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August 6, 2013 - 12:37 am

A $2 billion program, LifeLine gives free cell phones to people who are on Federal Welfare. Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) has been an outspoken critic of the program, alleging that he has first-hand evidence of fraud and abuse of this system; he speaks with Michelle Fields about this emerging issue. Arguing that companies like TracFone have incentive to sign as many people up for the program as possible, there is nothing, Vitter says, to keep them from giving away as many as possible without always verifying their eligibility for the benefit.

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If anything Vitter should be keeping a very low profile. I van understand the need for government sponsored phones for indigents who have endangered family members but I have seen a lot of people with cell phones used by people who have no source of income. I as a teacher and could not afford a cell phone....It's not a huge income but it is an income.
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This is peanuts within the overall fraud and waste that characterizes all government activity. I am willing to bet my house that over 50% of government spending is either unnecessary, fraudulent or wastefully inefficient.

Imagine if you could have back half of the taxes and fees that you have paid throughout your life - with interest. Yea its only money but imagine all of the things you could be doing with it. Life is short and I resent like hell that I have had to - and will have to in the future - limit my own life in order to support this leaching government class and the entitlement groups that they pander to.
51 weeks ago
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One of the 'reasons' for this program (back in the days of landlines) was that people might need a telephone so a prospective employer could reach them about a job application.

Seeing how these people are as allergic to employment as I am to high-level nuclear waste, maybe it *would* be a good idea to re-think it.
51 weeks ago
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Fraud? True. Most of the smart and stylish set have multiple O'phones. Imperative that they keep up other leeches.
51 weeks ago
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So many ways to defraud the government exist and our government turns a blind eye. But let one of the tax-paying group be involved in some sort of dubious activity and they are quick to act.
51 weeks ago
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TOO many on welfare abuse the system and we know this to be the truth. So, what sense does it make to add to their kitty of incentives, and to stay tied to the apron strings? Not much, except if one is seeking to inextricably link a certain sector to 'Uncle Sam's' apron strings.

The gimme, gimme crowd will NEVER say no, so it is up to others to cut them - and their enablers - off at the trough - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/01/leftist-dogma-the-same-world-over-freedom-loving-people-beware-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki-32-2/

Indeed, leftist dogma is the same world over, just ask the leftist machine in Israel what they think of 'freebies'!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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