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LETTER: Tea Party Trucking Company

Hans Laetz confronts the driver of the "Nobama" water truck in Malibu.

Driving over Kanan last night, I saw I giant water truck parked on the road, with a HUGE "Nobama" sign on the back. I slowed and looked at the side of the truck to see a large banner that said "You didn't build that? Oh yes I did."

I had to circle back. The guy was filling up his truck from a fire hydrant. I know for a fact that it costs the Los Angeles County Water District 29 about $25,000 to put in a fire hydrant.

That hydrant is connected to a pipe that goes to CulverCity, where it hooks into a pipe run by a regional water agency that comes from a treatment plant in Sylmar.

The Sylmar plant gets its water from the California Water Project, which pumps the water 400 miles south and over two mountain ranges.

Mister Tea Party Trucking Company did not build that massive connection of pipes, canals, treatment plants, dams, powerlines, etc. There were a lot of people back in the '60s who called that socialism.

I pointed at the hydrant and asked him, "Who built that?"

"Huh?" he said.

"Who built that? Did you build that?"

He didn't get it. He still doesn't get it. He will never get it.

Hans Laetz, Malibu

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Cece Stein November 05, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I saw the same "NOBAMA" truck that day Hans and beamed with pride - without even seeing the additional small business support on the other side of his truck. Obama's Quote is a blatant projection of his entire career ( including his education ) - it was all handed to him without the work - including the presidency. Of course Obama would come up with this ignorant quote: "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, YOU DIDN'T BUILD IT, somebody else made that happen.” You can determine for yourself how this quote so upsets the entrepreneurial spirit of hard working Americans who invested everything in developing in new technologies and products. How many businesses have been built in garages without federal or state assistance. Ask Bill Gates. Obama's socialist overtones makes it sound like you can NOT be successful with out BIG Government. NOT! If Obama is reelected, small businesses will suffer while he will also be bogged down in the Benghazi-gate coverup investigations. Obama's administration has been masterful at building one thing for sure... a huge debt crisis! A debt that he promised to cut in half! P.s. We love you Hans : )
Dianna November 05, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Love these four comments above, thought I'd take the time to praise you folks for taking the time to write them. Another thought 'Hans' , perhaps Mister truck driver was all 'huh?' because what he didn't get is why someone would 'spin around' on a dangerous road like Kanan, and then get out of their car and confront someone? I'm pretty sure I would have been dumb founded (speechless) myself. We saw this man driving down PCH and grinned ear to ear and gave him a thumbs up, only wish I had a truckers horn so he could have heard our excitement as well!
JBB November 05, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Wow! What can I say, I LOVE everyone's comments, and they are welcome to speak for me. Hans, however, is not.
Hans Laetz November 05, 2012 at 06:51 PM
There are U-turn lanes at both ends of the cement barrier, where I turned around. They are called "Mitt Lanes."
Linda Rivera November 05, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Bravo Cece!!
Ben Dover November 05, 2012 at 07:12 PM
So, obviously our friend Hans Laetz is a Democrat, As an Independent I find it quite funny that the Democrats use a Donkey as their symbol. Here's Websters definition- don·key noun \ˈdäŋ-kē, ˈdəŋ-, ˈdȯŋ-\ plural donkeys Definition of DONKEY 1: the domestic ass (Equus asinus) 2: a stupid or obstinate person
JBB November 05, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I hope these comments are an indication how the vote will be tomorrow!! I have great HOPE! For real this time!
lifeisgood November 05, 2012 at 11:55 PM
NOBAMA sign. Wish I had one. What makes me laugh are the folks who dissed Anne Romney for not working (mother/multiple sclerosis). Obama has never had a real job in his life. He was a "community organizer". He has not had to scratch out a living.
Hans Laetz November 06, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Hey tea baggies (including my friend Andy): What's the difference between Mitt Romney's campaign and the truck runaway ramp on Kanan-Dume Road? Both spoil momentum, but only one of them will be around Wednesday.
Pam November 06, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Hans, First, you accost a guy who's just minding his own business, then you actually publicize it, and now these "jokes". Looks like someone is starting to panic.
lifeisgood November 06, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Who would have thought that a President of the United States would be described as "snarky, petty, mean-spirited"? That a President would be covering up an Ambassador's and his staff's deaths -- and hiding behind a video that nobody had ever heard of or seen? Obama brought his Chicago street-brawling lack of integrity to the White House. What a sad time for America. When Clinton said he did not inhale and he did not have sex with that woman, millions of little children learned that it was okay to lie -- or re-interpret the truth. What will Obama's actions mean to the millions of children growing up today?
Hans Laetz November 06, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Minding his own business? With those signs? Hah hah hah. See you Wednesday. May the best man win.
