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Collapsing bridges.  Third world roads.  Police departments disbanded or severely cut back.  Water, sewerage, and municipal maintenance privatized.  Ambulance companies won't transport.

This is what happens when people refuse to acknowledge that taxes have a purpose for the common benefit of everyone.

I recall a story from last year where a fire department allowed a house to burn to the ground rather than put out the fire because the homeowner hadn't paid the annual fire department fee.  The house burned to the ground while firefighters stood by.

It's happened again:

OBION COUNTY, Tenn. — A local family watches their home burn to the ground and just a few feet behind them, firefighters watch, too.

It's happened multiple times before in one local community: firefighters refuse to respond because the homeowner didn't pay a fire subscription fee...

...The mayor said it comes down to simple business. If they don't collect fire fees, the fire department can't survive and if they make exceptions to the rule, no one will ever pay the fee.

This is the Republican vision for America.  If you can't pay to send your kid to school, your child won't get educated.  If you lose your job, you have to rely on charity to put meager food on your table.  That's not the government's role.  Calling 9-1-1 because your house is on fire?  Did you pay the annual fee?  No?  Sorry, bud...how's that garden hose thing working out for you?

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