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Supporters rally to defense
of ´Obama phone´ program

The Hill [Washington, DC], by Brendan Sasso

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 3/16/2013 12:41:47 PM

Republicans have targeted a federal phone subsidy, widely referred to as the "Obama phone" program, as a prime example of wasteful government spending. But supporters of the program are coming to its defense, arguing that it is crucial for ensuring that needy people are able to communicate with their loved-ones and call for help in an emergency. "Allow me to set the record straight," said Mignon Clyburn, a Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission, in a speech on Friday. "Without this program, 15 million low-income families would literally be choosing between feeding their children or going without a

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Of course they are. Who would want to give up their freebies? In spite of all the waste and fraud found in the program it proceeds. And of course Republicans will be called racist or worse if they say anything. I´m so sick of this insanity.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Zarin, 3/16/2013 12:47:02 PM     (No. 9228231)

There is no reason that ´the needy´ can´t buy with all their government largesse a Virgin Mobile phone or a Track phone that is pay as you go - I think the cheapest phones run about $25 & you pay a small monthly fee - like $10 bucks and pay 10 cents a minute.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Safari Man, 3/16/2013 12:48:12 PM     (No. 9228232)

I have the money for a cell phone, but I choose to save, invest, spend my money on other things -- I cannot justify the expense of a cell phone. If I cannot justify paying for my own cell phone, how can they justify MY paying for someone else´s cell phone?


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Reply 3 - Posted by: sliver of truth, 3/16/2013 12:49:31 PM     (No. 9228233)

Ridiculous. I am not a cell phone junkie, and I get a year´s worth of service with over 1000 minutes on Tracfone for less than $10 a month. If these are truly for emergency purposes, I can´t imagine anyone needing more than that.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: CleanhouseinDc, 3/16/2013 12:52:08 PM     (No. 9228237)

Give them phones with 911 access enabled only. Let them pay for phone service.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: AltaD, 3/16/2013 1:08:31 PM     (No. 9228251)

I use a $20 cell phone and my prepaid T-Mobile plan costs less than $10 a month. Of course, this isn´t a "smart phone" I can´t access the internet, watch videos, etc. but then again, I´m paying for.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 3/16/2013 1:22:57 PM     (No. 9228278)

Society´s mooches defend their mooching off of tax-paying citizens...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jalo1951, 3/16/2013 1:24:04 PM     (No. 9228282)

#2 Because the government considers your money their money first.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: maggie2u, 3/16/2013 1:24:27 PM     (No. 9228284)

Oh for God´s sake, they don´t feed their children now. We do. Breakfast at school, lunch at school, food stamps and I recently read where people were putting together food boxes for kids to have during week-ends. When will this insanity end?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: thomthomp, 3/16/2013 1:24:43 PM     (No. 9228286)

So how did "the poor" get along before there were cell phones?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Dante, 3/16/2013 1:26:03 PM     (No. 9228289)

Nobody is choosing between feeding their children or paying for a cell phone, what utter BS.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Kurto, 3/16/2013 1:26:40 PM     (No. 9228292)

Good. Make the face the choice. It will be good for them.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Keekng, 3/16/2013 1:44:08 PM     (No. 9228308)

Free phone=Vote getter

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Reply 13 - Posted by: noproblems, 3/16/2013 1:46:27 PM     (No. 9228317)

it will be interesting to see what the republicans actually do with the budget; will they insist these types of things get cleaned up.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mitzi, 3/16/2013 1:57:35 PM     (No. 9228335)

Let´s start a rumor!

Those Obama phones are tracked by the government. The Feds know who you are calling and what you are talking about, where you are calling from and the location of the person you are talking to.

Say the wrong thing ... they´ll be coming to get you! /s

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Reply 15 - Posted by: dman, 3/16/2013 2:00:42 PM     (No. 9228336)

Lifeline service? Perhaps. 250 voice and 250 data minutes per month? Gimme a break.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: pineledger, 3/16/2013 2:04:14 PM     (No. 9228342)

If they want "to communicate with their loved ones," let them get off their butts and get their own phones.

