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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    I am reminded of the saying "A government big enough to give you everything, is big enough to tak it all away".

    Based on this principle, I support the government handing out cell phones, in the hopes that they will one day take them all away.
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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    Government should not pay for anything, especially for cell phones.

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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Absolutely not. This country ran just fine prior to cell phones, so those "poor" folks can use landlines. A cell phone is hardly a necessity.
    Except that a landline is more expensive.

    and you're assuming they have a home to have one installed.

    These people are getting 60 minutes a month, that's what, $10 bucks at most?

    As I said for someone trying to hold or get a job, a phone is a huge plus.


    If they were giving away iphones with unlimited minutes, I'd be the first to complain, but to me this is the equivelent to giving them a bus pass to go to a job.

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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe1991 View Post
    Except that a landline is more expensive.
    How ya figure? And if that's true, then they can pay for their own damn cellphone and forgo the landline.

    and you're assuming they have a home to have one installed.
    You're assuming I give a crap.

    These people are getting 60 minutes a month, that's what, $10 bucks at most?
    $10/month multiplied by how many people and for how many months?

    The government needs to be cutting their socialized spending, not increasing it.

    As I said for someone trying to hold or get a job, a phone is a huge plus.
    Still not a necessity.

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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe1991 View Post
    Except that a landline is more expensive.

    and you're assuming they have a home to have one installed.

    These people are getting 60 minutes a month, that's what, $10 bucks at most?

    As I said for someone trying to hold or get a job, a phone is a huge plus.


    If they were giving away iphones with unlimited minutes, I'd be the first to complain, but to me this is the equivelent to giving them a bus pass to go to a job.

    Look anyone can go out and buy a minute phone for 20$ and pay 10$ for 60 minutes, why should the government give the people anything.

    First it is a cell phone
    then it is food, oops to late they already do that "food stamps".
    then a house etc.
    The U.S will slowly become china or N. Korea I know that is extreme but it will slowly lead to other things. My theory is people like to have the government take care of them because it make them feel safe, We need to get off. We are on a very slippery slope.

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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    As Ross Perot said, "I didn't know I was poor until the government told me I was."

    Government funding is government control, by that turn of the phrase I mean to say that including the government in the market of buying cellphones is directly horrible for everyone else except these "poor" people, for them it is indirectly horrible.

    Asking the government to get into any market is to add unnecessary static to the economic equilibrium, handing out cellphones for free destroys electronic retailer's sales in that department and the added cost of buying cellphones at inflated prices will then, of course, raise prices for everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metternich View Post
    As Ross Perot said, "I didn't know I was poor until the government told me I was."

    Government funding is government control, by that turn of the phrase I mean to say that including the government in the market of buying cellphones is directly horrible for everyone else except these "poor" people, for them it is indirectly horrible.

    Asking the government to get into any market is to add unnecessary static to the economic equilibrium, handing out cellphones for free destroys electronic retailer's sales in that department and the added cost of buying cellphones at inflated prices will then, of course, raise prices for everyone.



    Totally Agree!

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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe1991 View Post
    Except that a landline is more expensive.

    and you're assuming they have a home to have one installed.

    These people are getting 60 minutes a month, that's what, $10 bucks at most?

    As I said for someone trying to hold or get a job, a phone is a huge plus.
    Yea, because I'm sure most of these people are just desperately trying to get jobs, but can't find them because they can't scrounge up the $10/month to buy their own ****ing cell phones.
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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    Then again, look at things this way.

    The government issues everyone that doesn't have one a cell phone.

    Now, every legal person in the US has in their pockets a device that can triangulate their location and tell anyone with the ability to ask where the telephone is, and hence presumably the person it's assigned to.

    Given the fact that the above scenario is 100% feasible, let's see the reaction of the flaming libtards wanting to rob the taxpayers to pay for these phones who were also completely aghast at the thought of GW Bush tapping cell phone communications without warrants.



    I bet they say, "oh, but the Messiah just LOOOVES us and that will never happen now..."


    I can imagine a future where people can be stopped on the streets and given tickets or even get arrested for not carrying an active telephone, all in the name of "public safety".

    No, better let the poor pay for their own damn phones. They're not necessary to life.
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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe1991 View Post
    Well I'll take the other side just for the sake of argument:

    First, you're already paying for poor people to get cell phones.
    I drove relative to the free clinic a while back, everyone in there was talking on cell phones.

    Two, if the company in question is giving a *huge discount to the state, well that is more money that can be spent on needed items.

    *the article didn't give a individual breakdown per person, but the discount must be pretty good if fifteen states have already approved it.

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    I can certainly understand those saying no, but practically, the costs are relatively low, and for those who are attempting to remain in the workforce, a phone is a must have.
    For one they are over paying on the phones.

    $50 for a supposedly rarely used phone, give me a break.
    You can go to the local gas station get one for $20 and it comes with minutes.

    This is a bull**** attempt at vote pandering and propping up a business.
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