Can you truly get money for nothing? Apparently yes, if you're the federal government. The Treasury just sold $30 billion in four-week T-bills at a yield of ... drum roll please ... nothing! Literally 0%. Think that's odd? Well, how about the fact the bid-to-cover ratio was 4.2. In other words, there were $4.20 worth of bids for every $1 in bills being offered. The bid/cover ratio hasn't been higher than that since January 2002.
Money for nothing is all well and good. But I have to ask, did Uncle Sam -- in the immortal words of Dire Straits
-- also get any "chicks for free?" That's the true measure of success.