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

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.

  • Rodster

    LMAO, that’s right up there with the Greeks paying for pedophiles. :)

    Financially Ruined Greece Decides Pedophiles Qualify for Gov’t Disability
    http://patriotupdate.com/17098/financially-ruined-greece-decides-pedophiles-qualify-for-govt-disability

    • Michael

      Rodster:

      I was not aware of that. No wonder Greece is having so many problems.

      In fact, for much more on the situation in Greece, check out this article that I just published….

      http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/20-signs-that-europe-is-plunging-into-a-full-blown-economic-depression

      Michael

      • REED RICHARDS

        Michael,

        How many times and in how many ways do I have to say this? Amerikans vote for three things and three things only every election cycle:

        1. Warfare State

        2. Police State

        3. Welfare State

        Any politician who campaigns on significantly scaling back or flat out eliminating any of these pillars of decadent society is deemed unelectable in the eyes of the braindead amerikan masses. You may not like it but all evidence clearly supports the fact that this is the current reality (not the Karl Rove version) on the ground in amerika.

        What is required is massive social change in amerika and around the world. People have to stand for a way of life that is both honorable and noble, something that all people can be proud of and want to pass on to succeeding generations. And until that time comes, all you will ocntinue to see are articles like these day in and day out………….

        • pavan

          There is a difference between GE not paying taxes and welfare. GE is an example of crony capitalism. Jeffry Immelt is a big Obama contributor, so GE gets a free ride. GE isn’t paying taxes, but they are creating jobs and their employees pay taxes. As far as I’m concerned, we should eliminate all corporate tax and level the playing field. Business would boom, we’d have lots of jobs, and Crony Capitalism would be gone.

        • Mattyboy

          It’s America, not amerika. Get it right!

          • REED RICHARDS

            Mattyboy,

            Uh, no, it isn’t. You totally miss the point in the spelling. The point being is that what “America” was supposed to be and in many cases was in the past, is no longer true. Consider the following:

            1. Torture, which is still illegal on the books, is now envogue and seen as necessary to “feel safe”

            2. People do not care, especially grown adults if their spouses and children are sexually assaulted at airports by pedophiles hired by the government because of their childish fears of terrorists being anywhere and everywhere

            3. The masses, by and large, starting at the top, no longer want to work or run legitimate businesses. Why waste the time and suffer the headaches when you can get government welfare transfer payments and run casinos that the government will bail out should you come up snake-eyes and lose on your bets

            4. War and mass killing are now seen as normal, so normal in fact that it is largely outsourced to mercenary killers for hire. Blackwater anyone? And no, I don’t call it Xe or whatever its latest name change is…………..

            5. Police state brutality is cheered by rightwing radicals because the receiving party obviously “deserves” it. Don’t believe me? Check out You Tube and you will see just how brutal criminal pigs with guns and badges can and will be. Some of the heinous acts commited against unarmed and defensless men, women, and children are worse than despicable. Latest case in point of brutal, criminal behavior by thugs with badges and guns is the Occupy movements. These acts are the stuff that war criminals and cowards are made of……….

            When the masses get their heads out of you no where, turn this around and develop an honorable society then you can go back to spelling it as America. Until then, as long as this society, through its government and police state apparatus continue to behave like an empire on a permanent rampage, killing and destroying all in its path like King Kong I will continue to use the Amerika spelling.

            Don’t like it, then push for a change in the way society lives and behaves towards others…………..

    • Alasha

      Sadly, Rodster, I was praying you kidding. These are the same ppl who are leaving their children bcuz they cannot care for them.

      • Rodster

        I wish I were kidding but when it comes to socialist nothing surprises me anymore. Oh and we can expand that list to Greek exhibitionists and sadomasochists.

  • http://worldendsat5newsat11.blogspot.com Tony Lamb

    Every one on disability and SSI just got a 3% pay raise and now we can get a free cell phone too. Wow such a deal. How and Why do they do this when the U.S. Government’s money is so tight? Seems like they are on purpose trying to drive us into default.
    Take away our rights, build FEMA camps, what’s next a date with the executioner?
    See how to survive the coming Economic Collapse at: http://surviving12-21-2012.blogspot.com

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      “Seems like they are on purpose trying to drive us into default.”

      It’s called the Cloward and Piven strategy and it’s been employed by the left in this country since LBJ’s Great Society.

  • http://www.YouTube.com/thepreparedpastor Prepared Pastor

    I saw advertisements for the free cell phone service on television last year. I have said this before, but it is worth repeating that the reason we have so many poor is that the poverty level in America is four times the AVERAGE income in Mexico.

    A democracy can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasury. From that moment on the majority, he said, always vote for the candidate promising the most benefits from the treasury with the result that democracy always collpases over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a dictatorship. – Alexander Fraser Tytler

    • gary2

      who cares what the average income is in Mexico-this is America. Our poverty level is probably a 100 times the rate in Somolia. So Fing what?

      Are you conservatives so ignorant that you do not know the difference between absolute and relative poverty?

      A lot of the Nordic countries have a way lower poverty rate than we do se maybe we need to follow their model!

      I do not know what you are a pastor of except stupidity!

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        “Our poverty level is probably a 100 times the rate in Somolia.”

        Uhh, no. I’ve been to Somalia – 2 weeks after Black Hawk Down to be precise, and no you’re wrong.

        “A lot of the Nordic countries have a way lower poverty rate than we do se maybe we need to follow their model!”

        Gary2, are you so ignorant that you do not know the difference between absolute and relative poverty? I lived in Europe for years and you’re WRONG on this too.

        Why is it that so much of what you communists “know” is so wrong?

        • Gary2

          I said that backwards-Somolia has a poverty rate 100 times worse than ours.

          My point was that comparing our poverty rate to anothers country means nothing.

  • Tom

    The conspiracy theroist in me says:
    It’s easier to organize people if they all have cell phones. All it takes is a simple text message or two to create a crises.

    • Kathy Smith

      Tom I immediately thought the same thing another way to control the masses.

      • Manny

        you are both paranoid. How can you go through life like this.

  • igotadose

    Michael, you seem to be having difficulty lately. I’d expect this kind of anti-gummint screed on a nutbar website like Faux news. Where’s the cogent economic analysis and tea-leaf-reading that made this site stand out versus so many others? Hopefully you can turn it around and begin posting thought-provoking articles again.

    • knightowl77

      Maybe you should stop reading the Daily Kos for your news…Cell phones are not a right and there is no reason that we the taxpayer should pay for this….If you don’t see this, then you are the part of the problem

    • gary2

      I agree-Michael whats up? You have really went to the crazy fox news side.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      LMAO – Faux News. You wascaly lil troll you. I’m betting you thin MSNBC is actual Journalism.

      • Gary2

        all the MSM is crap!

  • andy

    You really are an evil little *******, aren’t you?

    • Michael

      No, my goal is to be the exact opposite of evil.

      Michael

      • Gary2

        If your goal is to be the “exact opposite of evil” then you will have to stop being conservative as conservatism is the embodiment of evil.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        Me thinks you struck a nerve.

        ‘Truth’ and ‘Right’ are directly proportional to how vitriolic a leftist gets.

  • callmecordelia1

    I have a close friend who was on social security disability for mental issues. He and his family were on every government program imaginable for about a decade. He was finally able to get help with his mental issues, and realized that he needed to get to work if he was ever going to break the cycle for his children. It was such a leap for him because he knew that going to work would mean that they would actually have a WORSE standard of living than they had living off the government. It was very hard for him to say “Yes, I’m going to work 40+ hours a week to have less money than before”. There are millions of people in the same boat that he was in, and it’s going to get ugly if all of those programs are yanked away. My friend did it by choice and it was extremely difficult. I can’t even imagine the response when it all disappears without their “consent”.

    And cell phones? Seriously? I didn’t have a cell phone up till about 2 years ago. I felt like the last person on the planet to get one, but I just couldn’t afford it and it wasn’t a NECESSITY. I have one now, and it’s convenient, but certainly not life-or-death. That’s crazy.

  • DaytoDay

    Interesting article Michael.

    Although, I’m not sure I agree…

    I mean, in today’s society, you HAVE to have a phone to get a job (Contact Information)… And a cell phone can be an invaluable tool, in a life or death situation.

    So, I do not disagree with everyone being able to have a phone… Sorry, but the fact is, if you are are down and out, how can you climb back up, without any help? I mean, without a phone, employers don’t contact you (How can they?)

    However, I do not agree with giving people “Freebies” just so they can lounge around all day, talking it up… But given the sources and information, it seems as though, the phones and minute plans are being discounted, rather than being given away for free…

    So, personally, I believe a cell phone is right up their with food and water as a necessity, because you simply cannot get a job without one…

    • Michael

      There are millions of working class families out there today that are working as hard as they can and yet they cannot afford even one cell phone.

      Michael

      • http://www.youtube.com/aNYCdj Richard Allen

        yes michael but i’ll bet they have landlines. I didnt have a cell until about 2 years ago…when i got a temp job and travelled 45 min by car each way. Thats when i realized i Needed one.

        Same thing with wireless i upgraded my router/modem and I am typing on an old apple laptop with nothing connected to it…and yet some of you have been doing this the last 10 years..but now I need a new wireless laptop probably buy one in the next 2 weeks when the income tax refund comes in.

        I really feel sorry fo really poor people they are getting so far behind the technology curve that maybe to only way to help is to kick out millions of illegals so they can have all the manual labor jobs…and have the $$$ to upgrade to better jobs

      • Xander cross

        Yes they can. They can get a cheap pre pay phone from family dollar or any store. I know because I have one as well. That statent is not accurate because those so called middle class families also go to target and buy groceries with their credit cards.

    • WM

      I am a blue collar worker, and prior to getting my job, I was without a cell phone, and found it difficult corresponding with potential employers, ended up driving around a lot instead of making calls. I now have a cell phone, but it is the basic $19/month minimum 300 minutes per month and thats all I can budget for,(I do not have a home phone) Yet I see so many people with food stamps and living on wlefare with IPhones…something is very wrong there. I agree with you about having to be connected today in order to correspond for work, but also agree with Michaelthat there are many hard working people that cannot afford a cell phone and/or internet.

      • Jason

        Most people on welfare with iphones are selling there bodies to fat cats and big wigs… Just the way the eliete like it..

    • DownWithLibs

      You do know that there is such a thing as an AFFORDABLE land line? My mom worked with these supposed “poor” people and you would not believe the corruption. Most drove new cars like Audi 4000’s, one took her not-yet one year old child to Disneyland, most have cable or satellite t.v., I could go on and on. Most of these people have WAY more than you and I, and all to sit on their butts all day. Most have been in the same subsidized neighborhood for generations (I’ve seen up to 5 gens. in one family’s case) – most are related because their kids inner-breed with their neighbor kids…speaking of their kids, most are delinquents who turn out just like their parents and just take, take, take. Would you like me to keep going?

      • gary2

        You are making this up. I have worked with poor and am poor and I have NEVER seen or heard of what you describe, never. It is made up right wing crap like the Reagen welfare queen BS.

        If by chance there are people like you describe they are a tiny minority of the poor and if they are scamming the system then they need to be dealt with harshly. Do not lump in all the poor with the scammers.

        Even a right winger should know that antecdotal evidece is the worst most unreliable type of evidence.

        • Jason

          Its the republicans wifes husbands paying for black peach in the PJ’s what she supposed to do report her income?

          Black paid less
          Woman paid less
          College super expensive
          And like many are finding out with there itunes collection- the music was never yours, leased. Same as your mortgage and your car and boat for u upper crusts.. I say the black woman in this position is damed if she gets off and damed if she dont.

          White guys paying for peaches of all colors, moma/ sister tends to spread the wealth. Giving a image of opulance for selling there bodies. The rest is people drug dealing because they feel like wage slaves. Pay people whT there worth and wlfare will dissapear.

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          All that you idiotic leftists have to do is google welfare queen.

          • Jason

            Malcom stop “app” -ing the internet to death.. Look a little deeper.

        • DownWithLibs

          Call me a liar if you wish, however, that does not change the fact that what I said was true.

  • mark

    It is things like this that should prove even to Gary that the Federal Government wastes our money. Why raise taxes to waste more of it?

    • jox

      Your argument is very weak. You mean that while there exist an expenditure from the government that you or somebody else can consider as a waste, there is no justification to raise taxes. Obviously you mean there is NEVER right to raise taxes.

      But what about the example of General Electric provided by Michael? Don’t you think that the taxes on the rich and on the big corporations should be raised, and more important, should be enforced effectively?

      • knightowl77

        Instead of raising rates, how about just eliminating all deductions on those making $250k or more…Eliminate all deductions for corporations…..This is basically what Obama’s debt commission called for…before he ignored them.. Eliminate deductions on all income above $250k…Even Gary ought to like that….

        Though a lot of people will flee to lower tax countries…

        • gary2

          Though a lot of people will flee to lower tax countries

          this is a right wing myth. there is no proof. You need to think for yourself.

          Where are they going to go? Taxes are higher in other developed countries?

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            “Where are they going to go? Taxes are higher in other developed countries?”

            And there are several countries with lower taxes where the money is flowing to now. Singapore, for instance.

            And those higher tax countries are all socialists and couldn’t dream of coming close to competing with the United States. That is, of course, until you communists kill it and start purging capitalists. *shrug*, It’s what leftists do.

  • nowwthen

    It looks like the latest stategy of the lobbyists is to have our elected whores place a tax on their clients’ services to pay the bills for more of those services enjoyed for free by the likes of Gary2. Gotta’ hand it to ‘em. Almost as shrewd as old John D. Rockefeller billing the railroads to let them carry his oil.

  • http://homecomputer welfare person

    the lifeline program has been around 6 years now . it was originally intended for cheap 911″access for the poor . it wasnt all the governments fault .big buisness jumped on the bandwagon and had the phone program expanded and they are getting government money…same thing happened with the ebt food stamp card.. big bank now hadling it instead of the states. …cheaper to pay a company to handle it.than pay peoples salary to run itfor the state.. really sad thing.

  • D. Eeper

    My understanding is these programs are backed by many conservative congressmen, as they are the sort of program that give a leg up rather than a handout. Imagine trying to get a job without a phone. If a prospective employer can’t call you, then you won’t get a job. It’s even difficult in some areas to get information about basic services, or conduct basic day-to-day business without an internet connection.

    Imagine trying to raise a kid without a phone. I grew up middle class, but in a poor area. I knew several kids whose only phone was a pay phone down the street, and I could tell it was a real problem for teachers to communicate with their parents.

    Is it ideal? Hardly. Is it relatively cheap for society, and better than the alternative. Probably.

    Seriously, I enjoy the blog, but not everything is the end of the world.

  • http://militantjeffersonian.com republicae

    Hey, what’s the problem? I mean last year there were people receiving Social Security Disability who were signing up for online classes, “buying”, laptops, mostly from “rent-to-own” stores, for the purpose of receiving $5,000.00 checks. The question is, what would a disabled person need with a “better” education? The trick, of course, was to simply sign up, enter the classes and never actually finish the courses, but definitely keep our tax-payer provided “grants”.

    It goes without saying that many of the people I meet who receive Social Security Disability are far from disabled and usually have a “business on-the-side”.

    • http://lnx-bsp.net/ Tel

      That’s a bit unfair… I’ve known quite a few disabled people in the computer industry, and they all had physical disabilities but nothing wrong up top, computer industry is the best place for people like that. I mean these are not guys who are ever going to be working at a steel mill, but when you put them at a desk with a computer and a phone, no problem.

      Sure, there are some guys who give up and can’t be bothered making a go of it. There’s no such thing as a perfect world, but you would prefer to have disabled people working somewhere than not at all right?

      • http://militantjeffersonian.com Republicae

        It is not a question of those who legitimately have a disability, it is a matter of those gaming the system on the backs of those who bear the brunt of the tax burden in this country. These are people who I see on a nearly daily basis who will tell you to your face that their purpose was and is to get as much money from the government as possible and do nothing for it. These are people who have absolutely no intention of getting an education but only worked the system to get a checK. In most cases, the person, from the evidence I’ve seen would “rent” the computer for a month or two in order to pass the requirement of registration in the classes and then return the computer, keep the check and go about their merry parasitic ways! The are a carbunkle on the ass of our decaying society!

        I have no problem with anyone who wants to better themselves, but I have absolutely no respect or compassion for blood-sucking leaches who pretend to be disable in order to lay their sorry asses around the house living off of my labor!

        Sorry if that offends your sensibilities however, the truth is that there are so many who have been taught from an early age that such fraud is perfectly acceptable and they will do anything necessary to continue stealing from the hard-working people of this country as long as they can or as long as we will allow such blatantly open robbery!

        Those who do such things are pure scum and deserve their poverty, as well as their plight!

    • Manny

      I think you’re just making this up to look tough on this forum.

  • http://www.youtube.com/aNYCdj Richard Allen

    Michael…you are so out of line with this..

    You only get 128 minutes a month and the unused minutes rolls over to the next month or 250 and you lose what you don’t use. if you run out you can buy minutes.

    OK yes its another freakin handout but most welfare people dont have a landline and 128 minutes a month 4 minutes per day is a small price to pay to get that call for a job or someone is sick or dying..

    So can you live on 4 or 8 minutes of phone usage a day????

    Maybe Michael you should have the guts to ask a welfare recipient BEFORE they get benefits how can you afford that I-phone? You’d be called a racist on the spot.

    • Xander cross

      Its interesting how you all attack the poor and yet, you tea party members use food stamps and credit cards at the same time at target, wal-mart, home depot, and k-mart. You attack black people, but you don’t white tea party members that also use the Obama phones as well. I see white people use food stamps and credit cards and brag about it in front of the cashier at target. I work at retail in a white populated area. So, don’t blame all of this on black people because it fits your needs. Blame many of the white tea party members as well. Also, white people, stop using four coupons on one item at retail stores, cheating the system. No wonder why extreme couponing turned out to be fake.

      • DownWithLibs

        I see you are using the old and tired argument of “racism”. Funny how the word is loosing all meaning. Let’s see, I’m racist because I don’t like that the current admin. is purposely trying to destroy my country? Really? LOL!!!!!

        • Xander Cross

          Just like how you said “my” country. Where have I heard this before? Oh yeah, the tea party meetings where you all say things like, “I want my contry back”, Tell me something, who do you want your country back from? Sorry son, this country was built on the back on many black people before you and I, so this is our country, not yours alone as so many white people tend to believe.

          • DownWithLibs

            What makes you think I’m White? Mr. Tolerant!!!!!

        • gary2

          The sad part is that the right wingers actually believe they are not racsist as they fly the confederate flag on the back of their motorized gov scooters.

