Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Trail Travails #1.5 - Mis-Managed MoDot Monopoly - Mangles Missouri Motorways - Mistreats Motorists

It should be noted, for those not aware, that Missouri roads are notoriously bad.
I suppose there is some relationship with the Missouri's lower gas tax rate and this situation. We are presently paying about a nickel less than our ‘Red Legs' neighbors to the West.

As I posted the first Highway entry, I was reminded of a situation during the last election for Governor in the land of JayHawks. BOTH candidates made derogatory comments about Missouri in the same week. The present Governor Democrat Kathleen Sebelius make a comment that she was more scared driving Missouri's highways than by the Sept. 11 attacks.

"The roads in Missouri were much more terrifying to me than the attacks on the World Trade Center, because I really did think my life was far more at risk."

Hmmmm, guess that job as Insurance Commissioner wasn't exactly the perfect experience for the scrutiny of a campaign.

I wrote new lyrics for a commercial spot, but, of course, neither side wanted to use it. Here is a snippet I remember:
(Sung to the tune of "Gonna Build a Mountain")

Gonna build a Roadway,
Gonna build it wide...
All the way from the Archway,
To the Kansas side...
And though we built that Roadway,
To transport guns and missiles...
We must rebuild them now 'cause they're scarin' Kansas Officials!

MoDOT, everybody loves to hate them. Everybody has this, that or the other Monday Morning Quarterback 'fix' for it's many problems.

Never once have I ever heard ANYONE propose that the way to build infrastructure might just be better served by Private Enterprise.

MoDot is a perfect example of what you get when bureaucrats hire bureaucrats to do something with plenty of bureaucratic oversight to make sure everything is working ok.


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