My grandparents paid for the dam. When my parents inherited it, it had been paid off. Sure, it cost a bit to run, things like oil for the moving bits, de-silting the dam, overhauling the generators every decade or so, replacing worn turbines, that kind of thing. But overall it was pretty cheap.
Then along comes a peacock called Brent Layton, a bloke with a vested interest if ever I saw one, who puts up this hypothetical argument. Essentially what he's saying is that I should pay the operational cost and the cost of the dam as if it were new.
Well, I sure as hell don't do that with my car. It's well paid off and all I pay for is oil, petrol and tyres.
So why should I do it for my dam? No abstract answers accepted.
Therapy? - Nurse, 1992