Although we often focus on what divides us, it’s important to remember that the “we demand Swedish level of social services with Mississippi levels of taxation and we could get it if it wasn’t for all of the waste, fraud and abuse at the state capital!” ethos that dominates American’s suburbs can also be found in the heartland:
Judy Graves of Ypsilanti, N.D., voted against the measure to raise taxes for roads. But she says she and others nonetheless wrote to Gov. John Hoeven and asked him to stop Old 10 from being ground up because it still carries traffic to a Cargill Inc. malting plant. She says the county has mismanaged its finances and badly neglected roads.
Just because I wouldn’t pay for road maintenance doesn’t mean I don’t want magic pixies to provide us with perfectly maintained roads. Damn those bureaucrats in Bismarck!