Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pay for Spray—Republican style

Republicans have long argued that Americans have no right to health care or jobs or a living wage or …well, just about anything rich people can afford to provide for themselves.  Now we learn that Americans don’t have a right to fire protection, at least in Tennessee. 

A Tennessee couple helplessly watched their home burn to the ground, along with all of their possessions, while the local fire department stood by and did nothing because they did not pay a $75 annual fee to the local fire department. The call it the “Pay for Spray” fee.  Republican South Fulton Mayor David Crocker defended the fire department, saying that if firefighters responded to non-subscribers, no one would have an incentive to pay the fee.  Three dogs and a cat died in the fire.  The homeowner appeared on the Keith Olbermann show. Video below or here:


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