Quote of the Day:
“Everybody in Cleveland know minority got an Obama phone.” –Some lady in Ohio
TB heard awhile back about the outrage–and it is an outrage–that we all have to pay an extra buck seventy-five on our cell phone bills so people on welfare can have free phones. It was suggested to me that this is what is wrong with liberals in America, especially Democrats. While not conceding that the twenty-one dollars stolen from me via this program each year was reason enough to make me a Republican voter again–you see I am far more damaged each year by GOP constituencies like the medical/phramraceutical business, the cable/internet oligopoly, and the Wall Street/Oil/Military cabal–I had to concede it was indefensible and I accepted the premise that it was a misguided liberal program.
Well, guess what I found out today.
It makes me feel stupid I didn’t figure it out on my own.
Turns out this giveaway ain’t some nanny-government-loving-liberal-commie-panty-waisted program after all. Far from it. It’s a big business bonanza.
It is, in reality, a program set in place by Saint Ronnie Reagan hisseff.
You see, the phone companies get paid for these free phones out of mine and your annual Andy Jacksons. All those twenties that buy phones that would not otherwise be bought, well, do the math. It adds up fast. Republicans love them some big government as long as Republicans benefit from big government. You can write that down.
And here we are a generation of Presidents after Reagan and the program is ensconced. Republican politicians ain’t gonna do a thing about it because they aren’t about to hurt the phone companies’ profits. Democrats won’t stop it because they won’t take away a benefit to a big part of their constituency. Republicans start the program to benefit their overlords and Democrats defend it to the death to keep their giveaway and all of us in the middle are split apart by having to choose a side in a fight that started in a way that was a mystery to all of us.
Conservatives would stop the free phone giveaway as wasteful and an unnecessary tax. Liberals would stop it because they believe in full employment and living wages in lieu of welfare. Voters like you and me? We just get pissed about the damn video and go right back to voting for Democrats who are not liberal and Republicans who are not conservative.