Search This Blog

Sunday, April 07, 2013

YES, In My Backyard !

Big Government is usually bad when it is "pork barreling" someone else, but when it helps me...., that's another matter.

The Los Angeles Times:,0,5412062.story
CODY, Wyo. — For many, the federal budget ax that fell last month has meant a few nicks here and there. For Joe Kondelis, it's sliced a lot deeper.

After stewing for days, the 53-year-old opened his wallet and delivered a $2,000 check to the Cody Chamber of Commerce to help pay for snowplowing at Yellowstone National Park. It wasn't easy. Cash is scarce once Yellowstone shuts down for the winter.
But after automatic spending cuts idled the National Park Service plows and threatened to delay opening day for two weeks — two weeks that could cost his beer distributorship $100,000 in sales — Kondelis felt he had no choice...
But a weave of contradictions surrounds the episode, reflecting the tension between self-sufficiency and codependence, between these Westerners' stated desire for a smaller, more limited government and reliance on the services that people have come to expect from far off, little-loved Washington, D.C.
"We all want to cut the deficit but don't want to sacrifice the lifestyle that money makes possible," said Warren Murphy...

No comments: