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Rave this; If you think we can't afford to borrow Billions from China, to pay for free cell phones for the poor.

Scalded Eagle 2012/09/27 18:06:40
Thomas Jefferson’s warning that as soon as people learn they can vote themselves money from the treasury, it will signal the end of our republic. This warning resonates again and again as we watch our freedoms dissipate under the current administration and its ruthless treatment of our ethical framework, and our laws. People often wonder, sometime piously, how it is that tyranny occurs. We like to think the populations victimized were somehow less savvy, more gullible, or asleep at the wheel. We think ourselves better somehow, and that it could never happen here. Every generation that has fallen to tyranny has believed the same comforting fable. They only learn that they, too, were susceptible to tyranny when it is too late. When Hitler wanted to subjugate the German people, he proclaimed that every household deserved a car. Thus was born the “Volkswagen” or peoples’ car. Though cheap, they were cars, widely available, and from a benevolent leader whom they believed cared for their good. Even the narcissistic, megalomaniacal Hitler didn’t have the audacity to call them “Hitler cars.” Enter Barack Hussein Obama in 2012. His way of spreading the wealth around is “free” healthcare. But as Obamacare lies in peril, his landmark bill unpopular with most Americans, now he brings free cell phones and free high-speed, broadband internet. No cheap DSL for Obama’s subjects, err, constituents. Why did he stop short of fiber-optics and T-1 lines? He has unemployed and underemployed masses that scream for free things, and direct their hostility for a poor economy to the rich people who have jobs and can afford things like cell phones. Under the guise of access to emergency services, the left repeat the slogan for the masses that communication is a human right and should not be reserved for the rich.
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  • TidBit 2012/11/01 18:15:50
    TidBit
    Share my work ethic, not my "wealth".
  • SIMPATTYCO 2012/10/31 19:42:07
    SIMPATTYCO
    WE HAVE A REPUBLIC IF WE CAN KEEP IT WE ARE LOOSING IT TRUE DEMOCRACY DOESN'T WORK FOR THE ABOVE REASONS
  • MsDianna 2012/10/29 01:34:25
    MsDianna
    +1
    if you can't pay for a phone you shouldn't have one
  • Maxine 2012/10/28 22:42:52
    Maxine
    +1
    Did you see the woman who had 15 cell phones?
  • Cat 2012/10/27 06:53:41
    Cat
    Of course we can't
  • nerak611 2012/10/26 03:35:16
    nerak611
    +1
    The Obama Phone - Free Cell Phones for Welfare Recipients

    Summary:
    Protest message claims that US President Obama has established a program in which welfare recipients are eligible to receive a free cell phone and a free monthly phone allowance (Full commentary below).




    Status:
    Misleading and inaccurate - Programs to provide discounted telephone services do exist, but they have been in place for many years and were not initiated by the Obama administration.

    Example:(Submitted, November 2009)
    Subject: Obama Phone's

    This is no joke!

    I had a former employee call me earlier today inquiring about a job, and at the end of the conversation he gave me his phone number. I asked the former employee if this was a new cell phone number and he told me yes this was his “Obama phone.” I asked him what an “Obama phone” was and he went on to say that welfare recipients are now eligible to receive (1) a FREE new phone and (2) approx 70 minutes of FREE minutes every month. I was a little skeptical so I Googled it and low and behold he was telling the truth.

    TAX PAYER MONEY IS BEING REDISTRIBUTED TO WELFARE RECIPIENTS FOR FREE CELL PHONES. This program was started earlier this year.

    Enough is enough, the ship is sinking and it’s sinking fast. The very foundations that this country was...















































    The Obama Phone - Free Cell Phones for Welfare Recipients

    Summary:
    Protest message claims that US President Obama has established a program in which welfare recipients are eligible to receive a free cell phone and a free monthly phone allowance (Full commentary below).




    Status:
    Misleading and inaccurate - Programs to provide discounted telephone services do exist, but they have been in place for many years and were not initiated by the Obama administration.

    Example:(Submitted, November 2009)
    Subject: Obama Phone's

    This is no joke!

    I had a former employee call me earlier today inquiring about a job, and at the end of the conversation he gave me his phone number. I asked the former employee if this was a new cell phone number and he told me yes this was his “Obama phone.” I asked him what an “Obama phone” was and he went on to say that welfare recipients are now eligible to receive (1) a FREE new phone and (2) approx 70 minutes of FREE minutes every month. I was a little skeptical so I Googled it and low and behold he was telling the truth.

    TAX PAYER MONEY IS BEING REDISTRIBUTED TO WELFARE RECIPIENTS FOR FREE CELL PHONES. This program was started earlier this year.

