Oh, looky here. We have a New York Times op-ed that points out that the federal government has not properly funded firefighting activities for the coming wildfire season in the drought-stricken western states. My initial response is this:
Wait a minute. The federal government pays to fight wildfires in the western states? Isn't this socialism, the very socialism those rural western states abhor? We keep hearing how they want the government out of their lives, that government can't do anything right, that it just steals taxpayer's money and lines bureaucrats pockets with their hard-earned dollars. Shouldn't we honor their desires and let them fight their own fires like the rugged individuals they keep insisting all Americans should be. If we coddle them they'll eventually end up as parasites on welfare voting for the politicians who promise them free stuff.
Yes, when governments pay people to fight fires, that's socialism, and as we all know, vast swaths of the western state population hate government and socialism and insist socialism leads to dependency - so why are we taxpayers out east here paying to do what good libertarians insist the people themselves should be doing? Isn't everyone responsible for their own home and their own family? So, fight the fires yourself, and if your house burns down call your insurance company (for that matter buying insurance seems strikingly like socialism too).