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Government-Subsidized Broadband? Could Obama Define 'Necessity' Down Any Further?

The president addresses a country that currently hates his political party by offering more big government.

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Obama subconsciously indicates how "necessary" these programs actually are.
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Free community college! Federally mandated sick leave! Government-subsidized broadband! President Barack Obama appears to be trying to not go out like a lame duck by demanding all sorts of big government pushes, despite the pounding his party took in the midterms. These are all parts of a "preview" of his plans to be introduced in next week's State of the Union Address. Since the public has no intention of watching it, there's no reason not to spoil his own presentation. (Maybe he should take it a step further and cancel the whole dog and pony show entirely.)

We've already turned a skeptical eye to the community college proposal here.

The federally mandated sick leave program was pushed out by White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett on employment-oriented social media platform LinkedIn (no, really) with the headline "Why We Think Paid Leave Is a Worker's Right, Not a Privilege." Being paid for not working is self-evidently not a right but something that can be negotiated with employers, but never mind that. Jarrett argues that it will help bring in better talent and increase employee productivity, which is why a lot of places already do offer medical leave. The some-odd 40 million workers who don't have medical leave tend to work low-skilled jobs at restaurants, retailers, and hotels. These places aren't looking for "talent" so much as they're looking for bodies who can perform basic tasks and be reliable. It may feel cruel to not pay people already living on low wages because they're sick, but there's no such thing as free sick days, and just as with forced increases to the minimum wage, there will be significant costs involved that will ultimately result in fewer of these jobs available. You don't get paid sick leave when you're unemployed.

And then there's the broadband proposal. Despite the private telecommunications market working to improve Internet speeds for consumers already, the president wants to encourage municipal governments to wade in and compete with them and spend huge amounts of tax dollars to turn Internet access into a public utility. In a speech in Cedar Falls, Iowa, which built its own broadband network, he called for the Federal Communications Commission to find a way to stop states from prohibiting cities from building their own municipal Internet services. He asserted that broadband access is a "necessity," not a luxury, apparently on the basis of it being really, really useful.

But Obama and the White House demonstrates little understanding of what is keeping cities from having faster Internet already. He has confused the problem with the solution. Here's TechFreedom President Berin Szoka to explain:

The greatest regulatory barriers to deployment are local, not Federal: Cities make it painfully difficult to deploy new infrastructure. Google Fiber's great accomplishment is convincing cities to get out of the way. Yet the White House focuses entirely on cities as the solution — not by cutting red tape, but by building their own networks to compete with private providers. That means taxpayer dollars that should go to pay teachers and fix potholes, are instead squandered on inefficient and expensive networks. Governments, unlike private companies, can simply borrow and throw money at broadband projects until they "work," leaving taxpayers on the hook.

Provo, Utah, sunk $39 million into a fiber network before realizing that it wasn't very good at running it — and selling the network to Google for $1. Instead of wasting taxpayer dollars on things private capital will do if given the chance, cities should make deployment easy while investing in fiber-ready infrastructure.

Szoka also notes that Google Fiber's private service in Kansas City and Austin, Texas, is cheaper than what is offered in Cedar Falls.  

I've noted before that the FCC is raring to introduce more taxes to subsidize broadband network construction across the country,  using the argument that whatever Internet connections existed simply weren't as fast as the government thought they should be. Much as the president's proposal for free community college tuition would serve college administrators more than it would students (given that community college is already very accessible), the president's broadband plan is really more about creating more government jobs and projects, not actually providing needed services the private marketplace is unable to address now.

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  1. The progs don’t care that the internet isn’t fast enough for some folks, or that some folks don’t have access; they care deeply that it isn’t run by the gubmint. Unfair! Something must be done! Derp!

    1. If the government runs the broadband provider, I am assuming the Net Neutrality imbeciles think they will automatically get Net Neutrality because of it. Oh man I can’t wait to enjoy their surprise. NN advocates have to be the stupidest people on the planet.

