Growth of the Obamaphone service has almost tripled since Obama has taken office. The welfare state has expanded to every area of our lives. From free school lunches to food stamps to welfare to housing subsidies to neverending unemployment insurance to PHONES. Ridiculous.
The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven’t proved they are eligible to receive them.
Payouts under the program have shot up from $819 million in 2008, as more wireless carriers have persuaded regulators to let them offer the service.
A review of five top recipients of Lifeline support conducted by the FCC for the Journal showed that 41% of their more than six million subscribers either couldn’t demonstrate their eligibility or didn’t respond to requests for certification.