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Sultan Knish: Utopia's Free Lunch

Sultan Knish: Utopia's Free Lunch | Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy & Culture | Scoop.it

Lunch is a nice meal and a free lunch is even nicer. The problem with free lunches is that someone always has to pay for them. Lunches don't grow on trees, unless they're fresh fruit, the ingredients have to be gathered, processed, shipped, mixed, prepared, packaged, shipped again and put on your plate by a waiter working in an establishment that has to pay rent, heating, electricity and salaries.

A free lunch isn't just free food, it's the entire human and mechanical infrastructure needed to get it ready and subsidizing a free lunch means paying for that entire infrastructure. That's one reason why some states and cities are slipping into bankruptcy like a man who has had too many martinis over lunch. It's not just the free lunch that's expensive, it's the often inflated cost of the lunch delivery system that is killing everything.

The free lunch began as the Bread and Circuses which had its roots in a Roman bread dole. Free or subsidized bread is still a feature of political life in many parts of the world, including Egypt where the revolution had more to do with the price of bread than with democracy. The Muslim Brotherhood offered voters food giveways, turning Bread and Circuses into Bread and Beheadings, which is also a circus of sorts.

Free Egyptian bread started out as American subsidized aid. The world's free lunch is still doled out in Washington D.C. where the Senate dining rooms had to be privatized after losing 18 million dollars. A government that can't even run a cafeteria without losing millions of dollars can't run anything else without losing billions or trillions doing it.

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A Very Important Follow Up | Eyes on Washington.com

A Very Important Follow Up | Eyes on Washington.com | Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy & Culture | Scoop.it

FIRST THERE WAS THE ARAB SPRING. IS IT TIME FOR THE AMERICAN SPRING?

 

It has become a FELONY for Americans to protest a politician if the Secret Service is around. In other words, if you protest you go to jail free.

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I wrote a column about a week ago entitled “The First Amendment Has Been Murdered” and there is no other word for it, as free speech is not free if the government insulates itself to the point where they can’t or won’t hear us.

 

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

 

I liken the country in its present condition, to a giant pressure cooker which is about ready to blow, but the crowd in Washington, are much like the Aristocrats of the French Revolution, oblivious to the seething anger and resentment surrounding them, attending social functions while Marie Antoinette made stupid remarks like “What no bread, let them eat cake”, which as we know she paid for with her head.

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