Letter to the editor: Free is never really free
Democratic candidates love to use the word “free.” It appeals to uninformed voters. Free college, health care, cellphones. However, free is usually not free. It just means someone else pays for it. Maybe that someone is you.
John, a 20-year-old man, is thrilled that his college education will be free. After college, he is just starting his career. His salary is low, but no college debt, and his taxes are low. He is happy.
Fifteen or 20 years later, he has a high salary, but notices that his income taxes have increased dramatically. He doesn’t understand why. The more he makes, the more the government takes.
By the time John retires, he will have paid for five or six young people’s free college education. There are not enough truly rich people to pay for free college. The government will tax the upper and middle classes (that’s you, John) to pay for it.
Too late, John realizes that it would have been less expensive to pay for his own education. Liberals don’t consider the consequences of their actions. The Democrats are counting on that.