I will put a little background information before i write the situation. I live in Portugal, the minimum wage is about 400€ a month, the population is about 10 000 000 , there are about 500 000 unemployed, the price for a moderate T2 apartment is about 150 000 €, the equivalent of your VAT is about 21% and 5% or 12% for more important stuff like food (in the islands the VAT is 15% and 4% or 8% but the import/export taxes make stuff here a lot more expensive), the gas station in front of my house has 95 gasoline at 1.319€/L , 98 is 1.454€/L and diesel is about 1.016€/L, a 1Kg pack of rice is 1.39€. Retired people, handicapped people and poor people had some social help to get by, the government is cutting all of this help, i know some of my friends that have hearing and learning problems that their transport and food help has been cut and they are poor, and there are very rich people receiving this help because they have "help from the inside" and everyone knows this. hospitals, maternities, health centers, schools are being closed, even important ones, wages and careers are frozen. the standard wage for a medium class person is about 750€ and they are the ones that support the taxes, rich people and poor people don't pay taxes, some evade and some are inset, the middle class is disappearing and the country has an enormous external dept and a big annual deficit. cable internet is about 35.60€ for 8Mb internet with a international limit of 30GB and no national limit.link if you require a translation to pounds or another measure ask and i will gladly translate it for you. the 10th grade here is the 10th year you are in school, there you choose the area you want to learn, my it be arts, general......etc.... IIRC there are 4 groups and the first group, General, has various technological paths and the main general path you can chose, i chose electricity but you can stay in the general and study biology. now for the important part: the prime minister, José Sócrates AKA I-BOUGHT-THE-ENGINEERING-TITLE-AND-LIED-ABOUT-IT-TO-THE-LAW-AND-EVERYONE , wiki, said in parliament that he was going to create an initiative that would sell kids that enter the 10th grade a laptop for a maximum of 150€ and a minimum of 0€ and a discount of 5€ on the internet package you chose. there will be 3 levels: For this normal kids with no social/economic problems, they get the laptop for 150€ and a discount of 5€ of the internet during 3 years, kids with low income families will get the laptop for "no initial payment" and with the price for internet of 15€ during 3 years kids with low income and social help will get the laptop for "no initial payment" and internet for 5€ during 3 years. there is also the teachers and people involved in the "new opportunities program", this involves people that work but have gone back to school to learn and get better jobs, these people get the laptop for 150€ and internet for 15€ a month. there will be about 240 000 laptops for the kids and 250 000 for teachers and the other people. the thing that ****s me in the ass is that they are cutting everything that helps poor, sick, handicapped, and old people and then they suddenly offer laptops to families that almost don't have money to feed them selfs or have no water/electricity and to people that have lots of money. i would like to see your take on this. please. and if you have any doubts please ask and i will respond.