      1. I’m amazed how many tech people are so completely clueless about the idiocy behind NN. I knew that a lot of them were politically naive but I thought they were at least aware of mission creep and bureaucratic inefficiency.

        1. But they hate Comcast so very much!

          (I hate Comcast too but that doesn’t turn me into a drooling moron about NN.)

          1. I wish people would understand that more competition is what will force Comcast to change its ways, not government interference. But when I try and explain this to these people they claim I’m trying to defend Comcast.

            People are really fucking stupid.

            1. This.

              I had this conversation not too long back with a NN proponent. Her concern was not only would some get better “pipes,” but that an ISP might restrict traffic to a certain site. I pointed out that as soon as the marketplace knows that an ISP is doing that, people would start using other services that would proudly advertise that they don’t do that. The point was entirely lost on her.

              1. because, thanks to local/state government there are so many choices of internet providers.

              2. re: “Curtisls87|1.15.15 @ 4:14PM|#

                I had this conversation not too long back with a NN proponent. Her concern was not only would some get better “pipes,” but that an ISP might restrict traffic to a certain site. I pointed out that as soon as the marketplace knows that an ISP is doing that, people would start using other services that would proudly advertise that they don’t do that. The point was entirely lost on her.”

                Now ask her if she’s ever used a High Occupancy Vehicle Lane or paid extra to drive on a limited-access highway with a higher speed limit than the ‘regular folks,’ too…

                She probably still won’t get the point, but then again, nothing might get through to her anyway…. Sad…

            2. In my market you can get Uverse. No contract. Decent service when down.

              Competes with Comcast and some other company.

              So, if Uverse ever angered me, I’d have two other choices.

              I think Comcast is bad because they have so many local monopolies granted by cities.

              1. I think those people stuck with only Comcast really do feel frustrated so they demand action.

              2. On my street Uverse only offers 768Kb download and only delivers 1/3 of that.

              3. Harun|1.16.15 @ 2:15AM|#
                In my market you can get Uverse. No contract. Decent service when down.
                Competes with Comcast and some other company.
                So, if Uverse ever angered me, I’d have two other choices.
                I think Comcast is bad because they have so many local monopolies granted by cities.

                Crap. Try Time Warner in the Raleigh, NC, area. A few years ago they were pitching the idea that if competitors were allowed into our market, prices would increase.

                And apparently a lot of local morons and legislators believed ’em!

            3. Boy, I’d love to get me some of that competition, but here in Orange County CA I have only one broadband provider.

          2. This does seem to be a significant driving force. And pointing out that Comcast is such a noxious beast in large part because of government granted monopolies, usually falls on deaf ears.

            1. Agreed. I switched to DirecTV years ago because Comcast was the only game in town on cable services. The market saw a need and created a new way of delivering programming.

              1. I tried to get broadband from them – they don’t provide it.

          3. You think you hate ComCast now? Wait until they hove a gov’t contracted monopoly in your region. If they’re going to treat it like a utility, they’re going to tell you who have to get it from.

            1. Now ask yourself why cable operators demanded monopolies before they would build systems. Perhaps you’re to young to remember the introduction of cable?

              1. Hell, J2Hess, I remember getting the impression that paying a monthly fee to a cable company would cut the number of commercials compared to ‘broadcast’!!

                Silly me!

            2. they already do.

        2. Tman|1.15.15 @ 12:32PM|#
          “I’m amazed how many tech people are so completely clueless about the idiocy behind NN.”

          I’m not.
          Quite a few techies of my acquaintance think that tech is all that matters and any coercion in delivering it is just fine.
          These are not nuanced thinkers; these are what car mechanics were in the ’30s.

      2. If it wasn’t for the fact that we’d get to enjoy Net Neutrality too, I’d say that’s great. But we would, so I won’t.

        Fortunately, there’s about zero chance that any legislation on that makes it through Congress…and if he tries to go the executive action route, the Supreme Court will shut him down.

