While it is sport to bash government, this weekend we needed the services that our tax dollars pay for. Trees down. Roads blocked. Power out. Traffic lights dark. And what was the most remarkable thing? Traveling through the County, I didn’t see any evidence we even had a government.
Somehow we blew through the snow budget this past winter, even though there was no snow. But hours before the forecast of a flurry, you’d see State and County trucks lined up along the interstates and in parking lots. It wasn’t necessary, but at least there was evidence of a government.
With soaring temperatures and dangerous conditions on the roads, it would have at least been comforting to see evidence of governmental control of the situation. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I’m not sure where the police were this weekend, but they weren’t directing traffic at dark intersections around Bethesda. And depending on motorists to treat dark intersections as four-way stops? Not working out so well.
What I don’t understand is that our governments have departments of emergency preparedness. If what we witnessed Friday night did not produce an emergency, I’m not sure what an emergency is. Eventually, there were cooling stations opened. Finally on Monday morning, there were police directing traffic at some dark intersections.
But for one very long and hot weekend, we saw what no government looks like.