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Outrageous! Free Cell Phones And Free Cell Phone Minutes To Welfare Recipients
TEC ^ | 1-29-2012 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 01/29/2012 8:56:46 PM PST by blam

Outrageous! The Government Is Giving Out Free Cell Phones And Free Cell Phone Minutes To Welfare Recipients

Michael Snyder
January 29, 2012

Did you know that the federal government is giving out free cell phones and free cell phone minutes to welfare recipients? It may be hard to believe, but it is true. Right now, there are companies that are running advertisements specifically targeted at low income Americans informing them of the fact that all they have to do is sign up and they can get a free cell phone and hundreds of free cell phone minutes every single month and it will all be paid for by the federal government. Some have referred to this as "The Obama Phone", but that is not exactly accurate.
The outrageous federal programs that are paying for this were initiated before Barack Obama entered the White House. But the fact that welfare recipients have been receiving free cell phones and free cell phone minutes under both the Bush and Obama administrations has been confirmed as being true by Snopes. All of this is paid for by "the federal Universal Service Fund". That is one of those annoying little taxes that you may have noticed on your phone bill. So what is essentially happening is the federal government is taking money from all of us so that they can provide free cell phone service for welfare recipients every single month.

When some of my readers informed me of this free cell phone scheme, I decided that I better go to the source. So I went over to the FCC website, and it turns out that there are two federal programs involved. "Link Up" provides a one-time connection discount on phone service, and it can be applied to the cost of a cell phone. So this is where the free cell phone comes from. "Lifeline" provides a monthly discount on telephone service. So this is where the free cell phone minutes each month come from. The following is a description of these programs from the FCC website....

What Benefits are Available Under the Lifeline and Link Up Programs?

Lifeline provides discounts on one basic monthly telephone service (wireline or wireless) for qualified subscribers. These discounts can be up to $10.00 per month, depending on your state. Federal rules prohibit qualifying low-income consumers from receiving more than ONE Lifeline service at the same time. That is, qualifying low-income consumers may receive a Lifeline discount on either a home telephone or wireless telephone service, but may not receive a Lifeline discount on both services at the same time. Lifeline also includes Toll Limitation Service, which enables a telephone subscriber to limit the amount of long distance calls that can be made from a telephone. Link Up Up provides qualified subscribers with a one-time discount (up to a maximum of $30) off of the initial installation fee for one traditional, wireline telephone service at the primary residence or the activation fee for one wireless telephone.
It also allows subscribers to pay the remaining amount they owe on a deferred schedule, interest-free. Federal rules prohibit qualifying low-income consumers from receiving more than ONE Link Up discount at a primary residence. That is, qualifying low-income consumers may receive a Link Up discount on installation or activation charges associated with either a home telephone or wireless telephone service. Apparently these programs are becoming quite popular.

You can find a company called Safelink Wireless offering welfare recipients a free cell phone and 250 free cell phone minutes a month right here.

You can find a company called Assurance Wireless offering welfare recipients a program that is virtually identical right here.

This is absolutely outrageous, and it is yet another sign that dependence on the government is totally out of control.

Not that assisting the poor is bad. Of course we always want to help those that cannot help themselves. We never want to see anyone go without daily food or sleep in the streets.

But providing the poor with the basics of life is much different from providing them with luxuries such as cell phones.

In some areas of the country, the poor can also receive nearly free Internet service every single month.

Just check out the following example from the Houston Chronicle....

When Comcast acquired NBC Universal earlier this year, an FCC-mandated requirement was that the cable giant offer cheap Internet access to low-income households. Comcast is making good on the mandate through a new program called Internet Essentials.

Families who qualify will be able to sign up for 1.5-Mbps Internet access – the same download speed as AT&T’s basic DSL service – for just $9.95 a month. Customers may also be eligible for a computer that costs just $150 and free Internet training.

