Food Stamps Now Come With Free Phones?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/06/15 23:11:46

The food stamp program is in fact a food card program. To keep things efficient (and anonymous), welfare clients are issued their own debit cards for food. The stores get the digital money instantly.

This is now costing taxpayers $75 billion a year.

But add to this another $2 billion. Why? Because people on the food card program are eligible to have a free cell phone.

The federal government’s free cell phone program is called Lifeline. You are eligible is you get Medicaid, food cards, Head Start, and other federal programs.

Think of Lifeline as “phone stamps.”

It has been around for over 25 years.

You pay for it: the “Universal Service Charge” that is added to your phone bill.

Since 2000, the program has been booming.

In 2008, there were about 7 million participants. In 2009, this went to 8.6 million. That year, payments went over $1 billion. It is now growing fast. It’s around $2 billion now.

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  • will 2012/06/21 23:44:30
    What and i have to pay for one
    maybe i should just not buy anything let the goverment buy it for me
  • lm1b2 2012/06/16 00:50:20
    Good,everyone should have a phone.
  • ~ The R... lm1b2 2012/06/16 01:22:16
    ~ The Rebel ~
    I enjoyed the peace and quiet for years when I didn't have one. (They ring at the worst times!) The only reason I can think that the government wants everybody to have one is so they can keep track of you.
  • I. Car Rus 2012/06/16 00:27:30
    I. Car Rus
    In our county people trade them for drugs. Just busted a dealer, had loads of foodstamps in his house. Scrap foodstamps, return to commodities to aid the poor. Helps the farmers too.
  • Cuppajo 2012/06/15 23:15:57
    Well, sure! You never know when the President may call you to be the next "czar"!
  • ~ The Rebel ~ 2012/06/15 23:12:52
    ~ The Rebel ~
    The FCC is considering upgrading the free phones to smartphones.


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