"as long as they can find a wifi hotspot." Most libraries, starbucks, hotels, restaurants, bookstores and other public venues have free wifi.
"Or maybe they could exchange it for the price of a meal."
I don't know how it is where you live but here we have soup kitchens, resource groups, food stamps, and independence cards if you can`t pay for your own food with your Iphone. We don`t have a starving problem in our country, we have an obesity problem.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 11:03:44 AM
With their free iphones I guess they can look up how fortunate they are...as long as they can find a wifi hotspot. Or maybe they could exchange it for the price of a meal.
Monday, September 2, 2013 1:11:50 PM
There is a little portion that says, "Agency fiscal year budget since 2004, not inflation-adjusted"
So that leads me to believe that it's not adjusted for inflation. Since we`ve been living in an age of inflationary Keynesianism since 2004, where not only is inflation ok, but it must always be up, up, up. (God forbid the deflationary boggeyman EVER comes). The worst part about even "small" 1% inflation over this given time period creates giant distortions and price alterations.
Drawman, our homeless have iPhones, courtesy of gov`t. There is one in an abandoned area near where I live that I`m sort of friends with, his name is Adam. He has an iPhone with a picture of his dog that died. He also likes Starbucks. Some people just don`t like conforming to what the rest of society is doing. Americans are also far more generous than any other nation, statistical proven by how much we give in charity.
Monday, September 2, 2013 11:13:46 AM
@drawman61: Our country is more charitable than any other developed country both domestic and foreign charity. When compared household to household, we are still the most charitable, the average American household contributes more than $1,000 annually, culminating in $295 billion in personal charity. The American government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone. Our government also allocated around $23 billion in foreign aid just this year, it would be $37 billion if you include assistance to foreign militaries. The entire EU only forks out $12.6 billion.
Americans give, per capita, three and a half times as much to causes and charities as the French, seven times as much as the Germans, and 14 times as much as the Italians.
So if you want to harp about sparing a few dollars to feed the hungry and homeless, why don't you get your country and their citizens to toss some pennies into the pot.