My skepticism regarding the believability of government promises rises commensurate with the number of applications I receive for membership in AARP.Translation: I’m not quite as gullible as in my younger days. My skepticism is not without foundation, however. It applies even at the local level of government, let alone Washington.

Ten years ago, our town promised to repave my street, where the potholes were expanding to the size of crop circles. At one time there were 16 holes, and I was tempted to create two more and begin charging admission to miniature golf. Anyone care to guess how many holes there are now?

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