwegians can give Obama a Nobel peace prize when he has barely been in office- just on the idea of Obama's "promise" then Steve Woods can stage an elaborate ceremony and have a stone engraved to thank Obama for his promises as well! -Except that the words in the article are "Woods attributes the reality of the project to made available through federal and state stimulus programs". That is specific. That is not about general infrastructure projects that benefit all alike- it's about building a business plaza , so large that Governor Baldacci is quoted as saying
""I've never seen so much enormous earth work done in the state of Maine."So back to our proxy lil Miss Abigail Adams ! She, in my view was sent into the conversation to preform a specific political function- which is to create confusion around an issue. Never does Miss Abigail address the response I received from David Heidrich, Jr. Assistant Director of Communications Department of Administrative and Financial Services of the state of Maine. Lil Mis Abigail Adams is there to say that it is true that Tide Smart Global received stimulus funds and produces a source that says it did- one that neither I nor Mr David Heidrich was able to locate in June of 2013 after doing a thorough search for every conceivable name and every conceivable route - but there it is it is dated 2009, but it is NOT a grant for making the project a reality- it is a grant to help small businesses to find private sources of financing
|EMG3 LLC||$663,000||504 Certified Development Loans TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS BY PROVIDING LONG TERM FINANCING THROUGH THE SALE OF DEBENTURES TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR ||Small Business Administration||11/17/2009|
|Tidesmart Logistics LLC||$541,000||504 Certified Development Loans TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS BY PROVIDING LONG TERM FINANCING THROUGH THE SALE OF DEBENTURES TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR ||Small Business Administration||7/13/2010|
"For the TideSmart Global Business Garden to grow and prosper, we need the help and support of friends, family, business associates, community members, and local, county, state and national leaders."That's It! Why is there no mention of the names of the investors? Is it not standard protocol to recognize them? Unless there is a reason to remain hidden.