Feds to Give Free Obama Phones to California Homeless

Christmas came early to the California streets.
Baracka Claus is handing out Obama Phones!

It’s a natural human right. Just like clean needles and free pot.
California homeless will get free Obama phones thanks to a new federal program.
ABC 23 reported:

Homeless and low-income people in California may soon be getting free cell phones and service thanks to a federally funded program.

The cell phones would be handed out through the Lifeline program.

The California Public Utilities Commission has been reviewing the Lifeline proposal from Assurance Wireless for three years and is expected approve it in the coming weeks.

The goal of the program is to keep the poor and homeless in touch with family, potential employers and others crucial to improving their lives.

“Telephone communications are a necessity in this day and age especially with the unemployment rate so high, people need a way to reach out to potential employers and get a call back from potential employers,” said Assurance Wireless spokesman Jack Pflanz.

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  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    So, will the feds be building recharging stations as well? Or will they just force businesses and homes near homeless encampments to provide free access to 120V outlets?

  • shadow

    California homeless will get free Obama phones thanks to a new federal program.

    Once again, JH is either misinformed or dishonest.

    Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers
    Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services. In 2005, Lifeline discounts were made available to qualifying low-income consumers on pre-paid wireless service plans in addition to traditional landline service. Lifeline is part of the Universal Service Fund.

  • bigkahuna

    They need the phones to call Obama and call him a lying idiot, D-Bag who is a clueless clusterf*ck that has no clue how to lead a nation anywhere but down.

    Obama wants them to have phones to hook them into a lifetime of free sh*t so theykeep voting for D-bags!

  • bg


    via: B/A-AfMR ht: UGCfMR

    Michigan right-to work violence: Is President
    Obama fomenting blood in the streets?

    [(Obama critics note that of course President Obama is against right
    to work legislation. He doesn’t like to work himself, so why should his
    supporters have to do their jobs? The only reason Obama does not
    go on strike himself is that he knows his absence would make things
    better. Liberal unions going on strike is like the French going on strike.
    How you can tell?)

    Yet when the inevitable union violence occurred, Obama was nowhere
    to be found. “There will be blood” was not worth a comment. Neither
    was the punch to Mr. Crowder’s jaw. He says nothing because deep
    down he is a community organizer. He believes in agitation and violence
    to advance ideas, and pulls back only if it makes strategic sense to do
    so. The poisonous effect on society is not part of his calculus. In other
    words, liberals should respect the rule of law unless they believe it is
    “unfair.” Then they should take all means necessary to make it fair.

    This is Obama’s America. This was Granholm’s Michigan. This is what Rick
    Snyder is trying to fix. This is why right-to-work legislation matters, and
    why their might be a ray of hope for Michigan to become a functional state.]

    “unless the white masses really understand, and the black
    masses really understand.. there’s going to be the largest
    bloodbath in America –

    the white people don’t feel bad, whatever you do to em they deserve it, god wants you to do it, and that if you cut off the nose, cut off the ears, take flesh out of their body.. don’t worry, gahh….d wants you to do it!”

    ~ Dr Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour

    aka: Don/ald Warden

    [Before becoming a Muslim, al-Mansour in the 1960s was named Don Warden. He was deeply involved in San Francisco Bay Area racial politics as founder of a group called the African American Association. A close personal adviser to Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, al-Mansour helped the pair establish the Black Panther Party but later broke with them when they entered coalitions with white radical groups.

    In the mid-1970s al-Mansour met Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Tatal, who today is best known for having offered a $10 million donation toward 9/11 relief efforts in 2001 — an offer that was rejected by New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani when the prince suggested that the terrorist attacks were an indication that America “should re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stand toward the Palestinian cause.” Al-Mansour’s relationship with the prince eventually led to al-Mansour’s hiring as attorney to King Saud. He has since been an adviser to Saudi billionaires who fund the spread of Wahhabi extremism in America.]

    to be continued..


  • bg


    re: #4 December 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm bg continued..

    “When the revolution comes… ”

    bit more at link, in connecting links,
    scroll thread comments for more..


  • Granny

    Lifeline is not new at all – it has been around since the 90s in most states, starting as a $13 a month home phone line that made only a limited number of local calls. Here in Vermont that is still the case.

    Some states have been talked into moving to a cell phone program instead – service provided by a couple of second string cell phone providers that charge rates greatly in excess of what you might pay through ATT or Verizon. This is the “new” part. Riddled with fraud.

  • Sasja

    The productive pay for these “free” phones from fees added to their phone bills and from hard-earned dollars the dhims need take via taxes to keep their voting bloc happy.

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  • donh

    Riiiight….Call backs from job interviews…What a joke …..Only calls made will be to Welfare office …” Fo Rizzle…. wear be mize check ? ” …I’se done vote fo Massa Bama twice an I ain’t got dis munth SNAP …I IS OWED ME SUM BACON ! “

  • bigkahuna

    Oh and we have our taxes stolen from us to pay for all that free crap that the rest didnt work for just like unions complain will happen…only in this case its true.

