Firefighters stood by and watched a Tennessee house burn to the ground earlier this week because the homeowners didn’t pay the annual subscription fee for fire service.
“You could look out my mom’s trailer and see the trucks sitting at a distance,” Vicky Bell, the homeowner, said.
“Here’s the more important part of the story, letting the house burn — while, I admit sad — will probably save more houses over the long haul. I know that if I opted out of the program before, I would be more likely to opt-in now” - Jonah Goldberg, the last time firefighters watched a home burn down in South Fulton.
How about we just tax people and provide everyone with fire and police coverage?
And I quote from the article:
Bell and her boyfriend said they were aware of the policy, but thought a fire would never happen to them.
Sorry but I can’t really feel sorry for them. They knew about the policy. $75 spread out over 12 months works out to be about $7/month. It was a calculated risk they took, and that risk came to fruition. Sorry, but that’s the way things work: if you don’t hedge a risk, it’s always a possibility. I just have a hard time feeling sorry for the family because they knew about the policy.
"Taxation is theft, purely and simply, even though it is theft on a grand and colossal scale which no acknowledged criminals could hope to match. It is a compulsory seizure of the property of the State’s inhabitants, or subjects."
… even if some of them are ready and willing to do so. They SHOULD be paying what they are required, and anything beyond that is a personal decision. The government SHOULD be spending within the limitations of our countries income. No wonder the American populous feels they are entitled to things which they have not earned nor can afford; their government has trained them to be this way through example.
“Till at last the child’s mind is these suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child’s mind. And not the child’s mind only. The adult’s mind too-all his life long. The mind that judges and desire and decides-made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions… Suggestions from the State.”