As one who supports limited government and all the fiscal responsibility and reduction in state services it entails, legislation like the recent highway bill should be a target of intense criticism. Yet there's one little nugget in that bill that gives me reason to be grateful for its passing. Although I believe that government should concentrate its roles in the protection of property (defense) and of its citizens' rights (police) while leaving education and healthcare to the private sphere, there's always a nice boondogle it should indulge in from time to time. Especially if that boondogle promises one these beauties:
My lucky hometown of Dallas is guaranteed to get two signature bridges by Santiago Calatrava, one the world's most celebrated architect/engineers. Sure there's no urgent need for such a flashy design, as the current bridges are fine though dull. And yet, there is something to be said for objects of beauty that can be seen at a distance, and Calatrava does not disappoint. Well done Texas congressmen and senators! I'm all for a little pork if we can have some more gorgeous architectural monuments out of the deal.