RON HART: The real snow job?

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 04:26 PM.

ATLANTA, GA. — Last week, Atlanta was brought to a halt by two inches of snow. The South was so blanketed in white that presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett instructed Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate. I fully expect the filmmaker of “Snow White” to be jailed within the week.

The potholes in Atlanta roads, in which you can normally fish for bass after a rain, were available for ice fishing. On the bright side, five years after a trillion dollars in the snow job called “stimulus” were spent, Atlanta finally had some shovel-ready jobs — for two days.

Of course, the media did what they do best during a storm. They sent hordes of reporters out to report on the icy roads, telling viewers to stay off icy roads.

Georgians were trapped in their cars for hours. Thank goodness for the obesity epidemic. Those extra layers of fat kept them alive. One resourceful Atlantan lit dollar bills to start a fire for warmth. The Obama administration took notice; he is in line to be the next budget director.

But the real story is the notion, reinforced by the media and politicians, that government is going to protect citizens in the case of emergencies.

Tellingly, both the mayor of Atlanta and the governor of Georgia were at the Ritz-Carlton honoring each other in a ceremony when the storm hit. Mayor Reed was given an expensive Penley portrait of himself, worth about $18,000, by crony business interests. Of course, since he is a Democrat, Atlanta's liberal monopoly newspaper would never investigate.

Neither politician was willing to man his battle stations to stay informed and make good decisions for constituents. Our elected leaders rarely administer or manage a city. They are politicians. They get “honored.” They attend political events, give speeches and shake down businesses and unions for donations to their next campaigns. They huddle with political advisors to spin facts and blame opponents, both real and imagined. Atlanta's snowy screw-up is a prime example.

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