Source: The District of Columbia
quote: Teaching those in impoverished areas legitimate computer skills and how to live a proactive (and positive contribution to society) life.
quote: For one, an SW does not do it for 'money' (my measly $31k/year salary says so...
quote: If given the correct tools, skills and knowledge they too can accomplish whatever they can dream of. But without those fundamental skills and tools to succeed in life, they might as well be brain dead.
quote: Secondly, unless you have a BSW/BASW/MSW (or any other degree the NASW will accept as an SW degree) AND licensed by your state from the NASW, you are not an SW.
quote: those people you despise
quote: You are not doing it for money? Ok cough up that taxpayer money then, Mother Teresa. If you keep it, you are doing it for money. Period.
quote: I actually find that a bit offensive being a descendant of some great people who immigrated from Europe and Mexico who did not have ANY formal education before they came to the US.
quote: lol Yes you are a socialist worker and that is why people look down on you as you say. So if I do the same things for free at my church (which I have done a bit by the way, and there are others who do MUCH more) then I am not a social worker? Well I guess you are right, because people like that don't get paid. It is not work, it is pure charity.
quote: But you somehow think that we should collectively pay to make it possible to turn these hard working people...
quote: Taxpayer money? Lulz.
quote: I wish I worked for the public sector. My benefits would be better than what they are.
quote: But my meek $31k/yr is much more modest than if I chose to stick with my engineering degree some years ago (about halfway through a computer engineering degree I just realized I needed out and wanted a different career path). So comparing to what I could have been making as an engineer, yeah, that $31k is not much at all because at the end of the day, there are many many more people in bad situations that just need some empowerment to better their own lives.
quote: Great, great service he provides and makes the world a better place for those children. However, he is NOT a social worker.
quote: Based on your logic, we should end Medicare/Medicaid too?
quote: Someone should forfeit their wealth and property because the internet has changed the world around you.
quote: Must be great to be a kid and think that the whole world that you've witnessed is all that there is.
quote: Why should you have to move away from your "home" just to get adequate internet service.
quote: Roads and power are necessities. The internet is not. No one has ever died because they didn't have the internet. People have died from not having power or having adequate roads to go get help if something happens.
quote: I am not against welfare. I am against the federal government running welfare. It should be at the state level. Because that's who actually has the power to do it.
quote: It has been proven time and again though that giving people money doesn't stop them from being poor.
quote: It just gives them more money to be irresponsible with. Most poor will always be poor. Not because they don't make enough money but because they are irresponsible with their money.
quote: The internet is rapidly becoming a necessity. You're probably right in saying it isn't *quite* there yet, but it's coming faster than anyone anticipated. Banks are closing branches, particularly in rural areas, moving everything online. Same thing with shops. More and more essential services are moving online, and will continue to do so as long as it saves businesses money. In very remote areas, the internet is extremely valuable in providing education and healthcare. If people in rural areas can't keep up because the infrastructure isnt there, they'll get left behind.
quote: Fair enough. I still have trouble grasping the dichotomy of federal vs state goverments in the US and the arguments this causes. In the places I've lived, the states have far less power.
quote: This is a massive generalisation, and is wrong. Poverty creates a feeling of helplessness, which is magnified when the government provides nothing. It causes people to turn to crime, or drug abuse, or any number of vices. If these people have families, it can be extremely destructive. Poverty, like persecution, is often passed down through generations.
quote: A child growing up in a housing project, with an alcoholic criminal as a father and a mentally ill mother, with nowhere to go after school, a society that turns it's back on him - you're saying it's his fault if he turns out bad?
quote: I am not against welfare. I am against the federal government running welfare. It should be at the state level. Because that's who actually has the power to do it. Furthermore there should be a limit. And greater requirements on whether or not you get it (which states like Florida are trying to impose). Generations of families should not ride welfare.
quote: what about all those poor people on Wall St who have never even seen a cow?
quote: Historical examples of supporters of non-interventionism are US Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who both favored nonintervention in European Wars while maintaining free trade. Other proponents include United States Senator Robert Taft and United States Congressman Ron Paul.
quote: They're never going to win and do nothing but take votes away from the Republican candidate mainly.
quote: I just don't want the rep to lose as a message that I will no longer support this stupid dog and pony show that we go through all the time.
quote: I'm a firm believer that a vote for a libertarian candidate is nothing but a wasted vote. They're never going to win ...
quote: I would be happy to vote for Ron Paul if he wins the nomination as his foreign policy goals will never happen (namely closing all foreign military bases).
quote: The government gets it's money from me. It then wastes a large percentage on unnecessary overhead.
quote: Who's cash do you think funds, either directly or indirectly, every single product on the market today?
quote: how does making more people unemployed during a recession make ANY economic sense whatsoever?
quote: The wealthiest areas have always had the newest and best stuff. It's pretty simple math. Here's how it works: They can afford it.
quote: At this point, 24 community anchor institutions are already connected to the 100G network, such as schools and libraries. The city hopes to link at least 223 as the network grows.
quote: But why is anyone spending tax money TODAY in the current economic environment to build out a 100 Gbps network with that kind of access to schools or public libraries?
quote: "DC-CAN will help pave the way for greater broadband adoption across the District of Columbia, and I'm proud that we will be the first city in the United States to make such a forward-thinking investment in crucial technology infrastructure..."