      3. “NN advocates have to be the stupidest people on the planet.”

        the really sad part is you obviously have no idea what NN is.

    2. You laugh… But it isn’t just that it isn’t controlled by the govt. It’s the fatal conceit. They simply can’t understand how anything as chaotic as the Internet or free markets can be good. More control is needed to make it better!

      I attended network training in NYC in the late 90’s and an IT manager from the NY Times was there. She just couldn’t understand how there could be 30K computers on the Internet without somebody managing all of it!

      1. And you have Al Gore to thank for it. Yes, he was a key player in deciding how to take the internet public.

    3. The bitter irony is this is nothing but a payoff for tech heavy compaies. The average home consumer does not really need those speeds even to run Netflix while downloading 8 movies and on-line gaming. This is corporate welfare disquised as helping the little guy.

  2. Who do I have to talk to about making Dr. Pepper a right? Because I really like Dr. Pepper.

    1. Godzilla, C/O Steve Martin.

    2. Free Mr. Pibb for everyone!

      1. I didn’t know Mr. Pibb was even in jail.

        Obviously political persecution!

        “SOLIDARITY FOR PIBB!”

        “No sickenly sweet soda, no peace!”

        1. I think he’s on probation. He seems to be free to roam the deep south but is not allowed north of the Mason-Dixon.

  3. Rights are created and dispensed by the government.

  4. “Once the government becomes the supplier of people’s needs, there is no limit to the needs that will be claimed as a basic right.”
    ?Lawrence Auster

  5. I don’t give a fuck about streaming video or live multi-player internet gaming, but that won’t deter the do-gooders from forcing me to pay more for internet access.

    1. Forcing the sort of people who can afford (or choose to prioritize) entertainment to pay a premium to subsidize those who use the internet pedagogically doesn’t seem entirely out of line from the typical liberal pabulum about ennobling the poor. Bandwidth differentials would make the internet more affordable for those struggling to raise themselves out of poverty at the expense of the bourgeois who can afford luxuries like internet gaming and Netflix marathons.

      Which of course is why you see the lefty sentimentalists favoring NN, because their goal is universalizing poverty, not increasing wealth.

      1. I should clarify that when I say forcing I meant ISPs charging more for high-bandwidth use.

  6. I’m looking for a new car. Why do I have to pay for it when rich people can buy gold-plated McLarens using money stolen from the working man? Why?

    1. An affordable, fuel-economical automobile, made by skill living-wage union labor in Detroit should be a basic human right for all Americans. Why is Obama not supplying free cars?

  7. If I were Prez, a big part of my disassembly of the Imperial Presidency would be doing away with the State of the Union Circus.

    I’d send a memo.

    “The State of the Union is fine. No States have attempted to secede, and aside from a few fringe groups, nobody is even seriously talking about it.

    okthxbai.

    President Dean”

    1. Throw in a PS about some token heroic deed and you’re good.

    2. What? No. I’d replace it with the biggest monster truck rally ever, right on the Mall. All privately sponsored, of course. Here’s the speech: “The state of the union? Bad-ass, bitches!” Then I’d jump into a monster truck and go crush something.

      1. Bring some guns to.

        1. Bring some guns to what?

      2. Sounds like a good starting point for Idiocracy 2.

        1. I think that would be Idiocracy 3. #1 was the movie. #2 is the reality show currently unfolding daily.

    3. “The State of the Union is fine. No States have attempted to secede, and aside from a few fringe groups, nobody is even seriously talking about it.

      I would take that as a sign that the spirit of ’76 (freedom) is mostly gone.

    4. “I’d send a memo.”

      Sending a memo is the way the SOU communication used to be done to begin with.

      George Washington never delivered any State of the Union speech.

  8. Wait, did that dude really say that the government can borrow money?

  9. And so we see the lame duck stupidity train charging up to full speed. What moronic proposal will come from the administration next? Free lobotomies?

