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(Fox News)   The world's richest man is getting richer... Thanks to 'Obamaphones'   (foxnews.com) divider line 34
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3945 clicks; posted to Politics » on 10 Oct 2012 at 6:49 PM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-10-10 07:42:57 PM  
3 votes:

fiver5: Taking money, from ME, against my will, and using MY money to buy a phone and give it to someone else, is not capitalism, no matter who gets rich.


Using tax money to subsidize roads, telephone lines, electricity, mail, etc. in low population areas where the infrastructure costs more than the return it provides IS a form of socialism, It will be hard to pry those services from the cold dead hands of red-staters.
2012-10-10 06:33:30 PM  
3 votes:
Considering the source of this article, I'm gonna whip out my Obamaphone and call bullsh*t.


/Reagan signed the bill into law, you idiots
2012-10-10 08:50:49 PM  
2 votes:
Ah, yeah, the "Obama phone", the one that wasn't legislated by Obama at any point, isn't funded by the government, isn't managed by the government, is managed by a non-profit, non-political company, and was actually ordered to reform under Obama to lower system abuse? THAT Obama phone?

Yeah. That one. STFU and go home conservatards, your mom's calling. You don't look up a farking thing, and claim to be informed. Fark you all.
2012-10-10 08:42:00 PM  
2 votes:
2012-10-10 07:41:22 PM  
2 votes:
Anyone else notice this gem?

FTFA
: U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, (R-Ark.), who has been one of the biggest critics of the Lifeline program's explosive growth, said he can't blame Slim for doing lucrative business with the federal government.

"I'm not against a company making a profit," Griffin said. "If they are making money off the program, the blame goes to the federal government for creating the program."


Is this a Republican saying corporations shouldn't make money off of government contracts?

I wonder how he voted regarding military spending?
2012-10-10 07:29:05 PM  
2 votes:

fiver5: Endive Wombat: Oh no. How will the right spin their anger one? See, they are against the "Obamaphones" but love capitalism. They like the idea of the rich getting richer, but this is a Mesican earning the money...which means the earned money is not staying in the US and going to a foreigner...wow, this will be a tough one for them

No need for spin.

Taking money, from ME, against my will, and using MY money to buy a phone and give it to someone else, is not capitalism, no matter who gets rich.


-Oil Subsidies
-$300 hammers for the DoD
-Farm subsidies
-Piss-testing the poors
-More bureaucracy for Voter ID

The GOP must be really on your sh*t list, eh Concerned Citizen?
2012-10-10 07:22:02 PM  
2 votes:

Saborlas: Considering the source of this article, I'm gonna whip out my Obamaphone and call bullsh*t.


/Reagan signed the bill into law, you idiots


I was checking to see if the article mentions that the expansion of the program happened in 2008, before Obama's inauguration, but it makes no mention of that fact.

The program, which began in the mid-1980s, has exploded in the past four years after being expanded from supplying landlines to the poor to providing cellular phones.

They want to blame Obama and their low-information readership will buy it hook, line, and sinker.
2012-10-10 07:00:35 PM  
2 votes:
And by that you mean Reaganphones, right trollmitter?
2012-10-10 06:52:27 PM  
2 votes:

fiver5: Endive Wombat: Oh no. How will the right spin their anger one? See, they are against the "Obamaphones" but love capitalism. They like the idea of the rich getting richer, but this is a Mesican earning the money...which means the earned money is not staying in the US and going to a foreigner...wow, this will be a tough one for them

No need for spin.

Taking money, from ME, against my will, and using MY money to buy a phone and give it to someone else, is not capitalism, no matter who gets rich.



Taxes, how do they work?
2012-10-11 05:55:50 AM  
1 votes:

ox45tallboy: dickfreckle: So why is "Obamaphone" so popular a phrase?

Actually, before being picked up by Fox News, the phrase was popularized by "urban" folks in much the same way as welfare and unemployment began to be called "Obama bucks".


Oh I know. I'm just wondering aloud. Tell you what, I'm going to start using "Obamacuts" and hope it takes off, just so his name is attached to something Fox and the rest of the right champion, causing widespread exploding of heads.
2012-10-11 03:05:46 AM  
1 votes:
Obama signed a law extending the Bush tax cuts. Do we now call them "Obamacuts?"

No? He doesn't get credit for that in the right's media circle? Why not?

So why is "Obamaphone" so popular a phrase? Yes, I know the answer. But I want you knee-jerk assholes on the right who believe every single thing Fox tells you to think about that for a minute. And once you realize how full of sh*t (mostly by egregious omissions) just this one article is, what other goat turds are they selling you?
2012-10-11 02:14:25 AM  
1 votes:

Tumunga: Silly Jesus: Vectron: Conservatards hate it when government programs work the way they were intended.


