I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
This is bull****.
And apparently most people on this forum agree.
I agree, the government shouldn't be paying for these phones. Other than the admistrative cost of implementing the program, I don't get the impression that it is. The funding comes from the Universal Service Fund, which is a fund we are already paying into, generated from extra charges to our long-distance telephone calls.
What kind of country are we living in where we can't give people free cell phones? The founding fathers would be ashamed. The right to have free cell phone obviously falls within the bounds of the Right to Free Speech, as without a cell phone these people could not speak to people at a distance from anywhere they happened to be. Its irresponsable and greedy of conservatives to be saying that it is not the governments ability, nae duty, to provide free cell phone coverage for every American.
Indeed, look at the cell phone companies today. We have a near monopoly with only a few major conglomarte corporations. Look at the difference in price between AT&T and Sprint! Obviously, the cell phone execs in their greed and through the evils of capitalism have decided to swindle the American Public. Not to mention the costs ensued by employers who must provide cell phones to their employee's now, which is growing in number it seems. Just look at all the blackberries about. We should instead not just focus on providing cell phones for the poor, but for ALL Americans. Naturally, those that want to keep their own plans or be able to buy the newest phones possible will be allowed to....but paying a $1000 fine per year.
To your republicans saying this is wrong, for shame. The rich could survive the tax hike we'd undoubtably put on them to pay for this cell phone usage to everyone. I mean, they're rich! Its not like taking their money away will change that. Who cares about them. Meanwhile, all these people will be exercising their constitutional RIGHT to free cell service under the 1st amendment. Only greedy, constitution hating, religious zealot nutjobs would ever be against giving people their rights.
You down with TPP?
The only example that I can think of, in which government might be justified in providing cell phones is in the case of victims of domestic violence, with a substantial risk of ongoing harm, who might need access to a phone for emergency services. And the phone should call the police and no one else.
They confiscate people's cell phones who didn't listen to the Bailiff when he warned that all cell phone shall be turned off during court or they will be taken.
Then they give them to local victims of domestic violence, the serious cases where the woman are seeking, and can really use, the help.