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Some are hailing Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker as a “hero” after he rescued a woman from a burning house last night. Prominent Republicans have a different take.

“It's yet another example of Democrat socialist pandering,” said House Speaker John Boehner in an interview with Fox News. “I mean, really, are we supposed to rescue the people every time a house goes on fire? They'll never learn to save themselves. This is big government at its worst.”

“And why did the house go on fire in the first place?” added House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “All we're teaching people is that they can play with matches or smoke in bed and we'll save them from the consequences.”

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney commented at a campaign stop, “The fact is, Mayor Booker saw an opportunity to pander for some votes and he took it. I have many good friends who own blocs of inner-city housing, and I can tell you they don't want the government's help saving people from their fires.”

Outrage spilled onto the online service Twitter after radio host Rush Limbaugh weighed in, saying that in a similar situation he would “let the slut burn to death.” He later walked back his statement, clarifying that it was hyperbole and that she would have succumbed to smoke inhalation first.

Much of the discourse among Republicans on cable news revolved around the propriety of free, socialized protection from fires. Popular host Bill O'Reilly said, “Soon, folks will expect the nanny state to send people to every fire, for free, to save them from their own bad choices. And you and I will have to pick up the bill.” His guest, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, said, “Also, we believe in personal responsibility in this great country of ours, and all this running into burning houses, it's borderline unpatriotic.”

Congressman Ron Paul, a presidential candidate, had a different take. “Are we really supposed to believe he just happened to be there? I hope there's an arson investigation ongoing, because I think we all know who really started this fire. And I think we'll find it goes all the way up to the Federal Reserve.”

Congressman Paul Ryan, architect of the Republican budget plan, remarked that “all we need to do is cut taxes on the rich, and this problem would take care of itself.”

Former presidential candidate Herman Cain said in a statement, “This is just the sort of situation that would be addressed by my 9-9-9 plan.” Asked for an explanation, his office declined further comment.
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Greg S.
 
Highly partisan ROFL has resulted over here :)
 
He's smart, articulate, handsome, hunky and a hero. I hope he runs for president eventually.
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It needs to be shared more :)
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Hey anyone reading this, if you think your stream-readers would like it, how about sharing it? :) (I think I'm gonna link it on Twitter too...)
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