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(Politico)   *Ring* *ring* *ring* *ring* *ring* *ring* OBAMA PHONE (is back as a thing again)   ( politico.com) divider line
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2013-07-23 09:48:56 AM  
"TracFone is upset because I'm fighting to end this program, which would also end their corporate welfare," Vitter told POLITICO in an email. Lifeline, he said, has grown too bloated. "Now it's an out-of-control, fraud-ridden entitlement program that spoils what should be a worthwhile helping hand."

So fix it.

I wonder how Vitter, of Louisiana, feels about oil company welfare that goes unchecked?
 
2013-07-23 09:49:52 AM  
Don't mess your diaper, David.
 
2013-07-23 09:51:31 AM  
Why didn't he use the Obamaphone to prevent Benghazi?
 
2013-07-23 09:55:35 AM  
The good thing is that absolutely nothing will make it out of congress.
 
2013-07-23 09:56:50 AM  

Diogenes: "TracFone is upset because I'm fighting to end this program, which would also end their corporate welfare," Vitter told POLITICO in an email. Lifeline, he said, has grown too bloated. "Now it's an out-of-control, fraud-ridden entitlement program that spoils what should be a worthwhile helping hand."

So fix it.

I wonder how Vitter, of Louisiana, feels about oil company welfare that goes unchecked?


So, you're saying this is as bad as oil subsidies. Pretty harsh indictment.
 
2013-07-23 09:58:16 AM  
Goddamn that Socialist Ronald Reagan.
 
2013-07-23 09:59:11 AM  

Nabb1: Diogenes: "TracFone is upset because I'm fighting to end this program, which would also end their corporate welfare," Vitter told POLITICO in an email. Lifeline, he said, has grown too bloated. "Now it's an out-of-control, fraud-ridden entitlement program that spoils what should be a worthwhile helping hand."

So fix it.

I wonder how Vitter, of Louisiana, feels about oil company welfare that goes unchecked?

So, you're saying this is as bad as oil subsidies. Pretty harsh indictment.


Don't make me throw a soiled a diaper at you.
 
2013-07-23 10:01:32 AM  
Wasn't the "Obamaphone" program started by Reagan in the 80s and expanded to cell phones under Bush II?
 
2013-07-23 10:05:20 AM  

ManateeGag: Wasn't the "Obamaphone" program started by Reagan in the 80s and expanded to cell phones under Bush II?


Yes, it was, but TracPhone makes a gazillion dollars off of it and it's sort of a runaway freight train at this point, but because it provides phone to low income folks, it makes attacking this particular bit of corporate welfare a touch tricky to attack. I don't think anyone wants to kill it altogether, but reel it in a bit. Originally, it was just for land lines (obviously), but when it was expanded to wireless, Trac Phone turned it into a gravy train.
 
2013-07-23 10:07:29 AM  
Just ask David Vitter

The Louisiana Republican has turned into one of Lifeline's most adamant critics, when he isn't  in a New York Ave motel room doing diaper role play with a prostitute.
 
2013-07-23 10:10:15 AM  
And where was Congressional oversight when this thing was spiraling out of control?

I wish I could sleep on the job then look like a hero by basically banning a mess that grew during my nap.
 
2013-07-23 10:11:42 AM  

Diogenes: And where was Congressional oversight when this thing was spiraling out of control?

I wish I could sleep on the job then look like a hero by basically banning a mess that grew during my nap.


Well, that's a great reason to do nothing about it, I guess.
 
2013-07-23 10:14:21 AM  

Nabb1: Diogenes: And where was Congressional oversight when this thing was spiraling out of control?

I wish I could sleep on the job then look like a hero by basically banning a mess that grew during my nap.

Well, that's a great reason to do nothing about it, I guess.


You're making my point for me.  He's saying it's good in intent, but let's ban it anyway.  I'm saying fix it.  He's basically saying do nothing.
 
2013-07-23 10:19:20 AM  

Nabb1: but because it provides phone to low income folks, it makes attacking this particular bit of corporate welfare a touch tricky to attack.


Huh?

That's the very thing that makes it so easy to attack. That's precisely why this line of attack has been able to gain such a foothold, even though the narrative is false.
 
2013-07-23 10:32:26 AM  
Giving  billions to Halliburton and Blackwater to blow stuff up and kill people? Not a problem.

Giving billions so that poor people can have phones? Problem.
 
2013-07-23 10:53:19 AM  
I was in the car yesterday and happened upon Hannity's show.  He mentioned Obamaphones.  I can't remember for sure what context, but I think he was talking to the Not-A-Witch lady.  I thought "I can't believe they're still talking about 'Obamaphones' in conservativeland."  But here we are.
 
