The Governor of New Jersey is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor’s dog, then bites the Governor. The Governor starts to intervene, but then reflects upon “Bambi” and realizes the animal is only doing what’s natural. So he callas Animal Control. Animal Control captures the coyote and bills the state $200 for testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it. The Governor then calls a vet to collect his dead dog. The vet charges the state $200. The Governor then goes to the hospital, spending $3,500 to test for issues with the coyote bite. The running trail is shut down for 6 months as the Fish & Game Commission conduct a $100K survey to make sure the trail is safe. Meanwhile, the Governor spends $50,000 and $2M for coyote awaremess programs and the eradication of rabies programs. Finally, PETA files a $5M lawsuit against the state, protesting the relocation of the animal.
Similarly, the Governor of Texas is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks his dog. The Governor shoots the coyote with his state-issued pistol and keeps jogging. The Governor has spent 50 cents on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge. The buzzards eat the dead coyote.
And that, my friends, is why New Jersey is broke and Texas is not. 🙂
— Thanks Mariner!
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