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Most of us are fully aware of how poorly government is performing these days, even its most primary and elementary duties.

A prime example, of course, is road conditions.

Having just made the round trip from here to Monroe, Louisiana and back, I-20 is probably a typical example.

The road will beat you to death with its unevenness, pot holes, dipsy doodle waviness, bone-jarring bridges and all manner of unkeptness.

Dwight David Eisenhower, a prime mover in getting the ball rolling for our interstate highway system would turn over in his grave upon inspecting current conditions on his brainchild.

So would the Germans who first developed the autobahn idea which Ike saw, admired and brought back to America.

Current German citizens are probably wont to yuk it up at how poorly America’s highway maintainers are imitating Germany’s idea of quickly moving people and products across the country and, additionally, are scratching their collective heads at how we were able to assist in defeating Germany in WWI and WWII (if our interstates are any example of America’s prowess).

Before local government officials get too comfortable about their job performance in this theater, a comparison of roads on their watch would fare from slightly worse to minimally better in any case.

Ellis County need look no farther than the state, county and city roads not far from their own front door.

Funny thing, officials responsible for maintaining our thoroughfares never miss receiving a paycheck for the full amount.

How outraged they would be at not getting their salary envelope, paid in full and on time (complete with the latest 10 percent - or whatever – pay raise).

But how upset must they be at forcing our travels over pothole filled rub-board roads.

Not only are we delayed by such government shoddiness, tardiness and neglect, we are endangered by such conditions.

I don’t suspect you’ll ever find We the People on any endangered species list, however.

Liberals, into which category most government officials must be listed, are so quick to spout such forlorn and caring slogans as "what about the children?"

Well, the young people driving our roads and highways are the most inexperienced of all at driving skills.

So, I will throw the question back to the government officials and liberals, "With our roads in such poor condition, what about the children forced to drive on them – huh?"

And have you noticed the heavy and expensive concrete barricades lining mile after mile of our (especially) interstate highways?

How much concrete must it take in their manufacture?

Oh I know those things must have something to do with safety…and I’m not against safety…but would not a better use for the concrete be in filling highway holes and replacing mile after mile of terrible roadway?

Circular thinking (much used by liberals) probably was instrumental in getting the $$ lane barricades thrown up for when travelers hit pot holes on their driving lanes and are thrown out of control.

Makes perfect liberal-sense.

Kinda like a basketball backboard aids Tim Duncan in sometimes banking a shot into the basket.

The barricades, according to circular thinking, will careen an out of control vehicle back into his driving lane, safe and sound.


So, what do I think of the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) idea?

Plain and simple, if government cannot take care of existing roads and highways, why would we fork out billions of dollars and thousands of acres of our lands into their keeping for even more miles of roads which they have proven they can’t keep up?

Let’s see, from Laredo to, say, Sherman/Dennison or Paris, Texas is approximately 527 miles of bumpy TTC super highway in something less than 50 years, if that highway’s longevity holds true to the current interstate system.

Probably a lot less if one takes into consideration the myriad of clunky Mexican trucks that will clog its lanes.

And, let’s cipher again how many Texas acres will be consumed by government for those 527 miles.

You can do the math.

Just figure the acreage on those miles by, what is it, 1,800 feet wide right-of-way?

Ellis County would be hard hit, regardless of whether the route be east or west.

We can lie down…or we can fight the thing.

Although "city hall" fights dirty, how tough can a bunch of circular thinkers really be?

May God bless.

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