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Cell phone new "civil right"?

Well isn’t this freaking beautiful. If government isn’t taking your money for these stupid things, it extorting money (for which you eventually pay in the price of your service – see private health insurance and Medicare) for programs like this in the name of "rights" and "fairness":

Recently, a federal government program called the Universal Service Fund came to the Keystone State and some residents are thrilled because it means they can enjoy 250 minutes a month and a handset for free, just because they don’t have the money to pay for it. Through Assurance Wireless and SafeLink from Tracfone Wireless these folks get to reach out and touch someone while the cost of their service is paid for by everyone else. You see, the telecommunications companies are funding the Universal Service Fund to the tune of $4 billion a year because the feds said they have to and in order to recoup their money, the companies turn around and hike their fees to paying customers. But those of use paying for the free service for the poor, should be happy about this infuriating situation, says Gary Carter, manager of national partnerships for Assurance, because "the program is about peace of mind." Free cell service means "one less bill that someone has to pay, so they can pay their rent or for day care…it is a right to have peace of mind," Cater explained.

Dear boss, this demand for a raise that I haven’t earned or don’t deserve is about my right to have peace of mind. You see, I have other obligations I have undertaken and can’t afford, and so this raise will give me "peace of mind" when it comes to meeting those obligations – and it is your job to provide for my peace of mind … got it?

Yeah that approach would work on your boss, wouldn’t it.  Yet here again we the owners have those doing “service” dictating the terms of the agreement.  And we meekly go along.

What’s next?  The usual – more free stuff, this time “for the children”, extorted from the rest of us:

Between 14 million and 24 million Americans lack access to broadband, "and immediate prospects for deployment to them are bleak," the FCC said in a report last year. "Many of these Americans are poor or live in rural areas that will remain unserved without reform of the universal service program and other changes," the report said.

But who says that cheap or free broadband is anything more than a luxury?

Well, another Obama flunkie, Rahm Emanuel, that’s who. As we reported in June , the new mayor of Chicago was all excited to proclaim the wonderful news of free internet service to poor kids in Chicago’s worst neighborhoods. And how could Mayor Emanuel pay for this new ‘civil right’? Well, because the federal government extorted the money from Comcast when it wanted to buy NBC-Universal. Once again FCC chairman Genachowski was all about "helping the kids" by forcing the internet provider to give poor kids free netbooks, laptops, and internet service, indefinitely. And who is going to pay for this gift? Well, of course the rest of us poor saps who actually pay our bills.

You know, there are any number of ways to try to make broadband available to those who haven’t got it – but this isn’t it.

We’re such complacent dopes.  We put up with nonsense like this, allow the government to redefine rights and make us pay for their redefinition via taxes, increased prices or pure old extortion.



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8 Responses to Cell phone new "civil right"?

  • I suggest a new indice…
    The Peace Of Mind Index
    Mine is pretty low, and sinking.

    • Shoot, you don’t count – the 1st two words in your description make the need to keep your PEACE of Mind Index at a satisfactory level unnecessary.
      male, white, Texan, conservative, quantity 1.

    • PROGRAM 

      LET POM = VALUE (> .1 < 1.0)



      Sorry tried to mashup various programming stuff.

  • Yeah…
    to which you could add independent, non-compliant, would-rather-gnaw-off-arm-than-be-beholden…

    • Reminds me of the ‘free’ air conditioner story the news ran here in Dallas the other day – yep, FREE air conditioner to those that needed and could prove, etc.
      They should stop calling this crap FREE, and at least call it tax payer subsidized, maybe people would begin to see the difference.

      • There is…can be…no free good.
        Fundamental economics says the demand for any free good would approach infinite, which is empirically true.
        The “free contraceptives” mandated by Obama the other day will prove painfully expensive.

        • Exactly – all this stuff is magic to the people it’s being handed out to.   It’s ‘FREE’, just ask them.  They never trace that back on the path to free from whom, from where?  Someone mined/farmed the raw materials, accumulated them in one place for FREE, then hauled them, free, to a series of FREE factories, where volunteer employees assembled them, loading them on FREE trucks to be delivered into the big ‘FREE’ warehouse the government keeps for it’s free stuff where it sat until they filled out the FREE forms and applied for their FREE stuff which was handed out to them by volunteer government employees.   And then with the things like the cell phones, of course there is the FREE administration of their accounts and repairs of their FREE phone.
          Holy crap – look at the line effective line of subsidy there so these bozos could get their ‘right’ to a free phone.
          Just for a moment, entertain yourself by imagining a program established in, say, 1960 when some vote buying politician in a corporate pocket declared it was a ‘right’ for all Americans to own a color television set so they could hear and see important government announcements and the government would now be handing out FREE color televisions.  Isn’t it amazing how many ‘rights’ we’ve been granted since your childhood?