Economics and similar, for the sleep-deprived
A subtle change has been made to the comments links, so they no longer pop up. Does this in any way help with the problem about comments not appearing on permalinked posts, readers?
Update: seemingly not
Update: Oh yeah!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Big picture award
This week's "seeing the big picture" award goes to these guys.
Basically what happened here is that in one of their whacky referenda a few years ago, the state of California hypothecated some money from a gasoline tax into a trust fund which was meant to provide maintenance for trails in public parks to repair the damage caused by jeeps, dunebuggies, dirt bikes and other "off highway vehicles".
Now the state is in terminal budget meltdown, and there is a proposal to slightly alter the terms of that legislation so that the funds can be used for maintenance in public parks more generally, including those in which OHVs are banned. The site linked above is organising a great big write-in protest in order to ensure that this option is taken of the table. "We must not balance the budget on the backs of the quadbikes".
The situation is desperate, but not serious. Somehow I can see people finding better uses for the money than bailing out this sort of political behaviour. Like taking the same amount of money and giving it to Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and West Virginia and letting them use it to provide public services 50% as generous as those enjoyed in California.
this item posted by the management 6/19/2009 08:49:00 AM