Sandy Springs, Georgia may look like any other town in America. It has parks, roads, and beautiful places to live. But there’s one thing that separates this town from every other town: Sandy Springs privatized almost everything.
In 2005, Sandy Springs outsourced almost all functions of the city government (with the exception of police and fire) to a single company, which runs the town. That company is in charge of running all the vital functions of government, from the running the parks, to paving the roads, and even 911 calls!
Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They’re wrong. The central issue is whom the government is for.
Consider the new spending bill Congress and the President agreed to a few weeks ago.
It’s not especially large by historic standards. Under the $1.1 trillion measure, government spending doesn’t rise as a percent of the total economy. In fact, if the economy grows as expected, government spending will actually shrink over the next year.
The problem with the legislation is who gets the goodies and who’s stuck with the tab.
For example, it repeals part of the Dodd-Frank Act designed to stop Wall Street from using other peoples’ money to support its gambling addiction, as the Street did before the near-meltdown of 2008.
I posted a while back about how I’d bought an A24 Rat Trap from GoodNature.
It’s been a frustrating experience up till now because a) The cat has been bringing in rats and mice every other day and b) the trap didn’t seem to be catching anything.
The trouble with these traps is that you don’t know if they’re catching anything because the rat and mice carcasses can be removed by local cats.
So I bought an addition to the trap, a counter. It’s an electronic counter that attaches to it and records every time it goes off. I also bought some more detector cards.
These are the cards that you put around the place to see where rodents etc. are active. They hold part of the
I had a couple of these cards hugely munched the other day and so assuming it was a possum, put the possum trap out for a few nights, but no luck catching anything in that.
And yesterday, I moved the rat trap out of the bush location I had it and put it where one of the detector cards had been attacked. And then this morning, my 5 year old says he’s found something outside, which turned out to be a large dead rat, around 6 or 7m from the trap location. And the counter said 2 (I set it off once myself to see if it was going) So after nearly 4 months using this trap, I’ve caught my first verified rat!
It’ll be interesting to see if I catch any more at this location or if I’ll have to move it.