This post is dedicated to every ignorant right wing conspiracy theorist troll who has proudly left comments here at The Political Carnival slamming Big Bad Marxist Kenyan Socialist Obama for allegedly giving out free phones (false rumors) to The (black) Takers, those slovenly (black), irresponsible (black) moochers who just want a (black) free ride from Big Guvm’nt; blah (black) voters who say they’re broke but actually have extravagant, frivolous appliances like *gasp!* refrigerators!
“You food shilling motherf***ers! How DARE you?”
Not. So. Fast conspiracy theorists.
“Obama phone” is the widely used — and misleading — nickname of a 28-year-old federal program known as Lifeline. It provides discounts, averaging $9.25 a month, on phone service for 13.3 million low-income subscribers. [...]
In the 3 1/2 years after false rumors started that the Obama administration was giving free cellphones to poor people — and six months after a racially charged video about it went viral — a once-obscure phone service subsidy is getting renewed scrutiny on Capitol Hill. [...]
Lifeline was begun not by President Obama but under Ronald Reagan. It expanded to include cellphone service during the presidency of another Republican, George W. Bush.
Conservative talk radio went full-on nuts, pushing the “Obama phone” stories, accusing President Obama of distributing them to get poor people and minorities to vote for him. As I mentioned at the top, I continue to get smug comments about this, yet the phones were originally Reagan and W projects.
You know, kinda like when President Obama inherited the recession. And I wonder how these finger-pointers felt when they saw Reagan insisting that Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit…