"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it." - Judge Learned Hand
Given that, these days, people sue over just about everything, anyone who steps across their authoritative boundaries is stupid to do so. This would include a fire department.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
Lets give a good example that relates to me.
I work off duty at a high school during football season for security at home games. I have the unfortunate duty of closing down the front entrance after the parking lot fills up and not letting anyone get in, due to people parking behind other people, in the grass areas that the school wants to preserve, etc. We inform those who can't park due to the lot being full that they can park at a school about 1/4 mile up the road. They instead park in the grass across the street from the school (4 lane road) and walk across the roadway. I have been informed NOT to stop traffic for the pedestrians crossing the roadway. Parking had been designated for these individuals at another location, and they chose not to park there. If I get out in traffic and try to stop cars to let the pedestrians cross, and for some reason I get run over by a car (which happens alot to officers directing traffic across the US), my medical expenses, worker's compsensation, and even in the event of death, life insurance will not cover the cost because I was acting outside of my duties with the off-duty employer, in this case being the school.
You have to understand that if people violate their policy or orders from their superiors in situations like this, the employer is not liable for their injuries.
I don't feel like I should throw my family's wellbeing down the toilet to try to help everyone else all the time. And neither should these firefighters.
I'll say it again since nobody read it the first time.
The residents of this county had TWO DECADES to elect county officials who would do something about the fire coverage situation if it was a concern to them. It is obvious through this 20 years of inaction that everyone in this particular county was happy and content with their current system of fire protection.
Who are we to tell them what they really want/need if they didn't set it up after 20 years?
Especially when this is coming from the same society that is such sheep they won't lift a finger to help another human being themselves when they are right there at the time because "thats what the cops are for" and watch as a girl at a coffee house in a college town gets stabbed to death.
Most citizens are sheep and have no right to talk on this issue.