I have said this before, but campaign promises in Queensland and arguments in US about health insurance coverage make the point worth repeating.
When people say something should be free, what they are really saying is ‘Someone else should pay for it.’
When politicians say something will be free, they are really saying ‘We will make you pay for other people’s ….’
For example, Anna Bligh, soon to be ex premier of Queensland, has promised free swimming lessons for toddlers.
What she is really saying to the people of Queensland is ‘We will make you pay for swimming lessons for other people’s kids.’
When Obama says contraception should be free, he is really saying is ‘We will make you pay for other people’s condoms.’