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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    They can walk. During that short time I needed food stamps and such, I walked to the library. The Lifeline program then only did landlines. I agree that internet access on the phones is helpful, but not because not everyone can drive. And you can't really fill out an application on a phone. Certainly not the dinky ones the free program gives.

    Let's not go so far to say that people can't pick themselves up without ANY effort on their part. One can also go to the jobs center and fill out applications there.

    The stray is very industrious in his way. He doesn't even have an 'Obama phone'. He has a cheap smart phone that he bought and uses google voice, which is free, and there are SO many places with free wi-fi he can use that for phone and laptop.

    IF he wanted a job, he could be at wi-fi spots when he needs to call employers/check for messages from them.
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    You can't fill out an application on a phone - but if the person reviewing your application is interested - they'll call your number.


    Right, but we were talking about INTERNET ACCESS on the phones for jobs.

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    "Nothing is impossible to the man that doesn't have to do it."
    I did do it.

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    I would like to point out the simple fact that in most cases, a smart phone is the only internet access a poor person may have. Now, I'll let you figure out how access to the internet might help someone find a job.
    Unless they go to a library. I can appreciate that a smart phone makes things easier... but a person who wants to look for a job, doesn't have to wait for a smart phone for it. Additionally, there are news papers, fliers, public billboards, job fairs, and other gov programs... like in Cali there is the EDD.

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    Unless they go to a library. I can appreciate that a smart phone makes things easier... but a person who wants to look for a job, doesn't have to wait for a smart phone for it. Additionally, there are news papers, fliers, public billboards, job fairs, and other gov programs... like in Cali there is the EDD.
    You can't fill out an application on a phone. And there are no jobs anymore in the newspapers. I looked for the stray.

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    Whether we like it or not, if you do not have a mobile phone or internet connection, you might as well be living in the age of telegraphs.
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    Whether we like it or not, if you do not have a mobile phone or internet connection, you might as well be living in the age of telegraphs.
    Okay great, but does that mean that electricity should be a right? If we are going to provide low income with cell phones and internet are we going to have to provide electricity, too? Water? Gas?

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    Okay great, but does that mean that electricity should be a right? If we are going to provide low income with cell phones and internet are we going to have to provide electricity, too? Water? Gas?
    Yeah, I think we should make it as hard as possible for poor people to live and work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Okay great, but does that mean that electricity should be a right? If we are going to provide low income with cell phones and internet are we going to have to provide electricity, too? Water? Gas?
    We decided long ago that electricity was so vital that it was mandated and subsidized across the nation. Rural America finally got support in the 1930s when LBJ championed the rural electrification act that brought electricity to the farm and countryside. I would not call it a right but I would call it a necessity and one that demands subsidization much like we consider water, sewage, gas, phones, roads, bridges, airports, ports, levees, dams, etc. If you want to help people get a job, make sure they have access. Why is this so hard for you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Okay great, but does that mean that electricity should be a right? If we are going to provide low income with cell phones and internet are we going to have to provide electricity, too? Water? Gas?
    We sure fucking don't need to provide free voter ID's. I would say providing electricity is more reasonable than fucking ID cards.

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