Skip to comments.1 million Ohioans using free phone program
Posted on 09/29/2012 1:02:57 PM PDT by yoe
A program that provides subsidized phone service to low-income individuals has nearly doubled in size in Ohio in the past year now covering more than a million people. At the same time, federal officials say theyre reining in waste, fraud and abuse in the program.
The Federal Communications Commission announced recently that reforms have saved $43 million since January and are expected to save $200 million by years end. In Ohio, savings are expected to be $2.9 million a year.
The savings were realized in part because the government gave out fewer cellphones to ineligible people and took steps to avoid issuing duplicate phones.
But the size of the program in the state and profits to the increasing number of cellphone companies involved has exploded in recent months, according to a Dayton Daily News analysis of program data.
The program in Ohio cost $26.9 million in the first quarter of 2012, the most recent data available, versus $15.6 million in the same timeframe in 2011. Compared to the first quarter of 2011, the number of people in the program nearly doubled to more than a million.
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This woman is not only stupid she should be the Poster Girl for American Public Education. Not a dime to Teachers UNIONS!
Ohio, America needs a real change - not another four years of this nonsense.
Before they tell me about eliminating ineligble recipients, perhaps someone can explain why anyone is eligble for a cell phone at my expense.
This woman has so many emergencies that 250 minutes per month aren’t enough?
Ohio is the lynchpin in the electoral map....game, set, match team Obama....brilliant move its over before the first is cast....
These are the doucebags that dial 911 when their pizza arrives cold.
I want my iPhone 6 too!
They haven’t “saved” any money. They’re just maybe pissing away a little less than they were.
Ummmm, did anyone else catch the bolding in her statement?
250 min a month and she uses it all up for emergencies..Good Lord how many emergencies is this chick having? First of all, using 911 on your cell phone is free, it doesn’t take up any amount of minutes so this lady is full of it..and this is what is wrong with our society today, you give these idiots free goodies and they beg for more
It’d be a heck of a lot cheaper to just mail a twenty dollar tracfone card with their welfare check once every quarter. Oh, wait, that’d require them to monitor their use of airtime like those “fools” that pay for a phone do.
In case anyone is curious as to how this gets paid for, check your phone bill. I have two charges on my bill (for three phones) one is for Oklahoma Universal Service ($1.65 per month, and one is for Federal Universal Service ($2.64 per month).
But more interesting to me is the extraordinary number of phones in Ohio. Ohio has roughly 3.7% of the US population, but they have a little over 6% of the program's free phones. Now I am sure that the difference there has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Ohio is a crucial battleground state.
So, just in case anyone has missed the point: If you have a cell phone that you pay for, you are buying votes for Obama.
Perhaps many a call to the pharmacist to be sure they have the “morning after pill” stocked??
Glad to see Ohio is the poster child for Socialism.
That makes sense..we all know that liberal women only care about one thing, getting free birth control and free abortions. Maybe some of those “emergency” calls are to Planned Parenthood
That's about 8 minutes per day, which is more than enough time to respond to calls from potential employers, which is the PURPOSE of it. This pisses me off.
There are almost 2 identical sets of charges. One the grubmint charges and then the other from the company to recoup those charges.
It’s “savings” when you cut back $27 million in free gubbermint phones to $24 million? And I presume that doesn’t count all the new users who will join the party.
These free phones are most likely programmed to receive voter alerts from THE FOREIGNER before the election. The most corrupt anti american regime in history. We must politically destroy this crowd come November and retake this country before its to late.
No, the purpose of it is income redistribution. You have have a job, they don't want to get a job.
Therefore you are rich and are obligated to PAY YOUR FAIR SHARE.
What; are you against people having a phone?
They laugh at us when we let these programs get started. Pretty soon we will just have one government phone provider so “people aren't getting rich providing basic necessities to poor folks”.
I saw a short Obama ad last night that popped up on Hulu. It bragged how Obama had gotten rid of the greedy middleman banks in the student loan business. And thus there was much more money available to give out grants.
Made me seethe. True Marxist redistribution.
Obama’s spiritual father said it best: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”
“The program in Ohio cost $26.9 million in the first quarter of 2012...versus $15.6 million in the same timeframe in 2011,...[with] the number of people in the program nearly doubled to more than a million.”
Just think of all the money they can save if they double the users again!
I think we are all trying our best. I know my boss is talking politics to almost every patient that walks through our doors.
Funny thing is, the “big barry” supporters of last election aren’t saying much now a days.
