It Helps When Politicians Directly Experience Life Like The Rest Of Us

One of the more bothersome things about the politics of quality of life issues is that it usually takes a politician experiencing something inconvenient (or worse) directly to get anything changed. In Houston, TX, for instance, mass transit managers are required to use the transit system forty times per month. With that as prelude, we bring you this interesting snippet from a puff piece about D.C.’s Mayor Bowser:

“That is one issue that I probably didn’t see as well, but if you try and push your kid through a road where people are going 50 miles per hour and there’s no sidewalk, you really see how important it is to get missing sidewalks done,” she says.

Now if she would only use mass transit regularly…

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3 Responses to It Helps When Politicians Directly Experience Life Like The Rest Of Us

  1. Here in NY, they just pushed through a “plastic bag ban” which will go into affect (I think) next Jan 1. They’re calling it a great plus for the environment but I’m calling it a bandaid on a broken leg … because a local politician has a personal hard-on about seeing plastic bags stuck in trees but somehow doesn’t give a flying F about all the OTHER litter that is EVERYWHERE. Because evidently, he & all the other politicians who pushed this ban through never WALK anywhere. I have written dozens of letters, complete with photos of all the litter, but to no avail. Oh & did I mention that if you forget your personal canvas bag when you go shopping, you can BUY a bag at the store? Yeah … now we get to buy what used to be free. & who gets that money? Yeah… NY state. Great times …

  2. paintedjaguar says:

    Tips for effective use of non-disposable shopping bags:
    1- Utilize web based shopping & delivery so you don’t need bags*
    *requires ISP service and delivery fees
    2- Keep extra bags in your car trunk so you will have them at hand*
    *requires auto ownership and parking availability/fees
    3- Wash all bags as soon as you unpack them*
    *requires close access to laundry facilities
    4- Don’t forget to buy extra bags
    5- Don’t forget to buy a good supply of plastic trash bags to replace the free ones you used to get

    Yeah, I know that plastic grocery bags are flimsy/overused and a litter nightmare. Remind me again why we can’t just go back to paper bags?

  3. paintedjaguar says:

    “mass transit managers are required to use the transit system forty times per month”

    How many times do they have to use it when they actually need to get somewhere? But better than nothing I’m sure.

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