Town Square

Post a New Topic

Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on May 9, 2013

This is an idiom which I probably picked up during my Navy days in the fifties. Aside from it's male chauvinist interpretation, it has applicability to many things in life. I will give two contemporary examples:

Question #1. Why would residents of FairOaks (Menlo Park) or East Palo Alto, who benefit from the Sequoia Healthcare District without paying for it, voluntarily tax themselves by annexing to the District?

Answer: They won't.

Question #2. Why would parents spend money on the education of their children when the government already offers them "education" for free?

Answer: Some, who consider the "free milk" to be sour, do pay for an alternative. And, it is not just "wealthy" families!

I'd like to hear some other examples.

Comments

There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

I Told My Mom She's Dying
By Chandrama Anderson | 10 comments | 2,361 views

Grab a Bowl of Heaven soon in Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 1,593 views

Quick Check List for UC Applications
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 1,007 views

Fancy Fast and Fun!
By Laura Stec | 3 comments | 872 views

“I live near Sunset”
By Stuart Soffer | 5 comments | 384 views