FREE Obama Phone Paid By Your Fellow Taxpayers! w00t!

YES! Self-verification for a free-government-paid-cell-phone. LOL. What next, LCD TVs?



20 Responses to “FREE Obama Phone Paid By Your Fellow Taxpayers! w00t!”

  1. 1 Lynnette
    10 November 2009 at 06:36

    I would like to point out that this presidency had nothing to do with the free cell phone being given out through the lifeline and Safelink program. Low-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, and the president has nothing to do with it. Welfare recipients, and others, can receive a free cell phone, but the program is not funded by the government or taxpayer money. The president has no direct impact on the program, and one could hardly call these devices “Obama Phones,”. This specific program, SafeLink, started under President George Bush, with grants from an independent company created under President Bill Clinton, which was a legacy of an act passed under President Franklin Roosevelt, which was influenced by an agreement reached between telecommunications companies and the administration of President Woodrow Wilson.

  2. 10 November 2009 at 07:24

    @Lynnette: Thanks for visiting my blog.

    The program is funded by telecom? Is that why it says, “government supported”?

    The term of “Obama Phone” is not direct, it is an attachment of the idea that Obama is about redistributing what is not his to redistribute.

    AS for the rest, I don’t care who started or who signed or who approves of it… I don’t want government supporting anything of the matter.


  3. 3 DJ
    11 November 2009 at 16:20


    Regardless of how the “FREE” phone gets into someones hands, the Telecomms are charging someone who has paid for their phone in order to allow some poor shmuck to get a free one. If, as you claim, this was a program started by Woodrow Wilson, then it is a pure and simple wealth re-distribution program.

    Nothing is free, someone ALWAYS pays for it. In the case of these phones, it is me and the myriad other people that pay for the use of a celly that are getting screwed some one that chooses NOT to improve their lot in life can have something for nothing. Cell phones are not life saving instruments, they are a PHONE nothing more.

  4. 4 Alan Scott
    13 November 2009 at 16:47


    You wrote exactly what I was going to write. Nothing is for free and Lynnette, Obama IS the perfect symbol for a free phone. Kind of like the flag for public freebies.

  5. 5 fabio A quintero
    20 November 2009 at 12:43

    i would like to get the free phone at this address 13 wadsworth st geneva n.y. 14456 tahnk you

  6. 6 fabio A quintero
    20 November 2009 at 12:46

    Obama is the best president im glad for that

  7. 21 November 2009 at 03:30

    @Fabio: I will get you your phone out to you right away… [/snark]

  8. 8 Acer
    30 November 2009 at 15:04

    This plan actually has nothing to do with Obama. It started long before he even took office. The program is provided for by tracfone and lifeline pays for the phones. People are slapping the Obama name on this and critizing it, when he has nothing to do with it.

  9. 9 MV3
    30 November 2009 at 22:45

    I have to agree with Lynnette, the phone had nothing to do with Obama’s election As a matter of fact, the Safelink program began under the previous administration. It really is a worthy program that benefits a lot of ppl and at a negligible cost to us. Through Safelink, households with limited income can now own a cellular device and receive 60 minutes of talk time for emergencies. Again, if we all do our part, we are helping a lot of people receive a tool that is becoming more and more essential each day.

  10. 10 Reel Manny
    1 December 2009 at 12:40

    I agree that this is a travesty and it doesn’t matter who started it, the govt shouldn’t be giving away our money to bums!

    I’m also concerned about the program expanding! I hear that Virgin Mobile will be starting up their own version of this, using taxpayer dollars. WTF???

  11. 11 Pat Trick
    3 December 2009 at 14:55

    I am not happy to hear that Virgin is going to be giving away Obamaphones to poor people.

    I pay good money 4 my phone and this is just wrong. Free phones for homeless people. No way!


  12. 12 Ali Blabber
    20 December 2009 at 14:08

    I love how some people refer to the Safelink program as “an Obama phone.”


    The program’s been in effect for 25 years and finally recognizes the reality of cell phones as a viable option for communication.

    And the phones themselves are cheap, low-end devices, but the right wing echo chamber rails against this because of the perception that cell phones are somehow “luxuries.”


  13. 20 December 2009 at 17:33

    I love how some people say that the free phone is OK because it has “been around.”

    Murder has been around for years as well. I suppose you believe that is OK too?


  14. 14 DJ
    23 December 2009 at 02:46


    You said “It really is a worthy program that benefits a lot of ppl and at a negligible cost to us.” (emphasis mine).

    The problem is there IS a cost to us. Being that someone is getting something and I am stuck paying for it, means someone (under the guise of a government program) is getting something they have not earned.

    Where in our Constitution does the congress have the power to TAKE property from me and GIVE it to someone else?

    When the program started and who was president is irrelevant, what is relevant is those of us that work are being stolen from. If you (read all who support the program) want to get a cell phone into the hands of the “poor” or the “less fortunate” give away your phone or buy a phone for those you deem worthy. A cell phone is a luxury, just like cable/satellite tv, the internet, and owning a car.

    “Again, if we all do our part, we are helping a lot of people receive a tool that is becoming more and more essential each day.” (MV) I do my part, and I do not want someone else getting a luxury they did not earn.

  15. 15 Alex
    28 December 2009 at 14:45

    SafeLink is not an “Obama” socialist program. It is actually a program that President Bush signed into a law. It is just a way for low income families to have phoneto apply for a job.

  16. 4 January 2010 at 04:19

    @Alex: Way to ring out 2009 with a stupid comment. As has been stated in the above commments, the issue is not who signed it into law or why they signed it into law. Please re-read the above comments to redecipher what this is all about.

  17. 6 January 2010 at 11:15

    I didn’t have a problem with the so-called “Obama Phone.”

    It seemed reasonable to give poor people a cheap phone and a few minutes a month.

    Go find a job. Go to the doctor. Get the car fixed. Whatever.

    But now, Virgin Mobile has a new program that gives poor people 200 minutes a month.


    It’s too much!

    What’s next? Iphones? Blackberries?

    Virgin is using taxpayer money extravagantly.

    Am I wrong?

  18. 6 January 2010 at 21:18

    I have no problem with charitable phones or minutes because people believe it is a privilege to have a phone.

    But I do have a problem with mandated/forced/State sponsored phones or minutes because people believe it is a right to have a phone.

  19. 7 January 2010 at 10:47

    The thing that bothers me is that I have a Virgin phone, use it and pay for it myself.

    Why do poor people get something free that I pay for?

  20. 8 January 2010 at 07:11

    @Dick: Because they have to have it.

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