Modern (f)Art

Howdy Everyone!! Its Ckemtp, your friendly neighborhood EMS and Fire blogger with a few things Id like to bring to your attention. Id like to talk to you today about politicians. Not the politicians that are doing such a great job at managing our collective money on the national level I want to talk to you today about the local ones, the ones who do the important work of making sure our traffic lights arent burnt out, that our roads are pot-hole free, and that our sewer systems dont back up and discharge raw sewage into lakes and rivers and stuff.

Specifically, Id like to talk about Local Politicians and public art.

My favorite writer, the legendary Humorist Mr. Dave Barry, wrote a piece about public art a few years back that you just have to read before continuing on with this post. Its actually one of many of his articles that include things about public art, which he defines as Art that is purchased by experts who are not spending their own personal money it also involves the phrase a naked man the size of an oil derrick and has references to nuclear weapons and alcohol. I love Dave Barry, I really do.

Read this: Does Public Art Make Sense Then come back once you stop ROFLing

This is "Art" I think... Oh I know! It's a bus stop

Then, ghead and read THIS ARTICLE from Michigan Capitol Confidential which talks about the REALLY SMART city of Ann Arbor, Michigan which is planning an $850,000 piece of public art. Its really interesting to me that theyre planning this and I really hope it isnt made of flammable material because the city is Facing a multimillion dollar budget deficit and is planning on laying off firefighters to handle the budget crisis.

Heres that article again: http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/13219

Yes, Ann Arbor, MI, the REALLY SMART city that it is, is laying off firefighters while spending $850,000 (Thats EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS) on a three piece public fountain.

Oh, right if its a fountain, it probably wont burn down. That makes sense. Of course it might get filled with trash, since theyre laying off the citys Solid Waste Coordinator. Yknow the guy who oversees the trash pickup for the city. On the other hand though, they are hiring an Art Coordinator to, I dont know look at the art maybe? Maybe hell pick up the trash from the fountain.

Taxpayers, Im talking to you here. Inefficiencies and, in this case, abject stupidity in local governments are killing us. If I was having trouble keeping up with the maintenance and mortgage in my own house, the first thing that I would do would not be to buy new paintings to hang on the walls. I certainly wouldnt buy paintings at the expense of paying for trash pick-up, sewer service, or portable fire extinguishers. I think that I would pay for necessities first and niceties second. Responsible people take care of the whole Maslows Hierarchy of Needs thing; Food, clothing, and Shelter first and buy pretty things after that. You do the things you HAVE to do well before the things youd like to do.

At least responsible, SMART people do that and apparently thats not the kind of people that the voters in Ann Arbor, MI think would make good city council members.

Or do they?

Maybe they can call this "Art"

  • Msktbone

    I am glad that I am not the only one who has this same frustration. I thought only Seattle was subject to such stupidity….apparently it's a problem that is nationwide. Sad. Truely sad.
    Glad to pay taxes, eh?

  • Bjmundy

    The bus stop is Athens/Clarke County Ga.(Merged city county government) that pays 0$ for ems .Was hospital based by 2 hospital that quit and now pay a private to do it till 2012 .County has not express any concern that they may have to get involved./The 9 station fire department does no first response ems .But they payed a chunk of changes for a number of nice bus shelters ( Worked in this system for 25 years not working for state)

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  • http://twitter.com/firehat firehat

    I am endlessly mesmerized by these sorts of stories. What on earth is wrong with these administrators and why are the citizens not storming city hall?

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