Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Robert A. Heinlein was one of my favorite authors when I was younger. Some of later books were just strange & not fun like his earlier ones. He won 3 SciFi Hugo Awards (best SciFi novels).

His saying "TANSTAAFL" is very appropriate now a days. It basically means that "there is no free lunch" when the lunch is free the drinks are more expensive, etc. P.O. who promised no one making less than $250K will pay more in taxes; however, with Trade & Cap will raise energy prices for everyone; "free" medical care will cost between $1-4,000,000,000,000 over 10 years.


The phrase free lunch, in U. S. literature from about 1870 to 1920, refers to a tradition once common in saloons in many places in the United States. These establishments included a "free" lunch, varying from rudimentary to quite elaborate, with the purchase of at least one drink. These free lunches were typically worth far more than the price of a single drink.[1] The saloon-keeper relied on the expectation that most customers would buy more than one drink, and that the practice would build patronage for other times of day.
Sometimes, free food or drink is supplied today, often by gambling establishments.
The saying "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch", often abbeviated to TANSTAAFL, refers to this custom, meaning that things which appear to be free are always paid for in some way.

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