An AP story is making the rounds about an 85 year old heart patient who can no longer connect his pacemaker to his doctor from his home in Mantoloking, N. J. because Verizon has replaced his wired telephone service with a wireless equivalent. The kernel of truth in the story is that Verizon is not going to replace the copper telephone wires. Copper telephone wire is an obsolete technology that costs an awful lot to replace.
Obamaphone in the Crosshairs
The growth of the “Obamaphone” fund is one example of of this transition. Let’s not confuse poor people who use use basic 21st century communications services with welfare abuse. There is not shortage of genuinely poor and needy people in America who need a little help from the rest of us, and we have an obligation to help. So by all means, attack the fraud but don’t turn America into a nation of insiders and outsiders in which the well-off spend their time abusing the needy.