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Note to Candidates: Free Is Never Free (TINSTAAFL)

Note to Candidates: Free Is Never Free (TINSTAAFL)

What the Democratic candidates are having trouble with is the “If…then” dynamic.

Everyone would love improved infrastructure, health care for all, a resolution to the immigration problems, free tuition, and so forth.

But when you clarify the accountability by completing the offer like this: “If we provided free healthcare for everyone, then we would have to raise taxes by three percent,” you get quite a different reaction because you have a true benefit/risk comparison.

There’s an important lesson here for you with your prospects. You can’t (like the candidates) leave the question unanswered. You have to prove that the benefits (returns) far outweigh the consequences (investment) to create a huge ROI. And you only need ONE VOTE in favor: The buyer’s.

(There is no such thing as a free lunch. —Robert Heinlein, great science fiction author.)

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 2

  • Alan Burke

    October 19, 2019

    I’m of the libertarian philosophy, free market capitalist, etc. Perhaps if our government hadn’t squandered $5-8 Trillion of our tax dollars on useless wars in the middle east, overthrowing foreign governments, 700+ bases worldwide, welfare, among others, then the democratic party would have a valid argument for healthcare for all, etc. Most (not all) of the immigration problem in this country stems from the failed “war on drugs”. The United States is the worlds largest recreational consumer of narcotics, which fuels the growth of drug cartels through out Latin America, which then fuels corruption and violence. The average person there wants to get the hell out of dodge and seek a better life. End prohibition of drugs, which ends organized crime, legalize it, regulate it, tax it, help those addicted, etc. A utopia is not possible, but with some of the above implemented, I think this country would be much better off. Until a politician speaks of peace, end the useless wars, bring home the troops, end prohibition, shrink government, and take the balance to invest in infrastructure, I will remain a political atheist. With regards to education costs, it’s only because the federal government guarantees the loans. Kids that do not come from a background where the parents can write a check for any amount can borrow to infinity, and the government guarantees it. This allows universities to charge anything they want, build stadiums, pay football coaches 7 figure salaries, etc. Remove government from the equation, or only allow students to borrow up to 10k, which means fewer kids will be able to afford college, which means the universities will be forced to lower tuition costs so more kids can attend. I only wish a well thought out dialogue would discussed amongst our political candidates, instead of more of a game show resemblance. Cheers

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