The Mason, Ohio area has all of the earmarks to be considered a Conservative Republican mecca. It is an Exurb. It has lots of cul-de-sacs, strip-malls, chain restaurants, churches, white people, and lots of businesses. The Mason area, to be fair, has a significant amount of office parks and corporate operations.
So that leads it to be a place where the free market system would flourish and the problems that arise from a growing population would be solved by private entities. You know, like if traffic became a job killer, where people literally would leave or avoid the area because traffic happened their ability function either when trying to go to work, come home from work, or just go shopping.
So, today I read a story in the Enquirer that indicates that traffic mess that is the Field-Ertel exit off I-71 is no where near being improved or better yet cured of the problems that plague the mangled interchange. Why are the roads not able to be improved to keep the economics of the area chugging along? The answer is there are not enough Government funds to build all of the the road improvements needed.
Yes, you read that right, the Conservative mecca of Mason can't improve their roads because the Government doesn't have the funds. The place filled with Republican voters who regularly attack Government spending on everything short of Defense and Religious schools, is not fixing its own roads because there is not enough funding from the Government to get the job done.
When people complain about Government spending, remember the subtext of what they are really saying: "the Government is spending too much, on other people." If the Government is doing something to benefit Republican communities, then those programs are championed. When the Government does something for a mostly Democratic community, the Republicans oppose it and call it wasteful. You don't need to look past the Streetcar to see that. That will help the City of Cincinnati. Not enough Republicans live there, so Republican voters don't tend to care what happens in places that are not mostly Republican. That's a sad state to live in, but the modern GOP has become a sectarian movement. It's like living in the Balkans or Iraq.
I for one would like the State of Ohio to kick-in funds to improve the Fields-Ertel interchange. The Republican run State government should get on that.