As in Oh, you have a car in Dizzy City? Well, that was stupid. Here, let us tax you for it:
Since enacting a snow emergency Friday, the District has handed out tickets totaling more than $1 million in fines for violators of its parking ban. That translates to thousands of pink violation slips slid under windshield wipers, and hundreds of cars towed from city roadways.
As of Wednesday afternoon, D.C. had issued 5,284 snow emergency tickets — each at a cost of $250 — and towed 673 vehicles since the snow emergency went into effect at 9:30 a.m. Friday, according to D.C. Department of Public Works spokeswoman Linda P. Grant. In total, $1,321,000 in fines has been issued, in addition to $67,300 in towing fees at $100 apiece.
To reference Tom Lehrer: ah, towing/parking meters. Those sturdy… bastions of civic revenue. But you can get a song out of it!
Obama has raised the possibility that he might remain a resident of the capital after his lease on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. expires in January 2017.
In an interview this week with Barbara Walters of ABC News, Obama and the first lady, Michelle, said they may live in Washington beyond their time in the White House to allow their younger daughter, Sasha, to graduate from Sidwell Friends School.
…and then they will come to your parties! ALL OF THEM. And expect to be treated like a former President and First Lady is. EVERY SINGLE TIME. And you will have to accommodate the extra security arrangements! WITHOUT FAIL.
There’s some anecdotal evidence that a significant chunk of the Left’s rank-and-file started tuning out shortly after Obama’s second term began, and they’re not re-engaging.
[snip of a clip of Lefty blogger digby doing the digital equivalent of grimly looking at the steadily-decreasing level on the vodka bottle]
A lot of possible reasons for this — scandal disillusionment, the crash after the high of Hope-ium, a public starting to feel like they’ve heard of all of Obama’s rhetorical tropes before, overall exhaustion and boredom with politics as a whole — but this is not a development that the Washington conventional wisdom has even noticed, much less even begin to analyze or explain.
[Sorry, guys. The link’s fixed: and, yeah, it’s about the DC food truck crackdown.]
There are so many things already wrong with the District of Columbia’s local government system that the wrong thing that’s going to start piss off government/government-derived/political workers, starting tomorrow, is not really high up on my list. So the grease trucks are going to get harassed out of existence? Wow, excessively intrusive government regulations just suck, huh?
Admittedly, there are plenty of small-government DC workers out there who are getting hammered by this, too. Them I have more sympathy for. And the grease trucks themselves, of course.