    1. You know, those might rise to the level of necessity before too long.

      1. Look, I’d rather have this bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

        1. … a free bottle in front of me than a prefrontal lobotomy. 🙂

    2. I’m mildly surprised he isn’t reviving the reparations demand.

      1. I know this is a hyperbolic statement but that might be too stupid even for Obama.

        1. I’ll bet it happens before he leaves office. Nothing is too stupid for that man.

      2. He’s pissed cause he’d only get 50%?

        1. He’d be disqualified under residency requirements.

          1. Birther!

            1. It is undispusted, even by the Bammites, that his non-white lineage did not include any of the enslaved peoples who inhabited the New World between 1492 and 1865.

              1. Don’t other me with your facts.

              2. Yeah, but apparently his white lineage does:

                http://corporate.ancestry.com/…..n-america/

      3. He’ll do that in 2016 coordinating with Hill to get the black vote out.

    3. He’s just pulling out an old trick…making promises that someone else will have to pay for. And when they don’t happen, he’ll blame the Republican Congress for it. And when that happens, John Boehner will roll out some weak, conciliatory speech about how “Obama could work with us to achieve this” instead of just stating the obvious that Barry is simply talking out of his ass again and cares so little about his promises that he’s put zero effort into making them happen.

      Because that’s the prison bitch nature of the GOP leadership.

      1. ^This^ Over and over.

        While they did fuck up healthcare by the numbers, none of this stupid shit was an issue when they controlled Congress.

    4. I think the stupidity train is being built between Fresno and Merced. Maybe Obama can be the engineer on that when he leaves office.

  10. Where’s my pony!

      1. Where’s my tiger?!

  11. This goat on goat porn is brought to you by your municipal government.

    Seriously though, it will end up like renewable energy. US used to have a pretty big and vibrant market in wind power, until FDR basically nationalized/cartelized it in the 30’s, trying to keep up with European governments of the ‘you know who else?’ variety. So for the next 70 years, government monopolies failed to innovate in power generation (who could have seen that coming?). Now leftists scream ‘market falure!’ When it was their own fascist business model that failed, and demand tax moneys to clean up their 70 year old screw up.

    When those broadband connections start choking up, expect more ‘market failure’ screams.

    1. And it’s the same story for health care and education.

    2. Facist business model? Don’t you think that’s a little over the top?

      I’m vaguely aware of a rural electrification program. Never heard of a national power cartel before you brought it up. Do you have a source on that I can check?

      There have been plenty of commercial private power generation operations over the past 70 years despite the TVA and some other government operations; it seems a bit of a stretch to claim the government utilities killed innovation in the private sector. The biggest innovation has been nuclear, and the private sector demanded government subsidies for insurance to build that.

  12. What happened to universal free preschool?

      1. More expensive than free community college? How much do blocks cost these days?

        1. That’s a deliberate “look at what those nasty obstructionists won’t let me give you!” ploy.

  13. On the topic of how these federal mandates work out: The new Obamacare exchange policies are in effect. Today I learned that all of the pharmacies in our area have dropped the exchange policies from their roster. Last year we learned (the hard way) that Orthopedic specialists had all dropped the exchange plans.

    So, thanks for that.

    1. Plus, this year the penaltax kicks in, and a bunch of people who got insurance subsidies are going to discover that they underestimated their income and owe the IRS more than they thought.

  14. He asserted that broadband access is a “necessity,” not a luxury, apparently on the basis of it being really, really useful.

    Someone missed the education on the difference btw “needs” and “wants” in elementary school.

    not by cutting red tape, but by building their own networks to compete with private providers.

    There was talk of “unfair” competition in a thread related to Uber yesterday. What could be more unfair than competing against an entity that can throw an endless amount of money at something? Note that the money is not acquired through voluntary exchange either.

    Governments, unlike private companies, can simply borrow and throw money at broadband projects until they “work,”

    A bullet train broadband network to nowhere!

