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U.S. Rep. wants to scale back $1 billion 'free' cellphone program

★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/05/09 03:50:39

In an interview with the Daily Caller, Tim Griffin, a former Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, explained that the federal government spends $1 billion per year on the Lifeline program that gives Americans with low-incomes not only landlines, but also a mobile phone with a calling plan.

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  • Pat 2012/05/09 03:59:45
    Pat
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    I don't know anyone with a "free" government cell phone but it does sound like an awful lot of money to be spending on this type of service. I there was something like a medical condition that required a person to be able to call for help from anywhere, I could see that but not just casual us of a cell phone. I don't have a "smart phone". I just have a very simple phone. I can call and I can text. That's it and that's all I need. BTW, there's a difference between "want" and "need".

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  • ghostrider 2012/06/08 03:58:27
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    This is one program that definitely should be abolished ... just on principle.
  • Walter Harris 2012/05/10 16:07:01
    Walter Harris
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    they are to stupid to care for the poor. they only care about lining their own back pockets
  • Marcus Clark 2012/05/10 05:51:03
    Marcus Clark
    And your question is?
  • Lana 2012/05/09 20:41:26
    Lana
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    Well here we go again. I am amazed at how many really dumb people are on SH ! This is for the handicapped and Seniors that worked all their lives and now need some help. Just what is your problem or are you just stupid and close to Romney.
    They get 250 minutes a month. How many do you get on your cells ?
  • USAF Vet Lana 2012/05/10 08:09:27
    USAF Vet
    Yes, here we go again; I am NOT amazed at how many dunderheaded liberals there are here on SH, like the ones who have to insert Romney into this thread; you know, the ones who believe he’s personally responsible for the folks who have never heard of Life Alert, Lifeline Medical Alert, Alert 1, Guardian Alert, Life Guardian (the list goes on and on), not to mention 911!! Anyone (I include myself) needing 250 minutes (4 hours and 10 minutes) per month of emergency response notification time, does not need a subsidized cell phone, they need to be admitted to an assisted living institution, a nursing home, or subscribe to home health services...they're all out there.
  • Jaroslav Dantes 2012/05/09 18:54:36
    Jaroslav Dantes
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    oh yeah .... so tearful members of humanity, it is time to change, talk quietly into your phone, and loudly Play the game in mobile.
  • JMCC 2012/05/09 11:52:53
    JMCC
    +1
    Won't that make finding a job almost impossible?
  • Dzeeng 2012/05/09 08:52:23
    Dzeeng
    +1
    attack on the poor
  • umapathy Krishnamurthy 2012/05/09 08:44:38
    umapathy Krishnamurthy
    +1
    Welcomr
  • eliosc 2012/05/09 07:26:42
    eliosc
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    That's a perfect excuse to control eveybody and know everything, because it's "free". Like they want to do with the internet. Control, control, control........
  • rootbeer29 2012/05/09 07:05:25
    rootbeer29
    The more strings a government can attach to you the better - huh!?
  • Elisa ✦ Knockout™ 2012/05/09 05:24:50
    Elisa ✦ Knockout™
    +1
    that's bad.
  • sjalan 2012/05/09 04:42:57
    sjalan
    +1
    Just another attack on the poor.
  • luvguins 2012/05/09 04:29:32
    luvguins
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    Yeah, lets keep nickle and diming the poor and disabled to give more to the military/industrial complex and their cheating private contractors. Another dumbass Republican was on TV today wanting to end meals on wheels for the infirm and elderly, and yet his wife delivers those meals daily in their area. These Republicans are vile.
  • Lana luvguins 2012/05/09 20:34:13
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    Right you are, BRAVO
  • luvguins Lana 2012/05/09 21:25:08
  • thecutesttentacle 2012/05/09 04:12:43
  • Peewee ~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/09 04:03:31
    Peewee ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    That's a black eye to the those that truly need help. Yet another government program gone wild. How much could be saved if all the abuse was stopped for one year?
  • Pat 2012/05/09 03:59:45
    Pat
    +4
    I don't know anyone with a "free" government cell phone but it does sound like an awful lot of money to be spending on this type of service. I there was something like a medical condition that required a person to be able to call for help from anywhere, I could see that but not just casual us of a cell phone. I don't have a "smart phone". I just have a very simple phone. I can call and I can text. That's it and that's all I need. BTW, there's a difference between "want" and "need".

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