          See study info below that proves conservatives are indeed rascists because they are all so dumb. It is really that simple.

          I’ve often wondered how Christianists and the Tea Party crowd can cling to beliefs that defy logic and
          scientific fact. Now, we may have the answer: they’re simply stupid. I mean literally dumb from an
          intelligence perspective

          There’s no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be
          dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy

          • Sebastian

            Gary2,

            You seem to respect the Academia a lot.

            In that case can I remind you of a study, not long ago, by a Japanese academic, that stated black women where objectively uglier than white or asian women.

            That study stirred up a lot of public controversy, so according to your reasoning that means it is true.

            While you’re at it, please explain how flying a colored piece of cloth can be racist on its own.

    • knightowl77

      WTF does “racist” have to do with this???
      Maybe we should make their house & car payments too…I mean how are they supposed to get to work or the unemployment office????? Maybe we should also buy them a cruise to help with their stress levels over their job interviews???

      Holy Cow….people need to be responsible for themselves at some point….Lets just jack the minimum wage to $60.00 an hour so everyone will be middle class……Welfare or unemployment should be for 6 months max…no phones, no cars…

      But seriously take your RACIST Bull Excrement elsewhere

      • Kathy Smith

        I agree also why is everyone bashing this article assuming all these people with “free” cell phones are looking for work.

      • Xander Cross

        It has a lot to do with it and yes, your past posts are indeed, quite racist towards blacks and you like attacking the poor like you superior than everyone else. That is the problem with many white people. They feel like they are superior than any other race and all we got to do is look at history and it shows. You say responsibility, but you don’t mind Ron Paul using earmarks to his advantage and yes, he enjoys using tax payer dollars for his corporate flights. Don’t joke on the poor and I will never wish anything like that on you even though, you think that you’re superior.

        • knightowl77

          So, when black people objected to Bush were they racist? Because I object to the president’s policies it has nothing to do with race…Bernie Sanders, Howard Dean if they were president I would object to just as strenously… I object to all the stupid policies of the left and those who implement them…I despise Nancy Pelosi and Harry reid every bit as much as I despise Obummer…

          I don’t think white people are any better than any other race.. I think Allen West, Herman Cain, Marco Rubio, Susan Martinez and all conservatives are equal…IT has NOTHING to do with RACE, it has to do with what they are trying to do…

          • DownWithLibs

            I believe this dude is far more racist than you and I could ever be. There are plenty of non-whites that would agree with me.

          • Xander cross

            @knighowl77 according to white people, blacks were called racist for protesting bush. The point is that your past posts sounds very racist although, I Agee with you on some things in this site.

      • gary2

        If you right wingers are not rascist then why do you get so defensive when accused?

        Its because the right is really rascist.

      • Gary2

        Lets just jack the minimum wage to $60.00 an hour so everyone will be middle class

        I am glad we agree-tax the rich and spread the wealth.

        Tax the greedy to help the needy.

        I actually think Min wage should be $19 per hour so you are being more progressive then even I am.

        • knightowl77

          It was/is SARCASM…and raising the minimum wage has nothing to do with TAXES, it has to do with destroying the country which is what you espouse.

  • Larry

    OBAMA ELIGIBILITY COURT CASE…BLOW BY BLOW

    http://www.thenationalpatriot.com/?p=4138#more-4138

    One thing to which there seems no doubt. He does NOT qualify, under the definition of “Natural Born Citizen” provided by SCOTUS opinions, to be eligible to serve as President.

    What will the judge decide? That is yet to be known, but it seems nearly impossible to believe, without counter testimony or evidence, because Obama and his attorney chose not to participate, that Obama will be allowed on the Georgia ballot

    • Michael

      It will be very interesting to see how that judge handles this one.

      Michael

    • Xander cross

      Obama is a natural born citizen. You got this from Phil berg, who is indeed a liar. Just like how you all say that Iran is going to be attack by December of last year.

    • Syrin

      Then there is the fact that his entire birth narrative is false incluing the addrsss of where he said he lived, etc.

      THEN there is the fact that he has a social security number issued from Connecticut in 1977, a state he never lived in, to a man who has since died, a federal offense.

      Remember when journalists did their job ?

      • Xander Cross

        The guy showed his birth certificate, so did john mccain, man, you really got to stop listening to everything alex jones says. Alex jones says a lot of things, but he is controlled opposition, just like Ron Paul. That brings up something, how you all against government, but vote for a guy (Ron Paul) that want to bring back states rights?

        • Gary2

          conservatives are low information fools. Do not pay them any heed.

  • Golden Child

    Poor people have become dependent on welfare because there are no jobs. This is not a new phenomena either. Since at least the 70’s, America has been shutting down manufacturing plants in big cities. This quickly created ghettos when Blacks from the south relocated to big cities across America only to be met with factory closings and White folks fleeing as fast as possible for the fresh newly built suburbs. Blacks in the inner city were left with no jobs which created massive crime and an underground economy of drugs, prostitution and gangs to survive outside of the system. Cities like Detroit and Baltimore are so violent, poor, dangerous and ghetto because of deindustrialization and White flight. Because there were no more good paying manufacturing jobs for folks in the inner cities, people with often poorly paid jobs, who weren’t involved in the illegal underground economy, had to depend on welfare to make ends meet because supposedly no one starves in America under Uncle Sam’s watch. Now, the same problems that turned American inner cities in hellholes (outsourcing, manufacturing plant shutdowns, lay-offs etc.) are now effecting a much wider demographic as middle class white collar and blue collar jobs are outsourced and automated. As a result, more people are on welfare today than ever before. The hardest workers in America today are usually illegal immigrants because they are willing to work long hours for very little pay. Many illegal immigrants also share tiny apartments with 20 other working men. Illegal immigrants still live like they are residents of the third world. American employers eat this up and take full of advantage of this virtual slave labor. Most jobs advertised in the newspaper where I live now commonly state “bilingual” . What this means is that no one speaks English at the job site and don’t bother applying if you are an American-born citizen who wants to make over $7 an hour and doesn’t want to get paid slave wages under the table. Many American employers are hoping American workers will stop being so spoiled and start living like illegal immigrants. The bottom line of a global economy is a setting an equal worldwide standard living for the majority of American people that is equal to the sad abject squalor which is common in the poorest places in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

    • bobbobbob

      amerkaka = poverty and early death. no dental ins. let romneypig win and cut out the va and the tanks will surely roll over dccomics

    • jox

      I agree with your comment. In Europe is the same. The standard of living and rights of the working people, that have been obtained during the last century with a lot of fight, now are being torpedoed by ‘the markets’ and dismantled by governments, in the name of the ‘austerity’ mantra. An austerity that obviously is not applied to the financial system. For them the stream of money is full open. People here is so tired that accept any labor reform without a fight. I think this was the whole point of this fabricated ‘crisis’.

  • dmitry

    Dear Michael,

    Thank you for the information that you provide.

    Cheers,

    Dmitry

    • Michael

      Dmitry:

      Thank you. And I realize that not everyone will agree with me on this article. It just struck a bit of a chord with me.

      Michael

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Are there some poor people who take advantage of the system? Yes, but the bigger picture (much bigger, in fact) is one of millions of unemployed or underemployed neo-poor Americans who are fighting like hell to get back into the middle class yet find themselves stuck in poverty. This is what happens when a developed country un-develops and becomes part of the Third World. Most of the neo-poor, however, have a strong work ethic, and that’s where things are going to get really ugly in The Banana Republic of America (formerly Les Etas Unis). Inevitably, the neo-poor will put that energy to use in the BRA’s growth industries of the future: drug trafficking, carjacking, murder for hire, kidnapping for ransom, violent home invasions. You know, all the fun things that the poor do to make ends meet in the shantytowns and barrios of Caracas, Venezuela, the government yards of Trenchtown, Jah-Maica (yah mon….downpressor naw take di collee weed), the nasty streets of Hillbrow (a.k.a. Hellbrow) in Johannesburg, Tepito en la Ciudad de México, las zonas peligrosas de la Ciudad de Guatemala, or parts of southern Bogotá.

    “Villains prosper while the rest are fired, foreclosed, and foreordained to suffer for the sins of their rulers.”—Justin Raimondo

    “Far too few have much too much, and way too many have much too little. So when the money stops flowing down to the man on the street, the blood starts flowing in the streets.”—Gerald Celente

    Yes, and flow it will………like the Amazon River. The neo-poor and the neo-desperate will conclude that if they don’t have food stamps and food pantries to turn to, they can be proactive and create jobs for themselves with guns, knives and razorblades. Most of the poor in Third World countries aren’t lazy, but they are desperate—and when the going gets tough, the desperate do desperate things. Just ask anyone who has ever been kidnapped in Port Moresby and lived to talk about it.

    So get ready for a very violent and bloody future in The Banana Republic of America, where the poor and the desperate will feed themselves with bullets and painfully sharp, deadly objects. God help us.

  • Mad-Max

    Big deal. Cell phones and food to the needy. Not worth mentioning when the government gives trillions of dollars in money and our resources to corporations and banks. Sounds like the kind of trading they did when we stole America from the Indians. They take trillions from us and give us back peanuts like cell phones – but no jobs. This is the kind nonsense that divides us while our country burns down. You can either help the needy, fight them or kill them. You may be one them sooner then you think. I hope you choose wise.

    FIGHT THE CAUSE – NOT THE SYMPTOM
    Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://www.revolution2.osixs.org )

    We don’t have to live like this. (choose wisely)

  • Jeremy

    I agreed with everything you said! I’m poor class and i afford to buy a cell phone and a computer with our OWN money! There is also why I refused to go to college because of loans that was from federal government. My mom and I are on SSI and have no job. Because my mom have an illness and unable to go to work. And I have SSI but I dont want to get a job because I lost my faith in US economy. If I want a job then i will have to cut my SSI income off to replace it with new job income. But I don’t want to risk that. Last 2 years ago I went to DVR to help seeking for a job and I been found like 100 jobs and send my rusme(misspelled) and nothing of them are hiring me. I lost my faith in DVR and decided I going to stay on SSI for now.

    I using my SSI to pay cell phone and it’s bills. I agreed with you that you guys can providing poor class people like me to help with such a foods, tools, etc etc.

    Plus this is my 2nd time comment and I enjoyed your article the most. I’m deaf that lives in Washington state :)

    Keep up Michael good work!!

    • DownWithLibs

      You will want to be very careful about being dependent on the Gov. for anything. As more and more people jump on the “net” – as Michael says – the more likely it will “break”. You will not want to be reliant on any program at that point because you will be endangering your very existence.

      • Jeremy

        Oh okay thank for warning me about that one.

  • Sunshine

    Everybody should sign up for one! Tax the bloated billionaires into paying for cell phones for the poor chinamart workers!
    Though, if they paid living wages maybe the poverty would start to go away and workers could pay their own way through life.

  • Hognutz

    Yep! About two weeks ago my wife gave me the mail and was laughing as she did so. She knew what was in it, and new when I saw it I would hit the roof. There was a mailing from a cell provider saying if I was on welfare (and seveal other qualifiers) I was eligible for a free cell phone and 200 mins a month.

    I am still steamed……..

  • Imaplaneiac

    Can the ” poor ” not even afford the new Magic Jack Plus phone service?! It’s cost less than $2 Bucks a month! If they have Cable TV – which many ” poor ” folks have – they likely have a ” router ” . That’s all that’s required for the new Magic Jack Plus ( MJP )! I KNOW this because I recently investigated MJP; as a means of giving AT&T the ” boot “; for ripping me off every month! Then I wouldn’t have to pay all the ” fees ” and charges the ” government ” levies on ME!

    BTW, now at age 62, I’ve NEVER owned a cell phone! NEVER will either! Billions of people … BEFORE the invention of the cell SOMEHOW survived WITHOUT one! Besides, ” cells ” reportedly cause brain cancer!

  • Craig

    Golden Child, I enjoyed reading your post. It made me think of this 70’s song by the Spinners:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8cFaVKMaKM But this was was written when there was a still a lot of hope of escaping ghetto conditions. That hope doesn’t exist near as much now.
    And actually manufacturing in the U.S. peaked in 1979. Baltimore has always had a bad red light section right next to the Inner Harbor area. But both Detroit and Baltimre took a big fall due in large part to being run by black leaders who depended way too much on the local, state and federal government.

    You’re right that American companies would now rather hire Mexicans and Asians for $7/hour, and they don’t want to hire whites that were born in America–we might actually complain about the working conditions and wages. Recent arrival immigrants wont–especially Asians.

    I’m 55, and I’m proud to say I’ve never owned a cell phone in my life. I’m part of the 15% that have never had one. But, I do agree with other posters that it would be extremely difficult to get a job without a phone and especially in this economy. You would have to know somebody to get a job.

    My comments about Michael’s article are that living on the government dole is still just a survival life at best. For example, some people say guys pandhandling on the corner make hundreds per week. Really, they don’t, but even if they did does anybody want to trade places with them? It is such a degrading and diffcult way to survive. And it is survival–not living. Yes, there is a huge amount of abuse of this welfare system by people that are able to work. It should only be for people that have physical or mental disabilities. Also, no politician has the guts to say that black fathers should stop abandoning their significant other and their 4 children. 72% of black children are born illigetimate which is astonishing. And consider this, if our new policiy was now that the 30 or 40 million on welfare have to go out and get a job to qualify, that will mean overnight there are 55 to 65 million people unemployed looking for jobs. How do you think that is going to work in our currently economy? Heck, most employers don’t want to hire Americans to begin with. How persuaded are they going to be to hire folks that have been on welfare for 12 or 15 years? I just can’t see a political solution to this. We are trapped now, and there is now easy way out.

    About the guy with the EBT card. Man I think that guy in the video is going to go thorugh his $200 in one day! That’s the max a single guy can get. You can’t buy paper products with it though or tobacco products.

    There is a store that recently opened in Ft. Worth, TX called Joseph Storehouse. The deals in there are amazing. Examples:

    $4.50 jar of Hellman’s Mayonnaise is just $1.00
    $4.89 box of Lorna Doone cookies is just $1.00
    $1.50 can of Del Monte peaches is just 50 cents
    $1.10 box of milk duds is just 25 cents

    Soon, they will be able to take the EBT card. Check them out on the internet to see if there is one near you. They are some qualifiers. They don’t want folks earning 75K/year to go in there and clean them out.

    • Jason

      Tis simple, people are on it because the other options equal survival as well. Worse than EBT survival, you gonna tell me climbing an economic ladder still exists? Then your as stupid as a late night infomercial- thats what the american dremas become. This aint disney inc anymore.

  • sybilll

    Somebody’s palm is getting greased by the cellphone companies. Cuz ya know, MagicJack is $19.95 per year retail.

  • kwark

    Oh, umm, I’m so upset . . . I just have a hard time getting too upset about this when 1,000 times the money were talking about here is flushed every day down the financial black hole our financial “industry” has created. Oh, right, rich people benefit rather than poor folks so it’s OK. Damn no good welfare cheats, let them die and decrease the surplus population.

  • D

    Bread and circus keep up docile.

  • tappedops

    Newsflash TEC readers…
    The phones are for tracking tracing and tapping nothing more… its well worth their wile to put the poor “ON the Grid”

  • James

    Are you related to Ayn Rand? You Paul-tards, are crazy! Oh yeah, Obama was born in America; America isn’t greece; and the majority of people on foodstamps, are whites! BTW, the world isn’t going to end.

    • Xander Cross

      I been wondering that myself. Also, Ron Paul named his son after Ayn Rand and I always wonder how people who claim that they against government voted one in the senate and actually voted to impose sanction on Iran?

  • Bob

    The lifeline program provides free basic landline service to low income people. The cell phone service is a modern lifeline program giving one the choice of either a landline or cell phone but not both. And it is not just welfare recipients BUT low income persons.

    These programs help people to become more self-sufficient, make their doctors’ appointments, have access to 911 and so on.

    I am a BIG fan of this website, but the only thing OUTRAGEOUS is you saying that it is OUTRAGEOUS. It is not.

    I am very conservative, but I also have a heart and there is nothing wrong with helping people.

    • Jason

      Exactly, and if any of you have the balls to watch I Survived on BIO TV without flinching you would know alot of people benifit from cellphone use especially women. Even men, it helps when your in a trunk being taken to your death to be able to dial 911. Or give you son a cell phone so hes not kidnapped and tortured on the way to school. But by the sounds of some of you people, you probably would like that.

      Also when and if you watch remember statistically how many did not make it because they were too poor or too egotistical to have a cell phone. How many of you im proud to not have a cellphone generation, dissapeared because you only had a land line when taken from there home. Well u only watch faux news.

  • http://lnx-bsp.net/ Tel

    There are some logical reasons to give phone discounts to people on welfare. The first is that generally the people getting the free minutes of talk time will also be paying at lest something for the phone, and often will be paying for extra minutes on a regular basis. That means the networks get more business, whereas otherwise these people probably would not have a phone at all and the networks get no business out of them. Essentially, it’s more of a welfare handout to the phone companies, than to the poor people.

    What’s more if networks have to put towers into a poor neighbourhood just to get coverage, and maybe those towers are used at 10% capacity, the other 90% capacity sits wasted. If the welfare phones maybe push that usage up to 50% capacity then the marginal cost to the network provider is very close to zero, and now that network provider gets revenue in the door and pays corporate tax on the revenue… goes back to the government anyhow.

    The other thing is that you want poor people to get jobs wherever they can. Last time I did part-time labouring jobs (yeah even smart people end up needing to do that crap from time to time) the labour agencies expect to be able to call you up at short notice, so they think you will just sit by the phone all the time. A mobile makes a lot more sense, because I might be on the train to another job interview (or whatever) and I want to be able to answer the phone and say, “Yeah I can work tomorrow.” If I don’t answer they never ring back, they just ring someone else.

    As others have pointed out, some poor people move house a lot, and you can’t actually get a landline at all unless you have a solid lease (if you are just casually renting a room, or sleeping on a friend’s couch, they really frown on you), and if you buy a prepaid mobile and you are pretty careful about using it frugally, it actually costs less than a landline. At least people can call you that way.

    The other argument is that if you just hand poor people cash payouts, they either blow the money on drugs, alcohol, gambling, or whatever… or else someone stands over them and makes them pay up. Better to give direct material charity than monetary payments where possible.

    I don’t like the idea of huge number of people on welfare any more than the next guy does. I agree it’s a sign of deep economic problems, but if you are going to give welfare, making it as targeted as possible is the smart thing to do.

  • chiller

    How else are they going to contact their crack dealer….WALK to their house? Free cab and bus rides as well…ah hell, let’s buy them new cars too!

