First World Problems
The voters of the state of Michigan approved a law last year that allows the governor to appoint an “emergency manager” for cities he deems in financial distress. He did this for Detroit this year, effectively disenfranchising 3/4 million residents. Yesterday the EM said he would not rule out selling off some or all of the collection of the Detroit Institute for the Arts, one of the nations finest art museums. Suddenly, after voting for the law and watching the Detroit city government lose its power, the suburbs are enraged. Seriously, if you tell your poorer, darker-hued neighbors that you’re taking over the town and then complain when the cuts might actually inconvenience the lighter-hued citizens, you’ve got to re-examine your thinking.
Re-examine Your Thinking
The good people of the State of Oklahoma are no strangers to tornadoes, and can smell them from a mile away. Norman-based experts track dangerous storms and word gets out as quickly as possible for folks to take shelter. Only, most Okies (? PC) don’t have tornado shelters. They don’t have basements, safe rooms, or other places that might keep them from getting impaled by a two-by-four. But Oklahomans are an independent bunch:
“we are a pretty independent free people who don’t like being told what to do” ….
That’s great, but seriously, seriously misguided. If your ideology requires you to put you and your children at risk because of your ideology, it’s time to stop asking “why me?” and start digging. Yeah, there’s money involved, but this is a perfect situation for a little federal support.
Speaking of Federal Funds
A bridge collapsed in Washington State today. The bridge was, by all reports, a geriatric pile of stressed steel waiting for any excuse to collapse. And lots of our bridges are like that. Travel to any western European country and take a look. All those crazy taxes are doing something—they actually look like modern nations. Our infrastructure would look great to pre-DeLorean Doc Brown, but damn, how stupid are we?
Have a nice weekend. Watch where you drive.