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Monday, February 17, 2014

Obama had nothing to do with free "Obamaphones"


Republicans and other conservatives have vociferously slammed the so-called "Obamaphone" program (really "Lifeline") that supplies free cellphones to poor people.

According to TheHill.com, "forty-four House Republicans called Lifeline a 'failed program' that symbolizes 'everything that is wrong with Washington.' "Sadly, Lifeline has become a prime example of how the culture of dependency is weakening America," the GOPers stated.
The lawmakers, led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said they would repeal the program if they could.
Right-wing loudmouths including Matt Drudge, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh similarly condemned the program.

Sorry folks, there is no Obamaphone.

Subsidized phone service for poor people in the United States goes back to the Communications Act of 1934 -- long before cellphones or Barack Obama existed. You can blame FDR if you want, but not POTUS # 44.

1 comment:

Riley said...

What about Obamacare?