Last year I was on the highway between Saratoga, Wyoming and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It was awesomely beautiful country. I could visualize herds of buffalo populating the rolling grass-covered hills leading up to the "purple mountains" majestically rising to the clouds along the distant horizons in every direction. No buffalo were seen but there were plenty of antelope. There wasn't a house in sight and "sight" covered at least 30 miles in every quadrant. I commented to my wife that I thought it would be a great experiment to dump the Messiah, along with Michelle and the two princesses down right there. They could have their full wallets with cash and credit cards as well as their cell phones. No cars, however. They would be picked up in two weeks.
That is what needs to be done with anyone in Washington who bleats ignorantly about walking or biking. There was no place to spend a dime there and no cell phone service to order from Domino's either. I figure they would either starve or find themselves taken in by a kindly rancher (if they could discover a ranch house in their roamings). They might have to work for their keep.
Just $1.2 BILLION of Your Money!
Admittedly that location was a bit extreme, but it isn't that different a situation from the small town in north Texas in which I live. We've got 3500 residents according to the sign at the city limit. We're just 60 short miles north of Dallas and less from some pretty well equipped bedroom burgs that are undergoing rapid development into urban clag.
Despite that, if I want a quart of milk, a new T-shirt, today's newspaper, or a book of stamps it won't be within walking distance and my bicycle has a good chance of being the instrument of my demise along the country roads and 4-lane divided speedways.
So what do you get for $1,200,000.000.00 these days when it comes to getting people to do what is physically impossible in huge chunks of the country?
This is a place where we assuredly could nip away at the budget deficit, don't ya think?