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“Phone Stamps”: Food Stamps Now Come With Free Phones

Written by Gary North on June 15, 2012

The food stamp program is in fact a food card program. To keep things efficient (and anonymous), welfare clients are issued their own debit cards for food. The stores get the digital money instantly.

This is now costing taxpayers $75 billion a year.

But add to this another $2 billion. Why? Because people on the food card program are eligible to have a free cell phone.

The general public does not know this. But even if they did, they would not protest. The voters are so completely guilt-manipulated that they will not protest, no matter how big the welfare state gets. We are way beyond the point of no return. The bills keep rising.

The federal government’s free cell phone program is called Lifeline. You are eligible is you get Medicaid, food cards, Head Start, and other federal programs.

Think of Lifeline as “phone stamps.”

It has been around for over 25 years.

You pay for it: the “Universal Service Charge” that is added to your phone bill.

Since 2000, the program has been booming.

In 2008, there were about 7 million participants. In 2009, this went to 8.6 million. That year, payments went over $1 billion. It is now growing fast. It’s around $2 billion now.

About 10% of the phone stamp people are ineligible. In some states, it’s twice this: Alabama, New Hampshire, and West Virginia.

The FCC is considering upgrading the free phones to smartphones.

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25 thoughts on ““Phone Stamps”: Food Stamps Now Come With Free Phones

  1. sean murry says:

    Take away the free bies and get them ot pay for thier own stuff by cleaning up parks, pick garbage, mowing lawns.

  2. Randolph Rivers says:

    This is how the democrats get votes, they buy them. This is another reason the REAL AMERICANS need to wake up and vote all of them out in each and every election from the school board, to the mayor and the president. We have to take this country back piece by piece. We let it go this way but we have to fight back or we will not have a country to fix. We are at a turning point and we must push back. The democrats will call you names and try and make you feel guilty for waking up going out and making a living. We are what makes this country run not the free food, free phones crowd. I refuse to feel bad for these people. All they do is take away from our children and will not sit by any more. They can all go straight to h3ll.

  3. YOU CAN ACTUALLY GET ALL THIS FREE STUFF IF YOU ADMIT YOU ARE HERE ILLEGALLY, DONT GET MARRIED, OH ITS ALRIGHT TO LIVE WITH SOMEONE, AND DONT LOOK FOR WORK , THE HARD WORKING TAX PAYERS WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU BETTER THAN THEY CAN AFFORD TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. ISNT OUR INCOMPETENT GOVERNMENT JUST GREAT.

  4. I WOULD RATHER SEE ALL OF THEM DEPORTED ,THEY DO NOT BELONG HERE THERE STEALING ALL THE BENEFITS THAT THE HARD WORKING TAXPAYERS PAID INTO ALL THERE WORKING LIVES ,AND THEY PAID NOTHING INTO ANYTHING NOT ONLY ARE THEY STEALING ALL THE BENEFITS SO IS OUR GOVERNMENT.ESPECIALLY THE POLITICIANS. EVERY THING WOULD BE GREAT IF IT WASNT FOR THEM.

  5. Navy Vet says:

    Why don't we just go ahead and give them a free car so they won't be bothered by having to take the bus to pick up the food stamps. While we are at it, give them free liquor stamps and free lottery tickets, because this is what many of them buy with the FOOD STAMP MONEY. Oh–I almost forgot the free gas stamps. If your going to give them a free car, it just wouldn't be right to ask them to buy the gas for it. Our present government is the biggest joke of the century.

  6. Lonesome says:

    Obama is a piece of shiite…IMPEACH!
    WE WLL NEVER GET THE OBAMA STENCH OUT OF OUR WHITE HOUSE!

  7. The vote-for-me giveaways are OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!! It must end in NOVEMBER…..

  8. Is there a reason why you’re yelling?

  9. LA is Great says:

    jondo, Our out of control government is GIVING these entitlements away and it must be stopped!

  10. Here is how the liberals see it. If a person will not work or try in any way to better them selves, Then the govt. will support them in a much better way than people that work. example: free dental, free medical, free housing, free food, free phone and free money.Do U still want too work ?

  11. Gunsmoke says:

    As we ALL are aware of this, that Illegal Aliens and many others who do NOT qualify for recieving Benefits from Welfare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, etc….. they are NOT Legally obtaining these Services from which our Government is so willingly to give or hand out to them….. All to whom are or taking these Benefits ( Wrongfully or otherwise ) should be subjected to Drug Testing, Ability to Work, Placement of Work ( No matter what it entails ), Checked upon Qualifications and Verified to meet the Demands…..before given anything…..and only then will it be given for Assistance in trying to improve their Lives for a better one….. Oh, I almost Forgot, they will be required to SPEAK, READ and WRITE the ENGLISH LANGUAGE…..this is NO EXCEPTIONS to this, either….!!!! NO BENEFITS will be given until this is met as a requirement….. If we impose these Strict Guidelines, Requirements, etc……just Watch and see how many go back to working, leaving OUR COUNTRY, become a Citizen or End-up in Jail for Fraud……plus our Economy would Flourish and become Strong…..
    GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!!