Hans Laetz November 06, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Like in 2002 when the US Consulate in the Karachi, Pakistan, was attacked and 10 were killed? Or in 2004 when the US embassy in Uzbekistan was attacked and two were killed and another nine injured? How about in 2004, when the US Consulate in Saudi Arabia was stormed and 8 lost their lives? In 2006, armed men attacked the US Embassy in Syria and one was murdered. Then in 2007 a grenade was thrown at the US Embassy in Athens. In 2008, the US Embassy in Serbia was set on fire. In 2008, bombings in the US Embassy in Yemen killed 10. In 2001, 3000 killed in NYC. Here is an excerpt from the Ninth Public Hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, held Thursday April 8, 2004, where Bush adviser Condoleezza Rice, is being questioned: MS. RICE: I remember very well that the president was aware that there were issues inside the United States. He talked to people about this. But I don't remember the al Qaeda cells as being something that we were told we needed to do something about. “MR. BEN-VENISTE: Isn't it a fact, Dr. Rice, that the Aug. 6 PDB warned against possible attacks in this country? And I ask you whether you recall the title of that PDB. MS. RICE: I believe the title was "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States." Now, the PDB -- MR. BEN-VENISTE: Thank you.
Hans Laetz November 06, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Y'all do realize that all this conversation is going to accomplish, is to increase page view revenue for Arianna Huffington? Right?
Pam November 06, 2012 at 12:44 AM
We're allowed to have signs. What did you do when you saw the huge Romney sign on the retaining wall near Carbon Beach? Did you scale the wall, rip it down, and throw it in the ocean screaming at the top of your lungs? Yes, I will see you Wednesday. Don't rip up my ballot. haha
Hans Laetz November 06, 2012 at 12:46 AM
No, I thought that I cannot wait until those are gone.
Hans Laetz November 06, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Barack versus Mitt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rbUH_iVjYw
Carolyn Wallace November 06, 2012 at 02:42 AM
The point is that people build their businesses on the backs of public institutions like educaiton and roads and water companies. The lone interpid entrpreneur exists in Ayn Rand's fiction. Oh, Yeah, and Paul Ryan's philosophy
Pam November 06, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I think we all understand the Socialist mindset here but, that's not really even the point. The point is the arrogance of this editorial and Hans' actions. I guess that goes along with the mindset. After all, if you expect everyone to share their profits with you, you must expect they share your thinking, too.
Stephanie Bennett November 06, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Thank you, at last some sanity!!! Basically through our taxes we did "build that"
Stephanie Bennett November 06, 2012 at 03:44 AM
It's hard to believe and yet wonderful if all these comments are from people who live in Malibu. We need to get Obama out of the White House
Ben Dover November 06, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Another Donkey has spoken. These public institutions are payed for by their users and the taxes we can't escape. They were not a gift to the people, we pay for it. The public sector is out of control. $25,000 to install a Hydrant that cost a couple thousand. No accountability. State Parks hiding money, Malibu City Council thinks they have a Black American Express Card. Open your eyes. Your foolish enough to think America is still a Democracy.
Stephanie Bennett November 06, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Looks like Hans is out numbered !!!
edvice November 06, 2012 at 08:52 PM
C'mon now we can point fingers at Presidents like Clinton for his fooling around and inhale line, just like Bush sniffed cocaine or Kennedy fooling around or how bout Nixon, it works both ways and we can go on for days. The truth of it all is that it doesn't matter who is President the country still moves in the same direction. All you have to do is check the history, anyone thinking that Mitt will fix what's goin on anymore than Obama then I have a bridge to sell you in Alaska. Are intrests will not change, let me give you a example Lybia had nothing to do with Ghadafi it was about water a lot of it, largest ground water in the world also known as the eighth wonder of the world now we control it and why were there in the first place!! The Builderburgs of the world steer us not 4 year or 8 year puppets that use b.s. issues that have no bearing on everyday life to confuse us. Hard to know what's goin on in the world when your working and taking care of kids , how do you stay up on the facts when the news ,whichever you watch has a tilt and those in power know this and exploit it for their advantage, You need to ? why more often and not just buy into what Fox ,MSNBC tell you, why was Russia in Afganistan why are we there its not because of 9-11 you have to connect the dots and open your eyes, first it was the Patriot act then NDAA soon your city will have drones looking down at you, your just a pawn in their game and playing right into their hands.
Hans Laetz November 07, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Look again.
Hans Laetz November 07, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Looks like Malibu, California, OHIO and the majority agree with this socialist mindset. Wrap your head around that, Pam.
Hans Laetz November 07, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Hee haw, Andy.
Hans Laetz November 07, 2012 at 05:57 AM
9:55, a very gracious Mitt. Is that a TelePrompTer he was reading from? Yes, it was.
Pam November 07, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Hans, you seem like a small person with a big chip on your shoulder. Your president can't help you with that.
sonia ottusch November 09, 2012 at 12:30 AM
edvice, police departments throughout the USA are already using drones. See http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/08/23/docs-law-enforcement-agencies-plan-to-use-domestic-drones-for-surveillance. Or Londoneque cameras on every street are another possibility. Another thing are the computer chips that were first used to find pet dogs are now being inserted voluntarily into people in South America to thwart kidnappers ... governments can use those same chips (besides cell phones) to track people. Think about the ubiquitous iPhone that can be used to track your whereabouts, too. Devices like OnStar in cars and personal GPS devices were originally set up for safety purposes and can be just as easily used to track a person. Little by little folks willingly give up their independence and personal freedom in the interests of personal safety. So it's not always a big conspiracy theory. It's the choices we make in life that whittle away our freedom.

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