The program is called Lifeline, established in 1984, originally created to subsidize landline phone service for low income Americans, funded by government-collected telecommunication fees, paid by consumers.DO. THE. MATH.
In 2008, the program was expanded to support cell phones which quickly escalated the cost of the program. In 2008 the program cost $772 million, but by 2011 it cost $1.6 billion.
A 2011 audit found that 269,000 wireless Lifeline subscribers were receiving free phones and monthly service from two or more carriers. Several websites have been created to promote “free” government cell phones, including the”The Obama Cell Phone” website at Obamaphone.net.
$1.6 billion for 269,000 subscribers. Divide that out and you get $5947 spent PER USER. Divide that out again and you get $495 PER MONTH.
This is sickening. What this says it takes about $450 per month of Bureaucrat overhead to get $50 worth of phone service to each person. What WASTE!!
Government perverts everything it touches. The Founding Fathers understood this. That's why they severely limited the Federal Government's functions. We need to return to this.