Y’know, the one where if you don’t pay a fee, firefighters just let your house burn down.
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’d avoided writing on this one because it just pissed me off so much. It was a case where reality rendered satire obsolete, since I’d been jokingly accusing libertarians for ages about supporting a system wherein the people are only protected if they pay. The reason I would make that accusation was I figured it was such an inherently idiotic idea that it would never materialize… and yet here we are.
Unsurprisingly, right-wing sources have called the family freeloaders and leeches for expecting to be protected even though they didn’t pay the fee. However, what this truly points out is that when the government isn’t involved, the people intended to save you can’t just run in and do so, they have to check and see if you’re covered, and get it approved by higher-ups.
I really, truly hope the connection between this and health care isn’t lost on anyone. I mean, it’ll be lost on lots of people, but at least you guys.