We had an ice storm in SW Virginia more than a week ago; it knocked down a lot of trees. It’s almost all been cleaned up… except for the government-owned Blue Ridge Parkway.
It’s still impassable. The downed trees haven’t been touched.
Meanwhile, it took less than two days to clear a far more difficult-to-get-to backcountry road I often travel.
That backcountry road was cleared by the initiative of the people who live on it – and so have a stake in clearing it. The Parkway is controlled by the government – which locks it down at the first threat of bad weather (using the excuse of dumbed-down/least-common-denominatorism… that because some idiots can’t deal with, say, snow, the road must be closed to everyone) and then takes its time re-opening it.
The people who paid for it – via their taxes – are thus denied the usufructs of their mulcting.
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