    1. A bullet train broadband network to nowhere!

      What do you have against the fiber line linking the United States to Duck Turd, South Canukistan?

  15. Some of my relatives are die hard progs that will undoubtedly be all in favor of federally subsidized broadband because Dear Leader issued his latest decree. If they bring up how absolutely fantastic and revolutionary this idea is at the next family gathering, as is their wont, I will point out their own general ineptitude in setting up their own home networks properly and repeatedly requiring my assistance with fixing things that should have never been broken to begin with. I’ll also mention that for as shitty as Comcast service can be, they should try to imagine having a local AFSCME rep drop by their house to troubleshoot why their modem isn’t working.

    1. I’d pay to watch that exchange.

      This could be a real boon to employment. Every service call will require a troubleshooter, a certified electrician, a carpenter, a supervisor and a safety inspector at a bare minimum.

    2. Did Obama propose federal subsidies for broadband? I didn’t see it in the provisions.

      Municipal broadband in the cases I’ve read about is set up like other municipal utilities to be self-supporting through user fees.

      1. The article pointed out the Utah already realized they couldn’t do it and sold off their 39 million plan to Google for a dollar. They will give you “free” 5mbps the you will be lucky to get 1 but hey if you upgrade to our mega plan. So Google gets a premade infrastructure(the fiber being the hardest part to build) and a moey making enterprise on the backs of taxpayers who may or may ot have used the service.

        1. Yes, fiber installation is the big sunk cost, but it may not be the most difficult part of operating the system. I guess the city that couldn’t plan properly may have also fumbled the handoff to Google and gotten insufficient compensation for their investment

          There are many examples of successful municipal systems, so one city that couldn’t make it work shouldn’t be the article’s prime example.

  16. Food is a “necessity,” not a luxury, so I think all farms, grocery stores, and restaurants should be run by the government. It’ll be much more efficient that way.

    1. Something, something about 5 year plans and mass starvation.

      Oh yeah, and maybe arresting people for selling something they grew in their garden.

      1. You have to admit, it would solve the Social Security population structure problem though.

        1. That was funny to me 2 decades ago, but I’m turning 62 in 3 weeks and pondering early SS. My plan is to grocery shop on Saturdays and slowly push the cart down the middle of the aisles. With any luck, all this free stuff will include golf green fees, incontinence protection and Febreeze.

      2. Oh yeah, and maybe arresting people for selling something they grew in their garden.

        It is 5 to life already. They have a Federal dept. dedicated special for it.

  17. I saw that horrible, tonedeaf, bullshit opinion piece from Jarrett on the LinkdIn notices and was flabbergasted. This is a business-networking site – why in the name of GOD are they allowing themselves to be used as a soapbox for an unelected administration flunky? Christ.

    The only heartwarming part was reading the comments from business owners and entrepreneurs ripping her a new one over the glaring flaws in reasoning used to get to her “everyone gets a free pony – just like Europe!” strategy.

    Too bad she’s probably too far up her own ass to worry about opinions of the little people.

  18. So. Much. Free. Shit.

    1. For at least the past decade it’s been more and more and more FREE shit. Still. Somehow. My. Dollar. Buys. Less. And. Less.

  19. my classmate’s aunt makes $66 /hr on the internet . She has been without a job for seven months but last month her payment was $18218 just working on the internet for a few hours. check it out…..
    ????? http://www.netpay20.com

    1. DOES YOUR CLASSMATE’S AUNT GET FEDERALLY-MANDATED PAID SICK DAYS?

    2. Finally one of these spam posts is on topic.

      1. Even a broken digital clock is right once every thousand years or so?

  20. “Government-Subsidized Broadband”

    Yeah, whatever. No doubt, since I’m someone who’s worked for everything I have, my only part in the deal will be to pay for the broadband of those who don’t work for anything they have.

    1. That was another ignorant slur from the author. In the cases I’ve reviewed, the network services are paid for by the users, just as in the general case of municipal utilities which were set up to be self-supporting.

