Everybody loves something for free. Things that are truly free, or in other words cost the consumer of that thing nothing, are in reality non-existent.
Nothing is free. Not clean water, not clean air, not dirt, nothing. Somebody always pays for the stuff that others consider free. But that never stops Bernie Sanders from offering free stuff for everybody when he's on the stump with a bull horn.
That always seems to work in politics: when candidates offer free this and free that, they tend to get a lot of votes. And in the short term, the winning politician that promises all of this free stuff can indeed provide a lot of free stuff. But that is in the short term only. Once the free stuff runs out (and it always does, since free stuff creates immediate and endless demand), then the politician is either out of office by that time, or he/she diverts attention from the end of the goodies to other considerations.
Bernie is offering free college for everybody. But is college free? It is, if the recipient of the degree doesn't have to cough up any dough to get it. Yes, it's free to that guy. But what did it cost the rest of us? Do professors provide their services to the universities for free? Not on your life. Do the janitors who swab out the hallways of these institutions work for nothing? Not a chance. How about the couple of million administrators who push pencils at these institutions, do they work for free? Nope. Somebody pays for all of this free education.
And who would that be? That would be the American tax payer, that's who pays for these things. And if they don't cough up all of the money for free college, then the policians will borrow the rest to make up the difference, thus adding to our 19 Trillion dollar debt.
At some point, sooner or later, the flow of all of this free stuff (that's far from free) comes to an end. What will life look like in the U.S. when that day comes? It won't be pretty. Everybody who has been promised all of this free stuff will get mighty irked.
And if there are enough irked citizens whose free stuff no longer shows up at their doorstep are motivated to do something about it, that's when things will get pretty ugly.
The only result of these irked citizens who grab their pitchforks and torches and try and force the resumption of the flow of free stuff is conflict and destruction. Just take a look at Greece, and the mobs in the streets demanding that their free stuff continue. Things are getting nasty in Athens, and will only get nastier. The free stuff over there is gone, never to return. That realization is starting to hit the mobs, and they don't like it, not one bit.
Life in Bernie Sanders' 'free stuff for everybody' America will not exactly become a paradise on earth. It will more closely resemble hell on earth, truth be known.
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