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Obamanomics: A Cell Phone in Every Pocket

Its good to see the First Lady out and about… sharing the love with the homeless in Washington DC.


I think everyone should have experience in the service of others. But WTF… Some homeless guy has a cell phone? And its not just an ordinary phone its a blackberry pearl? Wow homlessness has gone technically sheik. Nothing like the homeless suckling at the teet of the Government. Are you homeless and need a mobile phone? Try SafeLink Wireless.

SAFELINK WIRELESS® service is U.S. government supported program for Income eligible households provided by TracFone Wireless, Inc. In order to participate in the SAFELINK WIRELESS® service, persons must meet certain eligibility requirements set by each State where the service is to be provided. These requirements are based on a person’s participation in a state or Federal support programs or by meeting the Income Poverty Guidelines as defined by the U.S. Government. SAFELINK WIRELESS® service is limited to one person per household.

General Eligibility Programs

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • National School Lunch (free program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Thats right kids people who are already sucking the life out of the working/middle class by getting free housing, free food and free medical now get a free phone. I love the new socialized America.

While searching for Free Cell Phone Programs I found the Say Anything blog who summed it up nicely.

Personally, I always thought of a cell phone as a luxury. You have it if you can afford it.  It’s something you earn. It’s certainly not something that should be part of a welfare package for “the poor.”

I mean, what motivation do people who are poor have to make themselves better if they can go through life eating subsidized food, living in subsidized housing while talking on their subsidized cell phones?

Update: Its four years later and look who is getting rich off the government free cell phones.

From CNN

One of America’s fastest-growing wireless carriers is a company you’ve probably never heard of: Tracfone Wireless. It’s the U.S. arm of a telecom empire controlled by the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim, and it’s the biggest player in an increasingly lucrative market: subsidized mobile phones for low-income Americans.

By | 2016-11-10T20:53:27+00:00 March 8th, 2009|Categories: Big Government, My Rants, Presidential Race|Tags: |11 Comments


  1. Andy Bales March 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Actually, I am thankful that folks who have lost everything, including their homes, have an opportunity to stay connected with possible job opportunities, friends, and even family by having a cell phone. Would anyone prefer that folks who have fallen into homelessness from unemployment, foreclosures, evictions, many for the 1st time ever, also become phoneless and cut off from contact with family and job opportunities?

  2. David March 8, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I consider myself a strong conservative…I especially disapprove of most of the government spending. But I’m concerned by your blog because it reminds me of the knee jerk reactions often times associated with liberals. I’m not sure you have ever interacted with anyone who has become homeless.

    The reality is, a large number of homeless people are trying their best to get back on their feet. One major way of trying to find work is to have a phone for potential employers to get ahold of them. Land lines don’t work because the individuals don’t have homes! The hope is, with the phones, they can find work and get off the “teet of the government”.

    Another sad reality is that because of the economy the face of homelessness is drastically changing. Our company does a lot of work with one of the largest homeless shelters in LA County. On a daily basis they are encountering middle class families, who have worked hard and payed taxes, now finding themselves homeless. It is these hard working people that need mobile phones to help get themselves back on their feet.

    Believe me, I look forward to the day when government will no longer have to provide assistance to those individuals who are homeless because successful individuals, like yourself, will step up to the plate and help take care of those in need. Maybe you already do this…if so, God Bless.

  3. eran March 8, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I appreciate your comments but what you may not know is that I have been laid off 5 times. I am not completely unsympathetic but where does it end? I didn’t get a phone hand out and frankly I didn’t expect one. I was unemployed for more than a year during one stretch. I had to hike it to a pay phone because I couldn’t afford a phone. I was sleeping on a friends couch. I was giving plasma and working, manual labor jobs like raking leaves to eat.
    Was it pleasant? Hell no but it motivated me to change my circumstance. During one recession I was stuck. I was too educated/had too much experience for entry level jobs and not enough to get a job. My point is if I can rise above anyone can. It’s called the American Dream. Giving handouts like Ritalin to hyperactive kids in the 90’s, isn’t the solution.
    My parents have financially collapsed due to too much government in the airlines. In the 80’s and 90’s the government was bailing out airlines left and right and it weakened the herd. My dad lost his job after 32 years. He was too old, made too much money wasn’t a minority nor was he female. During his airline’s restructuring through more government intervention, he lost his lifetime health benefits. Through crooks on Wall Street and several unsavory CEO’s he has lost much of his airline retirement. At age 64 he and my mom have had to start all over. With no handouts, no bailouts, no insurance and no cell phone. Even they agree that the government gives too much to the “poor” and it cripples their ability. If you take a lion out of the jungle and put him in a cage he forgets how to hunt. You can give it all to the poor but it doesn’t make them leave the teat. Even the most socialist countries like Denmark have homeless.
    My point with this outrage is the government is spending like it’s the end of the world and our economy and country will collapse due to the weight of the burden. Government spending needs to be cut drastically across the board.

