Today's local news: "Cops won't enforce gun registry laws...until billion dollar boondoogle sorted out"
Originally estimated to cost $2 million, now it is projected to cost 500 TIMES MORE!!!
Not 50% more, not twice or even three times as much, but FIVE HUNDRED TIMES MORE!!!
Lots of tsk, tsk, no heads roll, no excuses given, the citizenry takes it calmly, with a mindset totally detached from reality.
No explanation other than mind boggling incompetence and inconceivable levels of fraud could possibly explain the discrepancy.
Cynicism demands that we don't get surprised or shocked by ANYTHING.
This is an example of total breakdown between the citizenry and their rulers, a total failure of social cohesion.
And when other, more vital, examples follow, we will just shrug and learn to live with them. Or cry on each other's shoulders that "how were we to know"?
It is very sad to have to despise one's own culture. But there it is...
[ 24 January 2003: Message edited by: Zatamon ]