2013-07-23 11:18:54 AM  

ManateeGag: Wasn't the "Obamaphone" program started by Reagan in the 80s and expanded to cell phones under Bush II?


Are you saying that Reagan started a program called "Obamaphone"?

I don't want to sound conspiratorial, but...WHOA, THAT'S A CONSPIRACY.
 
2013-07-23 11:21:33 AM  
That's some gratitude. Had it not been for TracFone, how would Vitter have been able to arrange that hit on the DC madam without having it traced back to him?
 
2013-07-23 11:26:15 AM  
Meh, "Obamaphones" is one of those reruns that gets some traction when you got nothing to harp on. Because you know, fark poor people, its what Jesus would do.

Oh and your quick fact of the day, providing a cell phone is cheaper than providing land line support. Cellphone service prices is a farking racket.
 
2013-07-23 11:26:34 AM  
What the person who created Obamaphones might look like:

fc00.deviantart.net
 
2013-07-23 11:27:47 AM  

Nabb1: So, you're saying this is as bad as oil subsidies. Pretty harsh indictment.


I think we're saying the exact opposite, actually, that oil subsidies are "worse" both in terms of cost and not being needed.
 
2013-07-23 11:27:55 AM  
Sounds like if you want republicans to attack some program just attach Obama to the front of it... the flat tax shall be now known as the ObamaTax, bloated military spending will be known as ObamaTanks and ObamaPlanes... pro life? not anymore it's ObamaLife now...
 
2013-07-23 11:28:07 AM  
0BAMA GIVIN IPHONES TO BLACKS :(
 
2013-07-23 11:29:52 AM  

The Why Not Guy: Nabb1: So, you're saying this is as bad as oil subsidies. Pretty harsh indictment.

I think we're saying the exact opposite, actually, that oil subsidies are "worse" both in terms of cost and not being needed.


REALLY?
 
2013-07-23 11:33:04 AM  

vernonFL: Giving billions so that poor people can Carlos Slim can have phones another yacht or two? Problem.


FTFY.  Otherwise, though, not much outrage here.
 
2013-07-23 11:33:55 AM  

Jackson Herring: 0BAMA GIVIN IPHONES TO BLACKS :(


Everyone knows the whites ones are more likely to work.
 
2013-07-23 11:35:12 AM  
How is the "ObamaPhone" program fraud-ridden or out of control or whatever the fark else they're saying? Are there numbers about how it's being misused?
 
2013-07-23 11:36:03 AM  

vernonFL: Giving  billions to Halliburton and Blackwater to blow stuff up and kill people? Not a problem.

Giving billions so that poor people can have phones? Problem.



Just over half a billion, which just makes it even more ridiculous.
 
2013-07-23 11:36:05 AM  

Nabb1: I don't think anyone wants to kill it altogether


Except for, you know, what Vitter actually said: "TracFone is upset because I'm fighting to end this program".
 
2013-07-23 11:36:13 AM  

Bloody William: How is the "ObamaPhone" program fraud-ridden or out of control or whatever the fark else they're saying? Are there numbers about how it's being misused?


Numbers are for soshulists.
 
2013-07-23 11:37:32 AM  

Bloody William: How is the "ObamaPhone" program fraud-ridden or out of control or whatever the fark else they're saying? Are there numbers about how it's being misused?


Numbers aren't so much their "thing." They're more in the "it's corrupt because we say it is, so shut down the whole thing" camp.
 
2013-07-23 11:38:29 AM  

Bloody William: How is the "ObamaPhone" program fraud-ridden or out of control or whatever the fark else they're saying? Are there numbers about how it's being misused?



No, but it is a government-run program so by its very nature it is inefficient and corrupt, according to this member of Congress.
 
2013-07-23 11:38:54 AM  
How many chickens does the GOP have?
 
2013-07-23 11:40:09 AM  

Diogenes: "TracFone is upset because I'm fighting to end this program, which would also end their corporate welfare," Vitter told POLITICO in an email. Lifeline, he said, has grown too bloated. "Now it's an out-of-control, fraud-ridden entitlement program that spoils what should be a worthwhile helping hand."

So fix it.

I wonder how Vitter, of Louisiana, feels about oil company welfare that goes unchecked?


Corporate welfare for oil companies and agribusiness good.  Food stamps and cheap cell phones for the poor bad.
 
