Free Phone Frenzy -- Federal Lifeline Program Wildly Abused
The telephone Lifeline program is being abused like crazy. (That's the smell of your tax dollars burning -- from that little "Universal Service" charge at the bottom of your phone bill.)
Check out the girl with the purse jammed with BlackBerrys. You bought 'em for her:
The craziest was the bit in the video above about how 231,000 people in Maryland are thought to have these free cell phones. Well, free to them. Not free to the rest of us.
Congressman Tim Griffin posts on his site about his bill to yank Lifeline back to its original land-line provision:
My bill returns the Lifeline program back to its original structure by ending federal subsidies for free cell phone services. This growing government cell phone program is costing American consumers and taxpayers, and my bill puts an end to it.
Here's another video about the 1.25 BILLION-DOLLAR program:
If you're like me, you're wondering which politicians' sweethearts these phone companies are.