  12. 1. Listen to TruNews with Rick Wiles.
    2. Listen to The PowerHour with Joyce Riley.
    3. Don't vote for ANY evil (greater or lesser).

  13. Mike Knight says:

    The big shot Federal regime and their big wallet full of debt ridden fiat currency or in essence a credit card with unlimited credit. The big shot funds the lazy people not just here but around the world with all the money they spread around. They also wage war, and commit atrocities in our name. We end up paying the interest on that ever growing credit card bill while the big shot keeps on spending like a trillionaire. We the people made the big shot a billionaire to strengthen us as a whole but he got delusions of grandeur, and went nuts, and opened up a Federal Reserve account. So then the irresponsible big shot could spend more than he actually made along with enslaving us to pay a debt so big that it can never be paid off. The big shot federal regime will not quit until we're all destroyed, and the nation collapses as WW III begins. We need to deny the big shot his credit card, and stop paying the interest despite the extortion threats of this Federal thug.

  14. El Kabong says:

    If there is any reason to have any welfare programs like food stamps/bridge cards, it should be very limited to seniors who do not have good nest eggs, and people with SEVERE DISABILITIES, who do not have the capacity to work or learn skills. My mother gets a bridge card. She worked in bars for 11 years, after I was old enough to go to school, while my father struggled and worked hard at a gas station for 15 years. My father finally got a job for the state in 1981. However, before my mother could get in on his benefits, he would have to work there for 10 years. He passed away after he had 8.5 years in. My mother did not get any extra benefits. Both of my parents worked hard, but were never able to make a lot of money. Just enough to keep food on the table, and heat in the winter.

  15. El Kabong says:

    Some people, like my mother, were honest hard workers, but were just down on their luck. I think seniors like her should have a bridge card. However, it is the younger people who were able to work over the years, but didn't want to, who are draining the system. The welfare programs are not regulated.

    Maybe some good would come from getting rid of welfare, but only if it LOWERS OUR TAXES. The rest of us should get a bigger paycheck, so we can help family members who are struggling, instead of the government.

  16. ihatesycophants says:

    Gonna have to raise taxes to pay for that, y'know.

  17. ihatesycophants says:

    Are you saying that everyone on food stamps should be kicked out of the country? I was born in Idaho. My parents were born in Washington. I'm every bit as American as you. What now?

  18. Katchaturian says:

    This is where Obama gets part of his support. Just call him the pied piper.

  19. aint that the truth!!! THANKS!

  20. YES THERE IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. I believe he's saying it's unAmerican to be a welfare recipient therefore such people ought to have their citizenship stripped and be forced to live in any other country.

  22. BUTTERFLYLADY says:

    YOU MADE MY DAY…..TAKING FROM OUR PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED IT! I COULD NOT GET A TEST I NEEDED AT THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE MY DR.'S NAME WAS NOT ON THE SHEET (HIS SECRETARY FORGOT TO PUT IT ON), BET IF I WAS MEXICAN…WOULD HAVE BEEN PUSHED THROUGH ANY WAY!

  23. serenity soul says:

    If North Americans had not turned away from God, but instead lived according to His commandments, we would not be in the mess we are in. We elected these theives into office when we should have elected only God-fearing people with character who took a moral stance. We got sucked into a very harmful ideology by swollowing everything the media wants us to: that unwed motherhood is O.K., immorality on every level is O.K., the perpetrators are the victims, people should not be held accountable for their actions, bringing in people from cultures who want to take everything they can from us is the "compassionate" thing to do, and on and on and on. Stop feeling sorry for those who are stealing from us and make demands from you leaders in government and if they do not comply, vote them out. If you own a business, hire Americans whose parents and grandparents helped build this country. There are so many changes that can be made. But we have to take the bull by the horns and make the changes ourselves.

    Serenity Soul

  24. A lot of heated arguments here. Just one thought to add which nobody appears to have considered,

    What percentage of these people do you think are involved in drug crime, burglary etc? And now they each have got "a free government phone".

    Whats the betting these have been modified so they can be monitored by the police and keep up the crime detection rate? Just a thought, hands up all those who think the police are too dumb to think of something like this!

  25. Why bother? says:

    I think everyone should quit their jobs and collect benefits. Watch it all collapse faster