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Free Cellphones for the Poor?

Posted by oblama on September 30, 2012

The U.S. government is providing free cellphones to those with no income or on disability at a cost of $1.6 Billion funded through a Universal Service fee charge on paying customers phone bills. Is this a redistribution of wealth or a necessary government program at a time when the government is trillions of dollars in debt? There are 46 Million Americans on Food Stamps which is a direct cost to those who are paying taxes.

In this video the woman shows her support to the presidential candidate Barrack Obama who has promised to provide them with “more” free things, than others who appear to want to cut the support. The homepage says

“The free Obama phone is an important program, especially for low income families that would otherwise not have access to basic communications,”

Although according to Rep. Tim Griffin

“It’s a government-run, taxpayer-funded program that’s running wild and costing more and more,”

and the FCC Encyclopedia it is a government run program.

While a free society is judged on how it treats it’s poorest members, is this excessive? Where does it end? Free Housing, free cars, free HD tvs?. Who is going to pay for this? The U.S. is currently bankrupt, and people do not want to face the fact that certain government programs go beyond “basic” survival. Ron Paul’s message of a U.S. financial crisis was unpopular, yet the Federal Reserve continues to print money to prop up the Government. Those who benefit from government programs will NOT vote for someone who wants to end those programs. When a majority of the people continue to vote for program from which they directly benefit, there will be no change in the destructive handouts the government continues. 

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” -Upton Sinclair

13 Responses to “Free Cellphones for the Poor?”

  1. flyingshrimp said

    I don’t think that this is fair. The idea that people who don’t work get free stuff and others that do work get bills to pay. And also phones are not a necessity to have. If it was like health care or something major to one’s life then i would understand the dire need to provide this to everyone but phones are not going to save lives. All the money the government is putting into this just to give everyone cellphones could be used for something more important for our country. Well this is why i think this is the worst idea ever cause it is just a money sucking program that takes our tax money and puts it to a worthless cause to give people cell phones even though people can live with out it.

  2. rosecb said

    I honestly think that the idea of providing free cell phones is ridiculous. There are plenty of other ways to communicate if it is necessary, you can get creative, there are payphones that cost about a quarter. Having a cell phone is not a necessity. I’m sure there are plenty of people who would be happy to see their tax dollars go to housing or general improvement in other’s quality of life, however, a cell phone – a technology that is, no doubt, not a life or death matter for anyone – is not something that I view as necessary to improve one’s life.

  3. thebasedprincess said

    As much as this program may be established for impoverished families and those less fortunate, I find this expense of tax-payer dollars a little more nonsensical than practical, to be frank. There are certainly means of communication one way or another and a cell phone is not exactly a necessity. Although that being said, I try to imagine myself without the convenience of a cell phone and I can’t help but shiver…
    I have to agree with the fact that there are most likely many people who would not have an issue seeing their tax dollars used in more practical and helpful ways for those impoverished families, I just believe a free cell phone is probably not the best means to do so.

  4. This post presents a teachable moment. While one can certainly debate the merits and failures of social welfare programs (cell phones for low-income Americans), the attribution of this program to Obama is absurd. The program has been around for quite some time, it expanded under Clinton in 1996, and the latest version went into effect in 2008. Obama wasn’t in office until 2009. This type of politics is merely trying to tie the stereotype of a black welfare recipient to a black President. The video that has been dispersed across the interwebs is pretty offensive. More info:

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