Also, a new bill has been introduced in Congress that would give "eligible" households money to help pay for gasoline....

Low-Income Gasoline Assistance Program Act - Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to states to establish emergency assistance programs to pay eligible households for the purchase of gasoline. These days, as long as you are "eligible", just about everything you need will either be purchased for you or subsidized by the federal government.

Yes, we will always need programs to help take care of the poor, but some of the things that go on today are absolutely outrageous.

There are millions of people out there that have become extremely comfortable receiving government benefits and it will be extremely difficult to ever get them to give them up.

After all, why bust your behind for 40 or 50 hours a week at some meaningless, low paying job when you can live a similar lifestyle by just depending on government benefits?

The following is a rap video that shows the kind of mindset that is developing all across America. Please be advised that it contains some very strong language. It was done by a rapper known as "Mr. EBT", and it is a perfect example of the kind of attitude that many welfare recipients have today....

Yes, everyone needs a helping hand once in a while. But if you do have to rely on government benefits for a time, you should be fighting like crazy to improve your situation so that you can get off of them as soon as possible.

Of course the biggest welfare recipients of all are the big corporations. The federal government showers billions upon billions of dollars on them every year, and this has got to stop.

The following example comes from an article in the Weekly Standard....

General Electric, one of the largest corporations in America, filed a whopping 57,000-page federal tax return earlier this year but didn't pay taxes on $14 billion in profits. The return, which was filed electronically, would have been 19 feet high if printed out and stacked. Can you imagine a 57,000 page federal tax return?

That is absolutely disgusting and it is a perfect example of how corrupt our system has become.

All year long, GE has people pouring over the tax code just looking for any little tax loophole that it can exploit.

GE made $14,000,000,000 in profits, but they paid less taxes to the government than you or I did.

There is something very, very wrong with that picture.

All of this unnecessary welfare has got to stop.

No more free cell phones for people on welfare.

No more giving billions of dollars in tax breaks to big corporations.

We simply cannot afford it.

The U.S. debt problem is way, way out of control. We have piled up the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world, and it gets about 150 million dollars worse every single hour.

Sadly, none of this is likely to change any time soon.

The big corporations provide the money that our politicians need to win campaigns, and most of our politicians are very careful not to bite the hands that feed them.

On the other end of the spectrum, our economy continues to crumble and the number of poor Americans continues to increase. So even if we don't provide them with free cell phones, the truth is that the number of Americans that need basic food and housing is not going to go down any time soon. In fact, it is going to go a lot higher in the years ahead.

We are rapidly becoming a European-style socialist welfare state.

In America today, the poor are absolutely showered with outrageous government benefits and so are the big corporations.

So who pays for all of this?

You and I do.

I am afraid that the joke is on us, and nothing is going to change as long as we keep sending the same kind of politicians back to Washington D.C. over and over.


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: cellphones; ebt; freecellphones; taxes; welfare

1 posted on 01/29/2012 8:57:00 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

GREECE


2 posted on 01/29/2012 9:07:33 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: blam

“There is something very, very wrong with that picture.
All of this unnecessary welfare has got to stop.
No more free cell phones for people on welfare.”

I have mixed feelings about this...

On the negative side, I have two friends that get free phones... One of them has a newer car than I do. However, have you noticed that there are no phone booths anymore?

On the positive side, people do need to make a phone call sometimes, and they cant afford a $50 a month plan from cricket. You cant look for a job without a phone number...


3 posted on 01/29/2012 9:17:27 PM PST by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: blam

If you are food stamps or Medicare, you probably qualify


4 posted on 01/29/2012 9:29:11 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: blam

Has this guy been living in a cave? Free phones have been around for quite a while now.


5 posted on 01/29/2012 9:30:26 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: blam

There’s a line on your monthly cell phone bill: Wireless surcharges and other charges and credits. That’s the money you contribute for free cell phones and minutes for the poor. Mine was $8.48 last month.

