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Paradise Lost: CA to Provide
Free Cell Phones for Homeless

Breitbart´s Big Government, by Breitbart News

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 12/10/2012 4:05:35 PM

In California, the unemployment rate may be above 10.2%, and the state debt may be above $16 billion, the state’s GDP may be in serious trouble and businesses may be leaving in droves due to ever-increasing tax rates, but that isn’t going to stop the gravy train for the state’s poor and dispossessed. The California Public Utilities Commission is all set to greenlight a new program that would give homeless and low-income people free cell phones – call them Obamaphones – with free service. The idea is to help them reach out to possible job opportunities and stay connected with family.

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No mention of drug dealers, loan sharks, etc. They should be hardwired to local "unemployment office" that forwards their calls to potential employers. That way, they can be tracked on both ends of a job application by the State.

Why is Federal government giving phones to a person in an individual state & how are they paying both cellphone maker & phone company? Anyone care in LSM to check this out? [Are we secretly paying with some obscure addition to our phone bill?]

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 12/10/2012 4:08:37 PM     (No. 9058228)

Obamaphone!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: rolanddd, 12/10/2012 4:13:53 PM     (No. 9058239)

/s if carlos slim´s firm is involved then you can expect the the nytimes to be right on the case. /s


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Reply 3 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 12/10/2012 4:15:43 PM     (No. 9058243)

What address will the homeless list on the application form if they are homeless? How will the state get the phone back if they want it returned. Will the state contact the homeless person`s family they are supposedly staying in contact with to see if they are capable of housing the homeless, thus making them unhomeless and therefore not in need of a free cell phone?

This is sheer madness. Add to this fiasco the bullet train and free everything for illegals and Calif is on the fastrack to disaster.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: 4Justice, 12/10/2012 4:15:53 PM     (No. 9058244)

Oh that does it! With all the thousands and thousands of dollars I pay this state, they want more to give phones to a bunch of illegals and drug addicts? Forget it, I am going to shut off my family plan that costs me over $200/mo and get us all free Obamaphones. Why should I keep paying and paying and get NOTHING but stress and heartache in return? I don´t feel guilty either.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MattMusson, 12/10/2012 4:17:54 PM     (No. 9058248)

It is time to kick California out of the Union.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: schnapps, 12/10/2012 4:18:31 PM     (No. 9058250)

Not to mention the convenience of organizing a flash mob every time they need a new pair of Nikes.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: jerseyden, 12/10/2012 4:24:48 PM     (No. 9058259)

This will be a death warrant for them. The gangs and drug addicts will prey on them knowing no one will stop them.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: pinger, 12/10/2012 4:27:47 PM     (No. 9058263)

There´s little doubt that these idiots think that the people of Oklahoma, North Dakota, Florida, Louisiana and all the other states....are going to write them a $16B check one of these days.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Kowgirl, 12/10/2012 4:27:57 PM     (No. 9058264)

After calling 311 to find a free bed for the night, will the phone recipient then get a free taxi ride to the location if it´s in another part of the city? What about dinner on the way there? The taxpayer funded spending possibilities are endless.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: vesicant, 12/10/2012 4:30:57 PM     (No. 9058271)

Well, hey, they can´t accept all those job offers without a phone. Dontcha know.

I´ve actually seen that as a justification for giving cell phones to the homeless. Most of whom probably think it´s a night light.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: manitouman, 12/10/2012 4:39:41 PM     (No. 9058285)

This wouldn´t actually be an obamaphone - That´s national.

It would be a brownphone - That´s state provided.

Just couldn´t imagine bringing something that looks like a chocolate covered candy bar floating in a swimming pool up to my ear.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: maggie2u, 12/10/2012 4:40:13 PM     (No. 9058287)

O.K. a dumb question, but if they´re homeless, how do they re-charge them?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: vhs68, 12/10/2012 4:45:16 PM     (No. 9058294)

Not a dumb question #12. I was thinking the same thing. just an unintended consequence. Cali is definitely a ´fantasy land´.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 12/10/2012 4:55:17 PM     (No. 9058323)

Are free cell phones in the Bill of Rights? Did I miss something?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Safari Man, 12/10/2012 4:57:44 PM     (No. 9058330)

I recently terminated service on my cell phone simply because I couldn´t justify the expense. The taxes I pay would probably pay for about 100 of these phones and the service per year. If I can do without, so can they.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: calamity kate, 12/10/2012 5:01:01 PM     (No. 9058334)

#12, the unintended consequence of this is they will start squatting in public places (McDs, Starbucks, etc.) to charge their phones.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: SteelTurman, 12/10/2012 5:05:26 PM     (No. 9058343)

There´s a homeless man in our neighborhood, who slept in the park and went around collecting cans.

He got ours and over time started doing occasional odd jobs.

The jobs and his responsibilities increased over a year or so and we let him stay in the garage for a few months.

He took on more jobs and responsibilities around our home and in the neighborhood.

