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Moroccan Pottery, Obamaphones, and Gaydar: How the Government Wasted Your Money This Year

Wanda95 Wrote: Oct 16, 2012 4:51 PM
Report came out 3-4 weeks ago, there one million plus obama phones in Ohio alone! These cell phone giveaways started as land lines for emergency use only. We pay a tax that supports those free phones every time we pay our land line/cell phone bills, (it's listed on your bill).. that does not include the the money being paid to cover the full cost, which is a second tax, which we also pay!
Amandart1013 Wrote: Oct 16, 2012 7:25 PM
Years ago people on assistance could get a landline if they met certain criteria, such as poor health, being elderly, having young children in the home, etc. But they were limited to dial tone only. No extra features like call waiting, call ID,or voicemail. In fact, they could not even have touchtone back when there was an extra charge for it. I know this because I used to work for Ma Bell back in the day. We certainly have come a long way, haven't we?
bcrowe Wrote: Oct 16, 2012 6:52 PM
The erroneously interpreted "General Welfare" clause by Socialist strikes again. In no fashion are ALL Americans benefited by only a portion of Americans receiving benefits.
roaksford Wrote: Oct 16, 2012 6:33 PM
So, if the phones are considered to be "free" then a lie is being promulgated. We must demand that such welfare be recognized. Perhaps with a hard stencil on the body of the phone in this case, that honors those who have sacrificed their life blood through their labors, to allow these gifts to those in the wagons.
Amandart1013 Wrote: Oct 16, 2012 7:11 PM
I love your comment and I agree whole-heartedly that these "free phones" should be identified in some way. Honoring Veterans is an excellent idea, or were you actually referring to the rest of us who are pulling the wagons? Either way, I'm all for it and I wish there was a way this could be done. I am afraid the first thing they'll say against it is that "it's embarassing for the poor people signing up for the free phones." (which would be an incentive to get OFF assistance in my opinion.)
Senator Tom Coburn released the Wastebook 2012 today detailing the 100 most egregious wastes of taxpayer money. The two hundred page report details waste in all manner of federal spending - from multi-billion dollar programs all the way down to a $300 grant to a small-town library for a Star Wars-themed event. It's emblematic of the waste found everywhere in the federal budget.

Coburn details a $27 million U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program for pottery classes in Morocco. The program, which has a questionable premise in the first place, was doomed due to incompetence and mismanagement....