It’s one of those “under the surface taxes.”


6 posted on 01/29/2012 9:30:40 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: blam

When Allen West made his speech yesterday at the Republican Gingrich event, he used a phrase I had used months ago.

“The Safety Net has become a Hammock”

Ain’t it the truth brother.

Great minds think alike. LOL


7 posted on 01/29/2012 9:31:22 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: babygene

They can’t afford MetroPCS but they probably have cable TV and XBox Live.


8 posted on 01/29/2012 9:31:32 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: babygene

I don’t have mixed feelings about this.
If you can’t afford them, you do without.
Something the “entitled” don’t have to do in the Bath-House Barry administration. Barry is INCITING riots, because those of us who pay our way or do without are angry about the EBT cards, the housing loans based on public assistance payouts and free cell phones.

I look forward to the looters’ reactions when these give-aways are taken away. The gubmint thinks those folks are gonna riot? It’s gonna be US-rioting to protect what’s left of OUR hard work from these cretins.


9 posted on 01/29/2012 9:32:31 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: blam
Free cell phones to welfare rats is downright obscene.

(Welfare rats get oodles of other freebies, of course, and they are no less offensive.)

Welfare rats, most of them anyway, feel totally entitled, and have no gratitude whatever to those of us who have worked a career (and have served in uniform) in order to provide them with free telephone service.

(And no, it is highly not likely that welfare rats use the phones to look for work. Why should they?)

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10 posted on 01/29/2012 9:33:03 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: babygene
On the positive side, people do need to make a phone call sometimes, and they cant afford a $50 a month plan from cricket. You cant look for a job without a phone number...

$29 gets you a burner phone that you can load up with cash to get calls at the rate of $1/day of use plus $0.10/minute for the call. If your calls are infrequent or bursty this works pretty well.

11 posted on 01/29/2012 9:33:08 PM PST by Mycroft Holmes (Returned for regrooving...)
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To: babygene

I don’t have as much of a problem giving a cell phone to someone looking for a job.

However, lets be honest.. Not many on welfare are actively looking for a job.

There are free phone services out there on the internet. Google Voice is one.

Set the account up at the library, call in from a phone (anyone’s) and record your voice mail greeting. And check your VM from someones phone or internet connection when your at the job bank looking for work.

Also, I can’t think of anyone looking for a job that might need 250 minutes worth.


12 posted on 01/29/2012 9:34:07 PM PST by cableguymn (Good thing I am a conservative. Otherwise I would have to support Mittens like Republicans do.)
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To: babygene
No mixed feelings here.

Go to Walmart and get a throwaway Cell phone for $20 bucks.
No monthly fee. Use it for emergencies only.

How people have survived this long is beyond me.

13 posted on 01/29/2012 9:34:48 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: blam

I could use some socks, a bag of charcoal briquets... and some gas in my truck. Thanks everybody.


14 posted on 01/29/2012 9:36:17 PM PST by freepersup (Hi, I'm Michael Jablonski, and right about now my you know what is tighter than a tree's rings.)
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To: blam

what do you want to bet they will use it to text propaganda messages directly to their mob crowd.


15 posted on 01/29/2012 9:37:29 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: blam

Mr Snyder, try to learn to think and write in whole paragraphs instead of in single sloganeering sentences. That said, your outrage is justified, but listen up for a sec.

I’ve gotten these ads in the mail on Tuesdays when the ad circulars come, and here is what I noticed about the offer, and what I perceive as the real outrage. I’ve thrown out this trash so I cannot provide the full evidence, but here it is from memory. In order to qualify for this program you have to be a recipient of one or more of about 20 government programs, all listed in the ad, and that for me is the outrage, programs most of us don’t realize exist and chew up billions of our tax dollars, while we are screaming now about just one of them.


