said by dianasatyr:
I thought I'd tune into the comments to pick up on some of the usual poor- folk bashing, and it started right out with this:
"why should they be forced to provide service to deadbeats who don't pay their bills?"
Arggggh! SOME PEOPLE CANNOT MAKE GOOD MONEY, ALRIGHT.
When I grew up in Texas long ago my dad was a WWII veteran with partial disability due to PTSD (not called that then). He was plagued by debilitating depression and some other things. My mom was a war bride from Scotland, shy by nature, who was totally out of place in Texas, which only made her shyer and more withdrawn.
The best they could do is run a small ma and pa store. The cash flow was tiny. The were often late on their bills, and worried constantly about next month's bills. Later they went bankrupt because their store was on the "Dallas Highway", which was replaced by the new Interstate.
There was just no way out for them.
The current failure of much of America to extend themselves a little and comprehend that not all people are effective economic actors, or have the capability to be, disgusts me. Believe it or not, folks, compassion is an age-old virtue, although your Right ideology has virtually destroyed it on the public stage.
Well why stop there? If you are entitled to free cable, why not free houses? Free cars?
I'm not rich by any means, but I have ambitions. I also try to be responsible. I try to pay my bills.
Do you even know what the word responsibility is hippy? or am I now one of the right?