  4. eran March 8, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    And one other point I forgot…

    Welfare starts with the Family. If I need help I go to my family. If my family needs help I expect them to come to me. If the family cannot provide each other with an extra few bucks and or cell phone then the family has failed. This family includes close friends who are of no blood relations.

    If the family fails maybe it’s time to find God. My church is the next stop if things in my world crash. A lot of problems in America can be traced to a lack of God in people’s lives.

    The government is the last place to find help. I don’t believe in the New Deal during Roosevelt and I don’t believe in it now.

    And one final thought…

    The best times I had during my unemployment periods were the times of service. I got to teach High School. I got to volunteer my time teaching adults to read. I got to volunteer at the soup kitchen. Why not teach these people to give back to the community.

  5. earth.citizen March 9, 2009 at 8:04 am

    First, you cannot legislate charity. Welfare is not charity.
    Welfare is the forced redistribution of wealth and it is wrong.

    I currently make over $70K a year and I cannot afford a cell phone. I have not had a cell phone for more than 2 years. I have a $20 telephone line from Bellsouth. No extras.

    I have been laid off from 3 of my first 5 career jobs beginning in 2000, the longest stretch being for 4 months. I had two babies at the time and lost my residence. I was forced to move back in with my parents and was stuck with them for over a year before I was able to find work that allowed me to get back on my feet. They will never know how grateful I am for them and their generosity.

    This is the United States of America. This country was founded on the idea of personal accountability. I never cease to be amazed how people who so easily identify with Darwinism (liberals) so completely abandon the philosophy when applied to people (welfare).

    I am not nearly as angry to find a homeless person with a cell phone as I am with the idea that my government feels obligated to give him one.

  6. Mitch November 13, 2010 at 4:20 am

    A cell phone is not a luxury if you have no home to connect a land line to. Every job application I have seen has asked for a telephone number. A Blackberry phone for a homeless person seems a hell of a lot less offensive when you realize how hard it would be to carry a computer around when you have no place to keep your belongings.nnWhy are people who are not poor so offended by poor people having some of the same things they have? If they weren’t getting phones for free some of you would still be offended if they spent what little money they have on phones, because poor people are always under more scrutiny for how they spend their money and how they live than everyone else.

  7. Eran B November 13, 2010 at 4:46 am

    The cell companies make millions off of the government… why not legislate that they give a certain % to the poor.

  8. Alex moore June 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Maybe If you had gotten the alledgedu00a0free cell phone “handout” you wouldn’t have hadu00a0 all the problems you went through… don’t blame other people because you decided to tough it out the hard way, Stupid…

  9. Eran B June 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Wouldn’t the world be a wonderful place if no one had problems? u00a0Then again if no one had problems how would we learn and grow as people. u00a0 Problems aren’t the problem. u00a0Problems make people grow, learn, feel, love and experience. u00a0How do you know how sugar tastes if you can’t taste salt? u00a0 You can’t know good if you don’t know the bad. u00a0How do you know when the good times are when you haven’t had the bad times?

  10. Mickm80 August 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I think that most people are offended because they are the ones supporting those individuals.   What ever happened to family, why can’t people’s families take care of them?   It’s not bad luck, it’s bad choices that people make that put them in those situations.  I’ve lost my job, but you know what, I took any job I could to make up for it.    It’s an attitude and a lifestyle that these people adopt.   I, through my Church, go to homeless shelters to help out.   That’s where the answer is, get people back to Church instead of relying on the govt.    If it’s such a great thing to have society takes care of society, then I’d like to see a voluntary system.   I’d love to see how many lib’s are the first in line to put their money out there for the general public.

  11. Brett S October 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    This is just Obama buying votes. It has nothing to do with need. Example, I have no job and live in a box in some alley. I really, really want to get a job. So I fill out a job application and I tell them “I don’t currently have a phone because I am trying to feed my family, however, I will check in tomorrow and every couple of days. If a phone is needed, it will be one of the first items I get”. Now if you are hiring someone, would you hire me? I would, this shows that the person really wants a job and is likely to do it well so they keep it.

    Plus how many homeless people really want a job? Most people who become homeless get there from drug use or alcoholism not from loss of a job. Most of them don’t want a job because then they have to actually work. They would rather just have other people pay for them so they can buy more drugs and alcohol.

    This is just another example of Obama’s communist ideals. Spread the wealth because everyone deserves the same thing no matter how hard you work for what you have. Take from the guy who works 60 hours a day and give some of his hard earned money to that guy over there who hasn’t had a job for 10 years because he never really wanted one. Yeah that seems fair to me.

    I am sure there are some real people out there that could use some help to get back on their feet and I am fine with helping these people. However, for every 1 of these people there are 50,000 who are just lazy, drug addicted, alcoholic, no good dead beats living off the work of others. Why should I have to struggle to feed, cloth and house my family to help these people? The government should be helping me with the money I pay in taxes. Not the person who pays no taxes and has no plan to ever get a job.

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