The closest thing to eternal life on earth is a temporary government program.
I posted this quote as a comment to a blog post by Jim Gilvin. If you’re not familiar with Jim, you should be. I like his blog and twitter posts. And I may not have that Reagan quote exactly right, but you get the idea.
In case you haven’t heard… the GA-400 groundhog woke up today after a long hibernation. He most certainly did see his shadow. Ten more years of tolls on GA-400. Thanks Sonny Perdue. Now I don’t feel so bad about voting for your Libertarian opponent in 2006.
Getting back to the quote… There is no such thing as temporary in government. Red state, blue state, it doesn’t matter. We’re in the reddest part of this very red state and it still doesn’t matter.
I think in reality residents in the northern burbs had already resigned to this fact. The toll wasn’t going to go away. And in the big scheme of things, it isn’t huge. I probably toss my two quarters in there once a month on average. But to residents up here, it is the principle of the matter.
The GA 400 toll reminds me of SPLOST taxes. They are billed as temporary or something the voters have to renew through the ballot box. They pay for important stuff like roads and schools but in reality they often don’t. They can pay for debt on bonds, and those bonds pay for the stuff we want. In the case of GA 400, sure we paid off the bonds, but past governors (Roy Barnes in particular) raided these funds for other projects. Voters can demand that a tax revenue stream cease, but the money for debt servicing still has to come from somewhere. There is no temporary. Cha ching!