During the Reagan (and even the Bush years) people could get landlines with unlimited local minutes for such things as jobs, emergencies and basic communication for a flat fee paid for by working people.<quoted text>
The “Obama phone” is really a program started by Reagan and expanded by Bush that provides subsidized phone service to low-income Americans.
Today, the Obama Phones are cordless devices with 250 anytime minutes where you can call coast to coast. As my link points out, this is much more costly for Americans.
Now I'm a guy that works on the road. My company provides communication, but from time to time, they need to call me on my personal phone. I'm also a landlord as you well know. I have to stay in touch with my tenants, people working on one of my apartments, my father who works around here as well, city inspectors, my lawyer unfortunately and so on.
My plan includes 500 anytime minutes, and I can't recall one time where I used over 250. Mind you, I canceled my landline phone a few years ago so like many people, my cell phone is the only phone I use.
Not to bore you with personal details of my telephone life, but the question is, if as a working guy with two jobs, family and friends that I communicate with, can stay well below 250 minutes per month, why is it lowlifes who don't work need 250 minutes every month?
We no longer have pay phones on every street corner. Without a doubt people that are stranded or need help outside of their home need some kind of communication. But 250 anytime minutes a month? For what? To call the welfare office to find out where their check is?
Can you explain the difference to me between our tax dollars subsidizing these phones and a "fee" that we all pay for each and every month to provide these phones to those non-payers? What's the difference? Most Americans have cell phones and are paying for those who can't afford them.