The phrase I borrowed for the title of this article is featured in the libertarian science fiction masterpiece, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein. It represents one of the fundamental truths of the universe, one that socialists and big government types routinely ignore, often with disastrous results. We the people have been conditioned to ignore this fundamental truth by the news media, our educational institutions, and our elected officials for the past many decades.
“Nothing is free” is a less colorful way of stating this fundamental truth. Someone somewhere has to pay for everything. Our politicians have become so very adept at hiding how we are paying for everything that they promise us is free. So many people blindly accept these phony assurances that what they are getting from the government is free. For far too many, this is their primary reason for voting for Democrats.
Would candidates for office be anywhere as successful if they told the truth? “Go to college and force your neighbors to pay for it through higher taxes” just doesn’t have the same mass appeal but it is far more truthful. Unfortunately few Republicans have the ability to counter false Democrat claims in such a clever manner. That’s something they need to work on. Too many in the Republican establishment think the only way to beat their opponents is to join them in this political bribery.
Far too many operate under the delusion that forcing those “evil rich” people to pay for everything has no overall costs to society. If most of the profits of a corporation are confiscated, what is left to hire more workers, or build new factories, or even keep existing factories running? How many would want to go through all of the pain suffering and misery it takes to start a business if they knew most of the profits they would earn are going to be confiscated and given to others? Soaking the rich will only result in far fewer rich people, and far more people dependent on the government handouts, that the rich are supposed to pay for. Republicans need to do a better job communicating how a free market benefits everyone, resulting in a greatly reduced need for government handouts, if not eliminating them entirely.
Printing money to pay for everything the federal government wants to do and all of the entitlements seems like it generates no costs to the citizens of this country. That is far from the case. Printing more money only decreases the purchasing power of the existing money. More money is needed to buy everything. The money people earn is worth less. Printing money only causes inflation. Do you think this practice would cause outrage if everyone knew that the dollar of today is worth only three percent of what the dollar was worth in 1913, when the Federal Reserve came into existence and began printing money?
Voters need to be informed that out of control debt have enormous costs associated with it. Most are unaware that our 21 trillion dollar debt has a staggering cost just to finance it. All of that borrowing result in higher interests rates for individuals and inflation. We are approaching a debt to GDP ratio that always results in disaster, yet few in the Republican party are sounding the alarm, and too many in the party have joined forces with the Democrats to keep up the out of control spending..
The Republican Party needs to once again become the party of the free market, a constitutionally limited government, and fiscal responsibility. They desperately need to learn how to effectively communicate the benefits of those ideals to everyone in a creative manner.