I once very briefly employed a household helper (whom I fired when I found out she was on SSDI and double-dipping) who had a cell phone that made mine look like something from the Bag Phone era. And with which I caught her (on the day I fired her) taking pictures of the inside of my house. And who walked off with a pair of 18k gold earrings.

So don´t tell me anything about communicating with loved ones.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 3/16/2013 2:16:38 PM     (No. 9228364)

Wife and I sat in a McDonalds for lunch one day, in Mississippi, and watched as an Obama voer programed 3 smartphones, while his wife sat across from him and burned up about 20 minutes on her´s. Must have een one heck ofan emergency!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Shimmer128, 3/16/2013 2:19:32 PM     (No. 9228365)

They mistake me. I don´t CARE if they get to communicate with their loved ones. I don´t want to pay for it!


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Reply 19 - Posted by: K620, 3/16/2013 2:21:54 PM     (No. 9228372)

False choice Mignon ain´t too smart, is she? Kudos to all the posters; wish you guys were in Congress.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth, 3/16/2013 2:30:47 PM     (No. 9228388)

The solution is, as Uncle Joe would say, a three letter word: JOBS.

Get one, and pay for own dang phone.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: volksford, 3/16/2013 2:31:25 PM     (No. 9228389)

FCC rules....ALL cell phones must have access to 911 service active or not. Clyburn is too stupid to know that. This lifeline program is a crock bastardization of the Universal Service fee established at the breakup of AT&T.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Cedar, 3/16/2013 2:34:24 PM     (No. 9228391)

This program started out for only land line phones. The abuse exploded when the program was expanded to include mobile phones. There are people who get multiple phones and then sell them to other people. Even the cell phone carriers are in on the fraud now because they make tons on money on the mobile phones.

There was a time when no one had cell phones and we all did fine without them.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Miss Daisy, 3/16/2013 2:41:05 PM     (No. 9228399)

How is it that I have managed to live 54 years without a cell phone (and will continue to do so) but needy people must have them "to communicate with their loved-ones and call for help in an emergency"? A cell phone is not a necessity in life!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: jerseyden, 3/16/2013 2:45:15 PM     (No. 9228408)

I remember back in the mid 50´S some neighbors got a new color TV. When I asked my father if we were getting one he said he couldn´t afford to buy one and feed the family. He made his choice to feed the family.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 3/16/2013 2:49:14 PM     (No. 9228415)

FTA: Clyburn argued that Lifeline is a bargain compared to other social service programs, such as Medicaid and food stamps.

Great defense. Compared to programs that waste hundreds of billions of dollars, this one only wastes tens of billions.


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Reply 26 - Posted by: youngtexan, 3/16/2013 3:46:41 PM     (No. 9228463)

I can´t afford a $250 phone but these people are getting them for ´free´. I wonder if they´d be upset if we´d get them for ´free´ and they had to pay for ours. of course they would.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: veritas, 3/16/2013 4:16:49 PM     (No. 9228496)

1. We didn´t give the Feds Constitutional authority to do this.

2. We´re not obligated to provide such benefits to others. And we´re not obligated to pay them for having children, either.

3. If it´s really, really, really that critical for the program beneficiaries to have phones, a. why didn´t they figure out how to get them on their own [sell something, get family help, get a no-contract cheapo phone (some such are free with a starter purchase of minutes), and so on]; b. why haven´t existing charities provided phones; or c. why didn´t someone [like the people seizing and spending your money and mine on the Obamaphones] put his own money and time into a starting a new charity to provide them?
4. Life is all about choices, making the most of what´s available to you [not addressing destructive choices here]. The guy with a $10 million "house" probably had to accept that he can´t afford a $50 million "house." And that there are things he´ll never have. So maybe those fancy [read: ugly] "manicures" will have to be cut back so you pay for your own phone. Yes, some people have horrible situations. But too many refuse to learn how to make choices, because "gimme, gimme -- poor, poor me!" is easier. And there are plenty of abettors to help you, in exchange for big salaries and [often] your votes.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Keekng, 3/16/2013 4:45:33 PM     (No. 9228516)