  21. Bread and circuses for all!

    1. ..and blood-thirsty barbarians at the gates.

      Why’s it seem like we’ve done this all somewhere before?

  22. “You don’t get paid sick leave when you’re unemployed.”

    I’d be careful about putting that out in the universe while B.O. is still in office.

  23. As for giving us a reprieve from the SOTU, here’s a suggestion the Republicans will ignore: http://ivn.us/2015/01/08/can-c…..ate-union/

  24. Go, go, go! Venezuela’s got nothing on us!

  25. Paid sick leave should be on the board while broadband should not. I take issue with the authors “tone” on the subject of paid sick leave. The hypocrisy is astounding. Paid sick leave is an upper job eschelon benefit I suppose but not for say restaurant workers? I hope one of those ubfortunately too wage strapped to stay home restaurant workers coughs on your plate. Congressmen should give up their paid sick leave too. After all we are all human and we all do get sick. Thank the common cold for being a fantastic equalizer.

    1. JE|1.15.15 @ 5:43PM|#
      “Paid sick leave should be on the board while broadband should not. I take issue with the authors “tone” on the subject of paid sick leave. The hypocrisy is astounding. Paid sick leave is an upper job eschelon benefit I suppose but not for say restaurant workers?”

      JE, you must be lost. Did you bother to read further and see the costs of that ‘benefit’?
      Huffpo is over there to the left…

    2. Hey, I have an idea. How about not working for someone who doesn’t offer paid sick leave if that is important to you?

  26. To win a $2 fake Rolex, complete this sentence:
    “But Obama and the White House demonstrates little understanding of…”

  27. Well, this is a case where existing internet providers have done a shitty job.

    People look to other countries that have much better internet and wonder why we don’t.

  28. Errr….leadership?

  29. Student loans by decree, currency by decree, wages by decree and health insurance by decree and now internet by decree.

    What is next? Mortgage by decree, home by decree, spouse by decree, automobile by decree, job by decree, clothing by decree, or technology (gadgets) by decree.

    Is, poof it is yours, by the government genie the new American way?

    1. They already given out phones and some school systems provide laptops to students (or have tried) instead of textbooks. It was a failure.

      So, basically, it’s free whatever they think gets them votes. Nothing is off the table.

  30. The health benefits of sex have been proven to exist. Government subsidized whores!

    1. I seem to recall the CIA is working on this…

  31. Obama’s team is doing a great job on Reddit.

    These are all Reddit topics, and sure enough, I was just reading redditors bitch about no sick leave, and then I come here to find out why its suddenly in the news.

    Of course, the Norwegians and Germans come on to explain how they have 72 paid sick days per year…honestly I wonder if those are astro-turf done by the Dems.

    I will say that bosses who don’t let sick people take off and force them to come in…that’s not good. I really don’t want sick people making my food.

    1. As a business owner who tries to be a good employer and have a positive work culture, it really bothers me how other assholes make all business owners look bad. Stop doing that. You’re the reason the government has to force rules into place.

      p.s. Several redditors were using the phrase “job creators” disparagingly.

      Is that a real holdover from 2012? Man, that didn’t work if its now a pejorative.

    2. Thinking that you can make people work harder by not giving them time off is like thinking you can make a car get to your destination faster by not wasting time putting oil or gas in it. It might be true for a while, but eventually it will catch up with you and the engine will die.

  32. There is insufficient competition for market forces to compel efficiency. The US is hardly leading the pack here! Provo may have screwed up, but there are a bunch of other cities successfully providing broadband at rates below what the ISPs are charging their neighbors.

    And yes, the migration of communications online mean that for more and more of us, broadband is a necessity the way the post office and landlines were necessities.

    Where city regulations are the problem, cities can fix them if they want. What they can’t do is overturn state laws passed at the behest and with the financial support of ISPs working through ALEC to protect their oligopolies from real competition.

