Your Tax Dollars At Work

Here’s yet another example of why we must rein in the Federal Government’s Reign

The city will change the lettering on every single street sign – at an estimated cost of about $27.5 million – because the feds don’t like the font.

Street names will change from all capital letters to a combination of upper and lower case on roads across the country thanks to the pricey federal regulation, officials said Wednesday.

…The city has about 250,000 signs, and it costs about $110 to replace one, the DOT says. Officials said the new signs will have improved reflectivity and clarity for nighttime drivers.

The changes are among many in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices that regularly changes to improve road safety, highway administration spokesman Doug Hecox said. The mixed upper- and lowercase rule was adopted in 2003, but municipalities were given until 2018 to comply completely, Hecox said.

I note this came about early in the Bush years, but he certainly was no advocate of smaller government.

This is a tale repeated over and over, as the tentacles of government expand into every single facet of our lives.

It has to stop.

We have to stand athwart its path and say “Stop.”

It starts this November, and we must continue to keep trimming for many years to come.

(via Althouse)

10 Responses to “Your Tax Dollars At Work”

  1. Robb Allen says:

    “We have to stand athwart its path and say “Stop.””

    Yes we must, but we must do so using the correct font.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    We will rush the barricades sans serif!

  3. nightfly says:

    Along the shore here in Jersey is Pavilion Avenue – it has one of these combo signs, but in an odd configuration – it reads “PaviLion” with the odd capital in the middle of it.

    I thought that maybe in the dark, going 40, it confused exactly two people to see the “ili” in the middle of it, so they had to make a nod to semi-literacy.

    Then, traveling up Route 35 I saw a sign I’ve seen a dozen times, all caps, now replaced with one in upper and lower caps. Did someone veer and smash the sign? I wondered. I was actually impressed that it could be so quickly and efficiently replaced.

    More fool I. The actual truth is so much more stupid than we could have guessed. No wonder Kerry thinks we just don’t get it – it’s kind of hard to stuff one’s brain into these tiny little whims playing dress-up as actual ideas.

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    The “PaviLon” isn’t made by Toyota?

  5. major dad says:

    The Bozos are in charge, no offense to Bozo the Clown.

  6. don says:

    I’ve learned, there are only two things in this world more powerful that the Feds.

    1) The Illuminati
    2) Bret Favre’s throwing arm

  7. Dave E. says:

    I got the impression that this applies nationwide, so how many billions are being wasted? Oh, and I can’t believe that stuff about street signs having to be replaced every 10 years. If it is true, those are some darn shoddy street signs.

  8. JeffS says:

    I’ve been known to advise non-Federal agencies to *avoid* Federal goobermnint programs because the myriad and byzantine rules crank costs beyond sky high.

  9. Gary from Jersey says:

    Jersey had street signs that faded into nothing after a few years. Cost the state millions to replace them WITH THE EXACT SAME KIND OF SIGN. And just wait ’til gummint types discover that so many of their signs are sans serif that people usually don’t see ’em. I know this from a p.r. seminar a few years ago.

  10. Michael Lonie says:

    How about if New York just tells the Feds to get stuffed and challenges them to specify what part of the Constitution gives them the power to regulate street signs?

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