  • realism

    look at http://www.benefits.gov/
    all freebees can be found there, one stop leeching

  • http://economiccollapseblog.com bill

    when will the working people stand up against these people taking our tax money and giving it to people that wont get off there dead ass and get a job

    • http://www.povertylinejournal.blogspot.com/ the optimist

      have you been paying attention AT ALL???

      • Manny

        Well you don’t have to go and get all huffy about it!!!

  • Jimbo

    We’re doomed. There’s even a website devoted to this free government cell phone scam:
    FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net

  • http://yousue.org/ Neil

    Prepaid cell phones are very affordable now, I got one at walmart for 10 bucks. That is less costly than a landline phone and does not require installation. This is good for people who may move more often, saves on a lot of costs. A phone is a necessity that everyone can understand. Public pay phones are becoming hard to find. I do not see a problem with this. Yes, there may be a few welfare cheats taking advantage, but you don’t make policy based on the exceptions.

  • LSulli

    I agree with Michael on this one. Cell phones are not a necessity but our society has bought into the marketing propaganda and believes they are. We have survived and manged to raise three kids without cell phones. Our land line is the Magic Jack voice over internet. No t.v. service but we do stream Netflix. Before that my parents did not have cell phones but managed to get jobs and raise a family. And yes they were well below the poverty line but are now middle class retirees.

    • Jason

      Just because you have survived? I dont know ur struggle but if you aint lived in the hood it aint much, so you a case, you think yours is everyone elses its not. Talk to some corerners, thell will tell you how many could have been saved from a painful death had they been able to call 911 or justice served by mAking a call and dying anyway. Because at least the police could be in the vicinty of the wearabouts of the victim.

      Just because u have “survived”
      Stop ur navel gazing and look around. Its hard living in these areas and only gonna get worse.

    • Griptor

      You also have to account for the fact that TIMES HAVE CHANGED. No longer are we in the day and age where you get 1 phone call to get a job WALK half a mile to your job and work all day every day except sunday ……NOW you have to get 40-50 calls for ONE petty part time job that is MAYBE within 20…that’s right TWENTY MILES of where you live…ever walked twenty miles….that’s on AVERAGE for a HEALTHY AVERAGE ADULT a two hour walk..add that to the fact of only working two to three hours MAYBE every day at $6 to $7 per hour….WOW the poor have it sooo easy why the hell should we help them with a free fycking phone that costs on average 0.0001 CENTS per employed person…..wow(that’s if the phone and minute usage is maxed at 250 which around here would be $30 a month AND there are ONLY 300,000 employed people in your state)

  • karen

    Look up The Anti- Counterferting Trade Agreement, Also a video on youtube United Nations Small Arms Gun Confiscation Treaty to be Ratified by the US Senate in 2012.

  • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com Ol’ Grey Ghost

    “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.”

    This is the moral hazard of allowing Communitarians and the governments that they form to grant some people “Positive” rights.

    “What Is The Polarity Of Your Rights?”

    http://www.olgreyghost.blogspot.com/2009/12/what-is-polarity-of-your-rights.html

    Of course, to Communitarians, stealing isn’t evil if it’s legal.

    “It Ain’t Evil If It’s Legal”

    http://www.olgreyghost.blogspot.com/2009/08/it-aint-evil-if-its-legal.html

    This is what Bastiat referred to as “lawful plunder.” He was being very polite at the time…

  • Syrin

    C’mon Gary. I have PLENTY more FACTS ready at hand to beat down your meth induced utopian dreams of your Fuhrer.

  • oldfart

    The TV airwaves are blanketed by ads for these free government cellphones here in Michigan.

    “Now dat I got my free gubment cellphone I can call and stuff”

    Yep, that’s the role of government: making sure everybody has access to cellphones. Why not free government computers, free government internet access, free cars, free cable TV–all of which are “necessities” in this day and age and all of which the poor are deprived of!

    (I’m being sarcastic)

  • Diane

    The Lifeline program has been around for quite a long time. AT&T started it back in the 90’s. It was a discount program for home phone service for low-income families. I myself had this service when my children were young and I was a single parent. It helped tremendously, as one of my sons has cerebral palsy and asthsma.

  • mondobeyondo

    Stay on welfare long enough, and you might even qualify for a free iPad! Dang! Why am I not on welfare, so I can scoop up some of these free bennies?!

    [in Borat-type voice] “Whadd a COUNTRYYY!!”

    These people (most of them) don’t realize that many cell phones are perfect tracking devices, with GPS, Facebook capability, etc. Someone with the right knowledge could easily tell where you’ve been. “Ah yes. At 10:30am you were at the Shell gas station, 10:45am, McDonald’s, 11:30am, Victoria’s Secret, HEY! What were you doing at Victoria’s Secret?! You’re a single male! It says so in your Facebook profile!”…

    (btw… wonder if those free government phones are those little prepaid “Tracfone” things sold at Wal-Mart. Tracfone… the name says it all.)

    • Jason

      Hey id say the tracking is perfect for white on minority rape/ homicide frames

      Cant send a minority up the river twente fiave yers for something he didnt do- if his cell phone prooves he wasnt in the vicinity…

  • mondobeyondo

    It’s enough to make me lose my lunch, if you know what I mean. But since I haven’t had lunch yet, I have nothing to lose….

    Just another example of your tax dollars hard at work! (ugh!)

  • sharonsj

    Personally, I can’t afford a cell phone but I have no problem with giving the poor a phone. In this day and age, you need a to phone to call a doctor, speak to utility companies, check with relatives, look for work, etc.

    All this screaming about phone discounts for the poor and elderly is crap. Why don’t you pay more attention to the multi-national corporations that pay no federal income taxes? Why don’t you care about corporations running our democracy? Although at this rate, we’re a fascist country now….

  • Gary2

    Powerful corporations socialize their risks and costs, but privatize profits. That means we, the 99 percent, pick up the tab for environmental clean ups, for helping workers who aren’t paid enough to afford food or health care, for bailouts when risky speculation goes wrong. Meanwhile, profits go straight into the pockets of top executives and others in the 1 percent.

    Michael-this is way more important than worrying about cell phones for the poor. Stop bashing the poor. You need to focus on the real welfare and not throw red meat to the libertarian and conservatives all the time.

    • BenjiK

      The first paragraph of this post is a copy/paste from an article written by Sarah van Gelder for Yes! magazine titled “7 Signs the Corporatocracy is Losing its Legitimacy–and 7 Tools to Help Shut it Down”

      http://www.yesmagazine.org/blogs/sarah-van-gelder/corporate-rule-is-not-inevitable

      I’m not ragging on you Gary, but I believe in giving credit where credit is due.

      • gary2

        Thanks for calling me out. I was getting steamed by Michael’s poor people bashing that I did not credit the source. Sorry!

        • knightowl77

          Corporations have stockholders who have invested and deserve the rewards of the products they produce…But we agree NO bailouts ever…If the corp goes bankrupt..C’est La Vie…

  • Cinderella Man

    LOL I commented on this a few months ago. Now I know it was for real! My stepmom used to work for the phone company and youre right it’s called the Universal Access Charge. Now you know what that hidden fee is! I dont understand why low income folks just dont get a prepaid cell phone. Thats what I use. The phones usually only cost around ten to twenty bucks and the airtime cards are affordable. Net 10 has a card for $25 that gives you 750 minutes. Im sure if some of these recipients gave up their beer or weed fund they could buy their own phone and not have to get an Uncle Barry phone. To me this seems like another bribe to get people to vote for him.

    • Jason

      And we all know prepaids never come with tricks and schemes to put poor people into further debt. As a matter of fact everthang in america stays the same- just get on down ther boay get yoself a prepaid..

  • Morella

    While this article will most likely lure readers to get angry about poor people using cell phones paid with America’s tax dollars, perhaps they can use this thought-provoking piece to also reflect on the cultural symbolism of the cell phone, and what it has done to us as a whole. Then we could postulate further as to why human beings are addicted not only to cell phones, but to all sorts of electronic devices, like Kindle, all those netbooks, and IPADS. Excuse me if I get the names wrong, as I’m not familiar with most of these gadgets. America in particular has an extreme addiction to anything that bespeaks convenience. Perhaps we need to look inside ourselves, regardless of where we’re from, to see that we have become hollow, empty shells of humanity, who only know addictions to their cell phones or else sports, tv, mainstream news, pornography, or other recreation, like drugs and alcohol. Instead of using this article to point fingers at the poor, I instead saw it as an opportunity to question what we have become as a whole, regardless of nationality. All we know is survival and entertainment, but even then, we know very little about true survival, and our entertainment is pure garbage.

  • DownWithLibs

    I’m thankful to have a job, but more and more I feel like I’m in an uphill battle against my Gov…like I lost a bet or something.

  • Rain23

    Have to disagree on this one. In my personal experience with friends, the people I know who have a subsidized phone don’t have a land line, or even a home to put one in. That cell phone is their only phone. As far as the minutes go, maybe that is excessive. I saw a lot of the homeless people I worked with start getting day labor and even permanent full time jobs when the county started a program that gave them a permanent address for their mail and a phone number with voice mail. It leveled the playing field for employers who wouldn’t even consider someone homeless despite their skills and enthusiasm for work.

    I’m not on either program, and I agree no one should be subsidized to sit around and talk or surf. But I’m looking for a second job and ALL the employers I’ve applied to ask for email. Often you can only apply online, they don’t even take phone calls or visits anymore. If the low-cost computer seems excessive, maybe we could just help people get library cards and show them how to get a Hotmail or other free account they can use when the library is open. They let you go online for 30 minutes at a time.

    I’m not going to ask someone to climb out of poverty and then begrudge them the equivalent of a rope or a ladder. It makes way more sense than giving disability payments to chronic addicts and alcoholics, maybe we could move the funds from there.

    • Jason

      Thanks rain hopefully people will read the comments for a balanced view. I know i always do….

  • e

    I’m not a supporter of welfare abuse, but I’d have to DISAGREE with you on this article. I believe the reason the government is giving out these free cell phones (and I have a friend on SSI / disability who has one) is so that low-income women can report crimes, stay safe/in touch with relatives/report abusive boyfriends, and also have a # emplolyers can call them back at if and when they job hunt. If you’re looking for a job, it’s virtually impossible to do so without a phone # without appearing homeless, which makes employers suspect. Also, most welfare reciepients live in “the hood” ghettoes or dangerous areas, and more cell phones means more people calling 911 in emergencies, etc. Think about it, after Hurricane Katrina and such, don’t you think it’s important everyone has a cell phone so FEMA messages can get out if need be and people can keep track of each other better?

    I don’t believe this “costs” the gov’t much, as cell phone minutes aren’t a tangible thing like food or shelter.

  • Flounder

    I heard about this a year or two ago. 25% of Americans are now getting SOME form of welfare.

    In Georgia, 3 out of 5 babies are medicaid babies. 60%!!!! I’ll bet the rest of the states are similar.

    We are doomed with numbers like that.

    Idiocracy.

  • Barn Cat

    Programs like this would be great for the truly needy. It would be awesome to be able to give out a cell phone number on a job application. The problem is, at least 90% of the recipients of this program are people who don’t want to work in the first place.

    • Jason

      Correction 90 dont want to be wage slaves….

      A decent living wage please before everyone starts harping about jobs jobs jobs work work work…

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    And the company owner is? Sorpresa…………

  • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com Ol’ Grey Ghost

    Those readers who seem to think this program is okay because it (supposedly) helps the poor are suffering from “Government Issued Morality.”

    http://www.olgreyghost.blogspot.com/2009/07/government-issued-morality.html

    And yes, Gary2, government programs that give money to big corporations are also bad. Programs like this one about the phones are used to funnel that money to big corporations while making our benevolent government officials look charitable with other people’s money.

    Learn to always ask the question, “Cui Bono?”

  • REED RICHARDS

    Amerikans vote for three things and three things only every election cycle:

    1. Warfare State

    2. Police State

    3. Welfare State

    Any politician who campaigns on significantly scaling back or flat out eliminating any of these pillars of decadent society is deemed unelectable in the eyes of the braindead amerikan masses. You may not like it but all evidence clearly supports the fact that this is the current reality (not the Karl Rove version) on the ground in amerika.

    What is required is massive social change in amerika and around the world. People have to stand for a way of life that is both honorable and noble, something that all people can be proud of and want to pass on to succeeding generations. And until that time comes, all you will ocntinue to see are articles like these day in and day out………….

  • Kiwi

    If a person on disability has a seizure while they are out… dont you think it may be a good idea for them to have a lifeline?.

    New Zealand is quickly becoming like self interested america… where the only glory to be had there is the praise one heaps upon oneself and the cries of unfair… unfair from the Rednecks.

    Really, with you guys as world leaders I can see why most of us want to take a pass on dealing with you.

    Supposedly you guys are religious… but I dont see anywhere in the bible where self interest and self involvement to such a degree is going to get you anywhere but a one way ticket in the opposite direction.

    Say its an eplileptic laying in the pavement and they have hurt themselves… I would say a cell phone is an essential item at certain times..

    But I forget how much christian charity the rest of us around the world witness in America… its abysmal… homelessness and Wealthy industrialists paying less tax than their servants.

    What republicans generally want from what I know of is people being euthanised rather than the state caring for them in any way… and the care provided is stone age, medical care is thrid world there for the poor as it is here in New Zealand.

    Governments across the world still use descrimination in legislation because they are too inept to come up with new innovative thinking even when we live in a supposedly evolved world.

    The first thing that happens in America is the state abandoning its most needy.

    Some example you people are… I mean really Bravo (sarcasm for the republican dimwits out there).

    • Jason

      Damn pawened a one way ticket in the wrong direction lol damn thank you… Kiwi so giving thy brother thy sister, thy neighbor. But not thy black neighbor nor thy poor neighbor nor thy drug addicted neighbor nor thy lost soul neighbor nor thy have sinned neighbor.

      But its sunday lest rejoice!

  • http://yousue.org/ Neil

    Mr. EBT was interviewed by Lauren Lyster of the RT Network, he’s a celebrity now.

    Mr EBT talks food stamp rap
    http://youtu.be/blwIiuG4T_Y

    Americans continue to struggle just to make ends meet. Yet there are artists who are trying to give a more positive spin on what some might say are dire times for the USA. Mr. Ebt and Money Maine, two hip-hop artists, are joining RT’s Lauren Lyster from New York for more.

  • DianeS

    I’m up in the air about the cell phone programs as I can see both sides. I am concerned about the subsides that are given to the buyers of electric cars. I and my husband both work full time. We can not afford an electric car. The cost to build an electric car is much higher than the sale price and we the taxpayers are picking up the rest of that bill. I don’t see why we should pay for someone else buying that kind of an item.

  • BenjiK

    After reading some of the comments on here I find it amusing, and a little sad, that there is a mentality out there that believes having a cell-phone is a basic human right. We can make the case all day about the need for a phone to get a job, but let’s be realistic. Anyone SERIOUS about a potential job that requires a formal interview and multiple correspondence is going to have either a land-line or a cell to begin with. If you are at the point of not even being able to afford a $10 phone and a $20/month phone card and are serious about work, you better have yourself at your local DVR/employment assistance office where not having a cell/internet is not an issue.

    We have become a nation of excuses, not solutions. I overheard an interview at a local fast-food restaurant the other day and was ASTOUNDED at what I heard. The young interviewee was telling the manager that they couldn’t work weekends, couldn’t work after 7pm, Tuesday mornings were out of the question due to tavern pool-league on Monday nights and when asked if hired, when would they be available to start, the interviewee told the manager they would have to get back to them. Seriously?! Whenever I was asked in an interview when I could start a job, my reply was always “I’m here, aren’t I?” The sad truth is, most people really DON’T WANT TO WORK. I know we have a serious employment problem in this country, but those with true work ethic don’t have a problem finding work, even if it’s menial. Life isn’t fair, but it’s up to you if you’d rather sit around and COMPLAIN about it or pull yourself up by the bootstraps and DO something about it…..

  • BenjiK

    A little off topic here, but I was watching CNBC early this morning and investor Jim Rogers made an interesting point. He stated that there are over 40 major political elections worldwide in 2012, the U.S. presidency being the most prominent, and said the U.S. among others will prop up the financial system to no end just to get through the elections. He said if the U.S. economy starts shrinking, that Bernanke would just start an endless run of “printing”. He was optimistic about the 2012 financial markets but very pessimistic about the consequences after the fall elections.

  • deadby2020

    abusive boyfriends? seizures? grow a brain. i was forced into a low income area by the GOM oil spill. i now see these areas are nothing more than ‘Fedghettos’. every other teen is pregnant, everyone is using food stamp ‘credit cards'[and selling them] free phones are just another ‘perk’. the only “whites” i see are the girls with black babies. 90% of those who get free ****** are black and have no desire to anything but hang out and party. but it don’t matter because if you take an intelligent thoughtful look at the progression of the U.S., most of us will be dead by 2020….

    • Sunday

      No one is forcing you to live in “the ghetto.” If you dont like your living situation, go to school and get yourself a job.

    • Sunday

      No one is forcing you to live in a ghetto. Stop complaining and get a job!

      • Milton

        Wakey! Wakey!

      • Rich

        So, you support Obama’s policies that have led to really good job growth? Or is it a disconnect you have between actually what happens on a personal level, and what happens in the national political level.

        • Jane

          re: Jobs – I saw something interesting today:
          President Obama Has Added Even MORE Jobs Than Previously Thought!

          http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/09/27/14125453-the-386000-jobs-we-didnt-know-about?lite

          over the last 12 months, the economy added 386,000 jobs that up until now had not been reported. That may not sound like much, but it’s a 20 percent jump over the 1.94 million jobs thought to have been created overall over that same period.

          Also note, this is a net total: the private sector created 453,000 additional jobs, while Republican austerity measures forced the public sector to shed an additional 67,000 jobs.

          As a political matter, Pat Garofalo notes another salient angle: even if the early 2009 job losses are held against President Obama, he’s now broken into positive territory for his first term. It also means more jobs were created in Obama’s first four years than during George W. Bush’s first four years — and Bush didn’t inherit a global economic catastrophe.

          It’s very likely Mitt Romney was looking forward to arguing next week that the economy hasn’t added any new jobs during Obama’s term. The talking point was always ridiculous when considered in context, but now, the talking point is off the table entirely.

          • Ben

            Anyone that thinks B.O. Has broken into positive job growth is hitting the pipe so much he’s dillusional. Fact is it only appears that it’s positive growth because under B.O. More and more people have simply stopped looking for work. Over 12 million more Americans are getting food stamps, but maybe that’s the kind of economic growth B.O. Wants. More dependants = more democratic voters wanting to keep the status quo.

