In a recent article for the National Review, reporter Jillian Kay Melchior proves just how easy it is to get an Obamaphone. Actually, she got several.
Confession: You’re paying my phone bill.
The Federal Communications Commission oversees the so-called Lifeline program, created in 1984 to make sure impoverished Americans had telephone service available to call their moms, bosses, and 911. In 2008, the FCC expanded the program to offer subsidized cell-phone service, and since then, the expenses of running the program have soared. In 2012, the program’s costs had risen to $2.189 billion, up from $822 million before wireless carriers were included. As of June, there were 13.8 million active Lifeline subscriptions.
So, as you are getting up and moving for work this morning, keep in mind all of the poor unfortunate people you are helping with your tax dollars. On second thought, it might be better if you don’t think about that at all. Think, instead, about the Obama Stash and