While the question of “Who will build the roads?” is typically presented as a problem that only government can solve, Domino’s Pizza is now responding by launching a campaign to fix potholes on roads across the country.
Domino’s is encouraging customers to nominate their towns for pothole repairs at pavingforpizza.com. So far, there are already four different cities that have benefited from the road repairs, including Bartonville, Texas; Milford, Delaware; Athens, Georgia; and Burbank, California.
Russell Weiner, president of Domino’s USA, joked in a press release that this idea was to help pizzas get to their destination safely.
”Have you ever hit a pothole and instantly cringed? We know that feeling is heightened when you’re bringing home a carryout order from your local Domino’s store. We don’t want to lose any great-tasting pizza to a pothole, ruining a wonderful meal,” Weiner said.
The promotion on the website for the campaign says, “Potholes, cracks, and bumps in the road can cause irreversible damage to your pizza during the drive home from Domino’s. We can’t stand by and let your cheese slide to one side, your toppings get un-topped, or your boxes get flipped. So we’re helping to pave in towns across the country to save your good pizza from these bad roads.”
Eric Norenberg, city manager of Milford, Delaware, welcomed the help in dealing with the repairs. “Facing an already harsher winter than usual for Delaware, this is an opportunity to get additional money to stretch our city’s limited resources,” he said.
In other words, a politician was happy to hold onto as much of his constituent’s money as he possibly could.
The job that Domino’s did in Milford was highly more efficient than most government operations, as it took a crew of just four members to fix 40 potholes on 10 roads in 10 hours.
Despite the fact that many people believe roads would cease to exist if they were not funded by the government, private charities and businesses have actually been able to serve this function in isolated circumstances when they had the freedom to do so.
A perfect example of this very situation was in the news a few years ago on Hawaii’s Kauai Island, when private citizens performed a $4 million road repair job for free—in just 8 days. When a need arises in a community, people naturally come together and take care of what needs to be done; they don’t need someone forcing them to do it.
“We shouldn’t have to do this, but when it gets to a state level, it just gets so bureaucratic, something that took us eight days would have taken them years,” said Troy Martin of Martin Steel, who donated machinery and steel for the repairs. “So we got together—the community—and we got it done.”
More recently, in one Michigan community, people took these matters into their own hands instead of sitting around and waiting for the failed government to do it. In 2015, residents of Hamtramck, Michigan—a community in the heart of Detroit—started an effort to fill in potholes and repair roads themselves.
Critics of taxation are often asked, “who will build the roads?” Apparently, there are those who believe that in the absence of the state, humanity will suddenly become incapable of laying down a dirt path or connecting roads into an interstate freeway. These people discuss the creation of government roads as if the construction was simply due to the kindness of government and not made possible by the theft of taxation.
However, what the government really does is collect money from private citizens under the threat of violence, then use that money to employ those very same citizens to build infrastructure. The reality is that the people could build infrastructure themselves for less money if they coordinated with neighbors and other communities.