Reminder of the Day

Filed in National by on October 30, 2012

Seriously though, disasters like this put the absolute lie to the Republican’s central argument and philosophy. We are not a nation where everyone is on their own, where you and you alone as an individual is responsible for any and all success you have in life. If that were true, then why did I not see Donald Trump up in a power truck bucket today? Long ago we as a society, as human beings really, realized that there were tasks that were too big to be left to any one person. Building and maintaining of roads, and then public utilities like water and power and public transportation in big cities, and railway lines connecting those cities. We formed governments, and tasked it and those who ran it with these duties of protecting and maintaining the common utilities of society, and the safety of the people.

Yes, government cannot do everything. But it can do what any one person cannot: like coordinate disaster response and pay for it.

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  1. Jason330 says:

    I’m looking at you Senora Valenzuela.

  2. puck says:

    And no more government sand for you!

  3. Miscreant says:

    “But it can do what any one person cannot: like coordinate disaster response and pay for it.”

    Where do you suppose they get their money? I paid for FEMA, too.

    The farmer down the road and I usually clear the road, and plow the snow, before DelDOT (on FEMA’s dime, or not) gets there. That’s how we roll. It’s a good thing. The road is only two miles long. There aren’t many people on our road, so we’re somewhat of a low priority with the government. Interestingly, we pay just as much as everyone else.

    It always amuses me that you progressives probably don’t appreciate, or even understand this.

  4. SussexAnon says:

    Duly noted, Miscreant, we can strike your road from the grid. Pave your own road, put out your own fires and get your own emergency medical care.

    Because anything else would be just plain socialist.

  5. Miscreant says:

    “Because anything else would be just plain socialist.”

    Thanks for confirming your inability to comprehend a simple concept.

    It was a nice, sparsely traveled, dirt road before some dumbass paved it. Unlike the more populous areas, our firefighters are volunteers, members of the community. I contribute to them, voluntarily, every year. I already pay for my emergency medical care. Who doesn’t?
    Never mind that question. I already know who doesn’t.

    You’re really having a hard time with this, aren’t you?

  6. A Boyd says:

    SussexAnon forgot to mention, for maintaining dirt farm roads and roadside ditches, he was relieved of paying property taxes.

    aaaa…, the good ol’ boys days.

  7. Miscreant says:

    SussexAnon forgot to mention, for maintaining dirt farm roads and roadside ditches, he was relieved of paying property taxes.”

    Seems like a fair deal to me. Kind of like bartering.

    Property taxes down here are some of the cheapest in the Mid-Atlantic region. My good friend in New Jersey pays more taxes for her house on a tiny lot than I do on four pieces of property, with three houses, totaling over 17 acres.

  8. John Young-

    Tineye is a great resource for spotting fake photos on the web.

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