Last night, on my way home from work, my tire went flat. The pothole situation here in the Empire State is abysmal- literally, and motor vehicles are taking a beating. I pulled over to the side of the road, and busted my ass dealing with the problem. I'm no junior petite, but cracking the damn lug nuts was a hassle because the guy who rotated my tires went nuts with the impact gun and, foolishly, I don't have a cruciform lug wrench. So, I had to wrestle the nuts with a tire iron for a good half-hour before getting the damn lug nuts off. Luckily, I always keep a full-sized spare in the car, so I didn't have to dick around with a donut.
Today, I had to replace the spare, which cost almost a hundred bucks. This brings me to the topic of my rant. As noted by my Antipodean chum, the "libertarian" (yeah, they're really authoritarians who don't want their social betters to be burdened with responsibilities) position eschews any government efforts to improve the infrastructure. I'd rather pay my share of taxes than to be subjected to the financial fallout from poor spending choices. Yeah, I'd rather pay a hundred dollars more in taxes than to spend that self-same hundred and a couple of hours of time dealing with the consequences of deteriorating infrastructure. Recently, there has been talk to turn over major infrastructure overhaul to public-private partnerships- hey, why not hand the keys to the coop to the foxes? Foxes know how to manage chickens, don't they?
The time to demand that the ultra-wealthy to pay their fair share is long past due. What the fuck does a schmuck like, for example, Michael Bloomberg know about getting his hands dirty on the side of a goddamn road at night, when the temperature is dropping and the wind's clocking in at 30 MPH?
Oh, and Libertarians, you're not the ultra-wealthy, and you'll never be. Libertarianism is aspirational capitalism. Real wealthy people love big government, as long as it's handing out subsidies and no-bid contracts. Libertarians, you're just a bunch of sociopathic fantasists frittering your time away carrying water for a class of people who don't give a rat's ass about your, or the freedoms you claim to espouse. You're "useful idiots" in a way that the kid in the Che shirt will never be, because the policies you agitate for actually have a chance of being enacted in these United States, and you'll never benefit from them.