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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Obama Phone

Where do free cell phones come from? How do you get your free Obama Phone?

Here is a (viral) video of an Ohio voter who is the recipient of President Obama's largess (with your tax dollars). Some people would call it buying votes. I leave it for you to decide.


The Lifeline program was established in 1984 with the best of intentions to subsidize landline telephone service for low income Americans. The government funded Lifeline by collecting telecommunication fees from consumers. If you look at your telephone bill you'll see the Lifeline excise tax. That's the money that goes to the happy Obama supporter (above) who enjoys using her free cellular telephone with free service.  

In 2008, the government expanded Lifeline to include cell phones under a fairness doctrine. The program's cost rose to $772 million in 2008 and by 2011 the excise tax for Lifeline was at $1.6 billion. It will be higher in 2012 but fear not, people like the lady in the video above thank you for the freebie. 
In some instances, the government is handing out multiple phones to the same people. And there’s no national tracking system keeping tabs on who’s enrolled—or whether participants even qualify. (Businessweek)
A 2011 audit found that 269,000 wireless Lifeline subscribers were receiving free phones and monthly service from two or more carriers. Several websites have been created to promote “free” government cell phones, including the:

Obama Cell Phone website at Obamaphone.net.

Taken from the ObamaPhone website. - Free Cell phone
and 250 minutes free air time each month. (courtesy of taxpayers)
When you visit Obamaphone.net, you'll see how easy it is to sign up and receive your free telephone courtesy of President Barack Obama (and his concern for you). You don't have to qualify, just fill out the form and your free cellular telephone is on its way to you. However to be sure to keep your free Obamaphone, you should consider voting for Barack Obama for President. If the other guy gets into power some of these free benefits provided by Barack Obama personally to you may be in jeopardy.

If somebody tells you that it's paid for through an excise tax, call them a racist. That will shut them up.





Pressure to reform the program led the FCC to announce an effort in February to “reduce the potential for fraud while cutting red tape for consumers and providers” by the end of 2013.












16 comments:

  1. It's Obama's turn to be redistributed. Back to Hawaii.

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    1. What will happen to the vast legions of people on 'foo stamps' who want their free cellphone and free airtime?

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  2. Vote buying, plain and simple... Hell, they get a nicer cell phone than I have!!!

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    1. It's simply another brick in the wall as far as I'm concerned. They're using our tax money to bribe a certain segment of society.

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  3. I found the obamaphone.net website shocking. The Government actually calls this freebie designed to buy votes the Obama phone. I'm with Old NFO. They have nicer cell phones than I do. Then again, I'm not receiving welfare or food stamps. I am one of those people who have been a happy idiot for a long time, thinking that the largess to the poor was kindness.

    Obama and the entitled have confused 'kindness' and 'weakness'.

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    1. I disagree, they've found the weakness in the system and in the American character for generosity and they've exploited it. They will continue to do so irrespective of the upcoming vote.

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  4. This woman should be the poster child for all that is wrong with the socialist ideal. And it pisses me off to no end that the excise tax on my phones goes to give ignorant people, like this woman, cell phones and service. Could there be any better symbol of just how broken the government is?

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    1. Or if you're a drug dealer and need several free phones, this is the plan for you. I'm sure with the plan's costs spiraling out of control that your Lifeline Excise Tax will be going up too.

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  5. I've heard ads for the program here on the radio starting a few weeks ago. Funny, but I've never heard them before. Still, I'm sure its all just a coincidence that the election is just a couple of months away.

    They make a point at the end of the radio spot to sternly warn people that defrauding the program can get you in trouble. It made me feel better to know there wouldn't be any funny business...

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    1. The Chicago Club (Axelrod, Jarrett, Obama, Daley, Emanuel, etc.) play by Chicago rules, which means that buying votes with taxpayer money is simply how it's done. Alinsky Rules.

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  6. obama doesn't "give"too much, does he?

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    1. Obama is a poor man, a humble man, a man of the people, who does what he can for his constituents. That he uses your money to help them out is simply a sign of his greatness.

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  7. It's class warfare alright ... Obugnut is pitting the "Gimme Class" against the upper and middle classes.

    Your Video feed of the Obama phone went belly up. Here's another.
    http://youtu.be/tpAOwJvTOio

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    1. Some liberal must have deleted it from YouTube. I put the link you suggested up. (redundency is good)

      The Gimme Class takes and the rest of us seem to simply fork the money over.

      WHAT is wrong with America? Well, there you go.

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