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Good background and summary on the whole sorry episode at http://www.skepticnorth.com/.
But then, as Pete Tong points out below, Obama promised 'hope,' which is even more encompassing, intangible and harder to measure than 'jobs jobs jobs,' so maybe they haven't shaken that impulse to promise to change the world after all.
It's a bit tricky to place all of this on a spectrum, not that placing ideologies on a simple left/right line really works anyway. If you have a spectrum with collectivism on one end and libertarianism on the other, I'd be inclined to agree with you and put Nazis / fascists toward the collectivist end, if for no other reason that they're dictatorships. But within the context of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, would it not be fair to say that they were on the (far?) right and the communists on the (far?) left?
Lee_JD is right - there are some rural areas in Canada with no municipal government or no fire department. But there, the community / government has made a decision to not form a fire department or contract out. I've never heard of a contract setup in Canada, but I could be wrong.
And what if there was someone trapped in the building? Sure, fie on the homeowner for trying to save $75, but you'd have to be pretty callous to say 'too bad' if someone lost their life. And emergency personnel might not be so willing to stand by in that situation.