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No Tea Party Highway Rest Stops Between Cincinnati And Columbus

Here is a photo I took two days ago of a State of Ohio highway rest stop on I-71 between Cincinnati and Columbus.

Many people were using this government provided rest stop.

I did not see any Tea Party rest stops on the highway. I’d not be surprised if some Tea Party supporters use this rest stop while traveling in Ohio.

Government provides many helpful things that people use each day. The reflexive critics of government have no real idea how they would replace these services.

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September 5, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. [...] at Texas Liberal noted the absence of Tea Party sponsored highway rest stops between Cincinnati and Columbus. Government plays a role in our everyday lives that some of us may only consider when they are [...]

    Pingback by Eye on Williamson » Texas Blog Round Up (September 6, 2011) | September 6, 2011

  2. This is a good example of the straw man fallacy, wherein you attribute to your opponents easy-to-attack arguments, and then knock them down. You replace your opponents actual position (in this case, that government does too much, and much of it badly) with a caricature of that position. In this case, the caricature is that no government functions are legitimate, including highway rest areas.

    You then attack the caricature. Why, they’re against highway rest areas? That’s ludicrous!

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | September 6, 2011

  3. The attacks have reached the point where it is credible to say that any aspect of government is a possible target for Tea Party/Republican criticism. You folks don’t let up even as you make constant use the services that government provides.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 7, 2011

  4. “The attacks have reached the point where it is credible to say that any aspect of government is a possible target for Tea Party/Republican criticism.”

    Criticism? Sure. Every aspect of government is a possible target for criticism, by the left, right or center.

    But you’re not claiming that it’s criticism. You’re claiming that we think the most rudimentary duties of government are illegitimate, and that just isn’t so. My belief is that government ought to do what it does best, what it alone can do, and that’s all. My belief is that when government branches out to areas not within its right or competency, that’s when the core functions are threatened. Not by criticism, but by lack of funding and attention that have been siphoned off to peripheral areas.

    Time and resources that a city uses to regulate the salt content of food are not being used for policing or water-main repair, for instance. When I (and other conservatives) say the government shouldn’t do some things, I’m not saying the government should do nothing; I’m saying it should do some things, and it should refrain from doing other things.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | September 7, 2011

  5. Good comments, Matt. I now understand the straw man concept – something I’ve heard over and over but never understood. Thanks for the education.I’ll leave the actual discussion topic alone though. Thanks again! pR

    Comment by per | November 16, 2011


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