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elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
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reply to TexasRebel

Re: Just plain effin tired of it all...

Wow.

What do you think would happen if you nationalize the carriers?
Shortages and rationing.
Poor service.
Black markets and blacklists.
Systemic failure.

Caps will only exist as long as necessary to stem abuse. Carriers will always resort to "unlimited" tiers when they can, since the public will pay more for the assurance they bring. (Just try to illustrate the annual savings achieved on measured _anything_ to a typical consumer, you won't last two minutes).

Broadband is cheaper than ever, the result of greedy corporations, not your congressman. Do you really want to turn your internet connection over to the folks that run the Post Office, the TSA, Fannie Mae, the FCC and the FDA?

The millions who are "losing their homes" are at fault, they paid too much and borrowed where they weren't qualified. Why are my tax dollars being used to bail them out?

Perhaps what we need is for individuals to grow up and take responsibility for their own lives, rather than believing they're entitled to have someone else subsidize them.

If you really think your usage cap or internet rate is a problem, do what the rest of us do - earn more money (work two jobs, get a raise, invest in yourself, audit your balance sheet), use less data, or move to greener pastures.

TexasRebel

join:2011-05-29
Edgewood, TX

1 recommendation

your taxes aren't being used to bail out people who lost their homes because they made bad decisions in getting loans. your taxes are used to bail out the banks that made bad bets with packaging mortgages as securities and then using AIG as insurance on those bad bets.

as for nationalizing the carriers. you use public utilities don't you?? are they in massive disarray?? I didn't say have the current government take over the carriers.. I said nationalize them. Mainly to provide them as a necessity and not just some profit driven technology that only 4-5 major corporations have control over.

As for getting another job or asking for a raise or moving to greener pastures. You sir are obviously out of touch with reality and probably work in a job sector that pays it's people far too much to sit on their asses doing nothing..

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·EarthLink
said by TexasRebel:

your taxes aren't being used to bail out people who lost their homes because they made bad decisions in getting loans. your taxes are used to bail out the banks that made bad bets with packaging mortgages as securities and then using AIG as insurance on those bad bets.

as for nationalizing the carriers. you use public utilities don't you?? are they in massive disarray?? I didn't say have the current government take over the carriers.. I said nationalize them. Mainly to provide them as a necessity and not just some profit driven technology that only 4-5 major corporations have control over.

As for getting another job or asking for a raise or moving to greener pastures. You sir are obviously out of touch with reality and probably work in a job sector that pays it's people far too much to sit on their asses doing nothing..

Our taxes were and are being used to bail out errant homebuyers, directly and indirectly, by the hundreds of billions.

I won't go into 100 pages of detail, but just for instance - consider the effects of a short sale. The bank is paid with our tax money to take a loss, relieving the homebuyer of his obligation, and the home "owner" gets debt relief, which is normally considered TAXABLE INCOME, but the government now waives the tax. Given that we're not running a surplus, that means another taxpayer is making up the difference, or we're borrowing it from our kids.

Public utilities are a mixed lot. At best, if they provide a competively priced product while paying public union wages, they're shorting maintenance and long-term investment while using public subsidy. At their worst, they're just another tax mechanism, as they are in Los Angeles. At least with [rofit-driven publicly-traded utilities, they have incentive to be efficient, and a fidiciary responsibility to their shareholders; you can choose to buy the stock and share in the dividends, rather than just being forced to pay homage to the government.

As for getting another job - trust me, I know how hard it is. We closed our payroll several years ago, as have ALL of my peers, thanks to California state regulation, workers compensation, and tax policy.

Thats where greener pastures come in. Half of the aforementioned group migrated to Texas, Florida, offshored or moved overseas to more business-friendly climes. Sometimes you have to physically move. THAT is "reality". We've done it several times before, and most likely, we'll be forced to again.