    Enough is enough, the ship is sinking and it’s sinking fast. The very foundations that this country was built on are being shaken. The age old concepts of God, family, and hard work have flown out the window and are being replaced with “Hope and Change” and “Change we can believe in.” You can click on the link below to read more about the “Obama phone”…just have a barf bag ready.

    https://www.safelinkwireless....





    Commentary:
    This protest email claims that US President Obama has initiated a scheme in which low-income earners can receive a free cell phone along with a monthly phone allowance of around 70 minutes. According to the message the "Obama Phone" scheme is being funded by US taxpayers.

    ©iStockphoto.com/Jakub Semeniuk


    While programs to provide free or discounted telephone services do exist, they have been in place for many years and were not initiated by President Obama. However, the information in the message is misleading and inaccurate. While there is a scheme that provides free or discounted phone services for certain eligible low income earners, it has been in place for many years and has nothing whatsoever to do with President Obama. Nor is the scheme directly funded by taxpayers as claimed in the message.

    The subsidy scheme consists of two programs, Lifeline Assistance and Link-Up America that come under the control of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The current form of the scheme began more than a decade ago via an act of Congress, the Telecommunications Act of 1996. A May 1997 news release about the act states:
    The 1996 Act requires the Commission and the states to ensure that affordable, quality, telecommunications services are available to all Americans. Consistent with Congress's mandate, the Commission sets in motion universal service policies that will ensure all Americans, including low-income consumers and those who live in rural, insular, high cost areas, shall have affordable service and will help to connect eligible schools, libraries, and rural health care providers to the global telecommunications network. The new plan fully funds Congress's universal service goals, while ensuring adequate incentives for continued investment in the local telecommunications network. The Order also ensures that rural, small, and high cost telephone companies continue to receive the necessary universal service support.
    Information about the programs on the FCC website notes:
    Telephone service is considered a necessity for daily modern life. Yet the cost of starting and maintaining such service may be too high for some consumers. Under Congressional mandate, the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) supports the Lifeline Assistance and Link-Up America programs. These programs provide discounts on basic monthly service and initial installation or activation fees for telephone service at the primary residence to income-eligible consumers. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), with the help of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), administers the USF.
    Moreover, even before the 1996 act was initiated, other informal programs to provide universal telecommunications service were in place including a version of the Lifeline program.

    And, while the programs are overseen by Federal Government entity, the FCC, they are not directly funded by taxpayers as claimed in the message. The May 1997 FCC article explains:
    All telecommunications service providers and certain other providers of telecommunications must contribute to the federal USF based on a percentage of their interstate and international end-user telecommunications revenues. These companies include wireline phone companies, wireless phone companies, paging service companies, and certain Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers.

    Some consumers may notice a “Universal Service” line item on their telephone bills. This line item appears when a company chooses to recover its USF contributions directly from its customers by billing them this charge. The FCC does not require this charge to be passed on to customers. Each company makes a business decision about whether and how to assess charges to recover its Universal Service costs. These charges usually appear as a percentage of the consumer’s phone bill. Companies that choose to collect Universal Service fees from their customers cannot collect an amount that exceeds their contribution to the USF. They also cannot collect any fees from a Lifeline program participant.
    The Universal Service Fund is administrated by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), "an independent, not-for-profit corporation designated as the administrator of the federal Universal Service Fund by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)".

    Safelink Wireless, the program referred to in the email, does indeed provide a free cell phone to eligible clients via the Lifeline program, along with around 68 free minutes each month. The Safelink Wireless program is operated by TracFone Wireless, an América Móvil subsidiary based in Florida. Information on the Safelink Wireless website notes:
    Over twenty years ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the Lifeline Program to help guarantee Universal Service in the US. The Lifeline Program provides discounted telephone service to low-income families and individuals that otherwise would find it difficult to pay for telephone service. To qualify for Lifeline Support, Families or individuals have to be either enrolled in a State social service program or qualify under the U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines. Eligibility varies by state.

    In April 2008, the FCC approved TracFone as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) to provide Lifeline Service in 11 states. Subsequently, TracFone has been approved in an additional 9 states and is currently providing service in 19 states. Today, there are over 1,700 ETC’s providing Lifeline service throughout the United States.
    Thus, the claim that it was the Obama administration that created the scheme is clearly untrue. Even Safelink Wireless, the specific program referred to in the message, was initiated before Obama came to power, during the administration of President George Bush. Calling the free cell phones provided by Safelink Wireless "Obama Phones" is therefore misleading to say the least. As Justin Bank of FactCheck.org pithily puts it:
    The president has no direct impact on the program, and one could hardly call these devices "Obama Phones," as the e-mail author does. This specific program, SafeLink, started under President George Bush, with grants from an independent company created under President Bill Clinton, which was a legacy of an act passed under President Franklin Roosevelt, which was influenced by an agreement reached between telecommunications companies and the administration of President Woodrow Wilson.

