Last week, a home in Tennessee caught fire and the firefighters arrived, but they let the house burn to the ground because the owner had not paid his $75 “subscription fee”. Even when the owner offered to pay the firefighters to save the house, they refused.
What’s next? Police who refuse to stop a crime in progress because the victim didn’t pay enough taxes? Emergency rooms who let people die because they don’t have insurance (or are foreign visitors here legally on vacation)?
Does everything have to be about money? Well, apparently to conservatives, it does. Daniel Foster, a staff writer for National Review made the mistake of saying that the firefighters should have put out the fire. He was immediately jumped on:
Dan, you are 100 percent wrong. … The world is full of jerks, freeloaders, and ingrates — and the problems they create for themselves are their own. These free-riders have no more right to South Fulton’s firefighting services than people in Muleshoe, Texas, have to those of NYPD detectives.
Another conservative turned it into a morality tale:
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. No solace to the homeowner, but an important lesson for compassionate conservatives like our own Dan Foster (Zing!). As Edmund Burke said, example is the school of mankind and he will learn from no other.
I guess the compassionate conservative is now officially dead.