Any voter/person who thinks having a phone ranks at the same level as feeding a child does not need a phone, they need a jail cell.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Zarin, 3/16/2013 5:11:57 PM     (No. 9228541)

OH and BTW - Many of those phones are used by the local drug dealers.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: ASAvet, 3/16/2013 5:48:45 PM     (No. 9228565)

Clyburn needs to spend some time at the Dept of Agriculture looking over some info regarding "poor people." Many own a car, a home, big screen TV´s, computers and related games, eat meat regularly and almost no one ever goes hungry. Here´s a surprise - Clyburn is an idiot.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: chance_232, 3/16/2013 5:49:31 PM     (No. 9228567)

Perhaps "their loved ones" can pick up the tab for the cell phone??



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Reply 32 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 3/16/2013 6:35:16 PM     (No. 9228609)

"All minority got Obama Phone, you know. Keep Obama in president. He gave us a phone - he gonna do more."

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 3/16/2013 8:47:39 PM     (No. 9228744)

They don´t have to choose between food or any other necessity: they´re already getting "government" assistance for everything... paid for by the rest of us.

Sickening.

Have heard about fraud (what else?) phones sent to those who don´t qualifiy. Another anecdote, someone who tried to cancel the phone because elderly parent had dies, and can NOT turn it off.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: LadyVet, 3/17/2013 12:35:15 AM     (No. 9228913)

#29 is right. How will they talk with the family´s drug dealer? And how will Obama´s OFA contact them to tell them where to catch the bus to go vote? You can bet that Obama makes sure that the Dems have the # for every Obamaphone.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 3/17/2013 10:43:35 AM     (No. 9229285)

She´s precisely as stupid as her father, James Clyburn(D)Africa-America

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Coy860, 3/17/2013 10:56:50 AM     (No. 9229298)

If We the People continue to be forced to provide every want and need of the poor, WHAT will be their motivating factor to get a job and take care of their own wants and needs?

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Reply 37 - Posted by: mickturn, 3/17/2013 11:37:45 AM     (No. 9229387)

New Rule: When you get free stuff you HAVE NO VOTE!

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The president gave two speeches this week, one in the Rose Garden to talk about Obamacare and one in Ann Arbor, Mich., to push minimum wage increases. What did we learn? We learned that President Obama is most comfortable in campaign mode, and his campaigning has gotten downright ugly. His Rose Garden speech was a typical self-congratulatory moment for supposedly hitting 7.1 million Obamacare sign-ups — although we know that once again, the White House is ignoring some inconvenient truths. We also learned that the president was vain enough to asked the networks to cover his speech in prime time, but

Female transgender student
suspended for using women’s bathroom

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New York Daily News, by Nicole Hensley    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/5/2014 10:00:58 PM     Post Reply
A female transgender student wants an apology from a North Carolina college for being detained by a security officer and sent home for using the women’s bathroom. The 22-year-old freshman, Andraya Williams, believes she was discriminated against during a March 19 incident at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C. because of her looks. The freshman said she was leaving the restroom and going to her social studies class when a female officer stopped her and requested her student ID, according to a statement released by the Transgender Law Center. The officer then laughed while asking the student if

Matt Bevin defends going
to cockfighting rally

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Courier-Journal [Louisville, KY], by Joseph Gerth & James R. Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/6/2014 7:20:55 AM     Post Reply
U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin spent the week defending his decision last weekend to attend an event in Corbin, Ky., that most attendees knew was a rally to legalize cockfighting in Kentucky. Bevin has said he didn´t know it was a rally supporting cockfighting and thought it was a "state´s rights" rally. After ducking other calls for comment, Bevin went on WHAS radio´s "Terry Meiners Show" on Thursday to talk about the rally, cockfighting and other things. "I´ve never been to a cockfight, I don´t condone cockfighting, but here´s the thing: I´m not going to disparage people for exercising their First Amendment rights,"


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