16 posted on 01/29/2012 9:38:40 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Kickass Conservative
Have you ever tried to setup one of those phones? I still have one
from three years ago sitting in a box that has all the hours that came with it.
Paperweight.
17 posted on 01/29/2012 9:41:26 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: blam

And the prick always talks about the middle class. He’s killing the middle class. Effort hurts rather than pays off. The middle class does without one thing to pay for their cell phones. They struggle to pay their orthodontia monthly. The poor get it all for free. Why work?


18 posted on 01/29/2012 9:48:39 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: blam

Brought to you by none other than Slick Willie and Al Gore slipped into the telecommunations bill on their watch and billed as the universal service fund. We have all been paying this for years.


19 posted on 01/29/2012 9:49:15 PM PST by cquiggy
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To: blam

Pretty soon the government will be handing out the Regime’s version of the Iphone called the “MYPhone”. Instead of starting it up by addressing “Siri” you have to say “Heil Barack”.


20 posted on 01/29/2012 10:02:09 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: blam

They’re commonly known as obamaphones.


21 posted on 01/29/2012 10:02:34 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: Mortrey
"I look forward to the looters’ reactions when these give-aways are taken away. The gubmint thinks those folks are gonna riot? It’s gonna be US-rioting to protect what’s left of OUR hard work from these cretins. "

Isn't that what this is all about?

Battle Los Angeles: Joint Military Training Exercises in L.A. Seek to Prepare Soldiers for Urban Warfare

22 posted on 01/29/2012 10:02:34 PM PST by blam
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To: MaxMax
I had one as a backup Phone years ago.

It was a bit of a hassle to do the initial setup, but after the first use it just took a couple of minutes to add air time to it.

Can't remember what company it was.

23 posted on 01/29/2012 10:05:19 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: blam

Free Cell Phones And Free Cell Phone Minutes To Welfare Recipients

For everyone who opposes this kind of handout. Please support Newt Gingrich. I am sending him a copy of my own personal plan for dealing with the overwhelming number of welfare recipients and other gubmint benefits deadbeats. I have recently come to the realization that I may never be elected President of these United States. Therefore I am sending a copy of my plan to Newt for his use. The plan is really very simple and it will solve both the welfare and illegal immigration problem at the same time. We simply sign a brand new trade agreement with Mexico and we put it into effect immediately it is so simple all that we have to do is send Mexico three welfare recipients for every young person who would like to come to America. All they must do is obey our laws, learn to speak english, and have no prior criminal record. We can tell the welfare recipients they are getting a free gubmint paid vacation. This program will have to be implemented and carried out very quickly because as soon as Mexico figures out what we have done to them they will want to break the treaty. The more you think about it the more it makes sense.


24 posted on 01/29/2012 10:06:27 PM PST by cquiggy
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To: Revolting cat!
"...and that for me is the outrage, programs most of us don’t realize exist and chew up billions of our tax dollars, while we are screaming now about just one of them."

A few weeks ago, someone posted an article about the number of people that were on food stamps.

So...I thought I'd see how easy it is/was to get food stamps and logged onto the program to do so. Soon, it was obvious I wasn't anywhere near qualified (which I knew before hand), anyway, the qualifications were higher than I had expected.

Now the suprising part... a couple days later, I started get solicited (spammed) by the government that if I was eligible for food stamps that I was probably eligible for: (a list of other programs, click here)...no kidding!!

25 posted on 01/29/2012 10:12:13 PM PST by blam
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To: babygene; blam

I had to cut out home internet and cable since last March, along with other luxuries because my wife got sick and hasnt worked since, but I have to have my phone for my job, Thats why I havent posted lately,

I pay 30 bucks a month for 1000 min, 1000 texts, and 30 mb of data through straight talk, Up until last week, that little phone was my home internet,

My vehicle aint new,,,but its mine,

The laptop Im posting on I put together from two broken ones people didnt want to fix, The period button aint workin, but its mine,

We had to cut back on our food spending, Ate alot of beans and deer meat, The doggies still ate good though,