I just keep bringing up the US and worldly events happening at lightening speed....under barrys watch.
I get a lot of silence. Either they’re voting Romney, but can’t admit it or are staying home, nor can’t admit that either.
Someone should photoshop that last scene from “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart:
“Hear that ring Daddy?” (Cellphone ringing)
“Teacher says that every time a phone rings,
it means that another Obama voter just got
a free cell phone.”
And this is a battleground state. It’s like running for office in the getto after you just handed out welfare checks, food stamps, free phones, disability and social security checks.
Free phones mean that the phone numbers at in the rats database.
I would love to know about the texts those phones are going to get leading up to election day.
A phone in every pot
No no no....can’t mix the innocent with evil1!!!! =)
I wish someone would explain to me why any of these parasites need a phone in the first place. Frankly, in the over all scheme of things this is a small dollar amount BUT it is just one more brick in the entitlement wall.
I wish someone could invent a free phone wherein every once in a while like lotto, a 200AMP bolt goes through the ear piece and fries one of these suckers. I’d set it up as one every 10000calls to make it seem fair, except I would front end load it so the result is everyone gets the zap on their first call.
Will there be a violent revolt when the gravy train is over for these lazy asses?
Personally, I want the welfare state to end now. I want my children to have a future. I am willing to suffer some short term pain to give that to them.
Didn’t Maxwell Smart use that phone in the episode where Hymie, the robot entered into the race with the Kaos agent?
Mc D’s must be runnin short on Nuggets again.
Researchers have compiled a list of features that distinguish the free ObamaPhone from a regular cell phone:
- It automatically rejects calls from people with a different opinion.
- Every time you take a picture, it produces a grimmer image of America.
- It doesn't have a plan; it just keeps telling you how bad the other guy's plan is.
- When it crashes, it blames your previous phone.
- All 3 AM calls go directly to voicemail.
- It has a really useless app called "Biden."
- Pairing it with another device sucks all the energy out of the other unit.
- Type in "job search" and it gives you directions to the welfare office.
- The navigation feature covers all 57 States.
- The default ringtone for international calls is "I'm sorry, so sorry, please accept my apology."
- The healthcare app downloads and installs itself without your permission.
- When you make a call, a teleprompter pops up to help you speak.
- Restaurant reviews are all written by Michelle Obama.
- There are never any winners on Angry Birds.
- Instagram takes two months to process a photo and you have to fill out 3 PDFs to do so.
- Paypal app is replaced with ReceivePal app.
- You can't find "Jerusalem" on Google maps.
- It turns all your Facebook friends into enemies and all your enemies into friends.
- Don't want to work? There's an app for that, too.
- It automatically bows down to phones made by foreign companies.
- When you watch a YouTube video, a US ambassador gets killed.
- When you dial "home", it calls Kenya.
- As opposed to the iPhone, it's called the mePhone.
Decades in politics and 20 years in elective office I can read all the signs, symptoms, tics and eye movements of the people with whom I bring up politics.
You can make book on my first sentence above.
Shouldn’t taxpayers be allowed to designate which candidate can buy what votes with whatever giveaway they choose?
I want to designate on my tax return that the next Republican candidate for president can spend taxpayer dollars on spinner rims and extra-fuzzy dice so our party can finally secure enough Black and Hispanic voters.
There is a way to end the free phones for parasite program.
Well, as long as we would all be willing to cancel our current cellphone service. They pay for this by adding a tax to your bill.
No bill? No cash for morons.
I don’t think so. I only say that because of some comments they make. They are NOT happy.
However, I never take that time to blame barry. Some of the comments I just overhear.
It’s called a political bribe in return for a vote for
Obama. And it’s going to work.
Well yeah! Look at the emergencies she must have every month:
She runs out of drugs, has to get her nails done and extensions in her hair, needs to call all her babydaddies to tell ‘em she’s out of pampers, etc.....
You bought a million of them in OHIO
The video is now over 2 million hits.
The comments section is disabled. Heh, heh!
Remember “Obama Is Going To Pay For My Gas And Mortgage!!!”?
It’s only at 3.5 million hits. I think “Phone uh, Lady” is going to crush that soon.
Going on 2.5 million hits on YouTube.
The woman is disgusting. Loud, selfish, greedy, covetous, crass, obnoxious, entitled, falsely self-righteous, and deluded.
In other words, a perfect Democrat.
Unless your phone system is two tin cans and a long string, you probably are paying part of the bill as well. Mittbot or not.
Is she saying, “Call me!”?