            It’s been proven that taxing the wealthy B.O.’s big plan that he constantly falls back on, would literally do nothing to limit or reduce the debt. Even if you took ALL of the income from the 1% (take ALL of their income… Read it!) you reduce the annual debt from 1.2 trillion to 890 billion give or take. And that’s at current levels. Don’t get into where it will be after Obama care gets rolling. And of course if you did that, the wealthy would obviously leave and so would their money. As it stands, every state that has tried to punish the wealthy and prosperous has seen then leave in droves. It will be the same only this time on a national level. And the results will be catastrophic, ask France! B.O. And his plans simply stink!

  • http://angrymanspeaks.wordpress.com/ mark/angryman

    Tony Lamb
    January 29th, 2012 at 4:17 pm · Reply
    “Every one on disability and SSI just got a 3% pay raise and now we can get a free cell phone too. Wow such a deal. How and Why do they do this when the U.S. Government’s money is so tight? Seems like they are on purpose trying to drive us into default.”

    Oh yes Tony; no doubt giving people who are on Disability 3% is going to drive us under. Of course spending Billions on wars to support the Military Industrial Complex isn’t harmful at all. I would much rather give my money to Warmongering generals and CEOs tha to a man who is unable to work but has probably worked all his life and paid into the system just like you did. God knows the big Corporate Excecutives and shareholders need that money much more. And really Tony; they are better people than those sad, unemployable wretches who do little more than clutter up our gutters; breathing valuable air that could be saved for those of better breeding and character; such as yourself probably.
    Prepared Pastor
    January 29th, 2012 at 4:28 pm · Reply
    “I saw advertisements for the free cell phone service on television last year. I have said this before, but it is worth repeating that the reason we have so many poor is that the poverty level in America is four times the AVERAGE income in Mexico.”
    No doubt you are correct Sir. Why didn’t I think of this before? we simply redefine Poverty. We say that a person who is barely keeeping body and soul together isn’t poor; they’re just living out their version of the “American Dream”
    Then we provide assistance for those who aren’t keeping body and soul together; but only if they can show a permanent address. (This is neccesary to receive assistance). Since most people at this Low Level are not able to do so; they will expire and we can say we have no poverty problem in America.
    Just happy, carefree drones living out their gray, ash coated existence in the futile hope of being allowed into your exclusive club of those who have thieved and lied and backstabbed their way to a position of financial stability.
    Great idea Pastor. No doubt this is what jesus actually had in mind when he used the words, “Suffer the little children”. How perceptive of you.
    “A democracy can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasury. From that moment on the majority, he said, always vote for the candidate promising the most benefits from the treasury with the result that democracy always collpases over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a dictatorship. – Alexander Fraser Tytler”
    This is a truly beatiful delusion you have quoted here. At what point in the past 52 years do you believe the people voted themselves all of these luxurious benefits you claim they receive?
    Of those 52 years; 32 were under Conservative / Republican administrations. Only 20 of those years were under “Liberal” / Democratic administrations.
    I suppose you would like us to believe that the Republican Party was so helpless that they were unable to stop this horrific waste of our tax dollars. Helping the poor indeed.
    They don’t seem to have had much difficulty bringing the legislative proccess to a screeching halt and miring it in a fetid swamp of Elitist Corporate a_ _- kissing.
    I think if they really wanted to they could have done more to deny the poor and all those bothersome people who payed into Social Security all these years assuming they would be paid a pension when they retired. or who paid into Social security all these years with the understanding that if they were disabled and no longer able to work; they would receive a pension.
    But Pastor; I think I have an idea for you. You’re going to like this one.
    The average lifespan in America is
    List of countries by life expectancy
    From Wikipedia
    List by the United Nations (2005-2010)
    United States overall 78.3 male 75.6 female 80.8
    If we just continue and accelerate our current practice we can reduce our Social security expenditure to nearly zero.
    Remember when people could retire at 65 with a full pension?
    Now you have to work until 67. 5 years old to receive that same benefit.
    If we just increase the retirement age to 81 years old; we can seriously reduce the number of people who will receive Social Security. Can’t collect if your dead.
    igotadose
    January 29th, 2012 at 4:56 pm · Reply
    “Michael, you seem to be having difficulty lately. I’d expect this kind of anti-gummint screed on a nutbar website like Faux news. Where’s the cogent economic analysis and tea-leaf-reading that made this site stand out versus so many others? Hopefully you can turn it around and begin posting thought-provoking articles again.”
    I agree this article is trite; but it does go to prove that Conservatives such as Michael; have reached a state of fear and confusion that leaves them unable to tell the difference between valid assistance and wasteful spending. As I say; if you want to cut out the Government’s wasteful spending; try looking to the Military; the “Foriegn Aid” i.e. arming and defending those nations who can most help us with resourses and intelligence co-operation and bribing nations such as Jordan not to attack Israel. Or perhaps we could take a look at the lavishly generous pensions and lifetime healthcare our Senators and Representatives get. Or perhaps we could address the problem of waste by applying all of this Corporate Business Savy to making the Government run efficiently; with less waste rather than supporting the starvation; exposure; degradation of those who are not able to care for themselves. Why don’t we see retired CEOs volunteering their time to help with such a task? Why do Conservatives aka the wealthy always blame to poor for their bad business decisions? The people with the money and power should be the ones most interested in this.
    Rather than attempt to change to Predatory Military habits of our country or deny billions of dollars in military assistance to nations who might help us in our wars; they chose to deny a decent life with dignity to our own people in need.
    callmecordelia1
    January 29th, 2012 at 5:01 pm · Reply
    “I have a close friend who was on social security disability for mental issues. He and his family were on every government program imaginable for about a decade. He was finally able to get help with his mental issues, and realized that he needed to get to work if he was ever going to break the cycle for his children. It was such a leap for him because he knew that going to work would mean that they would actually have a WORSE standard of living than they had living off the government. It was very hard for him to say “Yes, I’m going to work 40+ hours a week to have less money than before”. There are millions of people in the same boat that he was in, and it’s going to get ugly if all of those programs are yanked away. My friend did it by choice and it was extremely difficult. I can’t even imagine the response when it all disappears without their “consent”.”
    Well call me Angryman because that’s what people like yourself make me.
    Your inspirational story about your friend was so touching. I darn near got out my American Flag and saluted it while singing the Star Spangled Banner. (Now tell me there was no Corporate influence in choosing that “Dog” as our National Anthem. I mean; somebody must have gotten a real good massage 2ith a happy ending to get that approved. Uugh!)
    I am happy to hear that your friend was one of the lucky people whose disability was temporary. Unfortunately; most Disability recipients are not so fortunate.
    {According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a person qualifies for SSDI if:
    they have a physical or mental condition that prevents them from engaging in any “substantial gainful activity” (“SGA”), and
    the condition is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death, and
    Medical evidence is signs, symptoms and laboratory findings and is required to document the claim. Symptoms, such as pain, are considered but must be reasonably expected to come from a medically determinable impairment which the claimant is diagnosed to have. The decision is based on a sequential evaluation of medical evidence. The sequence for adults is: 1. Is the claimant performing a Substantial Gainful Activity? If yes, deny. If no, continue to next sequence. 2. Is the claimant’s impairment severe? If no, deny. If yes, continue to next sequence. 3. Does the impairment meet or equal the severity of impairments in the Listing of Impairments? .[3] If yes, allow the claim. If no, continue to next sequence. 4. Is the claimant able to perform past work? If yes, deny. If no continue to next sequence. 5. Is the claimant able to perform any work in the economy? If yes, deny. If no allow the claim.
    Medical evidence that demonstrates the applicant’s inability to work is required. The DDS or ALJ may also require the applicant to visit a third-party physician for medical documentation, often to supplement the evidence treating sources do not supply. The applicant may meet a SSA medical listing for their condition. If their condition does not meet the requirements of a listing, their residual functional capacity is considered, along with their age, past relevant work, and education, in determining their ability to perform either their past work, or other work generally available in the national economy.}
    The waiting time for a decision is estimated to be about 2 years if you are approved byt he Third appeal before an Administrative Law Judge. If you must proceed to the Appeals Council you can expect to wait another year.
    During this time; you are left to live on whatever savings; LTD insurance etc that you might have. If you don’t have those things; you are at the mercy of God and the streets because working for 40 years and paying into the SS system means you will wait and wait and wait for the benefits you are owed. Some people die waiting and some just become so ill that they aren’t a longterm drain on your precious dollars.
    “Consent”? You arrogant prig. It is those people whose consent should be sought.It is those people whose backs you climbed on to reach whatever exalted position of power and authority you hold. Or are you just one of those wannabee conservatives; dreaming of having real money and satisfied to sit at the feet of the 1% and greedily consume whatever unwanted scraps they serve you?
    DaytoDay
    January 29th, 2012 at 5:05 pm · Reply
    “Interesting article Michael.
    Although, I’m not sure I agree…
    I mean, in today’s society, you HAVE to have a phone to get a job (Contact Information)… And a cell phone can be an invaluable tool, in a life or death situation.”
    Bravo; the voice of reason. You are correct sir. If the Conservatives were not so busy guarding their hoarded wealth; they would see that helping people who can work is a good thing.
    Oh wait! I think I get it.
    Rule #1: Deny help to those who are not able to work……………
    Rule #2: then to those who are able to work…………………………….
    Rule #3: and when living in poverty turns them into someone who is not able to work; refer to Rule #1.
    How neat and tidy. Is this new? Or is it yet another page out of Genocide 101: How to enslave and exterminate the poor and those most in danger of becoming poor i.e. the middle class?
    Michael
    January 29th, 2012 at 6:56 pm · Reply
    “There are millions of working class families out there today that are working as hard as they can and yet they cannot afford even one cell phone.”
    And that should never have been allowed to happen here. Period.

    mark
    January 29th, 2012 at 5:13 pm · Reply
    “It is things like this that should prove even to Gary that the Federal Government wastes our money. Why raise taxes to waste more of it?”
    Our Government does waste money. I don’t think this is an example though.
    War- now there is a waste of money and life.
    Military Aid to nationslike Israel and Egypt.
    Payoffs to Jordan
    “Humanitarian Aid” i.e. Military aid to nations we don’t want anyone to know we are arming.
    Military and other support for whatever Third world Petty Dictator who is willing to let us rape his country while his people starve and we do the dirty work.
    Those are wasteful things.
    Constantly passing laws to benefit Corporations and undermine the ability of the average American to live with dignity
    That is a criminbal thing.

    republicae
    January 29th, 2012 at 6:13 pm · Reply
    Hey, what’s the problem? I mean last year there were people receiving Social Security Disability who were signing up for online classes, “buying”, laptops, mostly from “rent-to-own” stores, for the purpose of receiving $5,000.00 checks. The question is, what would a disabled person need with a “better” education? The trick, of course, was to simply sign up, enter the classes and never actually finish the courses, but definitely keep our tax-payer provided “grants”.
    It goes without saying that many of the people I meet who receive Social Security Disability are far from disabled and usually have a “business on-the-side”.
    I love it. You people lie; cheat and backstab. You deceive and committ crimes and evict helpless people from their homes. You use whatever clever financial and legal maneuveurs you can conceieve of. You cause death; sickness; destruction; and misery; all to get your nasty little hands on a few more dollars to drool over; and you have the huge marbles to come out and say you resent a person trying to exist on the 1000 or so dollars a month he gets from disability having a side income to make it a little easier.
    I get it though. you don’t mind screwing anyone and everyone to get more money for you to add to your already ample hoard; but you actually shudder and wretch at the thought that someone else might figue a way to stay alive by using a few of those almighty dollars you worship.
    Yeah. I get it.
    Golden Child
    January 29th, 2012 at 6:43 pm · Reply
    Poor people have become dependent on welfare because there are no jobs…………………..
    ………………..The bottom line of a global economy is a setting an equal worldwide standard living for the majority of American people that is equal to the sad abject squalor which is common in the poorest places in Asia, Latin America and Africa.
    Thank You. As I was saying to these Corporate Drones and Fascist Capitalists. Just that,

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    And you pay more for the foods and then the money goes to
    food stamp. Is clear we ll paid for it.

  • gary2

    A friend sent me this. Its so true:

    I’ve often wondered how Christianists and the Tea Party crowd can cling to beliefs that defy logic and scientific fact. Now, we may have the answer: they’re simply stupid. I mean literally dumb from an intelligence perspective.

    A new study done by researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock
    University in Ontario, Canada, finds that those with low intelligence gravitate towards conservatism (this is so true)
    and are prone to embrace prejudice of things they don’t understand or that are different. I can already
    hear Tony Perkins and the anti-gay professional Christian set howling and bellowing that Hodson’s
    work is biased or slanted. When you think of about, however, the correlation tracks with a great deal
    of everyday experience in dealing with people. If you can’t think for yourself, you’re an easy target for
    demagogues who like to blame problems and failings on “the other.” Here are some highlights from
    Yahoo News on the study findings:
    There’s no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be
    dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.

    Yes friends this proves conservatives are low information dolts!

    • tommy

      You don’t like Republicans, we get it. You’re a Liberal and smarter.. good for you. We’re talking about FREE CELL phones. FOCUS!

      • sugarjet

        Ditto……..

    • garyddd

      JUst wondered Gary2, if the conservatives are so dumb, how come it is all you smart liberals who are doing the welfare blowjob and sucking every free thing you can lay your hands on from the working republicans ?

      • Ed

        garyddd,

        Let’s not forget to acknowledge the conservatives as the corporate whores that they are. Every Republican claims to “work” while slurping more money even faster out of the government troughs. Republicans give corporations blowjobs (remember your friend Mitt Romney said that corporations are people) at the same time giving the government a reach around on Social Security and Medicare and giving out free corporate welfare.

    • Hunnytree

      First time I’ve ever been called an “-ist.”

  • gary2

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

    I only wish this were true. I am doing my best to make this a reality.

    The poor are showered with benefits-please Michael our saftey net is a joke compared to the rest of the civilized world. Showered as a choice of words sounds like a Newt talking point. Next you will start saying festering or rot. You conservatives are so easy to see through.

    • John Parker

      Hey, Gary, Why don’t you go start working the phone banks for Obama instead of filling this site with your ignorant left-wing crap. You sound (and probably look like) Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

      • Rusty

        Gary2, you are the perfect Liberal!

  • gary2

    Nonetheless, there is reason to believe that strict right-wing ideology might appeal to those
    who have trouble grasping the complexity of the world. “Socially conservative ideologies tend
    to offer structure and order,” Hodson said, explaining why these beliefs might draw those with low
    intelligence. “Unfortunately, many of these features can also contribute to prejudice.

    Oh yeah the conservatives are dumber than a rock.

    • ur an idiot

      Gary2 is soooo tolerant.

      • DownWithLibs

        Sad if he learns the truth on Judgement Day.

    • Jeff

      I agree with part of what you claim, Gary. Social conservatives are usually more challenged by technology and complex ideas. Therefore, they gravitate toward simplistic solutions like:

      “Gays are all perverts” “everyone on welfare is lazy” or “the world is flat, not round”.

      Not all conservatives are simple-minded, obviously. I know many who are educated and quite brilliant.

      But there is a huge block of ignorant, backward, non-technical, close-minded conservatives that elect the very same type of idiots (think of Louie Ghomert in Texas) that think like they do.

    • V

      Gary, that’s funny I just recently saw an article about a study done by the American government that all the money they’ve been spending on all the studies is proving to be fruitless and all their studies are not as accurate as they first believed. Real stuff man, go look it up. Also come try to live in one of these Socialist European countries like I have for the past 2 years, you will be begging for our American culture again. Unless you just plan to come here and live off the government then you will fall in love. I used to be a liberal now I do not label myself anything, because once you take a step back and look at both sides from the outside it doesn’t take much to see the ignorance and intolerance on both sides. Liberal have this arrogance about them that is laughable, because they feel they care about their fellow man. All the while they bash and belittle their fellow men who label themselves conservatives or republicans. You, sir, are an idiot.

  • Paul

    So?

    Tax GE!

  • Melanika

    “This rapper is” indicative of the “welfare mindset”….you racist s.o.b. It’s not often that I feel hatred for white people, considering I’m close to quite a few of them, but you make it very hard not to. You people never quit. Hate is like an addiction to you. You may not be aware, but your days as the ruling power on earth are numbered. Your kingdoms are crumbling, your sun setting. Speaking of the sun, it is about to become your worst nightmare, because you are melanin deficient. The reason for damn insanity. You will have no resistance to the coming solar waves. Your genes are mutated. Your sperm drying up. Your “race” dying out. And all you can do is take shots at the very people whose destinies you destroyed because of your greed and rapine. God help your sick behinds. Karma is on your doorstep and you’re too twisted to see it. You will be lucky to survive this decade. Poor people on welfare are the least of your worries. Where the hell did you come from? Never mind, the answer’s in the question. Peace!

    • ur an idiot

      Did this article hit a nerve?

    • Lennie Pike

      I got to believe that someone named Melanika talking about melanin turning into melanomas must know what she’s talking about.

      That was humor, not hate. I’m 50% Cherokee Indian that looks and acts like a white guy but it’s hard for me to get sunburned – what will become of me?

      Don’t just stand there looking stupid, we got some track to lay!

    • John Parker

      Hey, you’re right. Our days are numbered because we don’t reproduce like rabbits.

    • foxriver

      LOL Are you serious?- your talking like your black, so I’m betting you are, anyways, look at the crime rate blacks have then talk about how people hate, LOL man I hope you respond, this is gonna be fun and highly entertaining.

  • Melanika

    I don’t give a damn if you don’t publish this post. It is so like you to give out what you can’t take back…the truth! You can’t change it by ignoring it either. Sooner or later, it catches up to you. Keep watching. Peace out.

  • Gary2

    and yet another right wing racist-no surprise here:

    Ron Paul’s former secretary, who supports his candidacy for President, admits Ron Paul knew all about those racist newsletters.

    Ron (***************) Paul is nuttier than a squirrel turd. HE WILL NEVER BE ELECTED. GET OVER IT!

    Only 8-9% of the population are libertarians (*************************)

    • knightowl77

      But that number is growing….and you can’t tell by voter registrations….

    • tommy

      Why is Ron Paul nutty? You’re not in favor of gay marraige? You like policing the world? Are you into war? I thought liberals are suppose to be the “good guys?” Yet, you’re voting for candidates who illegally bomb countries and start wars. That’s not too nice. If you’re not familiar with all the innocent civilians murdered by us overseas… you should look it up. Based on your previous posts, I’m guessing you won’t. You seem to make judgements based on feelings and not logic. There’s no difference between Republicans and Democrats. The system is fixed and they cater to weak minded individuals who don’t think for themselves. People like you.

