There were some notable honorable mentions for this week's title. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and his remarks regarding out homosexuals and unmarried/non-chaste women and their fitness for teaching ranks right up there. In a 2004 campaign debate he said the same thing. He apologized that time, but now claims that he had many people tell him they agreed. Despite the shit storm this comment has instigated, DeMint shows no signs of apologizing this time around.
Another honorable mention goes to Joe the Plumber, who has managed to turn his 15 minutes of fame into a cottage industry. Old Joe has come out against what he and (surprise) the Tea Party thinks is radical legislation to eliminate, wait for it, puppy mills. According to the Humane Society of the United States, Missouri has 30% of the nation's puppy mills. For some unknown reason, they think the idea of puppy mills is bad. But the tea partiers think otherwise. Of course, they claim it's because they feel this legislation will harm legitimate breeders and
"The society seeks only to raise the cost of breeding dogs, making it ever-more difficult for middle-class American families to be dog-owners."Yeah, right.
Last honorable mention goes to none other than Dick Armey. He wants to eliminate all federal government funding for higher education. Go read the article at Think Progress in the link above. Jilani says it better than I could.
And now we get to this week's winner. When I first saw this story in my reader on Monday morning, I knew it would take top honors this week. In Obion, TN firefighters watched a man's house burn down because he had not paid his $75
To add insult to injury, the Obion County Budget Committee voted the next day to expand the service to "give all communities in the county the option of paying a subscription". This despite the fact that a 2008 study done by the county fire department shows that it would take only a 13 cent increase in property taxes to fund a county wide service.
And lastly, the Cranicks lost not only their home but their 4 pets - 3 dogs and a cat - in the fire. I find it hard to grasp the idea of firefighters choosing to stand idly by and watch a house burn to the ground. All for want of $75.
Glen Beck says this is what we should expect to happen. He is among the defenders of the county and believes that this is ultimately an issue of personal responsibility. Of course, before he said he thinks "this is the kind of stuff that’s going to have to happen, we are going to have to have these kinds of things" he was openly mocking Cranick.
This is indeed where things are headed if we allow the current crop of Conservatives to make headway. After all, we're not responsible for our fellow man. He has to step up and take responsibility. Maybe this lesson will not be lost on others who have forgotten or declined to pay their extortion fee. The world's a harsh place after all.