Finance Columnist Attacks Kid’s Socialist Lemonade Stand, Really
July 7, 2010
(ChattahBox)—A bizarre Ayn Rand-ish rant heard ’round the world attacking a kid’s free lemonade stand as un-American and anti-capitalism, evidencing a “lack of economic responsibility” has been making the rounds of the blogoshpere this week. Terry Savage, a syndicated financial writer for the Chicago-Sun Times penned a Fourth of July screed against free lemonade stands everywhere, writing “There is no ‘free’ lemonade. In giving drink away, girls ignore rules of economics — and sum up what’s wrong with U.S.”
When traveling through an upscale neighborhood over July 4th weekend, Savage was horrified to discover a group of little girls accompanied by their commie-socialist nanny operating a free lemonade stand, representing all that’s wrong with our welfare state. So, Savage proceeded to terrorize the little girls sitting on their front lawn, by lecturing them (screeching) on the finer points of capitalism:
“No!” I exclaimed from the back seat. “That’s not the spirit of giving. You can only really give when you give something you own. They’re giving away their parents’ things — the lemonade, cups, candy. It’s not theirs to give.”
“I pushed the button to roll down the window and stuck my head out to set them straight.”
“You must charge something for the lemonade,” I explained. “That’s the whole point of a lemonade stand. You figure out your costs — how much the lemonade costs, and the cups — and then you charge a little more than what it costs you, so you can make money. Then you can buy more stuff, and make more lemonade, and sell it and make more money.”
She wasn’t kidding.