It snowed in Charlotte last week. What a perfect opportunity for local officials to demonstrate what’s wrong with government.
It seems that nothing is more important to public officials than public relations. They are compelled to show that they really, really “care” about us and our safety. After all, their mission is to protect us from anything evil that could possibly harm us, right?
This need to be seen as our faithful guardians often transcends common sense, and economic sense.
On Saturday the meaty urologists (weathermen) predicted rain and snow to arrive by the middle of the next week. So on Sunday, three days before the expected weather event, the DOT sent out an army of trucks, each manned by a driver and a second guy riding shotgun (maybe to balance the truck so it would not have uneven weight distribution causing premature tire wear?) to spray little white lines of brine on the streets. Surely seeing these little white squiggles made Charlotte drivers feel warm and fuzzy inside, knowing that their government officials really care about them and their safety.
But wait a minute . . . the snow is not coming for three days, right? And this is the South where it ALWAYS rains before it snows, so the rain will wash all the brine off the roads and into the sewers before it snows, right?
The forecast was accurate – it rained heavily on Tuesday, and then snowed big time on Wednesday. The Charlotte streets were a real circus, complete with clowns and daredevil acts. It didn’t appear to me that the huge expense for trucks and gas and drivers and weight-distribution passengers on overtime and the brine was a very good investment of taxpayers hard-earned money.
But that’s government work. All that really matters is our government CARES. Gotta love that warm and fuzzy feeling.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
Here’s a heapin’ helpin’ of guitar tone to warm up your day – Boston live, 2008