Welcome To Bathtub America

February 2nd, 2010at 07:17am Posted by Eli

So what does it look like when government is shrunken down to the size where it can be drowned in a bathtub?  It looks like this:

More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.

Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.  Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.

The article goes on:

Colorado Springs is slashing its budget for public safety, essential services, transportation and parks and recreation.  Community centers and public pools will be closed.

Land-use planning?  Gone.  Zoning?  Who cares!  Building inspection …  They don’t need that!

Amazingly enough, it turns out that governments actually do a lot of useful stuff, and private enterprise doesn’t step in to fill the gap when it shuts down.  Who knew?

Enjoy your libertarian utopia, folks, and think about how much more awesome it would be if the federal government shut down too.

Entry Filed under: Economy,Republicans


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