As Twitchy reported earlier Thursday, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted his commitment to “fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels.”

Flint’s mayor was anxious to get Musk on the phone to discuss a plan of action, but Bloomberg — the business news people — seemed to take the news as “an ominous sign” in an opinion piece.

Noah Smith writes:

All of these initiatives, in and of themselves, are good things. It’s good for potholes to be fixed, homeless people to be housed, and traffic congestion to be relieved. But the fact that it’s private companies taking these steps is an ominous sign for the nation. It suggests a breakdown in the government’s ability or willingness to carry out one of its core functions — the efficient provision of public goods.

This is crazy, but hear us out — some people might think problems actually getting fixed is a good sign for the nation.

Which reminds us: Hey, California, how’s that high-speed train coming along?


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