PJ Media’s Megan Fox found quite a gem in doing her taxpayer wall-building research. According to Federal Highway Administration reports, taxpayers have shelled out $671 million in funding for 23,073,413 square feet of suburban noise barriers from 2014 to 2016. If those numbers are tallied from 1963 to 2016, taxpayers have ponied up $7.44 billion for 3,263 linear miles of these walls. She further notes that these walls are removed, relocated, or even rebuilt every few years to accommodate new construction. Something tells us that noise control doesn’t hold a position on the priority list over curtailing human trafficking, drug trade, and terrorists.
In the never-ending morass of arguing back and forth over whether or not walls work to keep out whatever unpleasant or annoying thing you need to keep off your lawn, an obvious solution has been missed. Have you ever heard of noise barriers? These are the giant cement walls that the states install to block the traffic noise from the highway from interfering with the hoi polloi as they barbecue on their stainless steel grills next to their jacuzzis. Unbelievably, their college degrees didn’t prepare the wealthy suburbanites of America for the burdensome process of finding homes that aren’t near noisy highways. And so, because Mr. and Mrs. don’t do basic research (or the state hasn’t insisted that builders stop putting developments next to highways), the state has to build noise barriers—miles and miles of walls paid for by the state for the comfort of idiots who buy McMansions right next to a twenty-four-hour Grand Prix. (I’ve yet to see a noise barrier blocking a housing project from highway noise pollution.)