Obion County, Tennessee sounds like a real Tea Party libertarian paradise. You get what you vote for!

OBION COUNTY, Tenn. – Imagine your home catches fire but the local fire department won’t respond, then watches it burn. That’s exactly what happened to a local family tonight.

A local neighborhood is furious after firefighters watched as an Obion County, Tennessee, home burned to the ground.

The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late.  They wouldn’t do anything to stop his house from burning.

Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton.  But the Cranicks did not pay.

The mayor said if homeowners don’t pay, they’re out of luck.

This fire went on for hours because garden hoses just wouldn’t put it out. It wasn’t until that fire spread to a neighbor’s property, that anyone would respond.

Turns out, the neighbor had paid the fee.


One thought on “Obion County, Tennessee sounds like a real Tea Party libertarian paradise. You get what you vote for!

  1. Its difficult to come to the right conclusion if one starts with the wrong premise.This was classical government failure, not market failure. These firefighters were government bureaucrats for whom doing as little as possible, by the book, and ignoring both profits and morality, were the drivers. Private firefighters would have put out the fire in a jiffy for a tidy profit, given that most of their costs are fixed. A reasonable price, say $10k, would have been a great deal for Cranick too. A for-profit company would have a strong incentive to keep the cost reasonable, since reputation is critical for private companies not backed by government coercion.I am amazed that no media has accurately reflected the basic elements of this case – that these firefighters did not operate on a private, for-profit basis, but were government employees acting exactly the way government employees do.


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