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1 sffilk  Wed, Oct 6, 2010 7:17:57am

I just had the craziest thought - submit this person to "Extreme Makeover, Home Edition." Could you imagine the bad publicity having Ty Pennington and company coming out and building a home that would never have to worry about fire damage would give the fire department?

2 Lidane  Wed, Oct 6, 2010 7:26:28am

It's telling that he's the only writer at National Review who even had this reaction. The others disagreed with him.

3 pharmmajor  Wed, Oct 6, 2010 8:13:10am

re: #2 Lidane

It's telling that he's the only writer at National Review who even had this reaction. The others disagreed with him.

Well that just shows that Foster is the only writer at NR with a lick of decency and common sense.

4 Our Precious Bodily Fluids  Wed, Oct 6, 2010 8:13:54am

One thing that almost all conservatives seem to have in common is a punitive streak. The way to fix any problem is to "get tough" on it. If your solution comes away with nobody getting the shit end of the stick, it's not "tough", and if it's too beneficial to everyone, it's egalitarian and possibly socialist, and therefore evil.

5 jayzee  Wed, Oct 6, 2010 8:29:47am

re: #4 negativ

One thing that almost all conservatives seem to have in common is a punitive streak. The way to fix any problem is to "get tough" on it. If your solution comes away with nobody getting the shit end of the stick, it's not "tough", and if it's too beneficial to everyone, it's egalitarian and possibly socialist, and therefore evil.

Really? So if someone chose, on misguided principal, not to pay taxes, liberals would not seek punitive action? You'd be aghast if the government put them in jail or took their home or hit them with insane charges and fines? No, there are consequences. You want government services you pay taxes or pay for the services somehow. It is not a conservative or liberal thing the consequences of not doing this.
The city had a right to charge, the family shoud've paid, but it was morally abhorrent to allow this home to burn down. If you're looking for a cautionary tale, it's this-conservatives who refuse to support the government will want government assistance when needed. It is also that morality should sometimes trump procedure, governmental or otherwise.

6 pharmmajor  Wed, Oct 6, 2010 8:54:35am

re: #5 jayzee

It is also that morality should sometimes trump procedure, governmental or otherwise.

Amen to that.

7 What, me worry?  Wed, Oct 6, 2010 9:53:06am
For the firefighters to have put out the blaze would have opened up a big moral hazard and generated a bunch of future free-riding —

Nevermind the immorality of watching the house burn down, burning living creatures to death, while doing nothing. All over $75.

What about this? What about putting the fire out and then billing him for the $75?

re: #1 sffilk

I think your idea is most excellent. This story can't be told too loudly or too often.

8 SpaceJesus  Wed, Oct 6, 2010 10:41:38am

re: #1 sffilk


that would be brilliant

9 Major Tom  Wed, Oct 6, 2010 12:16:59pm

re: #4 negativ

I'm pretty sure liberals were screaming for punitive damages to be assessed to BP over the spill. I'm quite progressive, and I had no problem with holding accountable, and making an example of the company.


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