  • meanwhile people that work and are struggling to pay their bills are going to have their taxes raised. thats social justice.

  • Jim

    At least it will make dealing drugs a lot easier.

  • Stella Baskomb

    California homeless will get free Obama phones

    Maybe it would make more sense – in California – to give free homes to the phoneless

  • Sasja

    jhon. Idiot troll.

  • squeaky

    i’m surrounded by government phones. i find an application every couple of months in my mail box even though i don’t qualify. i don’t know everyones phone usage habits, but the couple i do know waste minutes on stupid calls and have to run out and buy more minutes. something about FREE. could be wrong, but from what i’ve seen there apparently is no interest in verifying continual eligibility.

  • MarkJ

    Good news: I reckon the number of Lifeline knuckleheads who get taken in by phone scams will henceforth increase exponentially. Win-win! 😉

  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157

    Why stop at phones? Why not cars? Hey, how about everyone gets a Volt, aka, rolling broilers!

  • srdem65

    If everyone has a cell phone, then the government will know where everyone is at any given time.

  • valerie

    Those free phones come with numbers, and they are really useful for a “get-out-the-vote” effort.

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  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Lifeline is not new at all – it has been around since the 90s in most states, starting as a $13 a month home phone line that made only a limited number of local calls.

    Not just the 90’s; I remember in the early 80s when I still lived at home that we had that service in our household (we weren’t well-off). But the fact of having Lifeline service was that the bill still had to be paid, which it was. Now if a homeless person is given a cell phone, to which address does the bill get sent?

    Or is the bill simply done away with and the cell phone just another entitlement courtesy of the government?

  • Carver

    Several years ago, I spent 4 days going to downtown Phoenix, AZ for jury duty. All of the homeless people had cigarettes and cell phones.

  • A_Nonny_Mouse

    “… Telephone communications are a necessity in this day and age … ”
    = = = = =

    Well, that can sure be a harbinger of a slippery-slope…

    Because even before the “need” for phones, people REALLY need food, shelter, drinkable water, housing, clothing, transportation… and so much more!

    If alleged “NEED” means people “DESERVE” it for free … well, then, let’s just give everybody everything — woo-hoo! Uncle Sugar’s on a buying spree!

  • redc1c4

    they start that, i’ll go get one…

    they just won;t like what i do with it. 🙂

  • squeaky

    those phones always end up costing some of the dolts who use them. most of their calls aren’t emergencies and they suck down their free minutes and have to buy more [enter obama bundler who benefits]. some manage their time while some react as expected to something for nothing.
    there was a valid reason for these phones, but like everything else that can be abused the good use is clouded out by the abuse. when the system decideds that it isn’t fair for the poor to have dumb phones while others have smart phones [with all the bells and whistles] than you know we’ve gone a bridge too far. 250 minutes goes fast in an legitimate call where you may have elevator music to listen to for the next available……..the phones are rinky dink too.

  • squeaky

    “… Telephone communications are a necessity in this day and age … ” that was the original intent but it’s morphed beyond. should society fund for extended minutes when the control impaired use up their time and expect others to pick up the slack. most utilities have good neighbor programs that you contribute to and most likely don’t know it. getting a breakdown of my landline and the rep mentioned a charge that was mandatory…..couldn’t have it deleted and it was for helping cover the subsidized cost to the financially impaired. i don’t know if that’s changed.

  • anti-bho

    every number sent and received on these phones is recorded and made available to the feds. their little way of keeping up with what’s happnin’ in the hood.
    sad thing is so is every other phone in use.

  • Jerry C


    While I am considering dropping my cell phone service to save money to pay my taxes, homeless get free ones.


  • Robert

    I don’t have a problem with a phone so that those in poverty can make emergency calls. I have a problem with them being called Obama Phones. The program was stared under the Bush administration. A lot of programs that the Dems are taking credit for did not originate with them. Obama can take credit for Targeted Killing with Drones, though.

  • bobbichin

    The president has no direct impact on the program, and one could hardly call these devices “Obama Phones,” as the e-mail author does. This specific program, SafeLink, started under President George Bush, with grants from an independent company created under President Bill Clinton, which was a legacy of an act passed under President Franklin Roosevelt, which was influenced by an agreement reached between telecommunications companies and the administration of President Woodrow Wilson.

    Wilson Phones, anyone?
    Welfare recipients, and others, can receive a free cell phone, but the program is not funded by the government or taxpayer money, as the e-mail alleges. And it’s hardly new.

  • I work everyday and do not have a cell phone. The reason being I cannot afford one. To me, a cell phone is not a necessity. It is a luxury. You cannot imagine how I hate my tax dollars being spent on this. You have to have food and water. You don’t have to have a cell phone.

  • I once worked in a large correctional facility and I have never seen a homeless person brought in without a cell phone.

  • Last Paratrooper

    This interest me greatly!

    I am poverty level income and almost homeless.

    Do I qualify for the free phone?

    ANSWER: NO! Your white, not the right color! Sorry! 🙁