I have a bone to pick. I would think this would be obvious, but from the attitude of many people, it either isn't obvious, or nobody really cares.
Have you heard of the "free phone" program the government is offering? People with low income, or inability to support themselves can go get a prepaid phone from the government, with a certain amount of talk time, free of charge.
Since when did a cellular phone become a necessity of life? Who's hairbrained idea is this? It ranks up there with the woman trying to get all gun owners to put a sign on their front doors saying "I own firearms". Wtf. Great idea. Advertise to the criminals, but I digress.
I wonder if the folks who supply the raw materials to build circuit boards work for free one day? Likewise raw mat'l for plastic cases that every single cell phone has to have. How about the factory worker on the line arranging electronic components for that circuit board. Does he or she work a day for free? The folks assembling the phone, packing the phone for shipping? There is some more raw material, and more people employed for the purpose of making paper and plastic shipping material. You also have the shipping companies, whether that is the USPS, UPS, the carriers hauling this stuff from one coast to another, raw or finished.
How about the cellular provider? It costs money to buy and maintain the equipment to provide a phone service, to pay administrative groups to run the company. Do all these people take an unpaid day of work out of the goodness of their hearts so that someone who is not working can have the amenities that they themselves must pay for?
The answer is a big, fat, no. These phones, this program, is paid for by somebody. You say, "yeah, the government does", right? Hm. Think about that for a second. Where does government money come from? Do they just print it? They just magically come up with more money, because they decided they needed it? Folks, it comes out of your paycheck. That's what the IRS does. It takes money from your paycheck to fund government activities. That "free" phone is paid for by your neighbor, your brother or sister, mother, father, uncleauntgrandmagrandpacousinfriendfoe... you get my point. Each year, someone comes up with a new way to "help" the general population with a new gov't program.
Each year, gov't has to take more and more money out of your paycheck to fund these ridiculous programs. Every time someone takes advantage of this, it costs you and me money. There are hundreds of these programs soaking up your paycheck. government spending is beyond out of control.
If these programs were not taking money out of your pocket, what do you suppose would happen? How would your quality of life be affected? What more would you have? What sort of memories could you make on vacations you aren't able to take right now? What sort of christmas gift could you have gotten your wife or husband or child last year that would have blown his/her mind?
Where would our country be if it would have just stuck to the rule book, as it did for so many years? For a very long time, our country grew and grew, became the richest and most prosperous country in the world, because it's citizens had control over their capital. Once "income taxes" came into being, things started going downhill. Politicians started being able to vote themselves raises.
That's not the government our ancestors fought and died for. That's the government that our ancestors fought and died AGAINST.
I had the opportunity to take advantage of this program a few days ago. I refused. I will not be a drain on society. I will not be part of the problem. I'll take care of my own things, my own self, even if it means a little bit of suffering, as if we really suffer today. Stand up, and make people aware of what they are doing when they stand in line to take "free" money from the government. Stand up, and say, "no, I won't have anything to do with that". Be an example. One person is ineffective alone, but if others see the fortitude, and follow example, all of a sudden that one person is one hundred, then one thousand, then one hundred thousand.
Free is never free. Free has to be paid for, somehow, somewhere.
Perhaps the tree of liberty is a bit thirsty.