You’ll recall the other night on that phone call where I told you how I often tell my wife to pay attention when she walks the corridors of the school district, so’s she can remember that it either hasn’t changed, or only gotten bigger, the next "budget crisis" to come along and there’s fewer teachers and larger classes.
I know what you think of public schooling, but it’s the same thing all over California. Last night, for instance, I was racing down I-5, the primary route to connect Northern and Southern California, not to mention one of the two primary routes that service the products produced in the valley where VDH farms. Do you know what? For one, it’s only two lanes in each direction, which is an outrage in itself, and especially considering there’s a median strip larger than the existing four lanes put together. Also, because of the very heavy large truck traffic, the right lane is literally unsafe for lighter cars traveling at high speed in some areas, the road surface is so badly torn up.
Hanson says exactly what was going through my mind, in disgust.
We in California, given the past budget implosions, know the script to
follow. We expect that police, fire, prisons, parks etc will be
threatened with cut-backs and closure while the state-funded "Center
for this" and the "Department of that" will remain untouched, since
cutting the essential while protecting the politically-correct
superfluous is the only way to scare the voter and achieve higher taxes.
People should take a dive (that was a typo, and I think I’ll just leave it) down I-5 and remember this the next time they’re tempted to screech "ROADS!" when someone like me comes along to say that the government shouldn’t do anything.
If a private company owned and maintained I-5 in its condition going back a quarter of a century, they’d have been drummed into bankruptcy and liquidation two decades ago, and rightly so.
As in the final two paragraphs of Billy’s post, standard libertarian disclaimers apply.