    Wilson Phones, anyone?
    Of course, it is accurate to state that many US telecommunications consumers do indirectly fund the phone service programs via Universal Service Fees collected by their phone service providers. However, it is not true that taxpayer money is being redistributed to fund the programs as suggested in the email.



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    References:
    FCC - COMMISSION IMPLEMENTS TELECOM ACT'S UNIVERSAL SERVICE PROVISIONS
    FCC - Lifeline and Link-Up
    Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
    The Obama Phone?

    Last updated: 18th November 2009
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  • Maxine nerak611 2012/10/28 22:45:12
    Maxine
    Then how did the one woman get 15 cell phones? I saw the video--she told how easy it was to get them.
  • nerak611 Maxine 2012/10/29 01:33:45
    nerak611
    +1
    Don't know. Obviously by cheating.
  • nerak611 2012/10/26 03:34:49
    nerak611
    About Us
    SAFELINK WIRELESS®
    SAFELINK WIRELESS® service is a program for Income eligible households provided by TracFone Wireless, Inc. In order to participate in the SAFELINK WIRELESS® service, persons must meet certain eligibility requirements set by each State where the service is to be provided. These requirements are based on a person’s participation in a state or Federal support programs or by meeting the Income Poverty Guidelines as defined by the U.S. Government. SAFELINK WIRELESS® service is limited to one person per household.

    TracFone Wireless is America's largest "No-Contract" cellular service provider in the U.S. with over 18.8 million subscribers. TracFone Wireless is a subsidiary of América Móvil S.A.B. de C.V. ("AMX") (BMV: AMX; NYSE: AMX; Nasdaq: AMOV; LATIBEX: XAMXL), the 5th largest cell phone company in the world and the largest in all of the Americas with more than 236 million wireless subscribers. América Móvil has been named “Technology Hot 100” company by Business Week for the past two years in a row.

    TracFone Wireless’ formula for success is simple – exclusive focus on prepaid cell phones and service. Unlike most prepaid providers, TracFone Wireless does not require its customers to enter into a service contract. TracFone Wireless customers enjoy the ...

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    About Us
    SAFELINK WIRELESS®
    SAFELINK WIRELESS® service is a program for Income eligible households provided by TracFone Wireless, Inc. In order to participate in the SAFELINK WIRELESS® service, persons must meet certain eligibility requirements set by each State where the service is to be provided. These requirements are based on a person’s participation in a state or Federal support programs or by meeting the Income Poverty Guidelines as defined by the U.S. Government. SAFELINK WIRELESS® service is limited to one person per household.

    TracFone Wireless is America's largest "No-Contract" cellular service provider in the U.S. with over 18.8 million subscribers. TracFone Wireless is a subsidiary of América Móvil S.A.B. de C.V. ("AMX") (BMV: AMX; NYSE: AMX; Nasdaq: AMOV; LATIBEX: XAMXL), the 5th largest cell phone company in the world and the largest in all of the Americas with more than 236 million wireless subscribers. América Móvil has been named “Technology Hot 100” company by Business Week for the past two years in a row.

    TracFone Wireless’ formula for success is simple – exclusive focus on prepaid cell phones and service. Unlike most prepaid providers, TracFone Wireless does not require its customers to enter into a service contract. TracFone Wireless customers enjoy the freedom TracFone has to offer – No Bills, No Contracts, No Surprises – you are in control. Prepaid is all TracFone Wireless does and with over 18.8 million subscribers, TracFone Wireless does it better than anybody else.

    TracFone Wireless believes that cell phone ownership is a right and an important tool for individual success in today's world. Everyone should have a cell phone without the need for a contract or a high credit rating. People should have the right to always know what their cell phone service will cost and no one should have to pay more than they want or can afford. TracFone Wireless believes in making the cost to own & maintain a cell phone as low as possible and TracFone Wireless never charges extra fees to activate your service.

