Russell Catania: Nothing is free

March 25, 2013 

Nothing is free

There has been a lot of discussion about our new state government rejecting the federal Medicaid expansion proposal, especially since the federal government will pay for it 100 percent for three years, and 90 percent thereafter. It is also rejecting an extension of federal unemployment benefits for another six months.

There is no such thing as “federal money.” Federal money consists of taxes that we the people have paid. The more the government spends, the more we need to contribute in taxes; the only difference is whether those will be state or federal taxes. We should have learned at a very early age that nothing is free and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If we were a small prosperous country, like Qatar, we could afford all these wonderful programs. We cannot. Before we begin offering more “free” or subsidized programs, we need to get our people back to work and our economy back on top. Once this happens, and we begin reducing our deficit, which is killing us, we can then revisit these programs.

If we drive ourselves into bankruptcy, nobody will benefit.

Russell Catania, Apex

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