  • http://EconomicCollapse Already Gone

    I would like to tell you a story of so called
    “Welfare Recipients” This is a true story some years back here in Mn there used to be what they called “the chicago line” people would come to mn
    from chicago and claim they were mn residents and get welfare because mn was at the time and probaly still is one of the easiest states to get welfare,
    anyway this was possible because they also have the laziest social workers around these people don’t even bother to check up on these people so this is why this scam was able to be implemented only until
    word got out on a local radio station and a lot of people got pissed off did the state workers get off there dead asses and start to do there job and the so called “chicago line” was shut down.And I Agree
    100% with michael with the dependance on government programs i have personally stood behind individuals
    at the grocery store and watch them pay for there
    purchase with the white card with the red stripe
    also known as the welfare card than watch them wheel
    there shopping carts out to there brand new car/suv
    and than unload there top quality items into it and
    no generic or low cost money saving items I Mean the best! So why would anybody want to get a job when you can live a nice lifestyle at the expense of hardworking taxpayers as for the free phones and internet all there doing is filling a void in these peoples lives and what is a better way to buy votes?
    And another reason alot of people cannot get a job from a temp agency is because of the so called “tax
    credit” they receive when they send a immigrant/
    minority to work and it does not matter if they stay or not they get the credit either way and they
    use and abuse this system very well.And it does not matter if people agree or disagree the system is totally f@@@ed up and needs to be rebuilt from the ground up.

    • ur an idiot

      I remember. It drove governer Ventura nuts.

      • http://dumdumcity.nuts dum dum

        At first I read the article and it made me a little upset but after thinking about it for awhile I realised that I only care because I am a lonely, angry idiot like you. BTW you should vote for Mr. Asslips because you will be 15% less ************ next year than if you vote for Mr. **********stick.

  • deef Fred

    Well, the guy on here who admitted that he was deaf but still received a free cell phone from Uncle Sam … that tells the whole story.

    I’m paying for a shell phone for a deaf guy !!
    Lord help us. When will this madness end ???

    Economic Collapse is very welcome around my home. This crap has got to stop somewhere, somehow.

  • Economyst

    Have you ever tried getting a job without a phone, or internet service? (In the last few years, that is.)

    In my book, cell phones and low-cost internet service are a much better use of our money than subsidies to oil companies, or tax breaks for the wealthy & large corporations.

    • Sunday

      You do have a point there. I guess you cant get a job or go to school without the internet.

      • Terry

        Actually, having regular internet access is very helpful for anyone looking for a job or for money-making opportunities generally.

        Specifically, I have found Craigslist at least 10 times more useful than newspaper ads and government job offices in providing unskilled job leads.

        Craigslist is also very useful for finding (mostly short-term) “gigs” to earn extra money. Gigs on Craigslist tend to be filled and deleted quickly, so anyone relying on a public library for internet access is at a big disadvantage.

    • sugarjet

      the free phones and minutes are NOT FOR THE UNEMPLOYED. They do not qualify! GIVING PHONES AND MINUTES for the unemployed would make more sense and hopefully would be temporary. The give-a-ways are ONLY for people on food stamps and/or Medicaid. Does anyone question why the free long distance minutes? Who do these people need to call out of State/Country? Mexico?

    • Tiredofitall

      Can’t go to the library for the free internet or is that too much of an inconvience…

      • Darnit

        THIS IS THE MOST RETARDED THING, YOU CAN GO TO BUISNESSES AND FILL OUT APLICATIONS, MAKE YOUR RESUME ON THE COMPUTERS AT THE LYBRARY YOU CAN DO MORE THAN YOU THINK IS POSSIBLE. I am a relitivly poor man I plan on going to college. IF you try hard enough you will find a job. YOU will get one. Finding a job is a full time job it not somthing you do 1 hr a week. IF you want a job they are out there.

        YOU feel you need a cell phone UM yean right, you just want a phone to be able to text all your freinds and hook up to party. Most that are on ssi are getting money already, usually a pretty big check.

        IF you burn all your bridges

        IF you have no willpower

        IF you have no money

        IF you have next to nothing

        IF you need help

        YOU can get it with out a cell phone.

        I have never needed a cell phone, Just a freind or my mothers land line

        IF you dont have friends

        IF you dont have any thing

        The least you can do is fill out apps on line at a lybrary

        and while you are at a lybrary you may figure out that you can also go to THE buisnesses with in reach and get your info out there. Most buisnesses will hire you if you are a good fit and a person that is showing that they are in dire need of a job. The manager will know you will put the work nessassary to get the job done if you want a job bad enough.

        These are things that can come to people that work for it. most just want the free hand out.

        the thing is YOU need to put the effort out there. And just getting free bees will not help the person in need if they are living quite comfortably. YOU are posting on this site so you have the internet access that most will need.

        These cell phones cost money, even if the providers are not really effected. THE people that are effected the most are the people that pay the 60-150 dollar cell phone plans that in turn pay for your free shystery.

        I would love a free cell phone, But do i need one NO. cell phones are one of the many steps to socialism soon we will have all government jobs that pay nothing other than what is handed out to us evenly by the government other than the people in office they will be payed still

        THIS is the really crappy movement that is comming in this country

        15 million plus people getting free phones are costing the government big bucks. THERE is no need for a cell phone.

        THERE is need for food (can be nasty), water, and a roof over your head.

        there is many things wrong with this and this is one step closer to a crappy society where people want to be poor. People dont really care about things. Nothing inovative will be done. NO one will want to work.

        if people are just there getting things done, doing what they need to to get that check, Doing gigs giving blood keeping faith.

        YOU all are being fooled into thinking that you NEED the government that polices you all. IF they had it their way. YOU will succumb to all government because they are all too powerful and give you all you need to live quite well.

        IF this gets any furthur like you getting a free gym member ship, Free power free heat free hot water. Free internet free books free education free money. EVERY thing in life that modern day people want not need is givin to them.

        ONE thing that’s for sure is that people that are poor and get all this stuff for free should have to also be recorded, breathalized 4 times a day, pee in a cup every day. the only entertainment they get is books/education and radio/current events.

        The next thing we know is that all buss survaces are free, cars illegal in the states

        I found out this was real today and I am livid. This is one step the government is making to get more and more powerful. and the poor get poorer the elite get more elite, and the middle class is what gets reamed, for working hard to get what they want.

        The free not freedom but free life seems more awesome, and great. so great that the middle class is not going to really down grade if they quit their jobs.

        the next thing the middle class fails to see why working is improtant, thus making the rich a little bit poorer. so they get the government to make them have employees. so they force work and we share all welth equally on the 2 class and the first class get more money just because they run things

        The next thing the government is too big and we rely on it too much and we fear our government and also hope it never dies.

        then we get free cars free gas funded by people forced to work jobs they would not want to work

        and then we basically are at the whim of a group of people, and the liberal/democrat are starting at the poor people.

        and that scares the LIVING poop out of me

  • James

    OK did you think who benefits the most from the free food and cell phones, WALL ST…. think it over for a nanosecond. Yes the poor get food and phone service…. but the money goes to the folks at the top of the pyramid. It is a excellent way to reward the campaign contributions a win win…. plus it pisses off the other side… thus forcing the politicians to spend more money on their run for office.. Good Lord it is about the best scam ever created. who owns trac phone…. the provider of the free cell phones…

  • NoBrainer

    Please don’t let that dollar fly over your back while your bending over to pick up a quarter! 2 Billion dollars unaccounted for in Iraq. Wheres your outrage on that, also 2.3 Trillion unaccounted dollars at the Pentagon as reported by Donald Rumsfeld on 9/10/2001. Wheres your outrage on that one.

    Now the shocking truth, there are some of us too damn poor to get into the surveillance party at the NSA, so there can be no better way than our corrupt Government to spy on these people, than to supply them with the necessary tools. Are you beginning to understand? You pay for your spy tool, that should outrage you!

    Ron Paul for President 2012!

  • Lennie Pike

    Abuse of the taxpayer by accepting a cell phone is “chewing gum in class” compared to the $10 trillion we know about, or more like $20 trillion or more we’ll never know about, that the banksters printed up and gave to themselves.

    The money they lost gambling didn’t just disappear. Now there is $10 or $20 trillion more out there that you will eventually have to earn through your labor to pay for through inflation. The 10 or 20 is only the beginning.

    Pick up a dime and step on a dollar because facing the truth would dictate a completely different set of actions on the part of the American People.

    We’re a lot more clueless than the frogs in the boiling pot of water. Money worshiping thieves (the fed and their subordinates), and warmongering killers (the fed and their subordinates) rule the U.S. unconstitutionally!

    • Lennie Pike

      There are no other economic topics to talk about.

      Nothing matters until we end the fed, and return to the rule of law. There are violent thieves inside our homes and we’re trying to prepare our lunch at the same time they’re hauling our stuff out the front door. The last thing they will do before they leave will be to eat it.

      OBVIOUSLY!!!

      No rule of law is like playing a basketball team that does not have to obey the traveling and double dribble rule. Playing or even considering (what we do here) playing that team is moronic.

      • Gary2

        Talking about corporate welfare does not sell too well with the conservative bunch. They only care about bashing the poor and talking about all the wonderful things the government “Showers” on them. (michaels misleading term). They worship the rich and do not dare to consider the welfare the government really showers on the rich and corporations.

        This is why I say conservatives are low information, easliy led, and manipulated.

        • Lennie Pike

          Those people are not conservative.

          • Lennie Pike

            They would have to be conserving something other than themselves to be considered conservative.

            Liberals conserve themselves at the expense of others also.

            There is no difference between them when these “takers” form political parties (gangs) to take from others their private property, labor, and freedom. You can’t see that as fact, along with a lot of other “conservative” commenters.

          • V

            Thanks for saying that Lennie! I don’t think Gary quite gets that he’s still shooting himself in the foot while he’s playing the conservative vs. liberal game. I agree people are arguing about a quarter while the dollars are flying over head. Its done like that for a reason. Imagine if everyone stopped arguing for a minute and held the government accountable for all their actions and demanded “OUR” money be put to good use.

      • http://STRONG James Rhodes

        I would like to know one thing if your so inclined. What grade in school did you drop out? 6th 7th because you truly have no idea what the hell your talking about. I have heard of people such as yourself but I never thought I would be this close to stupidity with a neon sing. Have you even read a book in the last 5 months? Let me clarify, without pictures and has more then 50 pages? I got to hand it to you as the uninformed and ignorant you are at the top of your game.
        If you by chance come across anything that would resemble facts kindly let is know that we may bask in your inestimable wisdom.

  • Zoltanne

    Breeding welfare rats….what a noble occupation America has available for the asking.

    • freedom

      I rather be welfare breed than an inbreeding.

  • http://erectuswalksamongst.us/ S.liced P.rocessed A.lien M.eat

    I’ll just cut to the subject: how many people
    on this website know that space and time are
    one and the same thing? It’s called ‘spacetime’.

    If you try to speed up time, space must change
    in some way. If you try to move faster in space,
    time slows down.

    Why do I ask? Last night, I made an analogy
    about how my day was to my wife, using the
    concept of spacetime. My wife, who has the
    IQ of a houseplant and knows absolutely nothing
    about quantum physics, said I sounded like a
    NUT!

    It boils down to this: Intelligent people
    look like idiots ‘to idiots’. People who
    don’t even know what a constellation is
    or how fast the earth moves around the sun,
    think that they know everything and that they
    are so smart!

    Fact is, SMART people are very aware of race
    and religion. What they know, well, it will
    never matter to 95% of the people posting on
    this board, because 95% of these people would
    rather spout some bull********* that they heard
    growing up rather than actually google it and
    learn the truth! What a shame, with the
    internet so available. Whoops! I gotta let
    you go now, don’t want you to miss survivor!

    • Hoopster

      You hit the nail on the head with your analogy. I guess when the country finally crumbles and its down to the wire (survival speaking) these ‘smart’ people who see intelligent people as ‘idiots’, will find out just how smart they are, won’t they? Wonder how many welfare recipients even know how to grow their own food, sanitize water, create any kind of self-reliance? I guess then the world will see the idiot vs intelligent for sure. Time will tell.

      • Griptor

        Well I am not sure how many of us ‘idiots’ on welfare can grow food and rely on survival skills (I for one can thanks to having to live off a farm for 6 months when I was 13 and homeless) but I can tell you that a fair share of us will be around LOOONG after you. Yes I use government benefits. Yes, I try and get a job. However, between the hours I’m in school to become “Paper Worthy” for a good career and the hours taking care of my children because I am not eligible for childcare assistance (you see you need a job to get child care assistance…getting an Education only counts if your a woman in my state) there isn’t much time left in the day. For those who want to say “Get child care” or “use your friends and family” refer to above and I have no money for daycare (that’s why I’m on assistance) and no family that lives within 30 miles or friends that don’t work to ask. Being single, male, and poor, while raising my 3 children and having to fight through a throng of multicultural racism because I’m WHITE has left me wondering…Does anyone really give a shyt about the man, woman, or child standing next to them or is it really about the All-Mighty Dollar????

  • Chris

    Sadly I have been seeing more and more of these blatantly racist articles on sites and it makes me sick. You idiots have no idea how much you are being played. Ever hear of “divide and conquer”? You worried about a freaking cell phone?! Lets play blame the victim shall we! it must be great to get a shit handout and free cell phone after decades of cultural genocide, oh the joy! lets not forget slavery and the war on drugs, that has nothing to do with destroying communities and families and making people ignorant and self sufficient on the government does it? read a book and get a life. you want to fight for your freedoms while excluding others, this is why things will NEVER change. we are always pointing the finger at someone else instead of ourselves. keep chasing your tails. same as it ever was…

  • narob

    It has nothing to do with race, but everything to do about attitude!

  • John Parker

    It’s not just welfare. Any person who qualifies for any program, even heating assistance, can qualify for this handout which is paid for by everyone who doesn’t use these handouts.

  • C

    They don’t call it the land of the free for nothing.

  • Michelle

    I am a Christian, I vote conservative, and I recieve gov’t benefits. I am on disability and food stamps (EBT)and Medicare and Medicaid. I have Crohn’s disease, am in the hospital 6-10 times a yr, have had 5 surgeries and do not respond to treatment. Am currently hooked up to an I.V. 12 hrs a day everyday. I used to work in the medical field and have assisted in many surgeries. I am smart, I am a prepper, I know how to grow food, sanitize water, treat medical emergencies and am learning to shoot a gun. If I could afford it, I would not live in the city. I know what’s coming. I AM NOT LAZY !!! And you CANNOT generalize when talking about ANY group, rich, poor, disabled, on welfare, color, race, or political stance. And by the way, I am getting a gov’t subsidized cell phone b/c I only get $720 a month to live on. Stop the arguments and learn the real reasons this country is failing. Brush up on your history and some basic economics and what’s happening to our civil liberties and the
    Constitution (what’s left of it). I also know people who take advantage of the system, there will always be people like that, but I am not one of them. There are people that honestly need help. Please count yourself blessed if you are not one of them. don’t look down on us. Believe me, I feel bad enough. I am not “showered” with things. I would love to have my health back and work again. I lost my job, my house, car, my pets, even some friends through my illness. It sucks…BIGTIME :(

  • Rynn

    To the haters….
    How do you expect them to get jobs if they can’t even get called for an interview?

    A phone is the most important tool there is in job searching you dummies.

  • dog

    now there going to give these bumbs gas money to get gas people quit your jobs to hell with the gov

  • yo

    … well, thanks for letting me know where I can get a free cell phone.

    Humor aside, I’m currently, and I assure you temporarily, on food stamps and medical, only due to an out of state move for family reasons. I pay my taxes every year. I see absolutely nothing wrong with any social benefit programs available in the U.S. themselves, but rather the “guidelines” they use. Why on earth can someone get disability for having tattoos on their face, but someone with one arm will get denied because they had a job when they were a teen? I’m sure tattoo face guy had a job at one time that paid for the tattoos in the first place. I think they should just pay for the tattoo removal, not give them disability. That is just ridiculous.

    Though I do think they should get rid of the landline assistance for welfare recipients, but keep the cell and internet.

  • UhaveNoclue

    Wow. Okay. I’m doing a paper on whether welfare makes people lazy, and I came across this discussion. First of all, who cares if these people are getting a cell phone- it comes with 250 minutes- who can do anything with 250 minutes? In today’s society, we need cell phones. If you’re trying to get a job and the employers can’t get a hold of you, you get passed over. And, in case you haven’t noticed, pay phones are pretty much non-existent. So you have a dollar or two tacked on to your phone bill- consider it a good deed you get to do without even thinking about it. I completely understand that there are way to many welfare recipients who are taking advantage of the system- government has got to do a better job at protecting themselves. Here comes the part that’s going to make most of you say, “well that’s why she’s for this”- I, myself, am currently on public assistance. But, I do not take advantage of the free cell phone. I work part-time and go to school part-time, and still find time to raise four children on my own. I wouldn’t call that lazy, would you? I was married for ten years, but sometimes things just can’t be worked out, and now I’m doing what I can to make sure my children are taken care of. I don’t get cash assistance- even though I qualify. I use the food stamp program and take advantage of the medical insurance. For anything other than that I do what I need to do to take care of my bills. I only sleep five hours a night and only have “me” time when I lay my head down at night. I’d dare anyone to call me lazy.

  • Mark

    Thanks for letting me know that every time I pay my phone bill I’m paying for someone else to have their phone for free. It’s government benefits like this that drive me crazy. I’ve started seeing ads on tv for these programs and they make it sound like everyone qualifies (except me of course because I have a job.) I found another one that you didn’t mention… http://qlinkwireless.com/ . 250 free minutes, you gotta be kidding me.

    • freedom

      Well I hope you don’t get sick and need any of these services. It sounds like you do not like them , so in all hope you stay perfectly well.

    • Maukwa

      Mark, you are a me me me me person, aren’t you. Watch out who you judge and begrudge…you could be next.

  • http://yahoo.com dell

    really

  • Cheryl

    Let me ask you a question..HOW is someone to FIND a job, if there is no way to contact them? You know, some people don’t have any options available to them concerning methods of contact. Most of those free phones only give you 60 minutes of airtime.BIG DEAL. Those phones are to be used for job search, emergencies ( some people do have children, and can’t afford phone service)Doctor appts..etc. I pay my cellphone and home phone bill every month, but I’m not so oblivious to the fact that there are people who are not as fortunate as I, who NEED a phone and don’t have one because they can’t afford it..I would much rather give a little so that maybe one of those people that get help can FIND a job, or not have to run to a neighbor etc to call an ambulance..

    • Darnit

      nine one one is always free you can buy a phone for 5 bucks

  • Rich

    Do you even have a clue how public assistance works, since the Clinton era? You should seriously look into it. In order to get public assistance, individuals have to look for work 40 hours a week. You don’t remain on it forever. Only way you get any is if you can’t work for medical reasons.

