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    Apr 2008
    Intersection of Hwy. 49 & 61 Clarksdale, Mississippi

    Default Government Spending Cuts

    A guy stopped at a local gas station and, after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola and watched a couple of men working along the roadside. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on. The other man came along behind him and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was 25 feet behind filling in the hole.

    The men worked right past the guy with the soft drink and went on down the road. "I can't stand this," said the man tossing the can into a trash container and heading down the road toward the men. "Hold it, hold it," he said to the men. "Can you tell me what's going on here with all this digging and refilling?"

    "Well, we work for the government and we're just doing our job," one of the men said.

    "But one of you is digging a hole and the other fills it up. You're not accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting the taxpayers' money?"

    "You don't understand, mister," one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. "Normally there's three of us: me, Elmer and Leroy. I dig the hole, Elmer sticks in the tree, and Leroy here puts the dirt back. Elmer's job's been cut, so now it's just me an' Leroy."

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    Dec 2008

    Default Re: Government Spending Cuts

    Think of the money being saved - no cash outlay for buying trees, no future expense of tree maintenance - unfortunately this could have a negative impact on the carbon footprint.

    Maybe contracting out tree planting would work. Private enterprise can always do it better.

    I have been watching the tree planting experiment on Black Road between the road and the solar panel farm fence. They planted hundreds of six foot high cedars along the fence- pretty much in the non existent ditch which was prone to being a gathering place for standing water. When these trees started to die off they dug out this ditch and left a ridge of dirt well above the water line in which they planted some nice short cedars which I suspect are now in the process of dying due to lack of moisture and cold penetration to the roots.

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