As the “Obama Phone” video goes viral, libs and Democrats out there in the media and blogs are doing what they do best—crying racism. Wow, what a shock. No one saw that coming at all.
Liberals are feigning “racism” again in an attempt to detract from all the salient issues that this video highlights. The first and most obvious issue at hand is the exposure of the government program – LIFELINE. To be fair, LIFELINE is an EXTENSION of a program that has existed since 1985. However, the extension part is that Obama authorized providing cell phones to low-income people to ensure they “have the opportunities and security that cell phone service brings” including being able to connect to family and emergency services.
This program is a gross abuse of government expansion. Liberals will try to argue this isn’t a taxpayer funded program, and technically they are right. It is however, still a GOVERNMENT program. The LIFELINE program is funded by Universal Subscriber Fee (USF)—that ~10% added fee at the bottom of your phone and cell phone bills. The government mandates through laws and regulations that USF is tacked onto every paying customer’s phone bill and collected to ensure that all Americans have access to quality telecommunications services at affordable rates. The USF ensures that customers in hard to access and predominantly rural areas receive quality telecom services at prices they can afford, it also subsidizes services for low-income consumers and programs such as Internet services for schools, libraries, and rural health care providers, and supports the hundreds of thousands of payphones found across America. In other words, LIFELINE is not funded through taxes; it is funded by a law enforcing a government mandated “fee” that the telephone and wireless communications companies pass along to their paying consumers. This is the government using a cutout to tax customers to pay for a government program.
If the purpose was solely to provide a communications device to call for help in the event of an emergency, then the cell phones handed out as part of this program should be pre-programed with only emergency contacts in them. However, payphones process on average about 1.7 billion calls per year and all 911 calls are FREE from payphones. I’d argue that low-income individuals who live in the city and have a nearby phone have even less need for a personnel cell phone.
I’m sorry, but I just can’t support paying for and providing cell phones to low-income people so they can “connect” with their family. Ever heard of the postal service and a stamp? They can write a letter.
The other issue this video highlighted was the liberals and unions “rent a mob” method of getting protesters out on the streets. The woman in the video was at an SEIU sponsored rally for Obama. This brings up an interesting dilemma. If the woman in the video was indeed an SEIU member, that would imply that she has a job. So how did she qualify for the free phone? To qualify for LIFELINE, one must earn at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Is she an employed SEIU member who still earns below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines? Yet she found time to go protest, and not take on an extra shift or second job to earn more money. I’d like to go to rallies, campaign events, and protests too—but I’m too busy working to attend those types of things.
See folks, the liberals and Democrats want to focus all attention on portraying conservative’s reaction to this video as racist for a very simple reason. They cannot defend Obama’s needless expansion of this program at a time when our national debt is at an historical all-time high. They cannot defend this program when far too many middle-class citizens-- like myself--are feeling the burdens of all the extra “fees” and taxes to support handouts and entitlement programs--regardless of whether the government is collecting the money as a tax or they are forcing a third party to collect it as a fee. It would not have mattered if the subject in the video had been a white woman; liberals would have called conservatives anti-women. It would not have mattered if the subject in the video had been an old white man; liberals would have said it was proof conservatives hate old people. What the liberals and democrats will not do—is discuss the real issue: how entitlement programs are bankrupting our country and creating a culture of poverty and dependence with expectations that someone else should pay your way. So they deflect, change the subject, and cry racism—just like they always do.
“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.” ~ Milton Friedman