Tuesday, February 08, 2011
You Have The Right To Remain...Talkative and High?
Ok. Let's go through the list of things that qualify as a "right". A "right", as defined in the Dictionary, has many different meaning, but the one that we are covering today is:
Something that is due to a person or governmental body by law, tradition, or nature.
The problem that I always have with the left is that EVERYTHING ends up being a right. We have the right to health care, according to the left (even if others are being forced to pay for it). We have a right to a job, according to many on the left (even if it means hiring those that are unqualified over those that are). And now, we, apparently, through governmental assistance, have a right to a cell phone.
I received some junk mail a few weeks ago from Assurance Wireless, in connection to Virgin Mobile. I didn't give it too much of a hard look until the other day, when I started to scroll through exactly what the paper was. It was an application to qualify for a FREE cell phone and FREE wireless service. In order to qualify for this? I would have to prove that I am either on Medicaid, Food Stamps, Supplemental Security Income, or one of the other programs on the extensive list.
Now, Virgin Mobile isn't in the business of handing out free crap, so you know they are being reimbursed in full from the government. The only thing is, I can't remember ever hearing about this, and this is something that should have perked my ears, because it essentially puts "cell phone rights" into the same category as, oh, I don't know, liberty? The pursuit of happiness? Where, oh where, does the government get off thinking that everyone is in NEED of a cell phone? And before you yammer off the "in case of emergencies" talking points, realize that every cell phone, even if it isn't activated, will call 911 from it. It's a fact. So that still doesn't explain the need for:
*250 FREE minutes, each month, for nationwide Local and Long-distance!
*FREE voice mail account!
*Not to mention the FREE Assurance Wireless Phone! All with no long term contracts, bills, activation fees, recurring fees, or surcharges!
This is so perplexing to me. How is this company applying for their federal assistance? Does this essentially mean that people can use food stamps to pay for a cell phone? Since WHEN has a cell phone been a right, and where does that end?
People wonder why I'm weary of welfare programs. Welfare programs are supposed to be for the ESSENTIALS. I understand food stamps, and unemployment benefits, and the like, as long as they are put at a low level. These programs aren't supposed to make you live COMFORTABLY, just LIVE. It's supposed to be enough to keep food in your mouths, roofs over your head, and a diaper on your baby. That's it. But, alas, it never seems to be enough for those that feel that they are entitled to minutes, paid for with OUR tax dollars, on their cell phones. Not just minutes, mind you, but a FREE CELL PHONE. This is ridiculous. The fact that such a program exists helps to prove my point that welfare is a defunct system.
This brings me to my second point that has been proposed in the past and should certainly be a requirement to qualify for any kind of welfare: drug tests. If I have to pass a drug test in order to work, somebody that is receiving government assistance should have to pass one to receive their benefits. Would it be a costly endeavor? I suppose so, if you did it to every single person who applies. The nurses would have to be paid, the labs would have to paid to process the urine, etc., etc. However, just like my work has done in the past (and lots of other employers), random drug tests work as a good deter-ant. If the government took a handful of random welfare recipients each month and called them in for drug tests, this would keep a good majority of them from spending our tax money on drugs.
No matter what ones view on drug use is, whether it be complete outlawing or decriminalization or flat out legalization, the common thread that should bind these three groups together should be, I hope, that no outside person should have to pay for another person to get high. Most people don't have a problem forking over some tax dollars here and there to ensure that those that can't help themselves are able to put food on their kids' plates and a roof over their families heads. But a line is crossed when people use those funds wrongly. Don't tell me that it doesn't happen, either. I've heard people at work brag about selling food stamps in exchange for cash. After the bad flooding that happened a couple of years back, over half the people in the locker room were bragging about waiting in line to receive free food stamps from FEMA. They didn't have to show ANY proof, what so ever, that they had had any flood damage. It was, and is, a disgusting abuse of the system, and these abuses should be shut down whenever possible. We can start by not paying for peoples cell phones and their drugs and go from there.
Posted by Travis Gearhart