The US media love to run any story from anti-government propagandists about anything a local government does wrong. But look how they ignore the failures of privatization. Most of the nation's dams are privately owned and many of them are supposed to be maintained by HOAs. Here's a rare story where, if you read down far enough, you can get to the point. Developers built thousands of dams, didn't build them right, and private associations have been maintaining them, with results that are not impressive, as evidence by recent events in South Carolina: "...while states might pay or contribute to the repairs of those dams that are publicly-owned, most dams in the country are privately owned, which puts the onus on private parties and associations."