So when your employer withholds 30% of your salary for various taxes and you get 5% of it back on April 20th, do you proclaim "Whoopie! Free Money!"
No, but it appears you're quite bitter about taxes and have troubles separating a light bulb purchase from your tax rates. Ulcer much?
Never had cashier ever charge me the government subsidy price. Have you?
You've missed the point. The cashier doesn't charge you the price of the subsidy. The tax man does. With milk, a subsidy might make sense since every person pretty much uses the same amount, except for lactose intolerant people, and occasional rich people with milk baths. But of the tax-paying set, the rich have a lot more light bulbs than the middle class per person. This means that the rich get a bigger tax break, funded by the middle class. Some people in the lower class might pay the tax for the subsidy and not even buy any light bulbs if they're sharing living space or their apartment pays for light fixtures.
I didn't miss the point at all. When having a conversation about what I pay for a light bulb or any item I want to make my life better such as milk, subsidies would only enter that equation if I wanted to spam my political ideology. Call me shallow but my life doesn't work that way. I'm happy you consider things like that as it greatly alleviates those types of stressors when I shop. Carry on.
Come to Connecticut. With subsidies, they cost under a dollar.
Subsidies cost all the taxpayers of Connecticut. Government money isn't magic.
I'm glad someone brought up the fact government money isn't magic. But with subsidies, the cost of the bulb is still under a dollar no matter how you try to spin your political ideology. If you want to add in transportation costs to and from the store, tax liability, energy cost versus other bulbs and intrinsic value lost or gained, then your political crap might apply. I buy a gallon of milk for $1.83 and it's quite easy to pull out 2 non-magical $1 bills to pay for it. Never had cashier ever charge me the government subsidy price. Have you?
Ever notice that even the busiest people are never too busy to tell you just how busy they are?