Too often government officials engage a “Problem Reaction Solution Paradigm” to either make themselves appear useful or as a diversion from some other agenda, or both. A classic example of this mentality is Nero Claudius Caesar (37-68 CE) In 64 C.E., a fire swept through Rome, burning for a week and destroying a large portion of the city… According to some sources, when he found that he did not have enough land to build his palace, he set fire to the city a second time. It is at this point that he is said to have “played his fiddle [lyre] while Rome burned.” To avert suspicion, he blamed the fires on the Christians and proceeded to kill them in horrendous ways.
Caesar wished to eradicate the Christians and expand his palace, and so turned a crisis (The original fires), into a “Problem” which would hide the real purpose of his “Reaction” which furthered his agenda and created a need for a “Solution” that was designed to deflect blame and simultaneously provide him with the desired results.
So what does that have to do with the scameras you might ask?
Well we have a similar situation here, though obviously not as barbaric, still the paradigm causes death in some cases from an unnecessary system, as well as both a perceived “Problem” speeding or red light running, a “Reaction” blame it on evil speeders and red light runners, creating a perceived need for a “Solution” the automated ticketing industry, which results in a perceived usefulness of government intervention and simultaneously produces stolen income extracted from the “evil doers”.
What a responsible governing body did in San Carlos was to look at the situation objectively and realize that there really was no problem and that the “Solution” was actually costing money while doing nothing useful. The Arizona State Legislature could learn a valuable lesson here, but then we’re not even sure some of them can read.
Shout out and thanks to Sheila Dean. Beatthechip.org