Saturday, 31 July 2010

Something to Ponder

Ronald Reagan uttered this once: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

You can imagine yourself standing there...on the streets of some small town in Bama, and this guy pulls up. You show some friendly nature....reach out a hand to shake the fellow's hand. Then you let the guy know that he's welcome to the town.

His response? ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

You pause and twist your head a bit....then you let the guy know that you can't think of many things that he could help on.

He responds that he'd like to repave all of the main drag through town. You think about this for a while and state the obvious that the road might have a few potholes but....wouldn't it be a fair sum of money to waste on such an endeavor? He responds that it's government money....and it's ok. You decline because you think it's a waste.

Then he responds that he'd like to build a new water plant. You ponder on this....the old is twenty years old and running ok. He says that it's only capable of supporting 5,000 residents....while his new one would satisfy 10,000 folks. You think about this and over twenty years....your town has grown from 1,805 residents to 2,106 residents. You state the obvious....wouldn't it be a fair sum of money to waste on such an endeavor? He responds that it's government money....and it's ok. You decline because you think it's a waste.

Then he responds that he'd like to build a new community center to replace the one built in 1972. The building is kinda old but the roof is ok and no one is really complaining about this. You state the obvious....wouldn't it be a fair sum of money to waste on such an endeavor? He responds that it's government money....and it's ok. You decline because you think it's a waste.

Then he responds that he'd like to beef up your police department with new cars, new SWAT weapons, a new building and new uniforms. You stand there for a minute and ponder this. You have three full-time cops and four part-time guys. You make more than enough off speeding tickets. And the police station was just renovated five years ago. You state the obvious....wouldn't it be a fair sum of money to waste on such an endeavor? He responds that it's government money....and it's ok. You decline because you think it's a waste.

Finally, he responds that he has the funding to build a new municipal airport, and could arrange for one small airline to land four planes a day to fly locals out to Atlanta. Most folks drive an hour up the road to some regional airport and that's been going on for thirty years. No one has ever said nothing negative about this deal. You state the obvious....wouldn't it be a fair sum of money to waste on such an endeavor? He responds that it's government money....and it's ok. You decline because you think it's a waste.

The government guy starts to look confused. He wanted to help you.

You finally put your arm around his shoulder and let him know that help isn't exactly what you were dreaming about at night. And unless he wanted to cut your taxes....there weren't many reasons to overstay his visit in your town.

Just something to ponder.

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