Heavy burden

Heavy burden

There are 25 comments on the Watertown Daily Times story from Oct 4, 2012, titled Heavy burden. In it, Watertown Daily Times reports that:

St. Lawrence County is faced with a 20 percent tax-levy increase - a significant burden for residents if the plan goes through.

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Voter

Massena, NY

#23 Oct 6, 2012
Only 50% of people vote. 10% of all adults aren't even registered. If you don't vote, you have no reason to complain.

There are also other hinderances. Only 2 political parties have any real power, and there is little difference between them because they are the establishment. People expect change but they only vote for 2 choices. If you want change support a political party you can relate to. The GOP is the most liberal it has ever been. Neoconservatives have fooled conservative Americans into voting for them. Neocons are actually liberals and are for big government and wasteful spending as much as traditional liberals. Only they spend on different things. Both parties have no respect for the Constitution i.e. the People.

Fixing the economy requires a REAL change. Support other parties like Libertarians, the Americans Elect, Objectivist, Modern Whig, Citizens Party, Green Party, Constitution Party....there ARE choices, even if you are never informed of them.....electing the same bureaucrats....doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results....is the definition of insanity. Americans are not insane, we just need to start caring about our future.

Instead of bickering on little divisive issues Americans need to come together and get a plan to fix this country. We think the government should fix it but it is OUR responsibility alone. OF the people, BY the people, FOR the people...remember?
jacques

Canton, NY

#24 Oct 7, 2012
hardworking wrote:
It's not paying for insurance of employees. It's paying to give every lowlife in SLC a cellphone and a free ride. You would rather take pensions away from hard working people rather than take free money away from deadbeats who have never had a job?
I agree and I never understood why we, the tax paying minority, have to supply cellphones and cars to people on welfare. Come on folks, have some pride and dignity, get a job and at least try. I always feel proud when I hear of the case of a person who actually did get off the system by determination and hard work. Welfare is supposed to be available as a temporary, emergency aid to get families through a tough time. It is not a career or a legacy to be passed from one generation to the next.
Reality

Massena, NY

#25 Oct 7, 2012
jacques wrote:
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I agree and I never understood why we, the tax paying minority, have to supply cellphones and cars to people on welfare. Come on folks, have some pride and dignity, get a job and at least try. I always feel proud when I hear of the case of a person who actually did get off the system by determination and hard work. Welfare is supposed to be available as a temporary, emergency aid to get families through a tough time. It is not a career or a legacy to be passed from one generation to the next.
Tax payers are the majority.

Cell phones are not provided with taxdollars, that is Fox News propaganda. There is a pool that the telecom companies put money into. There may or may not be a charge on your phone bill which goes into this pool.

Everyone says they are Obamaphones but the program started under Reagan with land lines, and cell phones were made available under GW Bush.

Cell phones come from the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which amended the Communications Act of 1934 to require low-income assistance. The law required the FCC to create the Universal Service Fund, a pool of money subsidized by small charges on our phone bills (we checked our bill and found we kicked in $2.80 last month) and redistributed to the low-income service programs as well as programs that bring telecommunications services to rural areas and schools. And the LifeLine program has been around even longer since 1985.

It's a matter of opinion whether this program threatens the very foundations this country was built on. But the e-mail is correct that tax dollars are being used to support the cell phone program. Still, it mischaracterizes the program by making it seem as if it was created by the Obama administration. In fact, Lifeline and Link-Up have been around for nearly 14 years. These are not "Obama phones." (Maybe we should call them "Clinton phones.")

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/state...

The phones themselves cost $10 in a store. No camera, no internet, no 3g, 4g....just call and text. The most time you can get is 120 min.
jacques

Canton, NY

#26 Oct 7, 2012
Reality wrote:
<quoted text>Tax payers are the majority.

Cell phones are not provided with taxdollars, that is Fox News propaganda. There is a pool that the telecom companies put money into. There may or may not be a charge on your phone bill which goes into this pool.

Everyone says they are Obamaphones but the program started under Reagan with land lines, and cell phones were made available under GW Bush.

Cell phones come from the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which amended the Communications Act of 1934 to require low-income assistance. The law required the FCC to create the Universal Service Fund, a pool of money subsidized by small charges on our phone bills (we checked our bill and found we kicked in $2.80 last month) and redistributed to the low-income service programs as well as programs that bring telecommunications services to rural areas and schools. And the LifeLine program has been around even longer — since 1985.

It's a matter of opinion whether this program threatens the very foundations this country was built on. But the e-mail is correct that tax dollars are being used to support the cell phone program. Still, it mischaracterizes the program by making it seem as if it was created by the Obama administration. In fact, Lifeline and Link-Up have been around for nearly 14 years. These are not "Obama phones." (Maybe we should call them "Clinton phones.")

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/state...

The phones themselves cost $10 in a store. No camera, no internet, no 3g, 4g....just call and text. The most time you can get is 120 min.
That's a little better but the people who are along for the ride, should want better for them and their families.
Reality

Massena, NY

#27 Oct 28, 2012
hardworking wrote:
It's not paying for insurance of employees. It's paying to give every lowlife in SLC a cellphone and a free ride. You would rather take pensions away from hard working people rather than take free money away from deadbeats who have never had a job?
The telecom companies pay for those $10 cell phones, not taxpayers. It's been that way since Reagan beganb the program with landlines. That is another fox news conspiracy theory for idiots..

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