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Free phones for trash votes?

FTFY


Yet somehow it didn't get Bush, Jr. (who signed the expansion to cell phones into law) elected for a third (illegal) term.

Since Obama took office as President, there has been exactly zero change to this program.

/ Out of curiosity, why is it considered "buying votes" when Dems promise not to cut existing programs, but its not considered "buying votes" when Reps promise to cut my taxes?
// Since I worked for AT&T, I'll just state the obvious: it's actually CHEAPER to provide a limited-plan cell phone to the poor than it is to provide full POTS landline service -- especially since many of these people aren't "house stable."
2012-10-11 01:34:24 AM  
1 votes:

o5iiawah: Sounds awesome until you realize that programs like this put people out of work


Not sure if seriously trolling, or merely uninformed:

1. Straight talk is TracFone. They're the same company.
2. MetroPCS and Cricket are independent providers who do not offer coverage in most rural areas; therefore, their services wouldn't work for a large portion of the population that needs this service.
3. Most people using this government program need it. As in, they could afford the $25-30 / month, but only if they switched to ramen noodles 5 times a week instead of 3. Many of them would not have phone service at all without this program, and the simple fact that they have some kind of phone service makes finding a job and caring for their children much, much easier.
4. The fact that this service increases cell phone usage actually puts more engineers, technicians, and customer service reps to work. Admittedly, TracFone's customer service is in India, but then so are the other providers you mentioned. The engineers and technicians by necessity must work here where the infrastructure is. (Since TracFone resells other network services like AT&T and Sprint, it's actually increasing the employment of their techs). What you said is analagous to saying, "Government provided roads cost Americans jobs, since a number of Americans could afford to pay to drive on toll roads."
2012-10-11 01:24:16 AM  
1 votes:

Lee Jackson Beauregard: Carly Fiorina


F*ck that b*tch in the ass with a dick wrapped in barbed wire for what she did to the tech industry in this country.

Seriously. F*ck that piece of low-life sh*t.
2012-10-11 01:21:51 AM  
1 votes:

Tumunga: Her vote done been bought, and shiat.


images.huffingtonpost.com
"...a 20% tax break to the richest Americans, reductions in capital gains taxes, and cuts to entitlement programs that help the needy!"

www.thenation.com
"Sold! To the Mormon in the blue suit!"
 

What's the difference?
2012-10-10 11:41:42 PM  
1 votes:
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SevenizGud: Reward the fail, America.


upload.wikimedia.org

Carly Fiorina. Head honcho of Hewlett Packard, 2002-2005. Shipped a zillion jobs to China. HP stock lost half its value while she was in charge.

That's right. Neither capital nor labor benefited from her reign of error.

They paid her $20 million to go away. She ran for Congress, and Fox Izvestia talked her up like the second coming of Ronald Reagan. But not even Fox Izvestia could polish this turd -- Pelosi trounced her.

$20 million and a campaign endorsement from Fox Izvestia for gutting HP. You or I fail on that scale, we'll be pumping gas and talking on Reaganphones for the rest of our lives. Fiorina got more cash for her epic fail at HP than any of their engineers -- the ones who actually build the products -- will ever see, however successful.

But a $10 Reaganphone is "reward[ing] the fail".
2012-10-10 11:27:29 PM  
1 votes:
Go fark yourselves, you farking racists pieces of shiat.
2012-10-10 11:23:42 PM  
1 votes:

Tumunga: No, I don't want the government buying votes. Free phone at their house? I'm in. Free cell phones, plus the phone at their house, they're buying votes, just like that Miss in the viral video. Her vote done been bought, and shiat.


So surely she'd vote for the party that wrote and signed in the law, right. Surely she'll vote for the party and president who expanded it, right. I mean, isn't this the Republican party buying her vote? It's there program after all.
2012-10-10 09:37:20 PM  
1 votes:
I AM REALLY UPSET THAT LEGISLATION SIGNED BY A REPUBLICAN, EXPANDED ON BY A REPUBLICAN IS BEING USED TO THE BENEFIT OF BLACK PEOPLE.
2012-10-10 09:28:11 PM  
1 votes:

homelessdude: Here is a pretty good run down of the program and how it actually (sort of) dates back to the early 1900s.


The Obama Phone?
FactCheck.Org
posted on October 29, 2009
[factcheck.org/2009/10/the-obama-phone] 

As to who is making money off of it? Well that is up for debate.....but you know somebody is.


