Yesterday the Grand Rapids City Politburo -- I mean, Commission -- met and discussed the potholes that are reducing our streets to rubble and our cars to wrecks. There was the usual griping that city apparatchiks haven't confiscated enough of the bourgeoise's wealth to pay for capitalistic excesses like pothole repairs. So, Second Ward Commissar David LaGrand proposed a corvee! Yes, a corvee, labor exacted in lieu of taxes to build or repair highways.
I kid you not, folks. WOOD TV-8 News reported that LaGrand recommended giving local residents a shovel and a bucket of tar to repair our potholed streets. Nothing like a bit of old school workers' paradise to fix a problem that the government is too incompetent to remedy. Heck, if the Soviets managed to bring in the harvest by hustling people out of their offices and factories into the countryside to do what the state collectives couldn't get done, why not give it a try in River City?
No doubt LaGrand would object that he was calling for volunteers. Well, I'll go along with that so long as payment of city taxes is also voluntary.