He is now trusted to do store runs with my credit card and we moved him into the downstairs apartment when it started getting cold.

A couple of months ago, I got him a cellphone and make sure he has prepaid time each month.

He will always be welcome in our home and eats holiday meals with us and I make sure he has food and yes, beer.

He watches over our home and the neighbors´ and takes his responsibilities very seriously.

He has become a contributing member to society ...

... no one ever gave him the chance and his demons got the best of him.

He is now off the street, does his chores and is healthier and happier than he´s ever been.

He earned that.

Charity begins at home.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 12/10/2012 5:07:37 PM     (No. 9058348)

What on earth does this plan, even the concept, have to do with the PUC?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: lawabidingcitizen, 12/10/2012 5:17:05 PM     (No. 9058371)

"The idea is to help them reach out to possible job opportunities and stay connected with family."

Anyone who believes that is living in fantasy land. The phones are to call in the troops to riot in case we start to get frisky.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: mean Gene, 12/10/2012 5:24:26 PM     (No. 9058392)

When I drove hubby one day he finally noticed all of the homeless tents under every overpass and bridge in the downtown Long Beach area....hundreds of them.
Where do they ´´go?´´
Will they be getting ´´free phones,´´ too?
There must be a thousand people living in tents between the ocean and the San Diego freeway off the 710.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: JimBob, 12/10/2012 6:42:32 PM     (No. 9058517)

I have a theory, looking around the scroungier areas in my part of the country.

I believe that there used to be the Four Essentials of Low-Life Living, now increased to the Five Essentials of Low-Life Living.
These seem to cut across all boundaries of culture, race, ethnicity, etc. You have people who live in a dump, no car, obviously no insurance, who scrounge quarters to take the laundry to the laundry-mat (won´t save up enough for a used washing machine) etc.

But they WILL have the following:
(in no particular order)

#1 -Beer
#2 -Cigarettes
#3 -Cable TV
#4 -Air Conditioning (it´s hot & humid here)
and now,
#5 -A Cell Phone (not necessarily thier own)

...just another crazy observation from a redneck in the Deep South.

Any comments?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: cheeflo, 12/10/2012 6:45:13 PM     (No. 9058522)

Why?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: JediJerry, 12/10/2012 7:14:10 PM     (No. 9058547)

Why not free iphones, ipads, and laptops and free internet service so they can look for jobs on Craigs List? The idea is for them to be able to deal drugs more efficiently, and sell their food stamps for half face value in cash at the gas station.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 12/10/2012 7:55:14 PM     (No. 9058585)

#20 those aren´t the Obama brand of homeless they are the first that lost their jobs and homes with nowhere else to go.
Remember those months when Obe first passed through the standing godlike pillars and the journey to hell began.
What the heck makes anyone think those phones will be the recharge kind-just toss them away when done and go get another.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: ohyababy, 12/10/2012 8:12:43 PM     (No. 9058604)

For all the California haters on this thread. California is the 37th state to implement this - so maybe y´all should look at your own state first.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Wetlandz, 12/10/2012 8:29:39 PM     (No. 9058617)

CA is liberalism on crack

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Reply 27 - Posted by: avmermaid, 12/10/2012 9:53:02 PM     (No. 9058685)

The number of minutes they get is more than I can afford for myself!


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Reply 28 - Posted by: M Stuart, 12/10/2012 10:49:39 PM     (No. 9058740)

You forgot extremely long and expensive fake fingernails, #21.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/11/2012 12:03:50 AM     (No. 9058800)

Agree, #16. They will start hanging around the library (there have been notable cases where filthy, smelly homeless people have won the legal right to hang around the public library, driving real patrons out), too.

There was a story in the paper recently about bums trying to tap into the base of street lights to get free electricity.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: redink, 12/11/2012 12:53:32 AM     (No. 9058835)

I will be losing my cell phone next week when my contract is up. Since I can´t afford a new contract, I´ll be utilizing pay-by-the-minute phones, but will only be able to use them for very important calls.

Next year, my 15 year-old car won´t pass the new regs on smog and safety, so I´ll be car-less for a while too.

It´s demoralizing and degrading to even think of getting an Obamaphone...or Obamacar...or anything thing with the cruel stamp of govt. dependency on it.
My goal in life right now is to make it every day without someone else subsidizing my family.
Ain´t Obamaville grand...

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Reply 31 - Posted by: LanieLou, 12/11/2012 4:46:31 AM     (No. 9058899)

Obozo´s army of illegals, including 800k more foreign students in 2011 than 2010... all need ObamaPhones to be contacted with propaganda & when he needs a rage riot or demonstration.

Must be the free market isn´t reaching them fast enough with a free ObamaPhone. They run ads on tv here in FL!

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/11/2012 6:32:33 AM     (No. 9058955)

If the goobermint is collecting too much money from that outrageous fee tacked onto our phone bills so the grifters live better than a taxpayer, why don´t they get rid of the fee.

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