Today Fox news carried an interesting segment No Pay, No Spray? (link to video works, but no video), concerning the case where fighter fighters let a house burn because a $75 fee was not paid. Now Fox News is not "Fair and Balanced" as they claim. In fact their tease to the upcoming video segment alluded to the typical rant of the evil government bureaucracy running amok because a trivial $75.00 was not paid. I was quite pleasantly surprised when the segment got underway that it turned out not be an anti-government rant.
The panelists quickly dismissed this as case of supposed government irresponsibility and placed the responsibility on the homeowner for failing to pay. In fact the panelists even went further equating this with the breaking news that banks can't even prove that the mortgagees in foreclosure owe them money. So what was the connection of the foreclosure crises to the burning house? Why should anyone act responsibly by paying their bills/taxes when society bails them out for being irresponsible. Congratulations to Fox News for getting the implications of this story correct.
The cartoon below came from Against Monopoly, and seems quite appropriate. If you don't want to pay your obligations for services provided by the government. Be prepared to do it yourself. (Click on the image to see it better.)