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Arguments For and Against Whether or Not Poor People Deserve Free Cell Phones

By Edited Oct 25, 2015 0 2

It is safe to say that the majority of the general public believes that poor people deserve assistance with rent, heat, and food bills. With that said, when it comes to talking about the rights and privileges of the poor, one of the most debated topics of late is as to whether or not poor people should receive free cell phones in addition to the other assistance that they are receiving.

There are a variety of government-supported and funded programs that provide free cell phones and monthly minutes to those who also qualify for such programs as Medicaid and food stamps. Due to laws in place, the programs are actually funded through a government fund that is paid for by cell phone users through certain fees on their cell phone bills.

While there has been no clear-cut decision as to whether or not the program is necessary or even fair to the rest of the general public, there are certainly very strong debates from supporters and detractors. Both sides are considerably passionate about their positions in their arguments for and against whether or not poor people deserve free cell phones.

Arguments for People Deserving Free Cell Phones

Those that are in favor of these programs believe that they will actually cut back on governmental costs, as more people will have more money to spend on the necessities such as rent or day care. They argue that most people that receive traditional assistance spend whatever money they have on such luxuries as cell phones. They believe that if the government provides cell phones with minutes to those in need of other means of assistance, they will actually reduce costs.

Other proponents of the program believe that the free cell phones will help those in need to find jobs, and thus improve the overall economy. The thought is that those utilizing the program will use their phones for purposes of finding work so as to improve their socio-economic status, and reduce their needs for public assistance.

Arguments Against People Deserving Free Cell Phones

Those that are against a government program that provides free cell phones and service argue that it is incredibly wasteful and not at all necessary. They believe that such a program is part of a slippery slope that will continue to weigh down taxpayers. They feel that the majority of paying cell-phone subscribers can barely afford their own bills, and that it would be absolutely horrific if the government requires them to pay more monthly to cover the costs of providing another individual with a free cell phone.

The detractors that are against this program argue that cell phone ownership is not a right, but rather a privilege. Furthermore, they also argue that the majority of those receiving governmental assistance use their money to buy advanced cell phones, and will likely continue to pay for those cell phones in addition to receiving a free cell phone from the government.

As the debate as to whether or not poor people deserve free cell phones continues to rage on, there has been no talks of a possible compromise that could address the concerns of the supporters and detractors. Both sides have legitimate arguments, and ultimately, it may be up to the general public to decide as to whether or not the poor should receive free cell phones at the expense of paying cell phone service subscribers.

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Comments

Dec 12, 2011 5:06pm
AudioBananas
I have always been frustrated with people that take advantage of the system. I agree, that it is a privelage and not a right. A cell phone is not a living expense that shuld be categorized with food, shelter and clothing.
Dec 15, 2011 8:43am
thehigherstandard
There will be a time in the near future where most, if not all, people will have ONLY cell phone service and they will not be paying for land line-based telephone service. And why would they as all that represents is an added, duplicative living expense? I have no problem with classifying cell phone service as a living expense in lieu of a land line-based telephone service.
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