Who pays? We do

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - PERSPECTIV­E -

One key ques­tion that isn’t of­ten asked and is less of­ten an­swered is: Who pays?

There are flawed and com­mon re­ac­tions: “The gov­ern­ment will pay” and “They’ll find the money some­where.”

Un­der­stand this: We fund gov­ern­ment, and when the gov­ern­ment pays, that means we pay, in higher taxes or loss of ser­vices.

And that “some­where” the gov­ern­ment will find the money is from our pock­ets.

Please keep that in mind when you read the head­lines — what­ever is pro­posed, whether free col­lege or free health care — in the long run, it’s go­ing to cost you.

— Pat Seib­ert, Des Plaines

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