I know you have been breathlessly waiting for an update of the Philadelphia pothole situation on Chestnut street. You will be glad to know that there are multiple construction crews working their way from 63rd Street towards 38th. One problem. They are not filing potholes. They are installing wheelchair accessible sidewalks on every corner of Chestnut Street. This is government at its finest.
First of all, the ADA was passed in 1990. It is taking the government 20 years to install wheelchair accessible corners? I'm sure they had Chestnut Street on the 20 year plan.
Secondly, I'm sure this is being paid for with the stimulus funds. It is a fine use of our tax dollars. I'm sure the liberals would applaud this excellent project because it helps the downtrodden and helpless in our society. One small itsy bitsy problem. The sidewalks between the wheelchair accessible corners are a a crumbling lopsided disaster. A wheelchair would flip over if it tried to navigate these sidewalks. The cripple would be hurled from the chair into the piles of trash, empty beer cans, and used needles that litter the sidewalks. Luckily, since they are already crippled, they would not sustain further injuries.
The beautiful irony of the whole scene is that while our roads and infrastructure crumble, our tax dollars have built new super highways in Iraq. As I dodge the Chestnut Street potholes every morning, what sustains me is the thought of Iraqis driving on smooth highways and theoretical wheelchairs easily maneuvering from corner to corner.
Count on the government to run your healthcare just as well. You will have no problem getting a facelift, but that nasty little stroke you are having will require a two week wait time. Trust your leaders. They know what is best.
For those who prefer picture stories, see below.
GOVERNMENT WORKING ON HANDICAPPED CORNERS
SIDEWALKS BETWEEN CORNERS ARE USELESS FOR WHEELCHAIRS
CHESTNUT STREET POTHOLES
NEW HIGHWAYS BEING BUILT IN IRAQ WITH YOUR TAX DOLLARS