    TracFone Wireless is glad to lead the movement in the U.S. to make cell phone service available to everyone. TracFone Wireless invests hundreds of millions of dollars every year to reduce the prices of our cell phones and make them affordable for all.
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  • SIMPATTYCO 2012/10/26 01:30:01
    SIMPATTYCO
    +1
    getting scary
  • Flamingolady 2012/10/24 14:23:35
    Flamingolady
    +2
    This just makes me sick. Everyone who has a cell phone pays a certain amount of money EVERY month to fund the "free" cell phones for the people with their hands out. Disgusting.
  • Maxine Flaming... 2012/10/28 22:46:22
    Maxine
    Did you see the video of the woman who got 15 cell phones?
  • Flaming... Maxine 2012/10/31 03:05:20
    Flamingolady
    +1
    Yep, I did, did you see this one? Not quite on subject, but equally disgusting
  • Maxine Flaming... 2012/10/31 21:13:57
    Maxine
    +1
    Wow--this is evil--they are making people hate them. I hate what they do.
  • dallasjoe 2012/10/23 21:51:11
    dallasjoe
    OK end the Cheap Power to Hilton Head and Vegas left overs from the Rural Electrication act same one that gives cellphones to poor people
  • santa6642 2012/10/18 14:04:51
    santa6642
    +1
    Shove the phones up their butts, and give Isreal 500 nuclear warheads, and the means to deliver them.
  • scurvison 2012/10/04 08:51:01
  • gary 2012/10/04 06:52:48
  • rk 2012/10/04 05:48:13
    rk
    +1
    Enough Freebies
  • redhorse29 2012/10/04 01:36:09
    redhorse29
    seems reasonable.
  • concerned 2012/10/03 20:46:56
    concerned
    you should have said that when Bush borrowed to give to those Banks .. whom still have not paid back their loans ... but yet want home owners to over pay ... them ... HUMMM
  • TidBit concerned 2012/11/01 18:11:24
    TidBit
    Bush, Bush, Bush. My God, can't you people admit your "great leader" Obama is just inept, already?
  • Hawk 2012/10/03 15:57:49
    Hawk
    +2
    Obama will do anything to get votes he has a lot of money ours. I don`t understand why people can`t see what he`s doing it for. he`s a con artist. obama the con artist
  • mich52 2012/10/03 13:40:19
  • Hawk mich52 2012/10/03 16:03:42
    Hawk
    +3
    Reagan helped this country And obama has tripled our countries debt. And is continuing to destroy our constitution. But its not his money so it`s not aproblem he has a lot of taxpayers money to spend.
  • mich52 Hawk 2012/10/03 19:37:07
  • Hawk mich52 2012/10/04 13:32:54 (edited)
    Hawk
    +2
    Why don`t you get your facts straight before you post?? You sound just like your president, obama, nothing in nothing out.
  • mich52 Hawk 2012/10/04 15:19:46
  • Hawk mich52 2012/10/05 14:13:27 (edited)
    Hawk
    +2
    YOU JUST PROVED YOU CAN`T READ THE PAPER OR UNDERSTAND THE NEWS. DO YOU KNOW WHO THE PRESIDENT IS. HE TRIPLED THE DEICIT BY SPENDING ALL THE MONEY WE DON`T HAVE, HIS SOLUTION WAS TO USE THE PRINTERS. YOUR THE IDIOT.
  • mich52 Hawk 2012/10/05 20:17:29 (edited)
  • Hawk mich52 2012/10/06 15:13:13
    Hawk
    +2
    Apparently you can`t read the fact`s.It`s not an opinion that he spent us deeper into debt. Your a waste of my time. Have a nice life. And the ignorant part fit`s you very nicely.
  • mich52 Hawk 2012/10/06 16:48:17
  • Hawk mich52 2012/10/08 14:32:56
    Hawk
    +2
    Your not worth my time, I was always told you can`t reason with an idiot and it`s true nothing in nothing out. Can you read or did someone read it for you.
  • mich52 Hawk 2012/10/08 16:15:27
  • TidBit mich52 2012/11/01 18:12:24
    TidBit
    Always somebody else's fault, isn't it?
  • mich52 TidBit 2012/11/01 21:53:37 (edited)
  • Al C. 2012/10/03 07:40:58
    Al C.
    +2
    Obama and the DNC are pumping millions of free phone into battle ground states at a cost of $1,500.000.000 a year in order to buy votes from all the losers of the world at taxpayer expense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Caesar 2012/10/03 03:52:32 (edited)
    Caesar
    +3
    Time to stop "the buying of votes with other's peoples money" machine before it ruins this country. Here's a thought "Nobody owes you anything, life is how you make it."
  • gizamondo 2012/10/03 03:18:36
    gizamondo
    +4
    We are at the point, no, past the point when Thomas Jefferson’s warning that as soon as people learn they can vote themselves money from the treasury, it will signal the end of our republic. This has been done for more than 100 years. And we are at 16 Trillion dollars in DEBT. What have you done to my country, This I ask of all Voters. What have you done?
  • Dale Williams 2012/10/03 03:03:12
    Dale Williams
    +4
    Tired of paying for Obama votes! Obama knows that if he can keep the drugs coming, those addicted to 'free' government handouts will keep coming back to the pusher(Obama)
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