Tenn. Firefighters Watch Home Burn Down, Because Family Didn’t Pay Fee
October 4, 2010
ChattahBox US News)—This is the type of heartless compassionate conservatism that makes libertarians, such as Kentucky Republican senatorial candidate Rand Paul proud.The free market will protect us say libertarians. We can’t depend on the government to take care of us, they screech and shout at campaign rallies. Well, the twisted Ayn-Randian free market policies were on full display in a small town in rural Tennessee last week. Because a family didn’t pay its required $75 subscription fee for fire services, the fire department not only refused to put out the fire consuming the family’s home, but they stood by and watched it burn to the ground. Nice.
Even though the homeowner Gene Cranick, begged the firefighters to save his family home and he offered to pay the cost, the county officials and the firefighters refused to budge.The firefighters only turned on their hoses when the fire spread to a neighbor’s field who had paid the fee.
Cranick’s neighbors in Obion County were shocked and angry at the cold-hearted behavior of both the firefighters and South Fulton officials.
South Fulton’s mayor had little sympathy for the homeowners who lost their family homestead.
“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.
Think Progress reports that the county commission board of South Fulton is filled entirely with Republicans.
“A local newspaper further pressed Mayor Crocker about the city’s policy, which has been in place since 1990. Crocker, a Republican who was elected in 2008 and serves with a county commission where every seat is also filled by a Republican, likened the policy to buying auto insurance. The paper said he told them that, after all, “if an auto owner allowed their vehicle insurance to lapse, they would not expect an insurance company to pay for an unprotected vehicle after it was wrecked.”’
Welcome to tea party America people. It’s not pretty. When you go to the polls this November, remember this story.
If the tea party Republicans have their way, this obscenity would be repeated in communities across the nation.
Watch the report by WPSD Local 6: