Yes, that was also known as the Al Gore tax if I remember correctly.<quoted text>
So, you think it was a bad idea when George W. Bush decided to include cell phones in the Lifeline program?
"Lifeline was begun not by President Obama but under Ronald Reagan. It expanded to include cellphone service during the presidency of another Republican, George W. Bush."
"House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) tweeted on Feb. 19:“Nobody should be talking about tax hikes when govt is spending taxpayer dollars on free cell phones.” Lifeline, however, is not funded by taxes; it subsists on fees that are tacked on to most phone bills. That fund subsidizes a number of programs, which in addition to Lifeline include telecommunications service to rural and remote areas and to schools and libraries."
I think there is something terribly wrong when the federal government forces private industry to provide social goods for the citizens. That's not the governments place, that's charities place. And forcing one group of people to pay for the non-essential products of another group of people is not charity at all, it's called stealing.
Of course cell phone companies charge their paying users to support Obama Phones. Are they supposed to take the loss? The thing is when government forces the private market into anything, the private market responds. That's why Cleveland Clinic is getting rid of 3,000 employees; because of Obama care. That's why over 16 million Americans lost their health insurance so far. The market is responding to Obama Care and even the Democrats are admitting what a bad idea this is.
The point is what's the difference if the cell phone company charges you on your bill or the government sends you a tax bill for cell phones? Either way, you and I are paying for it.