If you want the best example ever of how the United States has gone from a country of freedom and limited government to a country that is a nanny state and government control of everything, here it is. The federal Highway Administration issued a regulation that requires every street sign in the United States to contain upper and lower case letters. The bureaucrats say it will make it easier for people to read street signs while driving. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had a problem reading street signs because the letters were in all capital letters. Whenever a street sign is hard to read it is because the sign is too small, not because of the lack of lowercase letters.
All the street signs in Phoenix, Arizona, are entirely in all capital letters. Big brother says no, no, no. The signs must have upper and lower case letters. For example, CAMELBACK RD is now a violation of federal law. The street sign must read Camelback Rd. The cost to replace all the street signs in Phoenix – over $11.5 million the city does not have to replace 320,000 signs. The cost for all the cities in the U.S. to comply must be in the mega billions. As my beloved cartoon character Pogo said many years ago, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”