Long Island Rant
Madwest is a native Long Islander. He has lived in both Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. Having worked in both the private sector and government, both local and federal, for over 20 years he has seen a lot, and now has something to say about it. Here he will give his opinion, or rant on all things Long Island.
OF THE WEEK
Monday, January 10th, 2011
Author: Madwest, Mad Long Islander
The December 2010 Blizzard
Well winter is here
again. The snow storm after Christmas was proof of that. Thankfully
it happened after the holiday, otherwise it would have been ruined.
Oh not by the snow, but by the lack of response by the local
government. That’s right, the snow fell, and the government, whom I
paid taxes too, failed to plow my street. Now lets be real here, I
am under no illusion that the roads will get paved in an hour, or
two, or even twelve to fourteen hours, but twenty four! Really! Why
am I paying taxes! WTF!!!
So like so many I stayed home and watched the news, and waited.
Apparently I wasn’t the only one in this predicament. I watched and
saw the failings of governments elsewhere as well. Did I mention I
waited? SO WTF?!? happened? Again we pay taxes for certain services
Why am I writing this now? Cause it took me this long to calm down,
and to write something other than curses and swears. So why did this
happen? In so many places? Well the theory I'm subscribing too is
the following. Over the course of the year, our governments have
trimmed the work force and hired more managers. What’s wrong with
this? Managers make the few remaining workers work more efficiently,
and the tax payer loves more efficient government right? So what
happened with the snow? Well, the managers were in their command
centers, snuggled with care, drinking warm cocoa, sitting by the
maps. The few remaining workers (you know the over paid civil
service workers no one wants to give money too) were freezing in
their trucks, driving along, doing their job. Alas there were too
few workers to plow all the roads, and not a care was given by those
managers by the maps. So the phones rang and the citizens screamed,
so the managers yelled, ON SMITH, ON STEVENS, ON JONES!!!!
In the end mother nature took care of the problem with a warm
weekend, and all was well. Right? I mean this won’t happen again
right? Right? RIGHT?!!!
- Yours Truly,
Author, Long Island Rant
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11 Jan 2011, 05:02
Just wait West, tonight we're gonna have another doozy. I hope you're
street gets plowed this time!