Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Keith Olbermann is an Idiot

Keith Olbermann fulminated at great length last night about the house that burned down, outraged that the city did not provide fire service to a person who lived outside their jurisdiction, who does not pay taxes in their jurisdiction, who was offered coverage for a fee of $75 per year and declined that coverage, and who expected to receive that coverage after declining to pay for it.

Olbermann quoted at length from a county planning document regarding fire protection coverage, as if that county planning should in some fashion dictate the city fire department operations. He also failed to point out that the county plan was voted on by county residents some years earlier and was voted down. The county residents did not want to have a county fire department, and the “fee for service” being provided by the city was what the county residents chose to retain.

Olbermann cited this at the beginning of his night's rant as a "breakdown of government." In fact, it is the exact opposite of that. I believe it was what we call democracy; a form of government in which the voters receive precisely what they choose to have when they cast their votes at the balloting place.

Olbermann provided time for a lengthy and self-pitying interview with the homeowner, who now claims that he simply “forgot” the pay the fire protection premium. Sure he did. The homeowner also thinks, but has “not checked on it” that some of his taxes go to the city to pay for the operation of the fire department. He thinks his tax money goes to the general fund so maybe it isn’t specifically for the fire department, but he’s willing to bet that some of the money is used for fire trucks. Since he lives outside the city, I’m guessing he’s full of crap.

Olbermann did not cite the homeowner as saying, as other sources have quoted, "I thought they'd come out and put it out, even if you hadn't paid your $75, but I was wrong." Indeed you were, sport.


Bartender Cabbie said...

I think that I would have probably directed the dept to put out the fire in the interest of public safety (were I in charge). Of course a bill would have been presented for services that would have been a heck of a lot more than 75 bucks.

Jayhawk said...

That is an alternative, of course. Given that he was unwilling to pay the $75, however, what are the chances that he will fork over the actual cost of putting out the fire?

momlee said...

Put out the fire in the interest of public safety ONLY if it were threatening the home of someone who DID have the sense to pay the $75. No, just keep that house from catching fire. I'll bet all those complaining would shudder at the term "socialism", but they want it without paying for it. Like a lot of other things people want but don't want to pay for.
That $75 is insurance. I suppose if someone in his family were killed, he would want some company (pick one) to pay death benefits even if he had never paid any premiums. It frightens me what "we" are becoming!!!

Anonymous said...

They should have dune the right thing and put the fire out and settled the costs in court and even a lein on the property. To stand by and watch the property burn is a shame and as selfish an act I have ever heard of.

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