Nothing quite says dependency like "Obama phone". It's like the final hors d'oeuvre of the welfare gourmet's feast. I suppose someday someone will write the Epicurean's guide to welfare benefits and place the Obama phone at the top of the list. Obama and his allies are pretty modest about this program's success. Faux fact checker, Snopes.com does a cute do-se-do to the question. "The Obama administration created a program to provide free cell phones for welfare recipients." calling it partially true while noting it was created under another administration. And what administration was that? Snopes won't tell you but it was the Clinton administration.
From the days of World War II until the Reagan administration Americans paid a phone tax. The phone tax was finally abolished under Reagan only to be reimposed by the Clinton administration that claimed the money was need to provide internet access to Indian reservations. Eventually more good work for these tax dollars was found and a plan to give shut ins a land line was born. All went well, well as far as programs like this go until 2006 when the Congress decided to upgrade this to cell phone service. Under the Obama administration the program exploded until the Obama phone program reached a annual cost of $1.25 billion all of which must be borrowed. The standards for qualification are so loose that one hardly needs to game the system. Anyone enrolled in WIC or Medicaid is automatically qualified. There is even a web site, freegovernmentcellphones.net to sign up if one thinks he or she has fallen through the cracks. Fine you say, but what about the single mother with five kids who have texted through their month's 250 minutes? No problem. Just order another Obama phone. It's not like anyone is keeping score. They make great Christmas gifts or they can be sold to friends to supplement your food stamp income. Congressman Tim Griffin of Arkansas says 6 cell phones for one individual are not uncommon, 40 phones is the record. Congressman Griffin calls this the Uncle Sam's Unlimited Plan. Visit his site.