When it comes to stuff like education, child nutrition, housing, training the unemployed for new jobs, roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, health care, clean air, – stuff like that, known to economists as The Commons, there really is no free lunch. We either pay to take care of it, or we pay for not taking care of it. We pay now, or we pay later. And that is the Big We, all of us. You rich people, do you think your gated community is going to keep that bill collector away? That isn’t going to happen. You can pay up front in taxes and regulations, or later as you watch the value of your stock portfolio or 401k dropping. I know, its easy to think the overdue bill will go to the poor in the forms of ill health, crime, or whatever, maybe lead in their drinking water, or dirty air, but when they can’t or refuse to pay any more, it will be in the mail to you in some form. Because the commons is just that, common to all, and all are ultimately dependent on it to live well.



21 thoughts on “FREE STUFF? SORRY, AIN’T NO FREE LUNCH – NaBloPoMo 2016 – 5 of 30

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