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Viral video touting free 'Obama phone' puts spotlight on federal program
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Posted on 09/28/2012 4:44:04 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Viral video touting free 'Obama phone' puts spotlight on federal program

By Joshua Rhett Miller

Published September 28, 2012

| FoxNews.com

A viral video of an Obama supporter touting her “Obama phone” has put the spotlight on an obscure federal program that provides discounted phone service to qualifying low-income Americans.

“Keep Obama as president,” the animated woman says on the video. “He gave us a phone.”

The video is drawing attention to the government program — Lifeline — as a national debate unfolds on entitlements and the growing percentage of Americans who pay no income taxes and get a long menu of government benefits. But even though some beneficiaries may credit President Obama for providing the phones, Lifeline is an extension of a program that has existed since 1985. Still, critics including Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., note the program has swelled from $772 million in 2008 to $1.6 billion.

“It's a government-run, taxpayer-funded program that's running wild and costing more and more,” reads Griffin’s official House of Representatives website.

Private carriers who contract with the government, including TracPhone and Sprint, have websites intended to publicize the program. Some attempt to dispel the program’s connection to the president, such as freegovernmentcellphones.net, while others, including obamaphone.net, embrace it.

“The free Obama phone is an important program, especially for low income families that would otherwise not have access to basic communications,” the homepage of obamaphone.net reads.

The site does, however, clarify that Obama did not start the program and that there's no such thing as an "Obama phone."

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1 posted on 09/28/2012 4:44:09 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
The program was originally started to provide a "lifeline" for people too poor to afford a phone. They could communicate with police, doctors, emergency, etc. Unfortunately, the program has metastasized. Seems like that happens to all government programs that start out to "do good."
2 posted on 09/28/2012 4:47:18 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: Sub-Driver

These are on every major intersection in the south and west sides of Chicago. It’s bribery, pure and simple.


3 posted on 09/28/2012 4:49:15 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s ridiculous. The majority of these people have land lines so now they have 2 phones!!!


4 posted on 09/28/2012 4:49:23 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sub-Driver
Stupid Republicans just want to reform the program to eliminate fraud. Nonsense. The program should be eliminated entirely. Hardworking people having to pay an extra tax on their phone bills so that other people can get free phones is absurd.

A cell phone is not necessary to anyone's survival. People got along just fine without them 20 years ago.

5 posted on 09/28/2012 4:49:38 PM PDT by arista
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“the animated woman”


6 posted on 09/28/2012 4:49:51 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Discounted. Same kind of discount like those who pay no taxes getting a tax refund.


7 posted on 09/28/2012 4:50:22 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: Sub-Driver

8 posted on 09/28/2012 4:51:01 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a Barack 0b0tt0my!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Conservatives would do well to stop calling them “Obama Phones” and push Obama to fess up and tell the truth. These phones are just one more out of control federal program and people were getting them long before Obama showed up on the scene and they’ll continue getting them long after he’s gone.

I’d be curious about the cost of this program compared to what it used to cost to maintain all the pay phones that are becoming extinct.


9 posted on 09/28/2012 4:51:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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Ghetto vote buying Chicago style.


10 posted on 09/28/2012 4:52:48 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a Barack 0b0tt0my!)
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To: Sub-Driver

yeah one of the dads at my kid’s school made a couple of fortunes off the government providing the welfare class with free cell phones


11 posted on 09/28/2012 4:54:07 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Sub-Driver

You can get a prepaid cell phone for $5-10 a month with 100 minutes. Not much for unlimited texting but enough for important and emergency calls. It’s good enough for me. Why should we have to pay for these lowlifes?


12 posted on 09/28/2012 4:54:58 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: cripplecreek

If you can access this video, Cong. Griffin explains how the costs went hyperbolic when Baraq took office:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J3VzthvIOM&feature=plcp


13 posted on 09/28/2012 5:03:39 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: Sacajaweau
But Reagan started it! Whaaaah! What would a poor person do without one of these babies in 1985?
14 posted on 09/28/2012 5:13:03 PM PDT by boop (It's not personal...it's strictly business)
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To: Sub-Driver

15 posted on 09/28/2012 5:15:20 PM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: Sub-Driver
I'm the proud owner of a Romney phone. Cost me $399 and about $90 a month. I can do a lot more with my Romney phone than an Obama phone. Then again, I have a job, get paid good money and I can afford it. If the sad-sack Obama phone freeloaders voted for Romney, they too might be able to get good jobs and get a Romney phone for their very own. They can also get decent housing and switch from 40oz malt liquor to microbrews of their choice. They won't have to look like a loser jackass in a YouTube video. They can throw that Obama phone in the nearest trash can - along with Obama himself.


16 posted on 09/28/2012 5:24:50 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Sub-Driver

Bump......


17 posted on 09/28/2012 5:26:40 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: JoeFromSidney

>>metastasized<< sounds like cancer to me.... zap it now!!


18 posted on 09/28/2012 5:27:25 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: rawcatslyentist
Mitt Romney's campaign ought to compile a collage of video clips with Obama give-aways including this raspy woman from Cleveland with her Obama-phone giveaway vote, Monique Crawford from Baltimore bragging about all the free cell phones she possessed, six in her purse and a few more at home, Peggy Joseph who stated Obama was going to pay for her gas and mortgage, etc. Mitt should attack these give-aways from a financial standpoint by using Obama's words (just words) about 'EVERBODY partaking in shared sacrifice'.
19 posted on 09/28/2012 5:58:27 PM PDT by wtd
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To: Sub-Driver
Has the program been declared as part of the political spending of the Obama political campaign? Of course not as it is a federal program. But how can it be a non-partisan federal program if the web site advertising the program has Obama’s name in it?

This is political corruption Chicago style. It needs to be exposed as the vote buying scheme it is.

What federal program that gives something away is named after Bush? Nixon? Eisenhower? Reagan?

I want me a Reagan flu shot, a Bush social security check, and a Nixon passport! Then way can people have Obama phones, Obama money, etc?

20 posted on 09/28/2012 6:02:53 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: Robert357

Basically what this amounts to is that Obama has supplied his domestic shock troops with walkie talkies. When things get dicey he can just text message them where to pick up their guns.


21 posted on 09/28/2012 6:21:46 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Sub-Driver

Yes. People who work and pay for their own cell phones (and land lines) all pay into Al Gore’s Universal Service Tax fund (look on your monthly bill). That fund is used to provide free cell phones to people who don’t work. What is wrong with this picture?


22 posted on 09/28/2012 6:46:13 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Sub-Driver

Obscure? What rock has this reporter been under


23 posted on 09/28/2012 7:10:50 PM PDT by 09Patriot (your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be from you.--Wilkow)
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To: JoeFromSidney

This is also a program cobbled together with the intent of both cell providers and the government to undermine and drive landlines out of business, using government monies.


24 posted on 09/28/2012 8:22:36 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: Chickensoup

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75JX7CiQig


25 posted on 09/28/2012 9:45:41 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

Watchd the video and noticed others available. One is about another forgery - pic of Obama’s “family” in an airport. Looks like mother airbrushed in - her arm ends in a black man’s hand...


26 posted on 09/29/2012 3:08:03 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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