This video of an Obama supporter bragging about having an “Obama phone” has gone viral on the web, but where do these “free cell phones” come from? The program is called Lifeline, established in 1984 was originally created to subsidize landline phone service for low income Americans, funded by government-collected telecommunication fees, paid by consumers. In 2008, the program was expanded to support cell phones which quickly escalated the cost of the program. In 2008 the program cost $772 million, but by 2011 it cost $1.6 billion. A 2011 audit found that 269,000 wireless Lifeline subscribers were receiving
The mere fact that there is an Obama-phone website makes my blood boil, but that video, oh my. I wish I could show that to all of my friends who are Obama supporters and make them tell me why they want to be in bed with such ignorant freeloaders.
I think the whole thing is best expressed by the classic statement that " There ain't no such thing as a free lunch." It may have gone on to say " Nothing can come from nowhere, nor can it be free; everything has a beginning, a destination and a cost that must be paid..."
Have forgotten some of it; perhaps a reader can fill me in.
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lil dotty, 9/28/2012 7:15:49 AM (No. 8895400)
It must be said oh dark won does fine the most intelligent victims on the streets when he hands out bits of his stash. Where did the female heard on Rush's show yesterday study? Anyone could hear her speak and know she had to be in the top 5 percent of her class. s/o
Choices choices free phones or free abortions or free b/c pills which will it be?
Here in MA, Boston especially, the libs have been giving out apartments, food, medical care, phones and cars to the "poor", for years. I'm not sure what is left to give, but OUR poor are doing pretty good. No need to finish school, get a job, get married. Just carry on as before.
Barack Hussein Obama (um, um, um) does not mind taking credit for ''helping'' the ''poor'' with free phones ... until the media starts rubbing our collective noses in it; then he'll start back-pedaling.
While the funding may be federal, the sign-up procedure is managed by the states. The Texas rules require a copy of the phone bill every six months and proof that the person is on Medicaid, SSI, SSDI, etc. One per household. So I fail to understand how 269,000 could get two phones...unless some states have set up procedures that are too lax.
(By the way, the recipient I know is a Romney supporter. Not every disabled individual is as stupid as the person in this video.)
The program was started in 1984 or so when 911 was just coming about. At that time it was discovered that some people couldn't 'afford' telephones and therefore couldn't use the 911 system in case of fire or emergency. At first it was just a call-out phone that couldn't receive calls, then it was expanded to 'allow loved ones to check on granny.' The rest is history.
When cell phones first came out, law enforcement provided cell phones to domestic violence victims. The only number it would dial was 911. It has gotten so far out of hand it is ridiculous. They now have better phones than I do, and I'm paying for it!
The program was expanded in 2008. Lots of people will use that fact to blame Bush and forget that the dems controlled the pursestrings. Without any sort of budget the last few years, we can be sure that all of these programs are bloated beyond our wildest imaginations. Over a billion spent on cell phones for 'poor' people... this is the sort of government waste that people want stopped.
We ARE a compassionate people, but we've become stupid.
Thinking about the Peace Corps (not corpse), whose mission it was to teach people how to do for themselves, how to dig a well, farm the land, build and make.
Here at home we --the liberal/leftwing establishment, that is-- have succeeded in creating an enormous class of hangers-on, and, i'm sorry to say, a staggering number of people who live lives of rowdy meaninglessness (not, NOT, "quiet desperation").
And we can not and dare not speak the truth. Haven't we seen what happens to people who have?
Is it kinder to make people comfortable in their lives of dependency than to inculcate the virtue of work, of the nobility of honest labor?
What havoc three and three-quarters years of BO have wrought.
I think this issue resonates with most of the cell-phone bill paying public, especially the younger crowd. They pay ALOT of money every month for their phones and see this able-bodied loudmouth bragging that she and 'everybody in Cleveland' got a free phone from Obama.
They get 250 min. a month? I have a cell phone for emergencies that is a prepaid phone. I pay about 20 bucks every 3 months for 120 min and I never use them all. They roll over, but I have to renew every 3 months. If it's good enough for me, it is good enough for only the disadvantaged elderly - it is still too good for the rest of these leeches.
They should make these phones the ugliest, biggest eyesores so that the parasites that think they're cool won't want them.
