(Almost) everyone remembers the old fable:
IN a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest. “Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?” “I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.” “Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; “we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food, and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew:
“IT IS BEST TO PREPARE FOR THE DAYS OF NECESSITY.”
Despite their obsession with all things literary in Seattle, it appears King County residents never read this little nugget, (maybe because the author wasn't French?). For them in 1997 it was:
"Why bother about the viaduct? It has many years of life left." With the little tiny bit of margin left before voters hit tax saturation, let's build TWO fancy new stadiums for 1.5 billion dollars!"
Now the grasshopper has begun to moan about the cold weather, and wants us to reject initiative 912.