walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

Okay, Yes, They Are Freeloaders

A certain person who is very important to me has been arguing vehemently for a while that libertarians are freeloaders. He's willing to concede maybe not all of them, but in general. I tend to feel that this is an unfair characterization but have been slowly coming around to his perspective. A recent incident between a Democratic activist and Rob Woodall pushed me over the edge. I'm linking to this blogger's entry because he has a transcript, so I can cut and paste the salient paragraph:


In response to Johnson's question regarding why Woodall is using government paid for health care through his job instead of going on the open market and getting his own, Woodall says: "It’s because it’s free. It’s because it’s free. The same reason I went out to Walgreens and bought Activon when I don’t have any arthritis pain. Because it’s free. Folks, if you give people things for free, don’t blame them for taking them."

That's _really_ close to a lot of definitions of "freeloading".
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