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This Is What “Limited Government” Looks Like


With governments across the country paralyzed by anti-tax hysteria, we’re hearing more and more instances of user fees for things that used to be free for taxpayers. Student wants to be in pep band? Pay a fee. Metro needs more money? Jack up fares on riders while more general tax increases are declared dead on arrival.

One Tennessee county is applying that principle to its firefighting services — with disastrous results:

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.

As Tina Dupuy has written, firefighting used to be privately run in America’s early days — and it was bloated, corrupt & inefficient. Is that what the “limited government” movement is taking us back to?

  • Teddy Goodson

    is probably goig to be the next fee-for-service; only the wealthy will have bodyguards; the inner cities will become “ungovernable” and left to gang control… Mexico is facing such problems now, and we have seen how even newspaper publishers are asking the narco gangs just what they should publish, and what stories they should ignore.

    Civilization depends on having common money for the common good to create a secure place where the so-called frivolous arts, education, and commerce can flourish. Take away that common money (i.e., taxes) and civilized society soon disintegrates. You cannot pick and choose what parts of civilization to keep, since the tapestry is a whole piece; it simply unravels. Moreover, it is darned hard to put it back together, once it goes. It took Europe over 500 years to replace Roman civilization once taxes stopped being paid (so the Vandals came and sacked the cities, but they could have been stopped. had the parsimonious locals been willing to pay what it took to control the barbarians)..

  • Hugo Estrada

    Well, it is too bad that his house burnt down after he was burning his garbage in the back yard.

    But having firefighters supported by taxes is SOCIALISM!!!!! And burnt houses by patriots that refused to be subjugated by paying taxes is the price OF FREEDOM!!!!

  • Old Redneck
  • jack russell

    So instead of having taxes pay for fire protection, people have to sign up and pay for a service.  But the politicians can stand up and proudly proclaim that they didn’t raise taxes.

  • blue bronc

    The solution to solving the problems of government is to get rid of government and make everything pay for it yourself.

    Need police, hire a guard

    Need fire fighters, hired a firefighter

    Need a road, tough, but better truck tires

    Need education, what the hell do you want with that? Limpbough has had a vendetta against education from the moment he left mom’s knee to attend kindergarten

    Nobody should pay taxes for the community good. That takes money out of the uber-rich that they might someday pay for somebody to clean the septic tank.

    OBTW, public protection by community police and community firefighters came about because fire and criminals don’t care if you have the “insurance”. Let the fire burn and the house next door burns too. Let the crook rob you and he will hide out in your protected bedroom.

  • Fiona Usa

    Well, what about a government like the wonderful one we have in Arlington, Virginia, where we have limited government for just some but not for others? It is sort of like what they said in my favorite novel in high school, some of us are more equal than others.  Truly, this is the case with the wonderful Arlington County Board. Indeed, some are not only more equal than others but those people who are more equal than others are so very equal that that’s all they go around doing all day long, just being equal.  Wouldn’t it be fun to have a job where you did nothing all day long but be equal?  Well Fiona says, Been there. Done that.  It’s called  being a token.  Unlike a trophy wife who is more equal than everybody around her husband, as a token, one is required to do nothing for pay just to sit there and be equal.

    Isn’t that special? To do absolutely nothing for pay?

    Yet, I, Fiona Usa, was just such a person more than once.

    Yes, I Fiona Usa, was a token during the reign of a government not unlike that of the Arlington County Board.

    You know, my absolutely favorite person, Alan Grayson, said last week I think it was, that the United States Senate was like Caligula’s horse, appointed by the Emperor to do nothing.  

    I agree with Alan, the United States Senate, in fact, is one big horse appointed by Caligula.  And Senator Mark Warner and Senator Jim Webb are like the hindquarters of that huge old nag.

    Alan, you hit the nail on the head! Now can you guess who goes around on the County Board doing nothing but doing nothing all day long?