Andy W wrote: Andy W wrote:
That would be racist!
Why? Because the phone is black?
I really don't know why, but I'm sure some dumb@## would claim that.
Because it is not about ensuring bare minimum necessities, it's about spreading the wealth around.
ARGUABLY, a landline phone with no long distance service is an essential part of a bare minimum modern existence. Clearly, nobody is talking about caveman subsistence level as the threshold of "necessity" or whatever the bare minimum level.
However, everything above that bare minimum (whatever you think it is) is just spreading the wealth around. Working less than 80 hours a week is not a modern day necessity. Texting, internet access, long distance service, etc. are not a modern day necessity. Food is a necessity. Quality food beyond what many self-sufficient college kids consume is not. You can get more than adequately healthy foods for a $1 a person a meal. Do you need meat in the modern day? Many a liberal would argue that vegan is the way to go, so no, but you want to throw in some ground turkey with your rice-a-roni, you can still keep it to a $1 a meal per person per day. Hell, a foot long subway sub is only $5 and you can get 2 meals out of that if you need to. Load it up with all the veggies and what's the problem?
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