What's up with the free call phones

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Tax paying dude

Arlington, TX

#1 Jul 22, 2011
Like everyone else I've been seeing the people with the tents and signs that read free cell phones.Today someone tells me it's free government cell phones for poor people but I see different Tahoes and Expeditions everytime I go by so doesn't really seem like that's the case.

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#2 Jul 22, 2011
Free government cell phones for people who are on disability or other government programs. This is not something new. This has been a program out there for several years now.
Tax paying dude

Arlington, TX

#3 Jul 22, 2011
I knew there was chatter a few years on that subject but didn't know it was implemented.
Talk Unlimited

Little Rock, AR

#5 Jul 23, 2011
Tax paying dude wrote:
I knew there was chatter a few years on that subject but didn't know it was implemented.
If you qualify for food stamps, disability, and other government programs that are paid for with our taxes, you also may qualify for a cell phone.

I pay the taxes and also a couple of hundred bucks a month for my own cell phones. It's just too damn easy now. Don't have to stand in line for food coupons--nice little direct deposit into your EBT card account. I believe in helping those in need, but I hate our welfare system. This is the cornerstone of our prez's electoral success because the handout system is what catapulted him to office. The only people in worse shape than they were before the election are those who earned their way.
x

United States

#6 Jul 23, 2011
Talk Unlimited wrote:
<quoted text>If you qualify for food stamps, disability, and other government programs that are paid for with our taxes, you also may qualify for a cell phone.

I pay the taxes and also a couple of hundred bucks a month for my own cell phones. It's just too damn easy now. Don't have to stand in line for food coupons--nice little direct deposit into your EBT card account. I believe in helping those in need, but I hate our welfare system. This is the cornerstone of our prez's electoral success because the handout system is what catapulted him to office. The only people in worse shape than they were before the election are those who earned their way.
Well said ! I could qualify for disability and lay up and collect a check but I don't. I work an average of 100+ hours in two weeks. And do that in pain but I suck up the over the counter meds and keep on keeping on.... I guess when I finally break all the way down I can get my check / cell phone too.... But by then I know there won't be anything left. Don't even start me on foreign aide ....
Anonymous

Beirut, Lebanon

#8 Jan 12, 2012
Hello
patrick

Lawrenceville, GA

#9 Feb 23, 2012
Why are cell phone being giving away I see the tent only the black area why that everytime I see the tent there is two or three white guys handing out free phone to blacks, maybe the blacks that's in line should think but all most of them see is the word free, free isn't always good. If u really need it ok ,but if u don't leave it where it is.
!

United States

#10 Feb 23, 2012
This program is snowed under with fraud!!!
I personally know 8 that have free cells that make 50,000 a year !!!!
ohgoody

Choudrant, LA

#11 Feb 23, 2012
Yep. Another one of Obamas screw ups..........
ohgoody

Choudrant, LA

#12 Feb 23, 2012
And exactly WHY do people who get food stamps need a cell phone? Really? UGHH.
!

United States

#13 Feb 23, 2012
I think I would be better off on disability ( yes I could get it but I don't ... I am a working disabled person ) my kids could draw a check ... I could get tons of food stamps... Free cell phones ... Pay no taxes and get a huge tax refund check that EIC deal...
I swear....
its alright but

Little Rock, AR

#14 Feb 24, 2012
ohgoody wrote:
Yep. Another one of Obamas screw ups..........
If you still have a land line like I do, half of what you pay to the phone company is used for a "free cell Phone"..So I am paying for some bum to have a free phone...it's not right.
unaware

United States

#15 Feb 25, 2012
I was unaware the gov was doing this. I can understand food stamps and basic necessities but not a phone... Where has everyone seen these tents because I haven't noticed one around town anywhere? Although I wasn't looking for one the last time I was up there. I don't see how this can be considered a necessity or priority in this country with the economy in the shape it's in NOW.
memo2

Sweden

#16 Apr 22, 2012
very nice
memo4u

United States

#17 Apr 22, 2012
memo2 wrote:
very nice
No, its not.
Not Bubba

Euless, TX

#18 Apr 24, 2012
Just noticed the cell phone tent set up between Day & Nite and Silverado.
loveoneanother

El Dorado, AR

#19 Apr 24, 2012
Rude comments... Who are any of u to judge if a person deserves these phones, food stamps, etc? It is basically none of your business, nor do you have the right to judge? If you have such a problem with Obama, then YOU should run for President! If you are so totally against such things as a cell phone government program in the United States, then maybe you should move to another country.
The thing is, those phones are VERY basic, and only have 200 minutes per month. No biggie! You should be glad that there is a program out there that helps others! Surely it is benefiting the elderly who have no one to care for them, or families with children! They NEED phone service just as YOU do! Find something else to gripe about! Yes, obviously tax dollars help fund this program!! Big deal!! Dang!!!! If you dont like it, then make sure you vote in every election, or run for office... Quit being petty!! We should just love one another, and be willing to make a difference in the lives of those living in poverty! Topix is so silly and judgemental! Makes me sick! Yeah, some people play the system, but if you can find another solution, by all means, run for President!!!
actually