2013-07-23 11:41:24 AM  

give me doughnuts: Bloody William: How is the "ObamaPhone" program fraud-ridden or out of control or whatever the fark else they're saying? Are there numbers about how it's being misused?


No, but it is a government-run program so by its very nature it is inefficient and corrupt, according to this member of Congress.


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2013-07-23 11:42:31 AM  

Aarontology: Goddamn that Socialist Ronald Reagan.


It was  good program under Reagan, because it jhelped Real Muricans.  Then a lazy knee-grow got elected and started just handing it out to other knee-grows.
 
2013-07-23 11:42:40 AM  

Nabb1: Diogenes: "TracFone is upset because I'm fighting to end this program, which would also end their corporate welfare," Vitter told POLITICO in an email. Lifeline, he said, has grown too bloated. "Now it's an out-of-control, fraud-ridden entitlement program that spoils what should be a worthwhile helping hand."

So fix it.

I wonder how Vitter, of Louisiana, feels about oil company welfare that goes unchecked?

So, you're saying this is as bad as oil subsidies. Pretty harsh indictment.


Name one subsidy specific to the oil industry and not a general industry tax break.
 
2013-07-23 11:43:14 AM  

ManateeGag: Wasn't the "Obamaphone" program started by Reagan in the 80s and expanded to cell phones under Bush II?


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guardianlv.com
 
2013-07-23 11:43:23 AM  
They took a good idea (make sure people have access to a phone in their house for emergencies) and turned it into a stupid program (cell phones) at a much higher cost.
 
2013-07-23 11:45:04 AM  

Nabb1: ManateeGag: Wasn't the "Obamaphone" program started by Reagan in the 80s and expanded to cell phones under Bush II?

Yes, it was, but TracPhone makes a gazillion dollars off of it and it's sort of a runaway freight train at this point, but because it provides phone to low income folks, it makes attacking this particular bit of corporate welfare a touch tricky to attack. I don't think anyone wants to kill it altogether, but reel it in a bit. Originally, it was just for land lines (obviously), but when it was expanded to wireless, Trac Phone turned it into a gravy train.


Upon what do you base this claim?
 
2013-07-23 11:45:57 AM  

ManateeGag: Wasn't the "Obamaphone" program started by Reagan in the 80s and expanded to cell phones under Bush II?


yes, Reagan began the program
along with higher taxes
amensty for illegals
no/little response to terrorist attacks
and did he wear a flag lapel pin?

but, OBAMAPHONE
 
2013-07-23 11:46:52 AM  
TracFone bought newspaper ads criticizing a congressman who dared to question their stranglehold on this program. What we have here is a big corporation flexing its Washington muscle. Democrats used to be against this sort of thing.
 
2013-07-23 11:47:43 AM  
Soo... Obama is really the patron Saint Ronald Reagan?! He's Risen!
 
2013-07-23 11:48:09 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: They took a good idea (make sure people have access to a phone in their house for emergencies) and turned it into a stupid program (cell phones) at a much higher cost.


You're funny
 
2013-07-23 11:48:20 AM  
It's a relatively cheap program and ensures that poor people can't say "They couldn't call me to offer a job".
 
2013-07-23 11:48:43 AM  
Ronald Reagan is the one responsible for Obama phones.
 
2013-07-23 11:48:59 AM  
What a free phone might look like:

www.tracfone.com

Damn those poors and their free-fancy-phone-wanting ways.
 
2013-07-23 11:50:06 AM  

Sock Ruh Tease: What a free phone might look like:

[www.tracfone.com image 220x220]

Damn those poors and their free-fancy-phone-wanting ways.


my god, it has a COLOR SCREEN

probably has a built in refrigerator too
 
2013-07-23 11:50:10 AM  

InmanRoshi: Aarontology: Goddamn that Socialist Ronald Reagan.

It was  good program under Reagan, because it jhelped Real Muricans.  Then a lazy knee-grow got elected and started just handing it out to other knee-grows.


"White man have small knees!"
 
2013-07-23 11:50:25 AM  

Nabb1: ManateeGag: Wasn't the "Obamaphone" program started by Reagan in the 80s and expanded to cell phones under Bush II?

Yes, it was, but TracPhone makes a gazillion dollars off of it and it's sort of a runaway freight train at this point, but because it provides phone to low income folks, it makes attacking this particular bit of corporate welfare a touch tricky to attack. I don't think anyone wants to kill it altogether, but reel it in a bit. Originally, it was just for land lines (obviously), but when it was expanded to wireless, Trac Phone turned it into a gravy train.


Same as every single other "contractor" that does business with Uncle Sugar Daddy USA.
 
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