Government Haters Are Loudest in Saving Their Homes

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    Aug 08, 2014 3:31 AM GMT
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    NYT: It seems as if half of Washington State is on fire. Smoke, devastation, ashen orchards of charred fruit, standing dead pines. More than 250,000 acres have burned in the largest fire in the state’s history, the Carlton Complex. About 300 homes have been destroyed. A small army of firefighters, at a cost of $50 million so far, is trying to hold the beast in the perimeter, between days when the mercury tops 100 degrees.

    With this kind of loss comes blame. It’s President Obama’s fault. Why? Because everything is his fault in the inland West, where ignorance rides the airwaves of talk radio. Amid the conservative cant, a great irony: People who hate government most are the loudest voices demanding government action to save their homes.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/opinion/timothy-egan-fools-at-the-fire.html?ref=opinion
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    Aug 08, 2014 5:16 AM GMT
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    With this kind of loss comes blame. It’s President Obama’s fault. Why? Because everything is his fault in the inland West, where ignorance rides the airwaves of talk radio. Amid the conservative cant, a great irony: People who hate government most are the loudest voices demanding government action to save their homes.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/opinion/timothy-egan-fools-at-the-fire.html?ref=opinion

    When I had young sons I put approved reflective fire symbol signs on their bedroom windows, indicating children were inside. This let responding fire fighters know to check there, since children will succumb quickly to smoke, and will also freeze in panic, and be unable to escape on their own.

    I propose similar signs, that indicate Teabaggers and Libertarians are inside. This way first responders will NOT go inside and risk their lives, nor try to contain surrounding fires, to help people who don't believe in government services, nor in paying for them with taxes.

    And FEMA should have these homes marked on maps, so no taxpayer money is spent providing emergency housing and services to the survivors. If they don't want other citizens to have these protections, then neither should they.