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Last week a Tennessee family lost its home, worldly possessions, three dogs and a cat when firefighters refused to put out a blaze. In that corner of America, they don't believe in taxing and spending on things like firefighting. Rather, it's a service for which one pays -- or, in this case, forgets to pay -- a $75 annual fee.

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With a relative drop in the bailout bucket, the president thinks he can save 300,000 teachers who would otherwise be kept by economic calamity from annoying America's children. The money would go to state and local governments struggling to make ends meet.

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