Infantilizing City Government

The P-G's headline over this piece is so perfect that I copied it. I only wish that I had had the time to act on my first instinct -- revulsion at the idea of the City of Pittsburgh mandating that city employees use the Internet for no more than 30 minutes per day. The City of Pittsburgh steps boldly forward into the future -- by all but unplugging itself from the Internet?
The overall impression of this small act is a governance system with no relationship to reality. There is no sense of a city governance system at all. Rather, a (new) small clique meandering into a looming crisis of which we (and they) are only vaguely aware. This small act just looks desperate and pathetic.

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