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As if we needed more evidence…
We all remember how liberals tried to justify their recent bailout to states and localities. It was going to do things like save teachers' jobs and pay for all sorts of other "needed" services. But its real impact was to enable the ever-increasing out of control spending we have at the state and local levels. Right? Little did we know, however, that Nanny State directives from DC were helping them spend those dollars so eagerly borrowed from China.
In another ridiculous misuse of our limited tax dollars, the Federal Highway Administration has ordered New York City to change "250,900 street signs... from the all-caps style used for more than a century to ones that capitalize only the first letters," according to Jeremy Olshan in the New York Post.
Studies have shown that it is harder to read all-caps signs, and those extra milliseconds spent staring away from the road have been shown to increase the likelihood of accidents, particularly among older drivers, federal documents say.
(These must be the same sort of federal studies that said a disabled vet from Chicago's North Shore could drive to the city's West Side in half an hour-while anyone familiar with the area knows that the drive takes an hour even without traffic, which is almost never.)
"Safety is this department's top priority," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said last year, in support of the new guidelines. "These new and updated standards will help make our nation's roads and bridges safer for drivers, construction workers and pedestrians alike."
Wow, what a guy! The Nanny State is so concerned about avoiding those potential accidents, that it even developed a special font, Clearview, for street signs-which means that numbered signs must be replaced, too. No doubt, LaHood had only the best intentions, but with local officials having to bust open their children's piggy banks to make payroll, did he realize that the price tag for New York City alone would be $27.6 million!
And I did say "New York City alone," because this is a nationwide initiative that will cost us an as yet incalculable amount-in the middle of a recession and the largest accumulation of debt in United States history. Get ready for another bailout when this money runs out because, as the Obama sycophants and cronies tell us, tax cuts not spending force us to borrow.