The following is paraphrased from and based on the writing of Ayn Rand in her epochal novel, “Atlas Shrugged”.

 When you see government take $1.8 million from the citizens of Northampton and use the $1.8 million not to benefit the citizens but to benefit Toll Brothers – when you see a $1.8 million benefit flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that the Water and Sewer Authority deals in graft and by political pull but not by honest work and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see that kind of corruption being rewarded and your honesty becoming a penalty used against you – you may know that a civilized culture has disappeared in Northampton Towhship.

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