I couldve gotten Food stamps, Couldve got a free phone too,but I made it work without asking no one for nothing, Its called having priorities,

Actually, during this past year, some of the cutting back forced my wife and I to get closer, Instead of going out to eat, we would pack a picnic and hike down to the creek, We learned how to make do with less so when things get better, we can save more money every month,


26 posted on 01/29/2012 10:27:29 PM PST by Vigilantcitizen (My Period button is out,)
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To: babygene
"On the positive side, people do need to make a phone call sometimes,"

Oh, what are other fine reasons you think I should have my money taken from me? Do you want to come and take it yourself or are you content to send your government thugs. I'd really like you to try to take it from me. I'd like that very much.


27 posted on 01/29/2012 10:33:45 PM PST by I see my hands (The old sod ne'er shall be forgot.)
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To: Vigilantcitizen
Excellent attitude.

You'll survive and prosper in the future.

Good luck.

28 posted on 01/29/2012 10:41:40 PM PST by blam
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To: Vigilantcitizen

Well done Sir, and the same to your wife,

Be proud of your efforts, your self worth and dignity.

Your powerful message to the masses, “We shall never give in”

I am humbled reading your post.

Thank you!!!!

EL


29 posted on 01/29/2012 10:52:36 PM PST by Eureka_Lead (No political party has ever become a dictatorship when the citizens have firearms - Stay Vigilant)
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To: blam

I’m pretty sure that free cell phones was written in the Constitution.


30 posted on 01/29/2012 10:52:59 PM PST by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: Eureka_Lead

You called me sir,,,lol,

Im very proud of my wife who has not complained one bit, but Ive done nothing special, Like millions of my fellow Americans I get up and go to work everyday, do the best I can,

To me, what makes America great, what makes her worth giving my life for, what made it worth growing up without my grandpa, is the fact that everyday people show up on our shores from all over the world with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and the promise that they can achieve whatever they are willing to work for,


31 posted on 01/29/2012 11:15:29 PM PST by Vigilantcitizen (My Period button is out,)
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To: Mark
I found it...

"A well regulated voice, data, and texting plan, being necessary to the security of an informed and up to date populace, the right of the people to receive and bear free Cell Phones courtesy of the State, shall not be infringed."

32 posted on 01/29/2012 11:44:45 PM PST by abishai
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To: blam

“the federal Universal Service Fund”


Geeze, that’s the “Al Gore Tax” The author acts like this is *new* knowledge.


33 posted on 01/30/2012 5:48:44 AM PST by Peet (Cogito ergo dubito.)
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To: Mark
"I’m pretty sure that free cell phones was written in the Constitution. "

So is free assembly.

Without cell phones, how can a flash mob be organized?

34 posted on 01/30/2012 5:49:32 AM PST by blam
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To: babygene

They can afford a TracPhone, I bet.


35 posted on 01/30/2012 6:01:45 AM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: blam

Heck, put on daytime TV around here and you’ll get tons of ads for this service. Free cellphone and plan, but only if you’re on Welfare.


36 posted on 01/30/2012 6:25:04 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: MaxMax

Yes, once my Sprint contract was up several years ago I switched to Tracfone & have used it ever since. I may have had to call them for help, but I did manage to get set up & I am very tech unsavvy...had to have help buying/setting up this laptop, my printer, the new antennae when we had the switch to digital (don’t have cable) etc.


37 posted on 01/30/2012 8:59:38 AM PST by TropicanaRose
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To: blam

Sounds perfect for drug dealers.


38 posted on 02/09/2012 10:26:17 AM PST by b4its2late (Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former.)
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To: babygene

On the positive side, those that commit the most crimes now carry personal tracking devices that ping their location periodically. It’s a slight software change to record all conversations and take photos and videos, even when the phone is powered off.


39 posted on 02/09/2012 11:12:20 AM PST by Reeses
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