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Free Lunch With John Boehner

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John Boehner (R-OH) says it’s hard out there for a John Boehner:

We have a tougher job than our friends across the aisle. They’ve been offering Americans a free lunch for the last 80 years, rather successfully.

Of course as everyone knows, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Ha ha. Except a big part of the point of public policy is that the policy realm isn’t an endless series of zero-sum interactions, either. It’d be very hard to get a true free lunch in which literally every single person is made much better-off. But you really can make policy shifts that improve the well-being of the vast majority of people. That’s the whole idea. It’s not exactly “something for nothing” but it’s general benefit, not just grabbing and stealing. It’s prosperity.