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

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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.