Tuesday, July 06, 2010

There's No Such Thing As Free Lemonade

Wow ... this piece is interesting. Not sure if I can take it seriously or if it is a satirical piece. Still ... Chicago Sun-Times columnist Terry Savage:

The three young girls -- under the watchful eye of a nanny, sitting on the grass with them -- explained that they had regular lemonade, raspberry lemonade, and small chocolate candy bars.

Then my brother asked how much each item cost.

"Oh, no," they replied in unison, "they're all free!"


"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.

Found this from AMERICAblog, and like I already said, at this point in time of posting, I don't know if it's like an "Onion" piece, or if this blogger really believes what was posted.

Anyway ... food for thought, er, lemonade for thought!

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