I have had some fun over the past several years at President Obama’s expense.
Those of you who have rocked with me for a while remember that several years ago I applied for, and received, an “Obama Phone” – a free cell phone, with 250 free minutes and unlimited texts. I only got my free phone to prove that anybody can get one, and to show how ridiculous and unmanaged the whole program is. My application, and my renewals, have been completely honest – no mis-stating income or anything. Now, I’m not going to lie to you. We live a pretty fine Southern lifestyle here on the lake. But I still qualified for a free phone, and I contend that anybody who asks for a taxpayer-subsidized ObamaPhone will receive one too.
President Obama didn’t actually start the free cell phone program. It debuted under President GW Bush and his Congress as a well-intended but soon-corrupted “LifeLine” benefit for us poor folks, funded by a tax on the cell phone bills of all you rich folks. During the free-stuff-for-everybody Obama years, the profiteering cell phone providers, led by Mexican kingpin Carlos Slim, really got with the program. Soon it was Party Central, and people were dancing and singing and selling free ObamaPhones all over the place.
Here’s a fun exercise: type “Obama Phone” into any search engine. Go ahead, try it! Up pops a whole bunch of “providers” who are more than happy to set you up for a free cell phone, courtesy of the taxpayers. The really cool one is ObamaPhone.com. Here’s part of their sales pitch:
Millions of Americans have been economically devastated by the economic meltdown, by the deep recession that followed it, and by the nation’s ongoing economic struggles. Many of those needy Americans have reached the point where they consider a telephone a luxury that they cannot afford.
The Obama Phone program (also known as Lifeline Assistance) can lift that burden. More than 20 million Americans have already received a free Obama Phone and get 250 free cell phone minutes every month.
I was so grateful for my free phone that I made my own little musical thank you message to my friend Barack. The phone was free, but even though I was a Tea Party guy, he still sent me an email asking me for five dollars every day.
Well, now that President Obama is about to retire, maybe it’s time for me to retire my ObamaPhone too.
Which raises the question: Will Trump and the Republican House and Senate finally put an end to this stupid-ass, corrupt entitlement program once and for all? Or will we all be carrying Trump-a-Phones for the next eight years?
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side