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The truth about "Obama" Phones

 
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11/11/2012 11:53 AM
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From that basic framework, rumors like the ones encapsulated in the Examples cited above have circulated, claiming that "the Obama administration created a program to give free cell phones paid for by taxpayer money to welfare recipients." All the elements of such statements are erroneous or exaggerated:

The Lifeline program originated in 1984, during the administration of Ronald Reagan; it was expanded in 1996, during the administration of Bill Clinton; and its first cellular provider service (SafeLink Wireless) was launched by TracFone in 2008, during the administration of George W. Bush. All of these milestones were passed prior to the advent of the Obama administration.

The Lifeline program only covers monthly discounts on landline or wireless telephone service for eligible consumers. It does not pay cellular companies to provide free cell phones to consumers, although some cellular service providers choose to offer that benefit to their Lifeline customers.

Lifeline discounts are not available only to "welfare recipients" — these programs are implemented at both the state and federal levels, so qualification criteria can vary from state to state, but in general participants must have an income that is at or below 135% of the federal Poverty Guidelines, or take part in at least one of the following federal assistance programs:
Medicaid;
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP);
Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8);
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP);
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF);
National School Lunch Program's Free Lunch Program;
Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance;
Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF);
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR);
Head Start (if income eligibility criteria are met); or
State assistance programs (if applicable).

Less than 50%...



[link to www.snopes.com]

If you have a cell phone, part of the tax you pay on your monthly bill goes to fund this program, not the tax that is collected via federal or state means. Time to stop the lies folks.
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11/11/2012 12:05 PM
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Re: The truth about "Obama" Phones
Lol.

bump
Anonymous Coward
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11/11/2012 12:07 PM
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Re: The truth about "Obama" Phones
These Obamaphone threads never get old do they?

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11/11/2012 12:49 PM
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The truth is welfare recipients got free phones,who cares if obama is invovlved or not,i dont think he was but thats neither here nor there,you cannot deny that people on welfare only vote dems to get free shit and keep the free shit they get.

Thats bribery.

What checks and balances are in place too stop stupid things like this happening.
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11/11/2012 01:13 PM
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The truth is welfare recipients got free phones,who cares if obama is invovlved or not,i dont think he was but thats neither here nor there,you cannot deny that people on welfare only vote dems to get free shit and keep the free shit they get.

Thats bribery.

What checks and balances are in place too stop stupid things like this happening.
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I would say you don't know what you're talking about honestly, but being that you aren't a citizen of our great country, your opinion doesn't much matter anyway. Instead of worrying about what may or may not motivate a voter over here, you should be out in your own streets fighting the massive taxation you live under over there. Just saying.

Also, if Obama wasn't involved, then the program shouldn't be attributed to him as if it were his brainchild, which is how it is portrayed on this site, hence the term Obama Phone. He is continuing a program that was initially inspired under Ronald Reagan with landlines, however times have changed so it's now cellphones. So if Republican and Democratic administrations alike support and continue to operate the program since it's inception in 1984, then your thoughts on it being a way for Democrats to bribe people for votes is misguided, to put it nicely.
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11/11/2012 01:32 PM
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the phones were purchased from carlos slim
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11/11/2012 01:40 PM
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The problem is that the national debt wat just getting started during Reagan.

IT IS 16 TRILLION DOLLARS TODAY. And still buying the phones? Stupid.

The only thing dumber is people who make assumptions about who and what you are based upon which country GLP thinks your IP address is assigned.
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11/11/2012 02:31 PM

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My guess is that they are listening devices for NSA to see what the general population in up to.
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11/11/2012 02:48 PM
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[link to wvgazette.com]

Here in WV, we have a potential funding problem for TANF recipients.
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11/11/2012 02:51 PM
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Yes, most welfare programs were in place before Obama.
Obama expanded EVERY one of them.

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