Paul Jacob

The world does not work on a strict pay-for-everything-you-get basis. The world actually works a lot more fluidly than that. Indeed, I hate to say it, but the great anti-slavery activist Frederick Douglass may have overstated the case when he wrote

You never get all you pay for, but you pay for all you get.

Well, we often do get all we pay for (Wal-Mart hasn't gypped me yet!), and we get a whole lot more, too.

We even get free deals from capitalist giants like Google . . . a dot com that isn't made of bubble.

So, what's the moral of this?

  1. People who insist on taxing you till you're broke just because you get some halfway positive effect from government are just petty tyrants, not proper democrats.
  2. People who insist that corporations are ipso facto predatory and evil are just plain nuts.
  3. Buying Google stock might not be a bad idea.
  4. All of the above.

I may not have an answer for everything, but I think I'll choose "d" this time.


Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.