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April 11, 2009

The Difference Between The State And The Individual

Pay Attention, Socialists

What is the cost to repair flood damage to a State Park?

If you're the State of Hawaii, $4 million dollars and two years.

If you're a rational human being, on the other hand, it takes eight days, the labor of only forty people, and a dollar figure low enough to not be worth mentioning.

"We can wait around for the state or federal government to make this move, or we can go out and do our part," Slack said. "Just like everyone's sitting around waiting for a stimulus check, we were waiting for this but decided we couldn't wait anymore."

Thielen has been waiting, too. She wants the legislature to approve her Recreation Renaissance project, a $240 million booster shot to help fix parks across the state. Without it, at least five state parks may be forced to close, and there would be no emergency repair money to fix Polihale State Park.

"We shouldn't have to do this, but when it gets to a state level, it just gets so bureaucratic, something that took us eight days would have taken them years," said Troy Martin of Martin Steel, who donated machinery and steel for the repairs. "So we got together -- the community -- and we got it done."

Fascinating.

They preserved their livelihoods themselves, instead of waiting for the state to 1.) confiscate the funds from other citizens and 2.) take its slow-ass inefficient time getting around to actually doing the work.

And yannow, due to something we'll call 'Labor Union Magic,' these projects rarely get completed at the quoted cost.

So they took responsibility for their own destinies and the job is done, quickly and cheaply, and everybody happy (except for some state workers, maybe).

Really. Fascinating.

I don't think there's any analogy one could draw, or any great lesson to be learned here.

So let's move along. What did you have for breakfast today?


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