This is but the tip of the iceberg. The history of ALL government run social programs is that they start as reasonably sized operations with good intentions, but over time progressively expand to unsustainable dimensions. Social Security, Medicare, whateva. The bureaucrats who run them dream up more and more ways to expand services and users who qualify.
Allow me to explain the fundamental reason for this. Government, ALL government, whether socialist or capitalist, inevitably implodes because the people who gravitate to it do not understand the simple principle of "profit". And the key aspect of profit isn't that one makes a lot of money, but that one SPENDS LESS than it costs to make that money. People in government or publicly funded jobs (like teachers, firemen, etc.) have no concept of this basic principle. So the cost of all government programs expans until it all collapses.
As this program (and SS and Medicare, etc.) and our entire government certainly will. Soon.
I've sent the link to this video to everyone I can. With the continual widespread broadcast of this video between now and election day could blow Obama out of the water. Who wants this parasite Obama voter to be the face of America?
I think I could stomach this program a little better if this cretin acted the least bit appreciative of the people actually paying her bills (and that obviously isn't Obama.) Instead she thinks she is owed everything in life that other people work to have, just by the fact that she was born black.
I hate to keep bringing up real life dependence experiences but a friend is a woodworker and serves the charity agency of his church helping families get furniture in their homes. A woman with 3 kids sleeping on mattresses on the floor with the clothing in neat piles on the floor. He helped with the bed frames and the chest of drawers for these kids that need our help. Unfortunately the mother had spent her money on a 63" plasma TV and she had an Iphone while my friend can only afford a trac phone. When he asked she said the phone was free but she only received so many minutes and no data. To make up for this social services added WiFi to her cable TV package that she doesn't pay for and now she gets data and unlimited use of the phone when she is on WiFi. Folks, we are in trouble......I say would say something else but this would get flagged.
Does anyone really think that if Romney wins he will dismantle all these give-aways to the 'poor.' If they were afraid of them and their rioting if someone said Zippy was a fake president out loud, you have to know this will be untouchable too. When ever has a government program been discontinued?
I too have a TracFone, $29.95 from Walmart and $20 every three months.
Someone above mentioned the ipads in school. This is giving me a heartburn too. We've been paying the ever-increasing school taxes all our working lives and have never had a kid in school. A couple of years ago local schools installed the 'interactive boards' in all the classrooms. Where in the H are they going to use those when they go to work? Local school kids also get shoes, socks, backpacks filled with school supplies, toys at Christmas and three squares a day. Who needs parents?
Re: The question No. 29 posed. I wonder if some of these teaching programs became it's-easier-to-give-it-away programs because so many of the recipients are untrainable. Really...look at that dumb broad - do you think she has ANY discernable work skills? And no, running your big, demanding mouth is not a skill. And you knnnoow what I'm talkin' 'bout...Hillary. Next time one of your dem friends wants you to apologize for succeeding in life, just refer them to this video & say, "I'll apologize when you apologize for THAT!"
This hideous woman was the last straw for me. We can't "go Galt" but I warned my husband that should Obama win, I will not be joining him at his sibling's homes for Thanksgiving or Christmas. They don't have "obama phones" but they are proud obama voters and I can no longer stomach obama or his supporters.
I once asked my 89yr old mother if she wanted me to check into getting her one of these "free" cell phones. She very emphatically told me NO. Although she lives on a small fixed income, she still takes care of herself and pays all of her bills on time. Including her telephone bill.
Some people in this world still have a sense of dignity and self respect. I'm forever glad that I was raised by one.
There are a grand total of 19 government programs for the poor...19...from WIC, to free lunch, and breakfast for kids..and schools serve free meals all summer. With a car, TV's, free food stamps and help with utilities and rent...they all could afford their own dang phones. but its a gimmie gimmie country. I just wonder what would happen if we all stopped paying that extra charge on our phone bills.
I do not know if it is a coincidence or not, but, I went ino the obamaphone.net site and it acme up with a story blaming presidents back to Roosevelt for this program. When I clicked the button to get an application the link went bad. I have been unable to get back into that site. Guess Axelrod and Cutter had it taken down.
This is a Government "Payback" to the Cell phone Industry !!! The Government charged huge fees for Cellular "Spectrum" for cell companies to use. They are now allowing the same cell companies to bill the Government for Cell phones for low income users. Originally, it was for ONE home telephone (landline), but that has been extended to cell phones when the industry objected.
