A few months ago, I told some friends that I had recently heard that cell phones were being provided to the poor via the government. I was laughed out of the room, and even I began to wonder if I had dreamed the whole thing…apparently not.
Today’s Abilene Reporter (Abilene, Texas) carries a quarter of a page ad with the exact info that I had given my friends. Of course, my first question is simple in the extreme: ARE WE NOT BROKE?
Actually, what this ad tells me is that yet another company has picked up yet another government contract and we the American people will have our tax dollars squandered yet again.
Don’t get me wrong; I have a cell phone as do my husband, my children, their spouses, etc. The big difference here is that we all manage to pay our own bills each month without a thought to old Uncle Sam. Of course, we are also all smart enough to understand that carrying a cell phone is a privelege, not a right guaranteed us by our government…the same government who is BTW supposed to be cutting expenses as I type.
I understand putting milk into the mouths of starving children; I’ve done it myself. I also understand helping the victims of fire, flood, tornado, hurricane, and other disasters; I’ve done it myself. I understand seeing to the needs of our elderly indigent; I’ve done that myself also.
HOWEVER, I do not understand providing cell phones to anyone. Where am I missing this boat that is obviously sailing without me?
P.S. In case you are wondering, 250 minutes are free each month; 250 more minutes may be purchased for $5.00 per month.