Sry XXX I have to disagree to a degree although I agree on the surface.<quoted text>
If people in rural areas want telephone service, cable television, internet and so on, they know how they can get it. Why should people in populated areas support anything because people in rural areas don't have it? If they want modern devices and technology and can't get it where they are at, they can move anytime they desire.
I feel the same way about people that live along rivers that flood at least once every ten years. Why should taxpayers bail them out? You want to live by a river, then when the river destroys your belongings or home enough times, you'll move the hell out of there.
"I cannot lay my finger on that article of the Constitution, that grants Congress the right, of expending on articles of benevolence, the money of their constituents."
James Madison Annals of Congress, 1794
To agree with you totally means that we would have NO Book Mobiles, NO clinic vehicles dispatched from University Hospitals, maybe not even any roads or traffic control devices in rural areas since that tax base by itself would not contribute proportionally to those things that would benefit ALL of society for such a small amount per person. These 'free' phones usually are limited to 250 minutes per month. Not exactly a luxury.
However I do strongly resent those that can do better but find the freebee's if they underachieve, lack effort, lay back, & suck on the government programs. Unfortunately, there are too many administrators of those programs that are former ACORN like workers.
And YES! anyone that lives in a flood plain took/takes their chances by their own CHOICE. And I refuse to contribute to cabal/satellite if I have a choice or if I don't have a choice.
I am compassionate enough that I have given to the "winter care fund" on my utility bill but that is a choice & not a requirement.