I don't see how. People that live in rural areas live there for a reason. They don't like or need modern conveniences. They don't like city water, sewers, highways and so on. They like living out there on their own.<quoted text>
Thanks for giving me a straight answer --- at least you are consistent in your beliefs. But here's the attitude that drove this decision to make phone service available to all: a belief that we are stronger as a nation when even those in remote rule locations were able to communicate with the rest of us. The cost to string lines to serve relatively few people would be prohibitive for the individual. But a small fee added to everyone's bill made the service more valuable for all of us. The U.S. Mail's universal service was based on the same principle, many years before. City dwellers subsidized rural mail delivery.
Maybe this "we are are in the same boat" idea doesn't make sense to you, but it's been very good for our country in the past.
The Amish for instance do just fine without telephones, internet, cell phones, electricity, natural gas service. The Amish that don't like living that way leave the order when they become old enough or have had enough of living like that. They move. Those who had a fascination for living in a big city do so. Those who don't remain out in the country--just not practicing the Amish traditions.
There is a difference in philosophy between the left and the right. The right believes we are all individuals capable of making our own choices. If you want to be poor, don't work. If you want to be middle-class, work. If you want to be wealthy, start your own business or go to college to learn a profession. No matter what you choose, what you earn is rightfully yours.
The left looks at this country as one big commune. Some go out and earn money, other stay in the commune raising their children or just loafing around, and whatever comes into the commune is shared equally by all.
Both philosophies have their good and bad. But the question is, why are there no communes anymore????