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I agree with Mitt.

This is why Romney is not focussing on 47%. The lady woman from Cleveland in the video below proves him right. She even says he ‘sucks’.

Why? Because ‘Obama’ gave her and other benefit recipients a free phone.

See and hear for yourselves:

This woman takes the cake.

And Democrats call Republicans abusive?

However, there is a bit more to this story about the Lifeline programme, and it involves responsible taxpayers as well as wealthy people.

During the Reagan administration in 1984, a law was passed for government — taxpayer — provision of landline phones to needy households for use in emergencies, hence the name Lifeline. Since 1996, phone users have been paying for it in a tax called the Universal Service Charge which is included on their invoices. Costs for this federal programme remained relatively stable until 2008, when legislators expanded the scheme to include mobile phones. The cost is now $1.2bn per year and expected to rise, as Arkansas Representative Tim Griffin explains:

Furthermore, in the next video, a Baltimore woman describes how she now has 30 — yes, 30 — top-of-the-line mobile devices, which she obtained for free. A database of needy mobile phone recipients exists, however, this woman said that she can go to the shops giving away free phones — even ones where she’s been before — and get another, just 24 hours later. A Baltimore man interviewed in the video says that some recipients are selling the phones on to drug dealers:

However, there are important people — such as the wealthiest man in the world — who are involved with this phone giveaway. Ulsterman reports (italics in the original, bold emphases mine):

Carlos Slim, who has an estimated net worth of $70 billion, owns a controlling stake in TracFone, which makes $10 per phone for each device it provides to poor Americans. The company, whose president and CEO is Frederick “F.J.” Pollak, also makes money from extra minutes and data plans it sells to subscribers who get phones and service through the government’s Lifeline program …

Pollak has donated at least $156,500 to Democratic candidates and committees this cycle, including at least $50,000 to the Obama campaign. His wife, Abigail, is a campaign bundler for Obama and has raised more than $632,000 for the president this cycle, and more than $1.5 million since 2007. She has personally contributed more than $200,000 to Democratic candidates and committees since 2008.

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) charges telecoms providers for the Lifeline programme. The telecoms providers, in turn, pass this charge on to their customers in the Universal Service Charge.

It does not look as if the abuse of this programme will end any time soon, especially given Ulsterman’s example of how the companies and individuals — rich and poor — can also cash in on it. Congressman Griffin has proposed a bill putting a stop to the mobile portion of Lifeline and returning it to landline phones only.

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