One of my pet peeves is when government promotes 'free' services. As this is tax time, there are ads and press conferences and elected officials all touting 'free' tax help for low-income earners.
While the participants do not have to pay a cost for receiving the services, they are not free. The problem is that most of these programs are funded with tax dollars. They are paid for by you and me and everyone else who pays taxes.
Of course, if government didn't take so much of our money in the first place, we'd all have more funds to cover the costs of such things. As it is, those of us who pay someone to do our taxes for us - or who do them on our own - are paying twice (or going without) so that others can get their taxes done 'for free.'
Sadly, I don't think the recipients of such largesse understand that it's not really 'free.'