I don't think we are -- but we'll have to see how this vote goes. We've been penny-wise and pound-foolish before -- and it's already cost us money by putting off maintenance and required repairs for later when it'll cost more.
Americans have been avoiding their civic responsibilities for the past 30 years under cover of "free market economics" -- which cashes out as an irrational belief that no harm can come to West Bend so long as people would rather spend $300 a year on new iPods for themselves, say, than on new schools for their kids.
It'd be nice to be wrong. We'll see.
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