Taxpayers on the Hook for Over $1 Billion in Free Cell Phones Yearly

It is immoral to make men comfortable in their poverty ~ Unknown

By Gary P Jackson

Did you know that every time you pay your phone bill, you are paying a tax that allows the federal government to hand out free cell phones? That’s one of those surcharges you pay without questioning.

How do you get a “free” phone? Just show up with a drivers license or you food stamp card, which is proof enough to show you are at the poverty level. In fact, when you sign up for food stamps online, you are prompted to also sign up for a free phone.

If one can afford an automobile, upkeep, and insurance, you’d think they could afford a phone. But why buy one when government will give you one for free?

This is not a new program, it dates back to the days of the Great Depression when government wanted to make sure people in rural areas had phones in case of emergency. Like most Big Government programs, though the thought may be noble, no one thinks about the unintended consequences.

To give you an idea of how things have gone crazy: In 2008, 107,715 people in Illinois received the free wireless phones. Last year, the numbers soared to 569,000, a 429 percent increase. Nationally 13 million people signed up for the free cell phone program at a cost of $1.2 billion.

Yes, you read that right. A 429 percent increase in those getting free phones!

Recently the FCC, which administers this program, found the 400,000 people had gotten multiple free phones. They claim to be reforming the program.

This is has been a cash cow for service providers, with companies like “Free Government Cell Phones” and “Reach Out Mobile” actively advertising for customers. Which is at least partly responsible for that 429 percent increase.

I think most Americans agree that we should help those among us who are truly in need. Food and basic necessities are something no decent human being would deny another. But these Big Government programs, that have little or no oversight, are ripe for waste, fraud, and abuse.

With $16 Trillion in debt, $1 billion is like a grain of sand in the Sahara Desert, but as a Senator once said: “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.

The money spent on all of these government programs add up and add up quickly.

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Taxpayers on the Hook for Over $1 Billion in Free Cell Phones Yearly

  1. D. Ford

    I don’t know what is worse. The fact we’re paying for this giveaway or that there seems to be a mass exodus of Americans to the poor side of the tracks.

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