This is why I hate the ultra-right crowd in this country. They took a video of a what seemed to be an inebriated black woman talking about her "Obama Phone" and spread it around the internet to disseminate even more lies about our President. The way the video was used was both racist and beyond deceitful. But yet, the ignorant eat that shiat up without so much as googling "Obama Phone," in which they'd learn the truth. In the USA, truth isn't worth a penny anymore it seems.
2012-10-10 08:58:02 PM  
1 votes:

Cletus C.: Saborlas: Considering the source of this article, I'm gonna whip out my Obamaphone and call bullsh*t.


/Reagan signed the bill into law, you idiots

Shouldn't they be called Regaphones then? Why is Obama stealing the credit?



That's a good question. Why didn't the lady in the video call them "Reaganphones"? If she was so excited about the phone program, why not give credit where credit was due?


Hello.
i1223.photobucket.com
Yes, this is Reaganphone.
2012-10-10 08:49:04 PM  
1 votes:
I like how this Fair and Balanced article accurately points out that this is a Reagan program, and that the expansion 4 years ago that changed it to cell phones happened before the end of Bush's term and that Obama hasn't touched it. Wait, what's that? It doesn't say either of those things, and spuriously implies that the expansion was under Obama by not mentioning Bush and calling them "Obamaphones?" I'm shocked!
2012-10-10 08:45:03 PM  
1 votes:

the.swartz: It's Obama that extended the Reagan bill to include cell phones in addition to land lines, or in favor of land lines.


More than 56,000 low-income Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County residents now can receive a free cell phone and minutes, thanks to a government-subsidized program financed with a portion of most phone users' bills.

The phones are offered locally through Miami-based for-profit TracFone Wireless Inc.

A new company program, called SafeLink Wireless, gives a cell phone and 68 minutes a month for a year to low-income households for no cost, no fees and no contract.

Posted December 8, 2008 at 10:58 a.m.


Gotta love that magical time machine.
2012-10-10 07:30:17 PM  
1 votes:

OgreMagi: FTFA:

A Mexican telecom mogul who holds the title of world's richest man, and one of President Obama's top donors ...

Isn't accepting campaign donations from foreign nationals illegal?


Allow me.


Mexican telecom mogul who holds the title of world's richest man, and one of President Obama's top donors are both getting even richer from the U.S. government program that supplies so-called "Obamaphones" to the poor.

Fixed news conveniently leaves out the CEO of the company

From Huff Po:

The company's CEO, Frederick "F.J." Pollak, who is a major Obama donor, also makes a profit from the data plans and minutes beneficiaries of the Lifeline program buy.
2012-10-10 07:12:40 PM  
1 votes:
Conservatards hate it when government programs work the way they were intended.


newnownext.mtvnimages.com
2012-10-10 07:08:01 PM  
1 votes:

OgreMagi: FTFA:

A Mexican telecom mogul who holds the title of world's richest man, and one of President Obama's top donors ...

Isn't accepting campaign donations from foreign nationals illegal?


I don't know if it would have been, but after Citizens united since these "obamaphones" are obviously doing business in the US, it's 100% ok.
2012-10-10 06:58:17 PM  
1 votes:

Saborlas: Considering the source of this article, I'm gonna whip out my Obamaphone and call bullsh*t.


/Reagan signed the bill into law, you idiots


Shouldn't they be called Regaphones then? Why is Obama stealing the credit?
2012-10-10 06:56:46 PM  
1 votes:

Sleeping Monkey: Is there nothing that won't outrage the right?


Lies and whiplash-inducing flip-flops from their candidates.
2012-10-10 06:56:38 PM  
1 votes:
FTFA:

A Mexican telecom mogul who holds the title of world's richest man, and one of President Obama's top donors ...

Isn't accepting campaign donations from foreign nationals illegal?
2012-10-10 06:55:17 PM  
1 votes:
Is there nothing that won't outrage the right?
2012-10-10 06:53:58 PM  
1 votes:
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2012-10-10 06:27:17 PM  
1 votes:
Better those than homophones, amirite?
2012-10-10 06:05:30 PM  
1 votes:
Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring
Obamaphone
Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring
Obamaphone
I've got this feeling, so appealing,
for us to get together and sing. Sing!

www.myhero.com
2012-10-10 05:14:04 PM  
1 votes:
Oh no. How will the right spin their anger one? See, they are against the "Obamaphones" but love capitalism. They like the idea of the rich getting richer, but this is a Mesican earning the money...which means the earned money is not staying in the US and going to a foreigner...wow, this will be a tough one for them
 
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