    You very likely don’t understand how any of this works, which explains the rant here.

  • Jean

    I know of people who not only have a free cell phone, they have a contract cell service as well. In addition, some have internet and cable as well. If they have contract cell service, why do they need free service. Most middle class class people are perfectly content with one cell phone, so why if you are poor do you need two? If you can give me a satisfactory answer to this question, I’ll shut up. In case you are wondering, I do live in subsidized housing, I turned down the free cell phone because I didn’t need it. It hasn’t made me real popular around here, to say the least. I do get it. I don’t like it.

    The abuse of the welfare system by social workers is rampant. People get a social worker so they can get all the “free stuff”. I have no objection to people having services that are absolutely necessary, but taking taking advantage of them just because you can is abuse.

    No, they are not required to look for a job. Don’t kid yourself they do get 250 minutes a month.

    If we stop this abuse of the system we could definitely slow down the the growing national debt.

    • Rich

      Do you have a clue how welfare works? In NY state at least, individuals who are on welfare, if they can look for work, MUST look for work. They MUST spend 40 hours a week, at least, looking for work. You saying they aren’t required to shows the utmost in sheer unrefined ignorance of things. Maybe if you bothered to learn how things worked, you wouldn’t be posting the nonsense you do on the Internetg like this.

    • freedom

      Try taking advantage of them, when you need the help it is illegal and nearly impossible. Stay out of the business of others if you do not have the facts of lives.

      • CONCERNED CITIZENS

        I think that the program is a help it comes down to when you cant afford communications devices and you are looking for work or trying to keep contact with household family member to support their efforts for work. like when I pick up grandson for my daughter or for emergencies OR getting details on anything going on at home, Here in California the payphone has gone extinct and in order to be considered for any improvement in life,job or training you have to be wired up in the loop of being available for contact. All they are giving away are used phones and free technology flowing through wires anyway. So what is the problem/ PLEASE NOTE I JUST JOINED THE CONVO HERE AND MY COMMENTS ARE AIMED AT THE NAY’ SAYERS IN THIS THREAD,
        SO LONG JUST GOT IN WHERE I COULD THANKS.
        .

    • freedom

      Maybe you should go sit in your local welfare office and ask the director some questions. Then go to the waiting room and see how terribly happy all of these welfare recipients are. Then you should take a political science class, to help you have a better understanding of the national debt.

    • Maukwa

      Jean,
      You can’t possibly believe that people on welfare get cable TV, expensive cell phones, Internet services etc. with their measly welfare checks….There are people who are so called, scamming the system, who sell their bodies, or deal in illicit drugs etc. They do this because we live in a society that says that if you have those things, you will “be somebody”….how sad is this? And FYI all welfare recipients are required to look for work, or go into job training programs, unless they are deemed disabled, and this can be mentally or physically…we forget that some disabilities are invisible. Another sad part of all of this, is that these people are being trained to work at places like Mc Donalds, where they get paid minimum wages, and even if they do get a job at Mc Donalds…it will never be full time with benefits….so Mc Donalds is the one scamming the system as it allows the state and government to continue providing medical care and food stamps to these employees….also, the cost of day care far outweighs the wages that these people get, so the government then has to provide child care for them…it is actually cheaper for the state if the recipient does “not find work”….this is just plain wrong, as I have already stated above….I will just ignore the posts that are so ridiculous that I cannot believe that the people who write them are real….

  • Rich

    You wrote this:
    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.

    You know what you consider really outrageous? ANY attempt to do anything to help the poor, because why should good hard working folks, and the virtuous do anything to support parasites, and we all know the poor are just a bunch of parasites who only take. If there is any remote concern for the poor, it comes out of you not wanting to think, because of your focused on yourself, and “virtue” (hey might as well be a Objectionist while at it), you just can’t bear to think your beliefs can cause people to actually die if followed. And well, if not this, at least you don’t want others to THINK this is how you feel, because people will think you are a sociopath that doesn’t care about humanity.

    • djd103

      What is really absurd is that there are allot of people out there that have taken government assistance in one form or another, or handout services (food pantries and the likes) or church sponsored aid services for the needy. Many of those have gone on to solve their financial problems and increased their income over the years, advancing to comfortable if even though hard working lifestyles. Yet they still forget what it was like to have to receive assistance and now voice complaints for any act of helping the needy when it exceeds their personal (and now overly proud and haughty) opinions on what the poor and needy should receive. The elderly and disabled are easily forgotten and shoved to the side and it has taken decades for support groups to get the government to force those HARDWORKING but not yet needy or forgetful to accept they have to pay their part too, in providing for the poor in order to claim residence in a country that does not forget the needy.

      The problems are diverse in our nation, with a certain amount of abuse yes, in our welfare and social services programs. Yet there is just as much abuse in the form of those overly proud and haughty as they like to pretend they never had to suffer the indignity of being poor, as they themselves now complain of having to support others, as if they hold no indebtedness to the same system that helped them and educated them and made possible the varied and widely available opportunities through the very same system’s laws and programs.
      How many paid their tuition with grants or loans? How many got medical assistance either as a child or adult? How many got help in one way or another through returns, rebates or any of the other varied programs taken advantage of in their lives. AND NOW THEY WISH TO COMPLAIN WHEN OTHERS NEED THEIR OWN ASSISTANCE?

  • donald j marchese sr

    safelink called me and told me if Idon;t use my safelink phone more I will cut off and I am a senoir and a veteran of the united states.

  • Betty

    Check your facts Mr or Ms Outraged. Start with the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Only communications companies are required to pay into the Universal Service Fund. It is up to them if they wish to pass cost onto their comsumers. Universal Service Fund also benefits Schools, Libraries and Rural Health care along with low income which includes senior citizens and disabled( including military which have fought for your rights to be outraged.) The Fcc if you have time to check your facts are in the process of eliminating duplicate benefits. And yes I do have a Universal Service Fee on my home and regular cell bill. I do not disagree with the fact that people who should not receive the money are receiving it. Unfortunatly in order to reach the people that do, I have no choice.

  • Chris

    For the record, one can fake looking for a job. Some welfare recipients have been doing it for years. They simply falsify their job search logs. Since caseworkers are so overworked and underpaid, this practice usually goes unnoticed. I do not have a problem with the poor receiving cell phones, because some of them may use them to look for jobs. However, I have a problem paying for it and then turning around and having to pay for my own service because –as a worker– I can’t qualify for any assistance. Even though I am a single mom who hasn’t received child support since the day my son was born nine years ago. I say, if they want the free phones, they should have to go volunteer somewhere like a hospital, school, or nursing home.

    • Maukwa

      News flash for you Chris….have you ever heard of “welfare reform”….that’s right, it came into play during the Clinton years….there is a limit on the number of children who will be figured into a budget, and there is a five year limit on getting welfare benefits….cumulative. Be grateful that you cannot qualify for any assistance, as this means that you live above the poverty line. And also, I wouldn’t have any more children if you cannot afford them. Women certainly cannot depend of the sperm donors to help out, this is not new news.

  • JaynieBeth

    OK, so I am a 48 year old woman who has worked or gone to school almost all my life. In 2005, I had a spinal injury and had to quit work due to resulting disability. My husband left me while I was wheelchair-bound. I had no choice but to move in with my elderly parents, as I could not take care of myself. Spine surgeries in 2005 and 2007, along with total replacement of both knees and a diagnosis of rheumatoid autoimmune disease requiring long-term chemotherapy have caused me to become permanently disabled. I waited until 2010 to apply for SSDI, due to the fact that I was ashamed to accept any handouts from the government (I am a libertarian by attitude). Welfare was (and still is) out of the question. I remarried in 2010, and my husband was out of work. We lived with my parents and collected food stamps for a year until he had work again. Then, we were no longer qualified, and I didn’t have to pull out that embarrassing EBT card any more. Meanwhile, I am turned down for SSDI twice, and waited over TWO YEARS for a hearing. My disability was approved (though I’ve received no benefits to date), and instead of living below poverty level, I can now pay rent (no Section 8 benefits, though I would qualify).

    I will not take any more government assistance than I have to. My husband works hard – he’s a machinist in a factory. We cannot live without a second income. At one time, I made over $50,000 a year as a systems analyst and programmer. I can no longer do that. So should I just lay down and die? These past 7 years, I have been tempted to time and time again.

    I cannot afford even a cell phone. I use my parents’ internet. The car my husband drives is a 20 year old Chrysler that my uncle gave us and my husband had to rebuild. It’s hard to afford gas and insurance, though. If he weren’t an excellent mechanic, we’d be walking barefoot. He works 40+ hours a week making very little, even with overtime, and drives an hour each way to get to his employer – that’s the only job he could find.

    • freedom

      I am truly sorry about your situation. We live in a country which allows us these freedoms. Getting assistance is not anything to be ashamed of. You should not even have to explain yourself to people who do not get it. They need to sit and get some psychiatric help.

    • Maukwa

      Jaynie,
      You need to quit trying so hard to be a libertarian, and just get a job. If you are on SSDI now, they will pay for you to go to school or retrain…if you can sit in a wheel chair, you can work at a computer. You are making this much harder than it has to be. The system is set up to help people like you, so go to school, get retrained, and quit your complaining.

  • GARY CLARK

    YOU DUM ASS’S I’M ON SSI N MEDICAID I GET FREE CELL FOR DOCTERS APPT N SUCH SIT ON YOUR LAZY FAT CORP BUTTS N YELL CAUSE PPL NEED PHONE’S??? GO TO HELL

  • djd103

    Folks, we can be mislead by editors and reporters or simple column writers just as easy as we can be mislead by politicians. All they have to do is play off of our fear, or our anger. A writer need only spout out the words “commie”, or “socialist”, or “facists” and we cringe in fear. All they need to do is spew out “government waste” or “freeloaders” and they have our attentions for the moment. Then we can rest assured that any other diatribe and misleading information they vomit forth is taken as accurate and a truth by most, merely because they would rather listen to such crap being that they themselves are miserable in their life as it is, or miserably discontent with life as they are forced to live it.

    What this article totally avoids is that with cell phone technological advances swarming the country, and being that cell phones are the norm (67% of all teenagers possess one), 90% of America no longer has pay-phones in public areas. These have been removed as time went on, under the guise that they weren’t profitable to upkeep and prone to vandalism.

    Thus phones were pressed upon us all, whether we had them in our homes or not.

    Now take the point and fact that land-line phones in a residence cost an average of $60-$70 per month (avg. @ $720 per year), especially considering the fact that most phone calls nowadays are made to other people’s cell phones. The point being, these calls are most often long distance, a double profit for phone companies.

    The government has to allow for that cost in one form or another, for just considering disability and elderly Social Security recipients alone (on either Medicaid or Medicare) make nearly 1,080,000,000 medically related phone calls per year (based on a national average of 24 calls per year per person).

    To purchase a minimal usage, minimal function cell phone only takes $35, and a phone client can purchase either 250 minutes per month for just $10, or 500 minutes per month for $20 (ReadyMobile rates used for an example). These phones include long distance minutes at no extra charge, unlike the more expensive to have land line residential phone services in the U.S. .

    Include those families that have children, disregarding single resident households or couples on benefits or entitlements programs that have no children, and those figures double or triple since only 5% of benefit recipients are receiving SSI instead of SSD or just welfare for poverty households.

    In other words, phone service per year per household is a mere $120 per year on the $10 per mo. plan compared to the cost out of pocket for recipients for a residential phone line at $720 per year.

    So when a government program offers minimal usage cell phones to recipients, don’t let pig tongued writers mislead you. Any program offered by the government is taken out of others pockets in the form of charges or taxes. But pay mind, if a program saves money to solve a problem, then don’t go poking it with a stick just to see if it leaks!

  • http://www.thesimtopianportal.devhub.com Gloria P

    In the beginning these were useful programs. 1. The free cellphones, and talk minutes were intended to go to elderly people, and low income people who were on poor health and needed to keep in touch with their doctor. These were NOT fancy, 4G smart phones, they were, plain, basic phones, that did NOT have cameras, FM radio, or internet functionality.

    2. The internet access, and inexpensive computers were a means for people to find employment. If you’ve been job hunting recently, you’ll discover early on, that it is IMPOSSIBLE

    • Trent

      +1 … i am currently looking for a job on the daily. and yes, its nearly impossible to find a job in this economy, even with Obama’s “safety net” and “increased job funding” … dont forget, he never included counts on those who have given up on job searching all-together due to the fact that the illegals are taking them all.

      • Angeline

        The illegals are only taking jobs that some Americans deem beneath them. Now that probably is not you or anybody on here but I have come across a lot of people with that attitude but those people don’t stop and think that an income is an income whether it’s minimum wage or high paying. I say a job is a job and people shouldn’t be picky.

      • freedom

        Nice excuse sucker.

  • Itstrue

    As a poor person without a cellphone, i find it impossible to live without one. I had a situation when i needed help, but since all the payphones are gone, I had to rely on asking shop owners if i could use their phone. They said no.

    Sigh…please bring the payphones back.

    • Vicki C.

      I hope you take advantage of the programs mentioned in the article. I went with Assurance Wireless, and I had one in almost no time.

      • freedom

        Did you literally take advantage, meaning it was not to your advantage to have one.

  • Trent

    You all sound like arrogant idiots… the whole reason there are 2 (or more) sides of the government is to drive us to argue and fight with eachother. instead of attacking the true evil, we attack eachother.

    good job everyone… remain slaves

    • One America

      Best comment on this thread! We all should read “How to kill 11 million people” before we make any more accusations at one another. We need each other – read this book and you’ll see why…

    • Maukwa

      “Divide and conquer”……Exactly!!!!!!

  • Tina

    SafeLink phones are not paid for by taxpayers or the federal government. TracFone Wireless pays for the phones and also the cost of promoting its SafeLink program to make sure that eligible consumers know about the program.

    • Sunday

      Thank you for the clarification. I didnt know that it was another cellphone company paying for the program.

    • C.J.

      The program is paid for by the Universal Service Fund with fees added to every phone bill in America. That means people with phones pay for it in their phone bills via a tax. FactCheck didn’t check the facts either, so they are also wrong.

      • freedom

        Not true, prove it!

      • jackbenny

        Um, politicians stealing billions in tax dollars? Billions in weapons to other countries? Not even slapping terrorists on the wrists?

        How come you don’t get upset over that?

  • The Only Choice-Obama

    God forbid we help the poor. Shame on you for begrudging those who are less fortunate.

    • jackbenny

      That’s because they rather suck up to terrorists.

      Makes sense to me!

  • Jamie

    When I met my now husband in 2003, he was a manager for a well known restaurant chain in Milwaukee, WI, and I was a bi-lingual Nationally Certified Senior Pharmacy Technician (specially trained in insurance billing) for a well known Pharmacy chain. My husband’s company offered health insurance that included dental, eyecare and prescription coverage for a very decent price. Ironically, my company offered very little health insurance to the tune of $200/mo individual and $450/mo family. After we married, I was able to go onto his insurance and the premium went from $75 to $150/mo-still reasonable, considering. After we found I was pregnant, we found out that his company just changed insurance companies and the new company only covered 20% at the most for pregnancy and/or birthing costs, so I turned to my employer’s health coverage for help and found out that was pretty much the same. Shortly after my first OB appt, I found out I was high risk because of a clotting disorder I did not know I had and the injections I had to give myself everyday were not covered by the insurance and were over $5,000 a month. We had no choice, but to apply for medical assistance for myself. Neither of us wanted to do this, but we were caught between the proverbial rock and hard place. Now, that assistance I qualified for paid what the insurance did not pay for and allowed for us to repay the expense over a payment plan. My husband has a daughter from a previous marriage and at the time we were traveling 9 hours every other friday to pick her up in Minnesota and drive 3 hours to my in-law’s house in Chippewa Falls, WI, then turn around that Sunday-drive her the 3 hours to her home in Minnesota and the 9 hours home to Milwaukee. My husband worked 60-80 hours a week and I worked about the same-usually to make up for the every other weekend. Because of my high risk, the doctor told me that I had to cut down on work, so instead I changed my shift from the more hectic 2-10pm to the 9pm-7am seven on seven off shift. Moving on…We were in charge of all the traveling as well as the traveling expenses-sometimes we would rent a hotel room in her home town to cut down on the travel time and allow us to spend more time with her.

    • freedom

      What?

  • Margie

    Some old and sick people desrve all the help they can get.Still yes it is out of control we are know that, but there is nobody out there capable of stopping it.

    • freedom

      Your out of control, you don’t even make sense. Educating yourself helps. Does not sound like you have much knowledge.

  • Susan

    Isn’t it great the government is giving out FREE cellphones to welfare recipients. They give us so much don’t they…those free stamps, no work and all that good stuff…such ignorance on this board…FREE cell phone, it ain’t never come…awesome free service huh. How about those loving husbands that leave the wife and kids to fend for themselves thus putting the family on the welfare system. I’m not on welfare, my husband is as he pays no child support…so this is just that good ole child support so please have just a bit of intellect to do with the whole welfare system if you will before you comment. Sure there are those people having mega babies simply wanting to live off the system, but then there are other situations in which we did not choose the poverty lifestyle, so please before you leave a crude comment get some knowledge on the subject matter your undertaking…have a great day everyone!

    • freedom

      You better get some anger counseling. You are clueless to my situation. I would not give you the time of day. Thanks for the phone President Obama!

      • Maukwa

        Freedom, I think that Susan was being sarcastic….

    • CONCERNED CITIZENS of L A

      you are so right learning others story’s are essential before judgement last i check popping out babies is no longer supported as far as cash returns are concerns. And all participants have to be in an activity to get support. school or actively seeking employment. A single woman can only be in one place at time. When dad doesn’t bust nuts looking for work and help his offspring makes things hard. people get a clue.

  • haruki

    If you read the full article, he directed this toward the mega corporations and people who cheat welfare so they can just make even more money, not the disabled who need welfare…

    • MAW

      I did read the whole article. When they mentioned the mega corporations they said the mega corporations gave money to help them get elected & then took money from the government.!~! That part of the article had nothing to do with the free cell phones.!~!  I stand by what I had said.!~! If you look at the heading of the article it clearly says it is outrageous that the government is giving free cell phones & free minutes to welfare recipients.!~!~! I appreciate you writing & trying to explain something that I might have missed.!~! I had read the full article.

      • jackbenny

        Well, that just proves MAW, that people listen but don’t comprehend.

        They’ve placed poor people into one category without ever finding out the facts or paying attention to the information given. They like to throw their opinions around when they don’t know anything from Adam.

