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  •  The fact that AT&T has the cash to buy T-Moble is (6+ / 0-)

    a giant neon sign they are over charging for their services.

    Or Comcast buying NBC.

    •  AT&T was one of the Baby Bells! Bell was split (6+ / 0-)

      up into pieces because it was a monopoly.  It is close to being a new monopoly.  We have regulations for good reasons.  No one should have that much power - no one.

      #OccupyOMC - "We have a permit, its called The Constitution".

      by Evolutionary on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 11:09:16 AM PST

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      •  And you know, I don't have a problem (5+ / 0-)

        with a REGULATED monopoly, and especially if it provides a necessary service.

        Electricity, water, natural gas, communication, transportation. Those are essential services, ones that a country can't function without.

        Those should be, if not govt functions, strictly regulated regional monopolies.

        They were before. It worked fine. It was much easier for the vast, vast majority of people.

        If you break them up, KEEP them broken up. Don't let them reform back into an UNregulated monopoly. That doesn't work for anybody.

        •  I think any necessary service that affects any (1+ / 0-)
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          group of Citizens that is larger than 2-3 people, should be a function of government.  Necessary defined as necessary for human health and safety.

          #OccupyOMC - "We have a permit, its called The Constitution".

          by Evolutionary on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 12:28:29 PM PST

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          •  there are problems with this (2+ / 0-)
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            would you place, say, toothpaste in this category? The free market works well for toothpaste, provided you have FDA regulations.

            The criteria for government takeover must be much narrower than that.

            •  Well, the FDA covers that already! Not a perfect (1+ / 0-)
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              organization, but much better than no regulation!  I speak of things like Health Care, Education, Higher Education, and every single regulatory agency currently in existence.  All of them.  Fund them.  Improve them.    

              The missing part is the first three.  I would gladly, glady! - pay more in property taxes to see the kids get an education - see California Prop 13 for the current disaster.  I have no kids going to school living with me either.  It's MY community though.  As one of it's members, I have a duty to look out for my fellow members of my community - and vice-versa.
              I would gladly pay what I do already for Health Insurance, and half of what my boss pays in addition to that (which would more than do it for single payer health care) in extra taxes on myself - so that I can't go bankrupt from Health Care problem.  And - going to college should not be something handled financially by middle-men so they can make a profit - it should be handled by an unbiased government technician whose only job is to help those students - for much less money.  Just like the middle-men we call Health Insurance Corporations.  They are parasites on the body of the Country, serving no useful purpose at all - and we are dying because of it.  In fact, 45,000 people a year die due to lack of actual health "insurance".  For all the profit that those Health Insurance Corporations make, we could have a hundred sets of Medicare for all.

              More narrow than that ;)?

              #OccupyOMC - "We have a permit, its called The Constitution".

              by Evolutionary on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 08:24:22 PM PST

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    •  In the UK, with NO contract, I pay $23 USD/month (0+ / 0-)

      for 3,000 texts, 300 minutes, and UNLIMITED 3G data...oh, and it doesn't cost anything to receive texts or phone calls. I could have a phone with no credit at all, and still take calls and texts. And, yes, you can use this plan for an iPhone...

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