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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    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.
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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    This is bull****.

    And apparently most people on this forum agree.

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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    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.

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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    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.
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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    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.
    Why do I get the feeling that this is a metaphor for some other issue that you also have a problem with (and I concur)?

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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    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.

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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    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.
    The local courts handle that.

    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.

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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    The local courts handle that.

    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.
    Yeah, I was under the impression that those mostly come from "donations."

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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Yeah, I was under the impression that those mostly come from "donations."

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    It is, in part.

    The Bailiff informs them that this is what will happen to their phone.

    They fail to take his warning, thus they have 'donated' their phone.

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    Re: Should the Government Pay for Cell Phones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    The local courts handle that.

    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.
    Wouldn't that be considered unconstitutional? I mean to surrender your property for failure to turn it off in court? I can see getting thrown out of the courtroom, but permanent confiscation???


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