sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

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

Taken from the ObamaPhone website. - Free Cell phone
and 250 minutes free air time each month. (courtesy of taxpayers)
When you visit, 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.

Ten Questions for Obama

The old traditional mainstream media isn't asking Barack anything and the ladies on "The View" simply want to bask in his aura. So I'll join the blogging community to ask what all of the adults in the room should be asking.

1. Is it true that we can no longer borrow from China and Russia to keep our economy afloat and that you've led an effort to have the Federal Reserve borrow by buying our own bonds? How do you explain a robust American stock market without explaining that we are on the brink of a financial tsunami that makes the one "you inherited" look like a ripple in a bath tub?

2. You spent $787 billion to stimulate the US Economy. Essentially, you spent the equivalent of the Korean economy (in money that we could then borrow from China who no longer lends to us). The Korean economy supports 30 million jobs. You promised 3 million jobs. You didn't produce any. Can you lay that at the feet of George W. Bush?

3. What tangible benefits to the United States has your Middle East policy produced? Has your goal of having NASA make Muslims feel good about themselves worked? 

4. What specific role will Vice President Joe Biden play in the next Obama Administration. We know that he's been the point man for job creation and for pulling American missile defense from Poland and Eastern Europe as a sop to your Russian allies. What do you have in store for him to do in the next four years?

5. Why haven't you put a single budget in place for the past three years? Do you plan to put a budget in place for the remaining five years should you win the election?

6. How do you explain your personal fortune? How did you earn it and will you make your entire trove public? We know from the convention that you're poor as a wharf rat. Who paid for your Harvard education?

Joe Biden - a heartbeat away from the presidency...
7. This week, the world's largest carmaker said electric cars are a joke, and a congressional report said federal subsidies paid for them are a waste. How do you square this with your plans to pour billions of taxpayer dollars into the development of electric cars in the form of grants, federal loans and tax credits.

8. Attorney General Eric Holder has been held in CONTEMPT of CONGRESS because he lied about his role in the Fast and Furious scandal. Do you plan to accept his resignation or to keep him in place during your next term in office? 

9. Do you have any plans to do anything to secure America's Southern Border over the next four years? If so, what and when do you plan to implement those measures?

10. Please explain SPECIFICALLY how you plan to reach across the Aisle to Republicans in the next four years to work with them to solve America's daunting challenges?

What is the chance that any of these questions will be put to President Obama by the credentialed media during the upcoming debates?