Toad in the Hole
December 24, 2006
Weirdass privitization idea of the month: Leasing the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Then we'll offer a faith-based grant to Howard Johnson's for sobering up drunk and/or sleepy drivers by laying on of hands instead of coffee.Posted at December 24, 2006 05:20 AM
that is really strange. i guess i don't understand what they have in mind. collecting tolls is the kind of thing governments do. are they thinking of naming rights? [the amazon.com turnpike??] then again, california decided to save the educational system by starting a lottery, and that worked out well, eh?
Posted by: kathy a at December 24, 2006 10:37 PM
I regard it as a terrible thing that our taxes are so unfairly apportioned and so low, relatively speaking. Of course, we could take the money it would take to keep the highways in good condition and use it to build a passenger rail system, and/or invest in public transportation, and/or charge consumers the real cost of gasoline and the use of highways . . . and monkeys might fly out of my butt.
Posted by: narya at December 25, 2006 06:23 PM
Wasn't there a Simpsons episode about a privatized highway?
Posted by: narya at December 25, 2006 06:35 PM
The other funny thing is that Pennsylvania is apparently just now considering thinking about a study of the possibility of maybe edging toward experimentation with selling liquor other than from the grim and dimly-remembered (by me, I mean) State Stores.
Posted by: Ron at December 27, 2006 06:55 AM
one of the funniest articles i've ever seen was in the Philly Inquirer. the wine reviewer decided he should review the cheap wines (Night Train, MD2020, etc.). He went to a lovely state store to purchase said items, which caused a bystander to observe that he must be having a party. He also reviewed said wines, and it was hysterical; I still have a tattered copy somewhere. State stores are just bizarre.
Posted by: narya at December 28, 2006 11:48 AM