Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Follow the Money - The Free Phone Program

Just like the Stimulus dough went to unions, here goes another "free program" benefiting the big O's (Obama not Oprah) donors.   Oh a campaign bungler...Visits to the White House.  Dang we got Clinton all over again...Remember he sold the Lincoln Bedroom. It didn't actually start under him but with the massive increase in food stamp recipients, the millions that have lost their jobs and can't find one, it's an "Obama Phone" program. 

You know, if you have any sense at all, that nothing the Government is in charge of is free of waste and fraud.  I have to say I bet if you looked closely the military portion, which O is quite happy to chop, could use tidying up itself.

But Big O might might ought to tell this paid Romney protestor to shut her mouth next time.  Heck just shut her up regardless.  Just follow the money...who is making the dough off of you and me?

It's coming some point the makers are going to say "Enough" and disappear with their money in tow.  Then what will this poor woman do when she has nothing because she is too lazy to get out and get a job???

Top “Obama Phone” provider is also a big Obama donor

Over the past two weeks, American taxpayers have become aware of the “Obama Phone,” a program to provide welfare recipients with free cell phones.  Public outrage grew after a rather colorful video went viral, in which one of Obama’s core supporters threw out the term “Obama Phone” during an angry tirade at a rally for Mitt Romney.

President Obama actually had nothing to do with implementing this program.  It’s a 2008 mutation of a decades-old program to provide welfare recipients with land-line telephones, on the grounds that such equipment is important for securing employment and dealing with medical emergencies.  The program is a result of FCC mandates, not presidential intervention.  However, the term “Obama Phone” has evidently settled in with both beneficiaries of the program, and its critics.

While it’s true that President Obama didn’t launch the cell phone expansion of the Lifeline program, his policies have greatly increased the number of participants, since everyone in Food Stamp Nation qualifies for a free phone.  The cost of the program has more than doubled, to $1.6 billion, since the cell phone benefit was added in 2008.  It’s absolutely riddled with fraud and abuse, including individual recipients who scored multiple free telephones from the government.  And it turns out that one of the biggest companies providing these welfare phones, TracFone Wireless, is run by big Obama donors.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that TracFone Wireless CEO F.J. Pollak “has donated at least $156,500 to Democratic candidates and committees this cycle, including at least $50,000 to the Obama campaign,” while his wife Abigail has bundled over $632,000 in Obama donations during this campaign cycle.  They hosted a $40,000-per-plate fundraiser for Obama in Miami Beach this year, and they’ve made seven White House Visits.  Abigail received an appointment to the presidential “Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino.”

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