It has now been a week since the second of two major snowstorms buffeted the Washington area and though most of the local governments have managed to get back to business for residents of the District of Columbia it is a different story.

First of all let me state that I live in Maryland and commute to my office in D.C. every weekday morning.

Driving in D.C. is never a picnic but the city’s snow removal efforts have been both comical and tragic as they have left residents with barely plowed streets and major thoroughfares with suddenly disappearing lanes.

I have observed traffic both in downtown D.C. and in a residential neighborhood and as of yesterday the government is still trying to untangle the morning and evening rush and return it to its previous sloth like pace from the current standstill situations that plague the city.

The residents have fared far worse.  I took a short drive to the post office near my office yesterday and began to feel like I should have taken either a defensive driving course or needed NASCAR like credentials to navigate the streets.

In its infinite wisdom the D.C. Department of  Transportation announced yesterday that they have completed plowing the residential streets so they can concentrate on the major arteries and side streets.

That’s great for commuters but not for the taxpayers of D.C.

My drive was still relatively short in time but every street had only one lane plowed making for a game of chicken when I encountered a car in the other direction.  That goes for streets that normally have enough room for two lanes of traffic and for cars to park on both sides of the street.  One lane?  Are you kidding me?  Who is the clown that made that decision?

While the residents continue to suffer from the slow thaw and government inaction D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty who is already reeling from low poll numbers has been justifiably pounded for not having a firm plan for the snow which was predicted to fall in large amounts and an insufficient amount of working snow plows.

Don’t forget these are the same people who think that the District should have the ability to govern all aspects of the city and be freed from Congressional oversight.

Even though I would prefer less federal government interference it is clear that the D.C. government is still not ready for prime time.

Will Mayor Fenty feel enough political fallout to lose his job?  That’s possible as poor snow emergency management has brought down mayors in other cities in the past.  But I think that the voters of D.C. who keep giving cocaine induced former mayor Marion Berry more chances than the average cat has lives will probably follow the same pattern as they have in the past and reward incompetence while they wait for the next big storm.

Oh yeah and then there is the garbage pickup….

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