Benjamin Franklin, who is famous for many things, is also responsible for founding the first fire department, the first public library, and the basic principles of electric charges, which inevitably led to the first public utilities.
Opponents of government-funded public services have no one to blame but Ben Franklin for helping invent service opportunities for the common good. Yet, one opponent, Tennessee Tax Revolt, writes today that people ought to be able to utilize public libraries--supported by tax dollars TTR demands to be cut--to go on-line and access lobbyist information. I guess it is TTR's own little way of getting off message to pay tribute to old Ben on his day.
Happy 300th Birthday, Ben!