Dallas, TX

#20 Apr 24, 2012
loveoneanother wrote:
Rude comments... Who are any of u to judge if a person deserves these phones, food stamps, etc? It is basically none of your business, nor do you have the right to judge? If you have such a problem with Obama, then YOU should run for President! If you are so totally against such things as a cell phone government program in the United States, then maybe you should move to another country.
The thing is, those phones are VERY basic, and only have 200 minutes per month. No biggie! You should be glad that there is a program out there that helps others! Surely it is benefiting the elderly who have no one to care for them, or families with children! They NEED phone service just as YOU do! Find something else to gripe about! Yes, obviously tax dollars help fund this program!! Big deal!! Dang!!!! If you dont like it, then make sure you vote in every election, or run for office... Quit being petty!! We should just love one another, and be willing to make a difference in the lives of those living in poverty! Topix is so silly and judgemental! Makes me sick! Yeah, some people play the system, but if you can find another solution, by all means, run for President!!!
Actually, dumbass, it is our business. All 46% of the country that pays taxes to fund these endless budgets for wants, not needs. If you don't work, you don't have a phone. No need for it. This lack of common sense you've displayed has left the rest of your rant as pointless.
loveoneanother

El Dorado, AR

#21 Apr 25, 2012
actually wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, dumbass, it is our business. All 46% of the country that pays taxes to fund these endless budgets for wants, not needs. If you don't work, you don't have a phone. No need for it. This lack of common sense you've displayed has left the rest of your rant as pointless.
Who do you think you are calling me a "dumbass?" I would love to kick your ass for being so rude! Are you revealing that you have not ever relied on government services of any kind? Or, what about your family members or friends? What a hypocrite you are! Selfish! Where do you justify that "if you don't work, you don't have a phone?" Tell that to a totally disabled individual who worked tirelessly for 30 years, or to someone who cannot work due to cancer!! Or tell that to an Alzheimer's patient who needs access to a telephone! Tell that to the elderly! No, my "rant" (as you call it) is not pointless! Who are we to judge? The government has put this program into place for a reason "DUMBASS!" I have PLENTY OF COMMON SENSE!! You on the other hand, are lacking BASIC common sense! What kind of ignorant person thinks that those that do not work have no need for a phone??
actually

Dallas, TX

#22 Apr 25, 2012
loveoneanother wrote:
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Who do you think you are calling me a "dumbass?" I would love to kick your ass for being so rude! Are you revealing that you have not ever relied on government services of any kind? Or, what about your family members or friends? What a hypocrite you are! Selfish! Where do you justify that "if you don't work, you don't have a phone?" Tell that to a totally disabled individual who worked tirelessly for 30 years, or to someone who cannot work due to cancer!! Or tell that to an Alzheimer's patient who needs access to a telephone! Tell that to the elderly! No, my "rant" (as you call it) is not pointless! Who are we to judge? The government has put this program into place for a reason "DUMBASS!" I have PLENTY OF COMMON SENSE!! You on the other hand, are lacking BASIC common sense! What kind of ignorant person thinks that those that do not work have no need for a phone??
I'm a grownass man calling your little sissyass a dumbass. You couldn't kick my ass, little boy. I have never depended on any optional government program, and ridicule extended family that does. It is not the responsibility of a democratic/republic government to take care of you, nor is it your right to receive anything. Therefore, I'm not a hypocrite, dumbass. If you would be patient enough for an answer, you wouldn't have been proven wrong again. If someone works, then they could have a phone. If they were proper planners, they would retire with the proper funds/necessities to care for themselves later in life. Any government involvement/program prohibits another job while wasting away tax dollars on ignorance. Ignorance of the law is no excuse in court jurisdiction, but, apparently, is acceptable to cause a failing economy. Your rant IS pointless. I agree that the government has put these programs in place for a reason. However, this just shows your lack of knowledge (and common sense). Many of the programs implemented were set to assist during economic downturns, as SHORT TERM ASSISTANCE. The government has failed to ease this financial burden in better economic times, causing the $15 trillion deficit and complete financial failures in all areas except one: Medicare. And the government continues to steal from it to fund other failing pet projects. Another $50 million would have been taken to fund the "Affordable" Healthcare Act, if the Supreme Court hadn't had the opportunity to review its unconstitutionality. And I don't believe that "those that do not work have no need for a phone." I believe that PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE NOT TO WORK AND RECEIVE FREE LIVING INCOME SHOULD NOT HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING A PHONE, UNLESS BY PURCHASE. AND DRUG TESTING FOR WELFARE BENEFITS SHOULD BE A FEDERAL LAW. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Basehead.

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