July 08, 2010
A Grinch Thinks About the 4th of July

Steve Benen picked up this seriously weird column by some seriously weird columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Excerpt below, but you can read the whole pathetic thing here, and the best part is — “It’s free!”

His fiancée smiled and commented, “Isn’t that cute. They have the spirit of giving…”

“No!” I exclaimed from the back seat. “That’s not the spirit of giving. You can only really give when you give something you own. They’re giving away their parents’ things — the lemonade, cups, candy. It’s not theirs to give.”

I pushed the button to roll down the window and stuck my head out to set them straight.

“You must charge something for the lemonade,” I explained. “That’s the whole point of a lemonade stand. You figure out your costs — how much the lemonade costs, and the cups — and then you charge a little more than what it costs you, so you can make money. Then you can buy more stuff, and make more lemonade, and sell it and make more money…”

If that’s what America’s children think — that there’s a free lunch waiting — then our country has larger problems ahead. The Declaration of Independence promised “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” It didn’t promise anything free. Something to think about this July 4th holiday weekend.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 08, 2010 12:07 PM
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Did she offer that advice for free? Surely it was worth at least one cup of lemonade, preferably splashed in her face. That columnist is also a regular on CNBC, that beacon of financial integrity that urged people to invest in both Enron and Bear Stearns before their respective collapses.

Posted by: ohollern on July 8, 2010 1:19 PM

"Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

The trick is to realize that happiness does not equal money, nor does money equal happiness. Lemonade may not be about profit.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on July 8, 2010 11:50 PM

Surely you jest, Chuck. Everything is about profit. Only a communist or a liberal (or do I repeat myself?) would think otherwise. What do you think this is, Potlatch Nation?

Posted by: Red Tide on July 9, 2010 8:16 AM

in my town we have a free meal every day at noon on the street that has all our civic buildings (court house, theatre, city hall, library, basketball court, outdoor art gallery)

different volunteers collect food from the schools, restaurants, convenience stores, etc that would ordinarily be thrown away bc it cant be used / other volunteers rustle up a lunch and some others bring it to the SunCourt and do the washing up after

this has been going on for several years from noon to one o'clock / we are unlicensed, unauthorized and unfunded but have casual permission from the town and you dont have to be homeless or broke to share a meal

i must say i really love my town

p.s. i cooked for FreeMeal twice a week for a year and still contribute when i have an over abundance of food from my weekly CSA share


Posted by: Katherine Hunter on July 9, 2010 2:17 PM
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