        • Matt

          Any of you who assume poor people need this stuff, are doing the exact same thing as the people assuming poor people do need this stuff. Both assumptions. That is why blanket federal legislature NEVER works, because individuals should be taken on a case by case basis. Individual rights, and responsibilities are what this country was based on, and what would fix these problems. Look at the individual, and leave your assumptions about “poor” people and “rich” people at the door where they belong.

          • Matt

            Should read “Any of you who assume poor people need this stuff, are doing the exact same thing as the people assuming poor people do NOT need this stuff….”

  • Angeline

    Okay so I have been reading some of these comments and I think some of them are totally outrageous. There are some very honest people who are on welfare because they have hit a rough patch in their lives. They can’t afford a $200-$500 phone or a $100 plan. If something happened to a child or pregnant women, etc. If they don’t have a phone how do they call for help. I pay taxes but I don’t begrudge people help if they need it. One day we could all be in their shoes. I have a good job and benefits but it could all be taken away in a heartbeat. There is no such thing as job security in these times. I have seen people who do take advantage of the system but we also forget about those who don’t. Now if every one could work in a good job with benefits I am sure they would. But McDonald’s and these little fast food restaurants really don’t offer very much. Lets stop putting down the people who are on welfare because they NEED it and start trying to find a solution to help them.

    • You know

      Who said they need to get on a 100 dollar plan?!…and a phone is a luxury, not a necessity. Plus….there is a record breaking amount of people now on welfare that shouldn’t be because they refuse to work. So tell me, why should I help the people that do nothing but suck off other people?…I don’t believe a grand of my check a month so go to anyone but me, the person working for it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000019087886 Patience Celt

        Phone service IS a necessity. Poor or not, you need a home phone, if your homeless you need a cell phone. First, there are life threatening situations that could require a phone but more importantly there are poor people that are not just sitting on their butts but * shock gasp* trying to get a job, and how do you suppose employers get in touch if they have no phone? What if a poor person has a job ( yes, shocking I know), and daycare née to reach mom? Or child is sick at school? Not every job allows people a phone or a desk so a cell is pretty much mandatory in this world. Also, not every poor person has neighbors they can trust or family that could field the calls for them. In this day and age a phone is a requirement whether it be A home phone or A cell phone. Finally, these phones are NOT paid with tax dollars they are actually paid for by cell phone companies.

        • Yvette Conley

          “homeless” has been around since the beginning of time. Not cell phones. People made it thru emergencies then. They can still do it today.

          • freedom

            Seriously, what planet do you live on!

          • jackbenny

            She resides on the planet “Denial”. When you grow up in a family that has never had hard times, you tend to live in fairy land. Let’s take away HER cell phone and see if SHE can survive without it.

          • freedom

            YOUR DIMENTED, YOU DON’T KNOW THE PLANETS MUCH LESS WHAT THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL IS.

          • jackbenny

            *Sigh* I wasn’t talking about you.

          • freedom

            WHAT DO YOU PLAY RING AROUND THE ROSIE?

          • jackbenny

            Huh?

          • freedom

            Do you need tri-focals. Your clearly not seeing the picture here. Maybe you should watch cruella. Cinderella is just to good for you.

          • Maukwa

            “homeless” has been around since the beginning of time”
            Are you for real????? and “People made it thru emergencies then. They can still do it today”????? I repeat; ARE YOU SERIOUS?!!!!!

          • jackbenny

            YOU give up on YOUR cell phone and let’s see YOU survive.

            (But yours is probably surgically attached like almost everyone else).

            By the way, are you any way related to Marie Antoinette?

          • Jonathan Naylor

            I find it interesting how strongly you feel about cellphones. I haven’t owned a car in 7 years, much less a cell phone. As it turns out, phones are everywhere, and even today, with no personal cell phone, I can find a way to make a phone call easier than anyone could a short 20 years ago. Necessity? I’m living proof that owning a cell phone is not actually necessary, and is in fact a luxury.

          • erin

            but, how are they supposed to get a job to help themselves if they have no phone number for employers to contact them?You’re just wrong

          • sophie1150

            and how many times will a potential employer call. A basic phone with 60 pre-paid minutes a month.

      • Yvette Conley

        TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!

        • freedom

          You are a ignorant calice person who knows nothing about nothing. I doubt you have much of anything.

      • joem789

        WRONG. A cell is now a necessity unlike 5 years ago.

        • freedom

          A cell phone is necessary for communication. Much in the area of people with disabilities. All the people who are critics or haters because we need a lifeline why do you need a phone. It is not necessary. If so what makes you more deserving than me. Do you believe in equility. We all have the same rights if you are an American citizen. Who are you to impose on my freedoms.

          • jackbenny

            You’re right. This hate and blame toward the poor is much the same as when Germany hated the Jews. They placed them into one category and held the Jews responsible for Germany’s economic woes.

            The smug “hard-working” tax-payers here are no different; the only things missing are the gas chambers.

      • freedom

        Try living in another country. You would not be whining about anything about this country.When your needs are not met according to your standards. Don’t apply for any help you would be the biggest hippacrit I know.

      • Maukwa

        You Know….I suppose that “you know” that most people who get state aid, or “welfare” as it was called in the 1950’s, WORK!!!! And the remainder are senior citizens and the disabled….and a phone is a luxury? Now come on and get serious.

      • freedom

        Refusing to work encompasses a lot of area. Be careful not to exaggerate this is not a forum for unrealistic comments.

      • freedom

        Hey big boy, you think your tax dollars are going where? Seriously, your tax dollars are going places you don’t even know. Why are you freaking out on this little 5$ phone made in another country. Do you even know where? Do you even know who owns these phones that are given out ? If you do you would not be making such idiotic comments. Prove to the world your pennies are paying our phone bill. Now you have to educate yourself to figure it out. Then maybe you will shut up.

    • Yvette Conley

      Well I hit a “rough patch” a few years ago. My husband and I both lost our jobs within a week of eachother and needed some help but when I went to the social services office I was turned down because my unemplyment benifits was too much ($182 a week). I live in So. California. Anyone who lives here KNOWS $182 a week is NOTHING! I was told by the social worker if we wanted to get any kind of assistance we needed to wait for unemployment benifits to end, do not get or look for a job and then reapply. What kind of crap is that? What kind of message are we sending when the gov agencies themselves are telling people not to work or look for work. I’ve been putting into the system for over 20 years and have never given any kind of help when needed. And yet now a days these kids are having kids and concidering “welfare” as the souce of income. SO NOT FAIR TO THE WORKING CLASS AMERICANS. I’m tired of supporting these kids that are only being raised by kids themselves and teaching the next generation “why work if you can get it for free from the gov”. And now cell phones? Where does it end? When is it enough?

      • Vicki C.

        So, Yvette, welcome to the real world.

        You applied to the government for help and you didn’t get it. Waaaaaah.

        What this should teach you is how hard it is to get governent benefits.

        First, you have to be REALLY POOR -income at or below the federal poverty level – do you even know what that is? You have to have have very little in the way of assets – in my state, Minnesota, less than $3,000 total, including all savings and checking accounts, any investments, property – and you have to provide proof of this. And keep providing it.

        Whenever you get any money, earned or unearned, you have to report it to a case manager. You have to put up with a level of government intrusion you probably wouldn’t like.

        You should be grateful that you have the capacity to work and earn money. I am disabled, and have been for over 20 years. I live on $878.00 for month, and I get $16 on my EBT card every month – welfare. That’s it. And I am doing better than many others.

        I am so tired of hearing working class Americans scapegoating black single mothers – because that’s who you mean, right? – for the problems in their own lives. Better you should lookl at your own behavior – are you sure there isn’t something you could have done to save your job? Were you the perfect employee? – or put your energy into finding another job.

        Oh, and about those free cell phones? I have one. It’s a bottom of the line phone – the kind you could buy at Walmart for $15 or $20. Yes, I get 250 free minutes on that phone, but if I want more time I have to pay for it. You’re mad at me for that?

        • freedom

          Why feed into these idiot’s!

        • Maukwa

          I believe that you can only have $2000. in assets in Minnesota.

          • jackbenny

            Whoa, Vicki C. stands corrected.

            Who gives a s***?

        • Lakecia

          Thank you Vicki. I wish I had saw your post before I wasted my minutes responding to the same mess. Have a good year:)

      • freedom

        I hope none of your kids or grandkids get sick and need a bare necessity! You need to step into reality!

      • Lakecia

        You are exactly right in that the government wants us totally destitute before they will help. You would think the smarter thing is to really give help to those that are still holding on by a thread and willing to help themselves. That would be to much like right. Now the kids you refer to being raised by kids were someone at sometime in the same situation you are in now and they were forced to wait until they had absolutely no choice, but to rely on the government. If people are being forced to do this then it can be almost impossible to get out of that ditch once you are in it. This breeds anger, despair, frustration and ultimately low-self esteem so when they have children the legacy is passed on and the cycle continues. Now there are some of them who can and has had opportunities to get out of the ditch, but a lot haven’t and don’t have the energy to fight that difficult uphill battle. Have you ever really been in that situation? I am thinking not! So stop judging others! You posted your sob story and I have sympathy for you, but how do you think others feel?? oh yeah, you didn’t think.

        • WORKING BUT BROKE

          We ARE WILLING TO HELP OURSELVES. BUT I HAVE A CHILD. NO CHILD SUPPORT AND I GET A FREE PHONE. YOU NEEED TO BE IN MYYYYY SHOES FOR A DAY!!!

    • John Silvano

      First off people, please don’t feed the trolls. Call it wishful thinking, but I believe Freedom is acting like an idiot to inspire angry and thoughtless responses.
      I have to say Angeline, a $200 phone is a bit over the top anyway, poor people don’t have time to play Brick Breaker. I’d give them a $20 phone and it would do the trick.

      I live in Scotland, but the principle is the same. We have people (my own mother, for example) who do nothing but sit on their arses and demand everything for free, and usually these people pretend to have mental illnesses to get this. These are vile, antisocial and thoughtless people, and they should be left alone to curl up and die.

      It’s a shame because there are people who just hit a rough patch, I’ve been there too, and there are people who are genuinely suffering from mental illness. But both these people, and the rest of society need to take the hit because a bunch of spoiled brats can’t be bothered earning what they have. All we can do though is work hard ourselves, and help our community to be productive. Eventually the parasites will die out (whilst calling us “capitalists” or something and waving signs).

    • sophie1150

      I am willing to help a person who has a good work history and now lost their job.

  • Candace

    A phone is not a necessity. And millions of Americans are on food stamps because they refuse to work. This is a joke an our government is more waked out now than ever. I don’t believe I should work hard for what I have and pay for other people….the only exception is if they are handicapped (obesity not included), elderly or actively looking for work or working hard at a job that doesn’t pay well…….otherwise, free cell phones? Give me a break!!

    • freedom

      Then get rid of your phone if it is not necessary.

      • jackbenny

        EXACTLY!!!

    • Maukwa

      Just for your information….”obesity” is not considered a disability, unless it is attached to a disease that causes it….and there are many. And just who do you think is getting the phones?

      • jackbenny

        Not at ANY time is obesity a disease, unless you consider constantly stuffing yourself one. Don’t rely on the “gene” thing because that just simply means there’s a limit to how much an individual can eat before they gain too much weight. Stop excusing the fat group.

        And they ARE trying to push obesity as a disability. There are plenty of fat people in wheelchairs, and not because they are paralyzed, but because they eat too much. They made that choice, but they want the tax payers to pay for it.

        Get pissed off at THAT.

        • freedom

          Jackbenny, you are not a doctor. Obesity is a disease. You are just short of calling someone fatso. How do we not know your a whale on the beach. How does it feel. When you have to make fun of others to get your rocks off, you need to look at your sick self in the mirror. Did you hear it shatter.

    • asyliah

      For hundred of years, here in America..these franchised groups worked for nothing..incredibly working..where no one works like that today!..Let’s get real here!!. While they were forced into labor..other groups were invited to work, and did..while the influence of this racial stratified system exploited it’s society to hate, through legal, religious and social dogma, modern minorities, in the 20th century just began to glimpse a new era of thinking, feeling and acting. The significance of our history, depending on what side one is on, is quite significant. As a minority, there was a time in my life when looking at my own people receiving foodstamps or other govt. help without working for it would literally piss me off!! In my early 20’s holding it down with a job, attending college without support from immediate family members, i went to DSS, and they said I was $1 over their budget formula…In order for the government to help you with a cell phone (a necessity…hello 911…you’re alone, a battered woman, a disabled person..etc.) you must be dirt broke!!. Personally, life will yield you experiences that you NEVER thought you would encounter dear,. ..and oh, by the way, for the 10 million (recorded) African Americans who were enslaved, beat, hung, raped and exploited (Wall street started with human commodity- the first black slaves!!!) over the course of 4hundred years…a cell phone, you’re disgruntled about? ..let’s find solutions coupled with empathy to the increasing crisis within particular groups in our society. Even a strong oak tree can get cut down!…peace

    • jackbenny

      Believe it or not, Candace, there are a lot of welfare recipients actively seeking employment. Only the crazy don’t want jobs. And you act as a racist placing everyone into one category.

      I don’t know why everyone is still living in the 1980s when welfare had no WEP (Work Experience Program to you uniformed, which is most of you) or Back to Work Program, and everyone stayed at home? That is not how it is anymore.

      Clinton signed that bill so all except those with real disabilities have to attend everyday to these programs. You can’t get out of them unless you have a really good reason.

      They also stop cash assistance after two years for single people. You can’t get money for an unlimited amount of time anymore.

      It’s an age-old game: blame the poor instead of focusing on the nation’s REAL issues. You can’t control, or feel you can’t control, the rich and/or government, so you think being angry with poor people will solve everything. It’s a form of brain-washing, really. Hitler and the Nazis did it with the Jews. Germany wanted a scapegoat for their poor economics, so they picked one of the most persecuted groups in the world. Do you think the Jews deserved what they got?

      Your attitudes are the same as the Nazis. You may not use torture and gas chambers, but you blame and hate just as much.

      This is supposed to be a nation of understanding and advancement. But nothing has really changed beneath the surface. People are just as ugly on the inside as they always have been.

    • CONCERNED CITIZENS of L A

      you are clueless you aint really paying for ish the wires are up and running whether the service is free or not. you too may find life changing that prevents you from working and you end up on unemployment with little funds bet you will look for his option then won;t you heartless dog.

  • Deerduke

    Wow, sounds like what Big Oil and WallSteet and Corporate Farms have been getting for YEARS, subsidies and handouts. What’s good for the goose…

    • freedom

      Don’t you have a better answer than that. Did the goose lay a golden egg for you. Arrogant and stupidity is why we do not align with people like yourself.

  • Deerduke

    Why not spend the moey putting the poor back to work? We have roads, bridges, dams, schools, levees, shorelines, libraries, etc. that need repair or rebuilding.
    Plenty of work there.
    I moved to L.A., and being non-Latino, I get al ot of frowns when I fill out a job application. From who? The Latino handing me the application. I watch as they quietly toss it in the trash as I’m leaving. It’s not that the illegals are taking all the jobs here, it’s that they won’t hire anyone who isn’t Latino, or related to them somehow. 157 applications in 4 months, not one call back. I’m a foreigner in my own country.

    • freedom

      Sounds like America the beautiful.

    • Maukwa

      Yes, reverse racism bites….move to Idaho, or some other area of the country…If I owned hell and California, I would rent out California and live in hell! :)

  • Karma

    Some people really need those phones. What if someone can’t afford a phone in these tough on the poor times we are in? It is people like you that live in the “American bubble” that is the real problem with the country, not the poor people. It’s people like you that look down their noses on things you simply do not understand. I have a novel idea, start helping the poor and bringing them up instead of greedily keeping all to yourself while keeping the poor down.

    Complain about the poor all you want, but it’s people like you that are the problem with this country. If the government ever gives out compassion, I suggest you be one of the first to stand in line. Because from what I read, your just a judgmental fool, and the days of you fools messing things up while you judge, is coming to an end very soon.

  • Nathan

    Except that, you know, people on that program are nearly required o go out and find a job- which is why they give them the cell phone. Businesses these days want an immediate way to contact their employees or potential employees, and that’s why they’re paying for the phone: So that those people can get the bar necessities through their hard work.

    • freedom

      You are absolutely right on! Without a cell phone in corporate America you will not get hired. That includes McDonald’s. It is not our demand it is there’s.

  • enjoying my life

    I have a free government cell phone and I love it, thanks suckers! I have it and there is nothing you can do about it, just keep paying my bill! I also had steak, crab legs and shrimp for dinner last night thanks to the government. What did you eat? hahahaha!

    • freedom

      You have some serious issues. Quite obvious!

    • Maukwa

      What illegal activity are you doing to be able to afford the steak etc.? A single person on food stamps does not get more than $200. each month, and most get far less. I would keep quiet about being able to afford expensive foods…but then maybe you only eat twice a month. ;)

      • jackbenny

        Hey, Maukwa, and Freedom, I think Enjoying My Life was being sarcastic.

        Did you really take the comment seriously?

    • freedom

      Hey, you forgot to buy some sushi and escargo and a bottle of Don perrion. With a smart mouth like yours you should be eating soap.

      • jackbenny

        To repeat, Enjoying My Life was being sarcastic!

        • freedom

          WHATEVER! JUST LIKE BRINGING UP THE JEWS BEING MURDERED, THOSE WERE MY ANCESTORS THIS IS NO PLACE TO COMPARE THAT ATROCITY. JUST SIMPLY DON’T GO THERE.

          • jackbenny

            Why don’t you make some sense? I bring it up because symbolically people are against the poor in the same manner. I’m on YOUR side. But you’re not listening at all. You think everyone is insulting you left and right, even when they’re agreeing with you.

            You’re reading here but not comprehending. And from now on this forum is being blocked from my mail. Also, grow up and learn how to spell.

            Goodbye.

          • freedom

            Feeling a little guilty, ashamed. Who are you to critique people with disabilities. My comprehension level is obviously to much for you to handle. Have you ever spelt critical. Hmmmm

  • Dave

    Ok so…Fact:
    The phones are for the DISABLED…not welfare.
    wingnut punks like you inflaming the low iq morons are whats WRONG with this country

  • Stacey

    “You” and “Your Taxes” aren’t paying for jack. Have you ever heard the term ‘apportioned’?
    Look it up.
    The taxes we all pay to the IRS are un apportioned, therefore the IRS can very well tell you whatever the heck they want about what your taxes are being used for. You have the News Media to thank for that, making it seem like assistance programs are on the backs of the taxpayers,
    False.
    Show me, prove to me that your taxes (taken directly from your personal labor, which is illegal inandof itself) go right to the human services department’s funds.
    That’s what most fools believe to be true, and ony because the news tells them its true.