    Shackford is a tool of the corporations; the only question is whether he is aware of it.

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  34. my co-worker’s mom makes $75 every hour on the laptop . She has been fired from work for ten months but last month her paycheck was $13904 just working on the laptop for a few hours. use this link………..
    ????? http://www.netcash50.com

  35. Start working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life.

    This is what I do,,,,,,

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  36. The problem with broadband competition is indeed a local one, therefore it should be dealt with locally. most people don’t realize the Republicans and Democrats they elect at the local and state level gave Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Service Electric, Cox, etc… monopolies for cable service. If that is a big issue for people, they can vote for someone at the local/state level to break those monopolies.

    Likewise, at the local/state level, if people want their government to provide internet service, they should be allowed to. The federal government should shut up and keep out of local/state business.

  37. my roomate’s sister-in-law makes $61 hourly on the laptop . She has been fired for 8 months but last month her payment was $13483 just working on the laptop for a few hours. you can check here…………
    ????? http://www.jobs-sites.com

  38. “Free community college! Federally mandated sick leave!”

    Free community college increases the national skill set, and federally mandated sick leave prevents billions of hours of productivity loss by limiting disease transmission to coworkers. Both are objectively positive things that benefit the US economy overall and make its workforce much more competitive on the global stage. If people dont wise up soon and stop thinking it should be American citizen vs American citizen, instead of American economy vs. foreign economies, this country is going to go down the tubes even faster than it already is.

    1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    2. From where does the money to pay for the “free” college come?

      And if the workers are worried about getting others ill, shouldn’t they stay home? That way novody else gets sick AND the cost of production is less. People need to wise up and stop thinking about how they can vote themselves free shit by having politicians help themselves to the bank accounts of harder working Americans and give them some of the loot or this country is going to go down the tubes faster than it already is.

  39. my co-worker’s half-sister makes $69 /hr on the internet . She has been fired from work for ten months but last month her payment was $17800 just working on the internet for a few hours. try here……
    ????? http://www.netcash50.com

    1. She will be able to make so much more now AND live wherever she wants!

  40. “It may feel cruel to not pay people already living on low wages because they’re sick,…”

    For me it is not about “feeling cruel”. I do not want my Big Mac to be put together by someone who is at work with the flu because they cannot afford to miss a day of work. I do agree federally mandated sick days is not the answer, but neither is sick people at work.

  41. $89 an hour! Seriously I don’t know why more people haven’t tried this, I work two shifts, 2 hours in the day and 2 in the evening?And i get surly a chek of $1260……0 whats awesome is Im working from home so I get more time with my kids.
    Here is what i did
    ?????? http://www.paygazette.com

  42. Onamaphone needs to be a smart phone.

  43. Szoka also notes that Google Fiber’s private service in Kansas City and Austin, Texas, is cheaper than what is offered in Cedar Falls.

    I live in Cedar Falls. The fact that Google Fiber is cheaper than what CFU offers here doesn’t help me. The fact is that the service I get from CFU is $10 per month cheaper than what Mediacom Cable offers.

    What Obama loves about it is that it wasn’t an evil corporation that built the network. What he fails to get, yet again, is that the it’s not a better service because it’s municipal–it’s better because there is an alternative.

    FWIW–Mediacom has got the same reputation for lousy service and stupid tech support that other cable companies have elsewhere. They’re the biggest player in this neck of the woods. But Mediacom service around here doesn’t have that same reputation. If they were as horrible here as they are elsewhere, everyone would leave for the alternative.

    Because there is one.

  44. that Google Fiber is cheaper than what CFU offers

    that Google Fiber is cheaper in Austin and Kansas City than what CFU offers here

    (for clarity)

  45. Regulation is good and it’s bad for consumers in this area, which has features of a natural monopoly. However, the president’s party’s objective is to reach around gatekeepers and the people’s representatives to influence them directly, and always has been, from the time the English monarchy ran out of money to fight in France.

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