I think you can ascertain from the title of this missive the topic du jour. If there is one thing that’s intoxicating, it is the offer of something for free.
I was just at Verizon last week and it was time for an upgrade of my iPhone. Yes, it was an iPhone 8. Well, once in the store I get the usual pitch, and, yes, it involved something for “free.” I am always leery when I hear that word, but in this case, if I got the iPhone XR, I could get another one for, yes, free. I did want a second phone but I was just eyeballing something simple, an easy flip phone. Well, I was there in the Verizon store with Aubrey who, with her millennial speak and appeals, convinced the ol’ man, to go with the second iPhone XR, for free. The interesting fact was that if I outright bought my upgraded iPhone XR, the free deal was off . . . that’s how they get ya. Well, the good thing was that I got a good trade-in credit for my old iPhone.
This was my own little story of “free” and I am sure every one of us is faced with the “free” lure when we are out shopping. Well, what happens when the “free” lure is not just at our local Verizon store but is a national political agenda item?
While you were enjoying your Labor Day weekend, this was reported by Fox Business News:
“In addition to canceling student loan debt, Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will introduce a new proposal to eliminate Americans’ medical debt. During a town hall in South Carolina on Friday, the 2020 presidential hopeful said he is working on legislation to “end all medical debt in this country.”
“The bottom line is it is an insane and cruel system, which says to people that they have to go deeply into debt or go bankrupt because of what? Because they came down with cancer or they came down with heart disease or they came down with Alzheimer’s, or whatever,” Sanders told reporters. “In the midst of a dysfunctional health care system, what we have got to do is say that you cannot go bankrupt … because you got terribly sick.”
It is unclear how Sanders plans to pay for the proposal. A spokesperson for Sanders’ campaign did not immediately return FOX Business’ request for comment.
He has said that taxes on the middle-class will rise in order to fund the plan, but has added that overall health care costs will be lower. The senator has estimated taxes could increase by $10,000 for American families. Sanders has also proposed canceling $1.6 trillion worth of student loan debt, which he plans to pay for by introducing a financial transaction tax on Wall Street. The “Inclusive Prosperity Act” calls for a tax of 0.5 percent for stock trades, 0.1 percent for bonds and 0.005 percent for derivatives. A $1,000 stock trade would be taxed $5, while a $1,000 trade-in derivatives would be taxed $0.05.”
Well, there is one thing for certain: we will all be working really hard to pay for all of ol’ Bernie’s “free” spree. What is amazing to me is that so many fall for this scheme. However, it is imperative that we come to realize that the promise of “free” has nothing to do with freedom. As a matter of fact, when it comes to progressive socialists promising something for “free,” there is a direct correlation with the reduction of individual freedom. What has to be done when folks talk about getting something for “free” is to challenge, question, and understand the terms associated, as I did at Verizon. Based upon the breakdown of the numbers I made the decision to go with the iPhone XR upgrade with a “free” second iPhone XR. But, when it comes to all of these leftist promises of “free,” does anyone do their due diligence and question the absurd proposal?
So, let me get this right: ol’ Bernie wants people who did not attend college to pay for this. Who made the personal decision to attend college? It is always the left talking about “fairness.” Hey Bernie, will Angela and I get a check from you because we paid off our daughter’s college education? Hmm, maybe we could get ol’ Bernie to pay off Aubrey’s Physician Assistant school debt . . . Ahh, she made the decision to attend herself and developed her own payoff plan.
See, that is how it works Bern, individual responsibility! We are accountable for our own decisions. Well, that is how it is supposed to work, but not in that fantasy land called “Progressive Jurassic Park.” Yes, leftist ideas are right there along with dinosaurs, but for some odd reason, we keep resurrecting them instead of allowing them to be extinct.
And now we are going to eradicate medical debt? Instead of developing viable policy solutions, it always devolves back to the one word, “free.” If anything, the progressive socialist mind appears to be one rooted in utter incompetence. They seem incapable of solving any problem, and their answer is always, “free:” higher taxes, and more government spending, which they falsely call “investments.” What will be the ROI for our alleviating the student loan and medical debt of others? Heck, why on earth should anyone want to work, knowing that the progressive socialist leftist mentality is based upon what French economist Frederic Bastiat termed, “legal plunder.” Yes, the raison d’etre of government becomes the goal of stealing under the guise of “promoting the general welfare,” promoting being a passive verb, from one group and giving under the promise of “free” to others . . . and that is why “free” is not freedom.
Let me remind you of the cycle of democracies by Scottish political philosopher, Alexander Fraser Tytler:
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”
Once again, “‘free’ is not freedom,” it is the lure of the slick politician, loser salesman, progressive socialists, to take us back into bondage.
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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.