Archive for October 5th, 2010

Libertarian paradise.

Oct 05, 2010 in Politics

Freedom!

A local neighborhood is furious after firefighters watched as an Obion County, Tennessee, home burned to the ground.

The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late. They wouldn’t do anything to stop his house from burning. Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton. But the Cranicks did not pay. The mayor said if homeowners don’t pay, they’re out of luck. This fire went on for hours because garden hoses just wouldn’t put it out. It wasn’t until that fire spread to a neighbor’s property, that anyone would respond. Turns out, the neighbor had paid the fee.

“I thought they’d come out and put it out, even if you hadn’t paid your $75, but I was wrong,” said Gene Cranick.

Because of that, not much is left of Cranick’s house. They called 911 several times, and initially the South Fulton Fire Department would not come. The Cranicks told 9-1-1 they would pay firefighters, whatever the cost, to stop the fire before it spread to their house. “When I called I told them that. My grandson had already called there and he thought that when I got here I could get something done, I couldn’t,” Paulette Cranick.

It was only when a neighbor’s field caught fire, a neighbor who had paid the county fire service fee, that the department responded. Gene Cranick asked the fire chief to make an exception and save his home, the chief wouldn’t. We asked him why. He wouldn’t talk to us and called police to have us escorted off the property. Police never came but firefighters quickly left the scene. Meanwhile, the Cranick home continued to burn.

We asked the mayor of South Fulton if the chief could have made an exception. “Anybody that’s not in the city of South Fulton, it’s a service we offer, either they accept it or they don’t,” Mayor David Crocker said.

See? Now we just apply that to Health Care Reform. Republicans claim they hate the individual mandate (hint: It’s a Republican idea, it’s Obama they hate, but anyway), and that somebody should be free to not have health care insurance. So shouldn’t doctors be able to watch you die, brushing you off? “Sorry, no insurance, no treatment!”

No, of course not. We won’t accept that, so letting people run around without health insurance is allowing fraud. Unless somebody says they’re willing to sign a lifetime “DO NOT TREAT” opt-out contract, they’ve got nothing to say about an individual mandate.

-hw

Why Grayson is cool.

Oct 05, 2010 in Welfare of the rich

Of course, Republican hate Grayson because he fights them with fire, but also because he did go to Congress to actually represent voters, the citizens who got caught up in Wall Street’s gambling binge. That’s why, because of Citizens United, moneyed interests can directly fund his opposition in complete secrecy.

-hw

Pithy.

Oct 05, 2010 in Clueless Conservatives, Crazy Tea Party People

Dang:

Over the last half-century, the Republican Party has been, at times, a genuinely anti-government party and, at times, a politically successful party. But it’s never been both at the same time.

-hw