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Guns and Pensions

Frank568 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 12:38 PM
Democrats continue to say that giving generous benefits to all is free and there is no cost involved--it ain't so.
Jeff2422 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 12:52 PM
It is nice to one person understands there is no free lunch.

My son, in a college econ class, was being lectured by a professor about free public school education. He stopped the professor and described the number of state and local taxes that his parents paid to fund the public school, therefore, it was not free. The professor's response was, "well, it was free to you." My son astutely responded, "no it wasn't, I had to listen to my father complain about all the taxes when he told me I could not have the latest computer, Nike shoes, or a car. So, there was nothing 'free' about it." The professor had no response and went to another subject. I love my son.
JustMC Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 1:03 PM
And someone (likely a combination of you and the taxpayer) is PAYING that professor...
rickmcq Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 1:16 PM
And THAT is something to complain about!
Delta Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 4:29 PM
And your son should love YOU for teaching him properly. Good for you!
Colonialgirl Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 5:02 PM
Did the "professor" give him a bad grade for making him look stupid (not hard with a liberal leftist professor spewing BS.
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