NOW, it does not stop as ONE cell phone for each house, BUT a cell phone for each person in the house !!!!
Originally, the program was for using it for emergencies only, now you get minutes to call, texting, and other goodies for free !!!
ALL or course, billed to the Government !!!!
Program needs to be scrapped, or radically changed !!!
Why is there such a thing as a free cell phone anyway? It's not a necessity and millions of people get along perfectly well without them. Besides, once they have the phones, who pays the monthly charges?
No one needs a free cell phone, no one needs cable TV, and no one needs a college education. They are all nice perks if you can afford them but one can live nicely and happily without them.
Yet one more "social program" that I pay for yet cannot use. I pay for food stamps for going on 48 million of my fellow "citizens" yet I can't get them for myself. I pay for Obama phones for useless freeloaders, but I can't get one myself. Somehow, something seems wrong with this picture.
3 points: -billy maher - do you justify your $1 million donation to obozo's campaign? -what this gorilla will say when obozo runs out of OUR money? -how did repubics miss it for 6 years (2001-2006), they had FBI, IRS... all the alphabet soups! They should have known what community organizers did and how it was paid for. And not just that: media, education, entertainment industry. Fing Bush! I have many more points, but I rather have a shot of scotch. Otherwise, my head will definitely explode. One more point though: we NEED conservative mainstream media to expose what is happening in our country, specifically, inability of repubics to represent commonsense conservatives!
#66, these are the perks fascists/commies distribute on our dime. They did it for their supporters in nazy germany and commie russia! There is nothing new. We, idiots, are paying for that! In soviet union, factory workers were getting free vacation to commie countries, bulgaria, german democratic republic, etc... While engineers, doctors and teachers (with lesser pay, could you believe it?) were paying for 10 day trip 2-3 months salary! And after that the workers were told that this fing intelligentsia is practically the enemy of the state!
I am going to tell you my experience with the "free cell phones." A the article states, they are given to the low-income people. But there is also a program for people on food stamps. I know this because about a year ago I fell onto hard times and was on food stamps but got off of them as soon as I possibly could. The phones are to help a person to network in finding a job alot easier. I and my oldest daughter each had one and as soon as we got jobs they were sent back.
I do apologize to all worthless Escalade driving couch-potatos collecting disability and welfare benefits, food stamps, WIC subsidies, talking to their dumbed-down, barely aware, dope-smoking, self-absorbed, media-influenced, celebrity-obsessed, busted-ass, Kool-Aid drinking, uninformed government-dependent zombies on free cell phones everywhere... I do believe I was being too generous in that assessment!
This is the very sad face of the Democrat Party. Here is a person that when they were born like most people probably had enormous potential for a productive life. Obama and the Dems have created this crude example of dependency. You have to feel sorry for this woman and all the other people like her who are wards of the state. Of course, we cry for our country as we see this horrid culture of dependency encouraged and fostered by this sorry excuse of a president and his corrupt party.
#66, WE pay the monthly charges. That's why the program costs us nearly $2 billion a year.
There are commercials all the time on our local radio station, telling people that if they receive some other benefit like SSI, EBT (food stamps), etc., they are eligible for a free cell phone. Come on down!
If you really want to be angry, look up all the benefits that are available. WIC, Section 8 housing allowance, SSI (called crazy money, because if you act crazy, or instruct your children to act crazy in school, you get SSI), and of course, there is always the earned income tax credit. Listen to folks who pay no tax compare notes on how much they're "getting back" from the IRS.
Smart phones for dumb voters. The recipeant thinks their getting a free phone. You know that this has to be tied up with the hugely financed Obama GOTV. These phones will be used like a leash to harrass these people to register, and vote. Obama is working the new voters like Card Check... Working the lists to be sure every new voter (delusional, drunk, demented or dead) votes, ideally with their hand being held while they Vote By Mail, or otherwise bussed to early voting or to the polls. And of course there are huge incentives for the minders who get their 100 voters under their responsibility to vote. Get your 100 voters to the polls and you win an iPad and a thank you letter from The One.
The phones don't bother me as much as the police denying an individuals right to freedom to peaceably oppose the government. A heckler in a Romney rally would not have been escorted out. I had hoped that the military and law enforcement would see all of the unconstitutional actions of the prez and fail to support him. Guess I was wrong and Wes Clark is right.
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