No, TANSTAAFL isn't a new type of Swedish meatball.  Nor is it the name of a solar powered sauna.  Robert A. Heinlein, the science fiction writer, created the acronym TANSTAAFL for his novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.  It stands for: There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch  Any person with even a modicum of intelligence can see how obvious that thought is.  Unfortunately our political leadership (from both parties) has made providing everyone a "Free Lunch" a standard campaign promise.  These promises are not always as obvious as "giving away" food stamps or extending the payroll tax holiday or promising 18 months of unemployment.  Nearly everyone can understand that the taxpayer is going to pay the tab for these types of things.  These are easy to spot, and although they are frequently difficult to end, or even reduce, they are at least easy to counter when politicians claim that they will increase these benefits and they'll be free. The...(Read Full Article)