I guess we’re so far into the “me” century that people forgot there was a time poeople care about society, the town where they live, their family and their friends. Potter is trying to establish a monopoly so he can charge what he wants and he would have turned Bedford Falls into a taudry sin slum. I guess gambling, prostitution, and drugs mean nothing to this author, who must celebrate the coarsening of public life that has steadily eroded our common decency.
To be honest I don’t know if he just forgot to mention he was being sarcastic or not.
Not at the expense of the taxpayer they didn't. Of course this 'simpler time' that so many seem to long for, the government wasn't taking much money (if any at all) from your paycheck to make things 'better' for someone else.