The reporter shares how he received three free cell phones without lying or giving false information. He says he is well paid and is not eligible for any government programs. In spite of that he was able to sign up seven times and has received three phones to date. He reminds us that the American Tax Payers, you and me, are paying for his phones.
Why is this happening?
“The Federal Communications Commission oversees the so-called Lifeline program, created in 1984 to make sure impoverished Americans had telephone service available to call their moms, bosses, and 911. In 2008, the FCC expanded the program to offer subsidized cell-phone service, and since then, the expenses of running the program have soared. In 2012, the program’s costs had risen to $2.189 billion, up from $822 million before wireless carriers were included. As of June, there were 13.8 million active Lifeline subscriptions.”Notice the dates. This program was started during the Reagan administration. It was expanded under George W. Bush. Both were Republicans. It was then taken by the Obama administration and really expanded. These are the phones that Obama has promised the masses. Once again we see him taking an existing program, started by the Republicans and expanding it for political capital.
So the persons texting in the cars in front of you may be having you pay for their phone calls.
Also, keep in mind that one of the problems in education today is students using their cell phones to text during class. It is incredibly disruptive. Since most of the kids at our school qualify for free lunches I have wondered how they could afford these phones that I did not want to pay for. Now I find that a good portion of these probably came from government handouts. I am paying for their phones.
This sounds like a good candidate for a budget cut.
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