Government in Action
RL sent me a nice little case study of government in action.
And, he was so kind as to write the lede for me, also, in the email:
The current mayor made opposition to a bridge that would connect a small airport on an island a football field away from downtown the centerpiece of his election campaign. Upon winning, he killed the project. The result was a multi-million dollar settlement to aggrieved parties that enabled one businessman to ~start~ a commercial airline at the airport. Even better, he got to evict what would have been his main competitor. Federalism at its very best- local govt kills a business venture, but the feds step in and provide seed money and a chance to build a monopoly.
(You do have to read through some amazingly inane stuff in that article before you get to amazingly dumb stuff)