Apparently so. That's my takeaway from listening to the Vicki McKenna show (WIBA-AM, 1310) when I was in the car this afternoon (something I rarely do as a Wisconsin Public Radio listener, but the radio was still tuned to the station that carried the everyPackers game). McKenna is Madison's best-known on-air conservative ranter, Madison's own female Rush Limbaugh, whose mission in life seems to be to blame Madison liberals and public officials for everything bad she can think of. For days now she's been having a field day with the city and county snowplowing after the recent blizzard.
Sure, the city made some mistakes. They could have done a better job. Mayor Dave said so and apologized -- but, jeez folks, this is ridiculous. We had a 14" blizzard and then the temperature fell down around zero, always a nasty combination. Everybody just had to suck it up and deal with it. This is Wisconsin, after all.
But here was McKenna complaining about her drive on County M: "I was white-knuckling it all the way, even with 4-wheel drive." Oh, the poor thing. Public officials and their inadequate snowplowing was endangering her life. Whatever happened to the conservative belief in individual responsibility? How about slowing down if there's too much snow and ice? How about taking responsibility to maintain control of your vehicle yourself? Instead, McKenna and her callers were complaining that government wasn't doing enough to help them.
But now the secret is out. Conservatives believe in individual responsibility -- but only until it starts snowing. Then they want the government to bail them out.