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Also, regarding cell phones... Remember when u signed a contract with your carrier and hey offered you that free fancy phone in exchange for locking you into a long term agreement? Maybe 20 years ago you could work for one company for 20 years. Today you have to remain just qualified enough to keep your job or risk losing it to someone who is younger and will work for less. If you return to school to freshen up your skills, get ready to pay thousands more than you did 20 years ago for someone to tell you you are now overqualified for the position you hold. Now they have no job and education as well as families to pay for but with no income.
As a former SNAP recipient I would like to ask you all this. Why have none of you mentioned the increase in cost of living, increase in cost of education, increase in numbers of homes with single parents, increase in numbers of jobs lost due to factory closures, teacher layoffs and such. What about the increase in the cost of healthcare? Factor that in with a poverty level that hasn't changed in years, wages that have not risen to meet the cost of living, food and energy. Those are things that affect everyone's ability to buy necessities
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