posted on Oct, 11 2012 @ 01:32 PM
reply to post by Alxandro
I'd say there are very good reasons Obama is connected with the free phone program and the fact the average people in the street directly associate
HIM with a program actually started in 2008..building on a program initiated in 1985 under Reagan shows he's been 100% succcessful in pushing the
connection and message in people's minds.
It also pays DAMN well to be an Obama campaign contributor. Especially for this phone program.
While itâ€™s true that President Obama didnâ€™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. Itâ€™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 â€śhas donated at least $156,500 to Democratic candidates and committees
this cycle, including at least $50,000 to the Obama campaign,â€ť 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 theyâ€™ve made seven White House Visits. Abigail
received an appointment to the presidential â€śCommission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American
This same story is carried by outlets across the spectrum if people argue the source itself, BTW.
Now of course TracFone wasn't invented just for this or just for Obama's generosity to a donor. However, why is it with this President, every time we
turn around...there is another situation like this where it's necessary to make statements about what it ISN'T and how a conflict really DOESN'T
exist? Obama must have full time staff who do nothing but this, for how often these conflicts in appearance come these days.
So.. If Obama wants to take a Bush program...Radically expand it and brand it in people's minds to connect HIS name all over it... Fine... It's
Obama's Free Phone Program.
I'll be MORE than happy to give him all the credit he so desperately seems to seek for it and give him the whole ugly
baby right in HIS lap.
Gee....rightfully...I should be blaming Bush for inventing the Cell Phone side of it....but Obama is so nice to step in and assume ALL the
credit....which brings ALL THE BLAME along with it. Bush ought to drop a thank you note for this one.
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