    Look into it further and see the deeper problems and lies, then you will see how articles like this are perfect tools to distract from the real problem.

  • jack

    white trash lives in trailers

    • freedom

      Where do you live, a sess pool of crap.

    • Maukwa

      Excuse me, but I didn’t see citations as to where you acquired this “knowledge”.

  • sickofbeingtaxedtodeath

    ” I don’t need to work, I’m a diva on the obamaplan” “got me a free phone, card for food and a little left over for my weed why would I work” “yes I came here in the amblance for my arm that hurts after I got a shot…can you call me a Medicaid cab to get home?”
    TRUE WORDS from a nurse whos seen too much to believe in welfare anymore

    • freedom

      Wait until you get sick. You have horrible ethics. If you are a nurse you should maybe think about changing jobs. Like a garbage collector.

    • freedom

      You sound like a patient in one flew over a cuckoo’s nest. Is your name nurse ratchet?

  • Mercedes

    Right now in 2013 every where you go there is someone standing in a corner with a cardboard sign asking for money , and the way I see it is it’ s a new way to make money and not pay the IRS any ,I’m so sick of it I’m a type 2 diabetes and they won’t give me SSI , my husband is the only one working , I need special diets and they still don, t help , so am I to hold a cardboard sign and ask for money NO . It just means my husband works harder and he is not saposto be working , but he had to do what a husband has to do , I not only have diabetes , I also get TIA , I have hypertension,and high cholesterol , among other issues . So I feel the system should start rechecking everyone they think is poor.

    • freedom

      If you think these poor people enjoy holding up signs and being hopeful they have a few dollars to eat lunch, go stand with one. You will see the truth. Talk to one maybe he would share what little money he mad that day with you.

  • joem789

    We’re not sending the politicians to Washington. Voter fraud is a full time job. The only way to stop the madness is to eliminate politics altogether.

    • freedom

      OH REALLY! Move to Iraq and get a taste of no politics. You would be back faster than the speed of light travels.

  • Lazy

    1 ? Do they go house to house to pass out free phones? That’s wat my gurl said & I think that’s bs

    • freedom

      Seriously, you really have issues. Tell your girl she must be on some pretty wild drugs to see phones passed out house to house.

  • Ron Page

    all you lazy good for nothing’s need to go get a real job and pay your own fookin bills, and im not talking about someone on assistance for 1-6 months anyone over 6 months is bshitin the system i had to go on assistance once in my entire life because a buisness closed and fired everyone..FOR 1 WEEk…apply for jobs and guess what you will get one if you try..nuff said

    • freedom

      What’s that a Suzuki bike I think you should ride a trike you sound like a imature little boy. You will never be a man.

      • Ron Page

        “freedom” if your disabled obviously I am not referring to you..and as far as being a man…I’ve done 19 years in the military 2 combat tours and so on and so on…so I’d say I’ve done my man duties just fine…enjoy your “freedom”. And your your free phone and …your welcome.

        • freedom

          You could write a book to try and convince me your a man. It is not working. Do not prey on people who are justifiable in need of the bare necceties. Maybe you should go back to basic training. Yes mam is what I like to hear.

        • freedom

          You obviously use the word freedom so lightly, almost in a narsassitic way. Where are your true colors. It sure isn’t red, white and blue.

      • freedom

        You could not right a book convincing me your a honorable man. You should go back to basic training.

    • freedom

      You could not right a book to convince me you are any quality of a man. Maybe you should go back to basic training. I like to here yes mam.

  • Ron Page

    PAY YOUR OWN BILLS…GET A JOB…IF YOUR ON ASSISTANCE OVER 6 MONTHS YOUR BSHIATIN THE SYSTEM..GET A JOB LAZY PEOPLE GET A JOB.

    • freedom

      Lazy! Your barely able to open your mouth and produce a educated sentence, back to school. It must not be easy being so ignorant.

  • Maukwa

    Unless we raise the “minimum wage, pretty soon everyone will be eligible for these phones….people on so called welfare are the bottom poor in this country, and most of them work! That’s right…why don’t you get angry with Century Link, Walmart, etc….as their employees receive “food stamps”, and medical, etc. from the so called “all of us”…these companies are ripping off America, and not the employees who don’t make enough to live….these companies take advantage of these government programs to subsidize their payrolls….the rest who are eligible are the disabled…would you begrudge the disabled a phone? Make business more responsible, and tell the so called “job creators” to start creating jobs in “this country”….not China, and the Philippines! Tell business to make work worth while, and to pay their own damned medical for their employees…and for god’s sake, give their employees a living wage. Don’t be angry with the so called “welfare recipients”…because you are next.

    • freedom

      Amen, I so agree with you. Beautifully said. It is nice to know there is real people who have some intellect. THANKS!

    • freedom

      They will have a time of need. And it will all come back to haunt them .

  • freedom

    I am severely disabled. How dare you critical people who are so selfish, angry ,bitter and hateful. If I did not get this free phone my life would be at risk. Stop with condemning people with special needs. Your the problem, get help. I need my phone, stay out of my business. Get a life!

  • freedom

    No one is free when others are oppressed.

  • Maukwa

    You have a very noble idea….who are you helping?

  • freedom

    All you haters out there that have nothing better to do but belittle people who are less fortunate. You have issues ! Is this how you thrive. WOW! Would not want to be in your stinky shoes.

  • Maukwa

    OK folks, you’ve had your fun, now here is the truth: Capitalism is on it’s way out, and those with all the money are desperately trying to hold on to their power and wealth….this is why they do pit us against each other, in order to hide the truth of what is really happening….don’t fall for it. Take care of one another, and get ready for the revolution, because it will come.

    Definition of socialism (n)

    Bing Dictionary

    so·cial·ism

    [ sṓshə lìzəm ]

    political system of communal ownership: a political theory or system in which the means of production and distribution are controlled by the people and operated according to equity and fairness rather than market principles

    movement based on socialism: a political movement based on principles of socialism, typically advocating an end to private property and to the exploitation of workers

    stage between capitalism and communism: in Marxist theory, the stage after the proletarian revolution when a society is changing from capitalism to communism, marked by pay distributed according to work done rather than need

    Synonyms: collectivism, social democracy, public ownership, communism, communalism, classless society

  • freedom

    Karl Marx is not alive and well. WOW! This is the United States of America. I do not need a dictionary to understand freedom.

  • Billy Banjo

    The father of the Obama phone is none other then Ronald Reagen

  • freedom

    Hey Billy Banjo you left out Abraham Lincoln. You really should be thourough when involving random presidents.

  • low income familys

    Everyone has there times in need, it not like we want to be on welfare. It jus not only ur tax money paying for Obama phones. We once pay for taxs too not just you. Living every day waiting for 1 pay check, isnt enough. If ur so small minded, just wait when rock bottom comings knocking. Ur probably one those people, who wouldnt give a homeless person 1 penny if they ask you. If a homeless person comes by you ur probably get scare. People like I are selfish

  • freedom

    Barely living is not justifiable. So if there is a asset that can offset that. That is a blessing from above. Everyone is equally deserving of life’s beauty.

  • Lowenherz

    Pretty ballsy to say “Snopes says it’s true” and then link to a Snopes page that describes all the ways your accusation is B.S.

  • concerned citizen

    I understand needing emergency help in certain situations and feel bad for people who really do need assistance. However it really pisses me off when the people on state assistance are picking up food at the soup kitchen in their BMW’s ,Cadillac’s and acuras; wearing fubu,Gucci,ecko , and other high end articles of clothing that I can’t eben afford working 80 hrs a week. Not to mention they have pit bulls and other animals as well.did you know with state assistance and govt healthcare you can receive help at fertility clinics to get pregnant! How does that make sense!!!The problem is not that we assistance for the right reasons the problem is the people taking advantage of the assistance and the govt not having enough people to investigate the theives!!!!!

  • freedom

    People with shoes, dogs, cars and phones are not thieves. People who are poor or are in extremely tough situations have alot nicer hearts then crabby, unhappy critical people. Ignorance is why this country is falling apart. If you have not been to a soup kitchen, check it out it you might learn something. Since you seem to know so much be an investigator, then maybe you can buy all the things we supposively have and you will shut up. Who hires people like you anyway.

  • freedom

    Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.

  • freedom

    I have no misunderstanding. I think you have the problem. Putting people that you believe are on assistance into this category. What are you some sorta wanna be watchdog. So what are you saying that people on welfare do not spend there money according to your standards. Who do you think you are some dictator. Welfare does not even pay the bare minimum of the cost of living. So again are you insuating that these people are ripping off the system. Unless you have the facts to base these pathetic allegations you really should mind your own business. It is ignorance that you are encased in. FUBU is not something you should focus on. Obviously, maybe some education to say the least.

  • freedom

    You are totally ridiculous, I bet your race is Caucasian. You sound like a racist. What kinda shirts do you wear ? Does it have a label KKK.

  • freedom

    Don’t insult people because they are poor.

  • freedom

    You are far from perfect! Stop your obsession with the impoverished. You obviously have no clue to economics. It is quite clear. You have the right to continue with your ignorant smack. But it will get you no where. Truly, find a chat line that you would be cool with. Is that called,” REDNECK CITY.”

  • freedom

    Hey, ” REDKNECK CITY”, Can you move your house with a truck?, Do you think the stock market is where you buy pigs?, You think that fast food is hitting a deer at 65 miles an hour?, Dude I bet you think that primary colors are John Deere green, Ford blue, and primer grey.

  • freedom

    I bet McDonalds supplies you with all your kitchen condiments. It’s such a happy place it puts smiles on your face. McDonald s

  • freedom

    “LIVE AND LET LIVE”

  • freedom

    “Tax day is the day that ordinary Americans send their money to Washington,D.C., and wealthy Americans to the Cayman Islands.”

  • freedom

    What is the matter with the poor is poverty, what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.

  • freedom

    The point of civilization is to be civilized.

  • freedom

    Hey Benny, the Jews will not be a part of this discussion. You are cruel and sadistic. Leave my ancestors out of this and let them rest in peace.

  • freedom

    Hey Jack, a,b,c,1,2,3. Now your being critical about my brain damage. You are the block head not me. There is no excuses for your problems. Or remedy. See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya. We’re all equal so what does that say about your own self.

  • Larry mcduffie

    winter festival must have gotten her brain frozen at the festival.The taxes to pay for these phones are on your phone bill.

    • freedom

      Dough boy,what’s your point. Are you just learning new things about taxation.

    • freedom

      Did we ask you to pay for our phones? I didn’t either.

    • freedom

      The government confiscated your money I didn’t.

    • freedom

      Did you just figure that out. Sooooo proud you learned something new today. My brain is unthawing now. I better get back to my festivities. Yee Haw!

  • freedom

    The poorest Americans pay a higher state and local tax than those in the top one percent. The poorest pay an average 10.9 percent, the rich 5.2 percent.

  • freedom

    RICH PEOPLE PAYING RICH PEOPLE TO TELL MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE TO BLAME POOR PEOPLE

  • polished

    hey “freedom” you are one sick twisted angry little idiot. Why not get a free handgun and shoot yourself.

    You expect to looked after. You do not appreciate being looked after.

    • freedom

      Try threatening me again. You think your invisible, think again. You won’t have any freedom if you continue with your stupidity. Be careful punky polish!

    • freedom

      I WOULDN’T WANT TO LOOK AT YOUR UGLY SELF. I AM SO VERY WELL TAKEN CARE OF BY REAL PEOPLE. I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER. TO BAD FOR YOU FOOL.

    • freedom

      YOU HAVE JUST COMMITED A CRIME. YOU ARE NOT FREE TO THREATEN HARM UPON SOMEONE.

  • freedom

    ” My phone is a gift. Thats why I call it a present.”

  • freedom

    POLISH, BASED ON THE CONSTITUTION SPECIFIC STATEMENTS AND THREATS AGAINST A PARTICULAR PERSON ARE NOT PROTECTED UNDER FREEDOM OF SPEECH..

  • freedom

    ” One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless surrendered.”

  • freedom

    “WHEN HATRED JUDGES, THE VERDICT IS JUST GUILTY.”

  • freedom

    A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, MAYBE THE REBUBLICANS NEED TO WALK OFF THE FISCAL CLIFF.

  • Judgedredd1957

    Why do I need to work for a Living?
    My Government will give me everything I need for free.
    Hud or Section 8 Housing, WIC (Food Stamps) , Utility assistance, Free schooling, Government phone , internet and free computers, gasoline , free Obama healthcare…the list goes on and on—

    All paid for by… you guessed it, the suckers who actually work and pay taxes.

    I’m quitting my job…and living the good life……

  • erin

    all i gotta say is,you don’t know who of these “welfare” recipients that get this service have in fact been tax payers in the past. I’m so sick of everyone acting like they pay these peoples bills, when in fact if you’ve ever worked you payed into that same system you take from. Thats the purpose of welfare pay when you can, take when you need

  • tony

    So, when they give grandma a phone because she can’t afford and it’s sole purpose is to dial 911 a bad thing? It is a life saving device and was a luxuryy about 70 years ago. If you talk over your minutes, you have to pay. It brings in revenue and tax money on the overtime. Watch.

  • DayK

    I have no problem providing free…but VERY limited phone service. Lets say a phone with about 50 minutes a month so employers could call and the person could make emergency and medical calls. But that is plenty. I work with a girl who has a free phone and she gets 250 minutes a month….and are you ready? 1000 free text messages – why does anyone NEED free text messaging? And she complains all the time about her crappy government phone.

  • wendy

    These phones are not “Obama” phones. If you read up on “Safelink” these phones and services provided at low cost to welfare recipients, is independent of government spending / tax payer money. These phones and services are funded by telecomunication companies. This goes as far back as Woodrow Wilson.

  • Broke

    It’s PATHETIC HOW UNCARING YOU ARE BEING. IF YOU WANT TO FIND A JOB FOR ME THAT I CAN AFFORD TO DO ALL THIS STUFF BEING A SINGLE MOM, W NO HELP….TELL ME HOW YOUUU WOULD FEEL IF YOU WERE IN MY SHOES AND NO ONE HELPED YOU!!! Even $25 dollars MATTERS TO ME!!!! I HAVE TO FEED, CLOTH, PAY FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND DONT EVEN HAVE A HOUSE. I HAVE TO LIVE IN 1200 SQ FEET W MY MOM!! WOOO HOO HOW MUCH FUN IS THAT. AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WORSE THAN ME!!! Find Something ELSE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT. THATS WORTH IT. I GUESS U WOULD NOT CARE IF ME AND MY SON WERE IN A WRECK AND COULDNT CALL FOR HELP. WE ONLY COST U MONEY. SO IF WE DIE ITS A FAVOR TO U? IS THIS HOW I SHOULD TAKE THAT!? HOW WOULD U LIKE MAKING 12k A YEAR!? Trust me WE DONT GET TO DO MUCH AT ALL. GETTING A SNACK FROM THE STORE IS OUR TREAT!!! ITS HORRIBLE BEING 41 AND LIVING W MY MOM. IF SHE WASNT HERE IDK WHERE WE WOULD BE!?!? You think IT MAKES ME HAPPY. WELL IT DOESNT. I HAD MUCH RATHER SAY “YES, I CAN WORK AND LIVE ON MY OWN AND SUPPORT MY CHILD. AND PEOPLE CAN TELL U HAVE AN “OBAMA PHONE” by THE NUMBER. U THINK THAT MAKES ME PROUD. NO ITS EMBARRASSING ALTHOUGH IM SO THANKFUL WE HAVE A PHONE. I APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. THANK YOU FOR PAYING THE TAXES. I AM VERY APPRECIATIVE THAT YOU GIVE. ALTHOUGH ITS AGAINST YOUR WILL. IM NOT TRYING NOR DO I WANT TO BE MEAN. BUT SO MANY PEOPLE TAKE FOR GRANTED WHAT U ALREADY HAVE BECAUSE YOU WANTED A DIFFERENT COLOR. OR U HAVE STUFF SITTING OR LAYING AROUND YOUR HOUSE THAT I WOULD BE OVER JOYED TO HAVE EVEN THOUGH ITS USED. WHATS THE DIFFERENCE IN YOU PAYING 3000.00 for a Louis Vuitton purse. When I WORK HARD TOO BUT CANT AFFORD THAT! WHEN I GET MY INCOME TAX MONEY…I HAVE TO DO REPAIRS ON MY CAR THATS 12 YEARS OLD. NO AIR BAD TIRES. AND WHEN THAT MONEY IS GONE IM BROKE AGAIN. SCRAPING FOR MONEY TO FEED ME AND MY SON. WORRYING EVERY DAY HOW WE WILL MAKE IT THE NEXT. I HAVE NO INSURANCE. I CANT EVEN AFFORD “OBAMA CARE”. They will penalize me through my taxes for that I can’t even go to the doctor to find out if I have certain things wrong with me so basically the money I save from the phone goes towards going to the doctor only when I’m sick to get medication to get over a virus. I don’t get to go to the hospital to have test run because I can’t afford it. And I need to go now about some things I have wrong. BUT I CANT. ITS CRAZY HOW SOME PEOPLE DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A THING. JUST GO AND DO AND SPEND WHAT THEY WANT. ON OVERPRICED THINGS “JUS BECAUSE THEY CAN”
    Well, what if u built a home for a mom and her child ??? I bet it would be a lot more humbling to see the looks on their faces and see how happy it would make them JUS TO HAVE A HOME. NOW I ASSURE U I WORK. BUT THERE IS NO WAY I HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY MY OWN RENT AND BILLS AND AFFORD FOOD AND ALL THAT ME AND MY CHILD WOULD NEED!!! I could go on for days. I DONT WANT TO HAVE TO ASK ANYONE FOR ANYTHING. BUT MY CHOICE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED I SO WISH I HAD A CHOISE. I FEEL HORRIBLE ABOUT MYSELF AND MY SITUATION EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE. HOPE THAT MAKES U FEEL BETTER!!! HAVe a great night!

  • Christopher Muldrow

    What if the person needs a phone to call an employers to get a job? What if you need it when you have lost your job and can’t pay for a cellular plan and need a phone while searching for another job? What if you lose your job due to a disability and need a phone to call in a medication refill, but you don’t have the money for a plan? I don’t think he was looking about why they have it. I believe he was looking at it and not seeing anyone below him. He has money, a house, a job, probably a car, however I’ve been homeless and jobless and need of help. I know people who can’t afford a phone and have a part time job, does this mean that they can’t get help with a phone? I think he needs to have some sort of learned sympathy for the lower class person.

  • Jeff Mathews

    It is a very good program which is offered by US government. I am taking the benefits of this program from last many years. The best thing in this program is that you can get the benefits from your home telephone or mobile phone service supplier.

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