Is there a "Free Lunch"?

The government IS the problem.

Many today, especially those in need, have subscribed to liberal tenants that insist you can reconcile needs by taxing business, or the wealthy.  What is overlooked is the reality that the cost we subject business to must be born by the consumer.

In addition, and more important, is that the envy of the wealthy has created a movement that disregards reality, altogether.  The wealthy did not "extort" their fortune.  A willing public decided they wanted the goods or services provided.

At a time when all are finding our condition challenging, it would do us well to consider the clear thinking offered by Milt Friedman.


Unlike politicians that pander for votes, he correctly acknowledges the reality that many overlook.  If we would simply accept reality, and refuse to allow legislators to craft legislation that prevents our healing, we could recover.

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Greg February 18, 2013 at 03:24 PM
I am still waiting to hear the actual definition of "fair share".
ann February 18, 2013 at 03:41 PM
"fair share" a subjective term used by the liberals to describe what they cannot earn on their own and would rather steal from you.
J. B. Schmidt February 18, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Envy and Jealousy maybe the the only thing gaining more votes for Democrats then voter fraud.
Jay Sykes February 18, 2013 at 09:54 PM
I always find it interesting to see others explain and show their understanding and working knowledge of economics. I was really hoping, by now, someone would have posted a comment on the Friedman clip, that Bottom Line included with this blog post.
GearHead February 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Classic Friedman. Spot on as always. Or you can smoke a doobie and kid yourself into thinking guvmint gets it done. "There is no free lunch" is something lost on generations of moochers and the shrewd politicians who gain power over them. The chickens are coming home to roost. Essensial services are beginning to fail, and taxes are going to pay unproductive overhead like pensions and interest on debt. Our pockets have been picked clean. This won't end well.
C. Sanders February 19, 2013 at 02:47 AM
The censorship on this site is horrible.
Steve ® February 19, 2013 at 03:26 AM
They do employ a few blue fisting recall signers.
Steve ® February 19, 2013 at 03:33 AM
The wealthy did not "extort" their fortune. A willing public decided they wanted the goods or services provided Best line I HATE hearing libs say that the wealthy made others poor on their way up. I don't go go poor ever time I step into the store.
AWD February 19, 2013 at 03:40 AM
@C. Sanders, I agree with you about the censorship on the Patch. At least Yahoo lets your opinions stand when commenting on their new stories. The Patch, and Huffington Post as well as a lot of state newspapers are quick to delete online comments and outright ban you for making even a semi tough comment. The thought police are out in force and they've been given orders "PROTECT KING OBAMA"
Bottom Line February 19, 2013 at 04:31 AM
Milt has pointed out the reality of economics. Unfortunate that so many believe you can manipulate that reality through legislation without causing the disadvantaged to be in a submissive position. Liberals continue to suggest they understand economics while there only offering is to reduce those that are earning to supplicate those in need.
Mr Lundt February 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM
What the liberals have proven is that their greed is unquenchable.
Born Free February 21, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Obama contributors: http://www.nndb.com/org/684/000167183/ Wealth networks and agendas of the Left: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/ Nationally, who's closing and laying off: http://www.dailyjobcuts.com/


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