I Started to Reply, Decided it Wasn't Worth It

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I Started to Reply, Decided it Wasn't Worth It

Post by MarkD » Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:46 pm

One of the bigger mistakes I make on a regular basis is looking at Facebook during election season. One of my FB friends had a cartoon up saying "the fact that there are still undecided voters shows the need for free college".

I started to reply "The fact that people think there COULD be such a thing as free college shows that we're doing a piss-poor job of teaching basic Economics."

But as I said above, I decided it wasn't worth it.

He said something once before that education should be "free", and I asked him if that meant teachers ought not to be paid he got offended (his mother was a school teacher). I then pointed out that he didn't really mean "free" then, he meant "paid for by someone else". I made the same observation regarding health care, which he also didn't like, calling me a "right wing nutjob".

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Re: I Started to Reply, Decided it Wasn't Worth It

Post by Steamforger » Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:45 pm

“When you vote, you are exercising political authority, you're using force. And force, my friends, is violence. The supreme authority from which all other authorities are derived.”
Bend his hippie brain around that one.

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Re: I Started to Reply, Decided it Wasn't Worth It

Post by MarkD » Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:05 pm

Cover Girl make-up is using a guy in their ads.

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Wake me up when it's over.

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Re: I Started to Reply, Decided it Wasn't Worth It

Post by Denis » Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:47 pm

MarkD wrote:Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
It could be worse, Obama could get the Peace Prize!

Oh, wait....

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Re: I Started to Reply, Decided it Wasn't Worth It

Post by PawPaw » Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:05 pm

He said something once before that education should be "free",
My Dad used to say something like that; that education was free, but that knowledge was expensive, and you'd pay for it one way or another.

When someone tells me that college should be free, I tell them that's fine, but ask who is going to pay the electric bill and who is going to pay the teachers? Often, they don't have a clue. Which leads to free education, because they have to re-examine their premise.
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Re: I Started to Reply, Decided it Wasn't Worth It

Post by MarkD » Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:12 pm

PawPaw wrote:
He said something once before that education should be "free",
My Dad used to say something like that; that education was free, but that knowledge was expensive, and you'd pay for it one way or another.

When someone tells me that college should be free, I tell them that's fine, but ask who is going to pay the electric bill and who is going to pay the teachers? Often, they don't have a clue. Which leads to free education, because they have to re-examine their premise.
Like I said, he said "free" but really meant "paid for by someone else".

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Re: I Started to Reply, Decided it Wasn't Worth It

Post by Rich » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:15 pm

If you want free, enroll in the School of Hard Knocks.

But be prepared to pay for some of the harder lessons. 8-)
A weak government usually remains a servant of citizens, while a strong government usually becomes the master of its subjects.
- paraphrased from several sources

A choice, not an echo. - Goldwater campaign, 1964

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Re: I Started to Reply, Decided it Wasn't Worth It

Post by Darrell » Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:01 pm

TANSTAAFL.
Eppur si muove--Galileo

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Re: I Started to Reply, Decided it Wasn't Worth It

Post by slowpoke » Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:43 am

nice, two Heinlien quotes in one thread. 8-)
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Re: I Started to Reply, Decided it Wasn't Worth It

Post by Darrell » Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:55 pm

slowpoke wrote:nice, two Heinlien quotes in one thread. 8-)
After 40+ years, I recently reread Heinlein's Starship Troopers and The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. Both are expositions of political thought as much or more than they are science fiction. When lefty redditors post free shit wants such as "free college" or "universal income", I reply with TANSTAAFL, which pisses them off royally.
Eppur si muove--Galileo

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