Monday, April 02, 2007


When I am delayed by road construction, I am usually mildly annoyed at my misfortune. If I think any more about it, I will probably conclude that the workers are getting paid at above market rates, and that taxpayers are getting fleeced.

I am just returning from a trip to washington D.C. My taxi driver, an Ethiopian immigrant, was thrilled to see road construction. "What a beautiful country" he said. I asked him what it was about road construction that pleased him so. His answer; in his country, government will tax you, but they will never fix the roads or provide any worthwhile service for taxpayers.

We have it pretty good over here. It is up to us to keep it that way.

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