Letter to the Editor

I recently watched a clip of Democrat Bernie Sanders continuing to advocate for free stuff. This was a clip that included the news that the University of Texas at Austin would now be offering “free” tuition to students whose families earned less than a certain amount so that was very recent news.

Notice that good ol’ Bernie hasn’t offered a dime of his money as he has three multi-million dollar homes to pay for but saying that more needed to be done. What Bernie didn’t make note of was that the professors and janitors at UT-Austin wouldn’t be working for free, so that begs the question of where will the money for the free stuff come from?

First off, nothing is free. Everything has to be paid for by somebody, some way. In the case of the free tuition, the money comes from publicly owned lands leased out for oil and gas production and grazing of livestock. That’s land owned by you and me, folks.

So, the ones paying for the free tuition are the people and companies leasing our lands. Simple as that.

Now, Bernie and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez should be boiling mad at this arrangement. Why? That oil is piped (pipelines bad) to refineries to make petroleum products such as gasoline (bad stuff) to power the limos that Bernie and AOC ride around in. It’s also used to make the jet fuel (another bad thing) that powers the jet planes that the Big B and AOC rocket around the country in, leaving a big carbon (bad) footprint.

As for the grazing leases, Big B and AOC should be having nervous breakdowns over that situation. As AOC has pointed out, cows produce and emit, for wont of a more common term, methane gas. That methane gas is what will kill us all in 12 years, according to AOC, by global warming. Or was it global cooling? Or was it climate change? Well, it must be one of those.

And it’s all because of the free stuff paid for by oil, gas and cows. Democrats. You gotta love ’em.

Rod McCoy is a resident of Cooper.

(1) comment

sherrelmock

I totally agree with Mr. McCoy. There are two aspects to this argument that apply. First, with respect to "free things," there is a quote by Dr. Adrian Rogers (1931-2005) that sums up very well the argument against the socialist agenda of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and their uber-Progressive ilk: “You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for that my dear friend is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.” People who find themselves nodding their heads in approval at the offers of free education, healthcare, a universal basic income, etc., always (ALWAYS) seem to forget that somebody has to work, earn an income, and pay taxes on that income before the government at any level can spend it on anything, whether worthwhile and appropriate for the government to do, or inappropriate because it isn't the government's responsibility. Secondly, the role of the Federal government is spelled out (enumerated) in a fairly short list in Article 1 of the US Constitution. Providing "free stuff" is not among those responsibilities, and free college education, healthcare, and a basic income are not listed among the rights of individual citizens. Every responsibility not listed for the Federal government is left to the states, and that list is extensive. Education, healthcare, and welfare are state responsibilities. The US Congress spends too much time arguing over things that are not in their lane to fix. It would help us all if members of both houses of Congress would consult the Constitution occasionally before they propose a bill to ensure the Federal government is authorized to do what they propose. And, finally, as the presidential campaign continues to heat up all of the candidates in both parties should also consult the Constitution before they start making promises they can't and shouldn't keep.

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