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☆ QueenAline 2012/02/10 15:20:27
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Obama Gives Out Free Cell Phones



TIME Magazine: “Last year, a federal program paid out $1.6 billion to cover
free cell phones and the monthly bills of 12.5 million wireless accounts. The
program, overseen by the FCC and intended to help low-income Americans, is
popular for obvious reasons, with participation rising steeply since 2008, when
the government paid $772 million for phones and monthly bills.” Can I give you
the numbers here again? In 2008, the federal government paid $772 million for
phones and monthly bills. Since 2008, since Obama, $772 million has become $1.6
billion. It’s more than doubled.


“But observers complain that the program suffers from poor oversight, in
which phones go to people who don’t qualify, and hundreds of thousands of those
who do qualify have more than one phone. Last summer, a Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review story shed some light on a government program that relatively few
Americans knew existed. The Lifeline program provides low-income Americans with
free cell phones.” They’re not smart phones at least, but that’s probably
coming. “It covers up to 250 free minutes each month. As many as 5.5 million
residents in Pennsylvania alone could qualify for the program, which is funded
primarily by the Universal Service Fund fee added to the bills of land-line and
wireless customers.”


So all of us are paying $1.6 billion in our phone bills to cover free phones
and accounts for 12.5 million people. (interruption) Well, I guess you could
probably apply to get you a government phone with your government mortgage
payout. Yeah, you should go for it. You don’t even have to be underwater. You
can apply. Some of these people have more than two phones, more than two
accounts. That’s the thing. Obama’s stash. What else is in there?

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  • Katherine 2012/03/25 21:12:54
    I DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR OTHER PEOPLES PHONES
    Katherine
    +1
    Now I ask you, why bother working when government is just handing your money out for every trivial little thing that is entirely not your responsibility and completely not necessary.
  • Zervur 2012/02/11 00:44:44
    POOR PEOPLE NEED PHONES TOO
    Zervur
    And they can pay for it. I wonder if Government phones will be brick phone recycled. Then the Enviro-Commies will be happy too!
  • Rebel Yell 2012/02/10 16:35:57
    I DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR OTHER PEOPLES PHONES
    Rebel Yell
    +1
    No, Obama is not giving out free phones. This is part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and apparently has never had any oversight by the FCC. This is one more waste of government money. While a few people probably have been able to look for jobs and get call backs, there probably have been far more who have sold those phones or used them to further their criminal activities. Congress needs to give this one a fresh look. If there is no oversight, then kill the program.
  • Jay0Byrd 2012/02/10 16:29:37 (edited)
    POOR PEOPLE NEED PHONES TOO
    Jay0Byrd
    I have not been able to get my free phone... what's up? I want one too!
  • Aurora 2012/02/10 15:51:14
    I DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR OTHER PEOPLES PHONES
    Aurora
    +1
    Yes I would like for someone to pay for my phone, I am getting tired of paying my own bill and for other peoples phones too.
  • www.sodahead.com/smithy 2012/02/10 15:31:39
    POOR PEOPLE NEED PHONES TOO
    www.sodahead.com/smithy
    mines crap!!!!!!!!
  • Robtbal 2012/02/10 15:30:07
    I DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR OTHER PEOPLES PHONES
    Robtbal
    +1
    Pretty ridiculous isnt it ! Whats amazing is that it has nothing to do with income.....If you are on a state or federal disability plan making over $50K a year , you qualify....
  • ☆ QueenAline 2012/02/10 15:21:56
    I DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR OTHER PEOPLES PHONES
    ☆ QueenAline
    +2
    Rush was talking about this yesterday....1.6 BILLION for other peoples phones..this is an outrage....when will this insane entitlement stop?
  • Yo'Adri... ☆ Queen... 2012/02/11 12:58:01
    Yo'Adrienne..AFCL
    You can't possibly investigate who has a phone they aren't entitled to....it takes too many man hours, and time......it would be self-defeating. THIS IS WHAT they depend on................
    and that's why people take advantage. No one is going to CALL THEM ON IT!

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