I suppose the next logical step is to return to the days of private provision of fire protection services and private upkeep of streets. You know, the kind of thing William Blake wrote about at the end of the 18th century:
I wander thro' each charter'd street.
Near where the charter'd Thames does flow
And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.
In every cry of every Man,
In every Infants cry of fear,
In every voice: in every ban,
The mind-forg'd manacles I hear
How the Chimney-sweepers cry
Every blackning Church appalls,
And the hapless Soldiers sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls
But most thro' midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlots curse
Blasts the new-born Infants tear
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse
What Blake was describing, and criticizing, there was a society more concerned with the privileges of power than with the obligations of society. Chartered streets were private concerns. You could literally be forced off of them if your presence was not appreciated by the owners. The 18th century Oklahoma, apparently, wants to return to.
Because, why should the government protect the children it requires get an education in the first place? Why not make it possible for private interests to show their concern? And if this doesn't raise enough money by the next tornado season, well, they tried, right?
My sympathies were with the people of Oklahoma when the tornado hit Moore. The lack of shelters didn't strike me as the problem others thought it was, mostly because I didn't think it fair or wise to critique such a lack in the very face of the disaster. It struck me as rather like blaming the victims.
But now, when the state legislature of Oklahoma won't mandate even the least sensible protection for public schools? When they can't be bothered to mandate anything more than buildings that will stand up and not catch fire on a hot day? Why not just turn over traffic lights and road construction entirely to private concerns, and let them raise the money necessary for such things?
Emergency officials have estimated it costs between $600,000 to $1 million to outfit a school with a classroom-sized safe room. Oklahoma has more than 1,600 public schools.Lorry nose, we can't expect the state to raise that kind of money and spend it. Isn't it intrusion enough that they require students to get an education?
And the fund starts off with $500,000, and another $500,000 in matching funds for donations. 1/2 of one school down, 1599 1/2 to go.