Government programs for the poor end up enriching Big Business 

President Obama is spending $7.2 billion to bring broadband to the countryside. Most Americans think this is a bad idea. But that doesn’t matter too much in Washington, not when lobbied-up special interests stand to make a killing off the unwitting taxpayer.

The Post quotes a skeptic of rural-wiring projects:

Thierer distrusts the federal program to bring phone service to rural areas, saying big corporations milk the $5 billion annual fund that is drawn from a line-item charge on all monthly long-distance bills. Extending the same kind of federal aid to broadband providers is not likely to be any more efficient, he said.

“My skepticism comes from a poor government track record on tech funding,” Thierer said.

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