Scam I am: ReachOut competes with Safelink in the government cell phone for the poor scam

by editor on March 6, 2011

Safelink Wireless has competition. Now we can add the ReachOut wireless to the list of companies that take your dollars and magically convert them into free cell phones for the poor.

We know the routine. We do an article on this subject and apologists immediately bombard us with comments saying, “This isn’t a government program.” Nonsense. ReachOut admits as much on its blog.

Did I mention that you can get a free cell phone? Believe it or not, if you are considered “low income”, you can. Low income families have it hard. Working hard, paying off bills, and taking care of everyone’s needs is a difficult task. Thankfully, the list of government-assisted products and services now includes a free cell phone.

reachout wireless free government cell phone

Free phone! Free minutes! Every month! You pay, they get it free!

Here’s how the ReachOut Wireless website describes the program:

REACHOUT WIRELESS™ service is U.S. government supported program for Income eligible households provided by Nexus Communications, Inc. In order to participate in the REACHOUT WIRELESS™ service, persons must meet certain eligibility requirements set by each State where the service is to be provided. These requirements are based on a person’s participation in a state or Federal support programs or by meeting the Income Poverty Guidelines as defined by the U.S. Government. REACHOUT WIRELESS™ service is limited to one person per household.

It’s nice to see that competition has been introduced into this program. Now Safelink and ReachOut will slug it out to see which company can give away more of your hard-earned dollars.

Capitalism at its finest.


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spymyeyes March 6, 2011 at 2:59 am

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Oh, but don’t you see, the entitlement crowd needs, DESERVES a free cell phone.
How else are they going to talk to each other? Also, when are the going to give MORE foodstamp money? And they have to raise the earned-income-credits on the tax forms, the prices of everything is going up you know, and when laqueesha sends little sajasminiala to store with her EBT card for more candy,beer, and a carton of salems,(no generic ciggys for me) there aint nearly enough left to go on vacation with! So STFU, stop diddling the children and give us more, more, more of everything, we deserve it, and the white man will pay for it all because it’s their fault for everything bad that ever happened everywhere. Her Mosque told her so.

LaQuisha April 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

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Hi I’m laqueesha, really LaQuisha, but that’s ok. I couldn’t agree more with your comment. I mean first of all, the white man ain’t never done nothin’ wrong to nobody especially to black folks. Us black folks swam all the way over to america so that we could help upstanding white folks turn it into one of the world’s superpowers. We were happy to volunteer our services for free, and heck some days you even fed us! What more could we want? I know asking for a cell phone, a little cash and food to help even things out for those hundreds of years of free labor is asking a bit much. If we expect all of that, we should just swim back over to Africa just like we came. Heck nobody asked us here in the first place. Peace!

RockingHorseGuy April 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm

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LaSquisha, were you brought here on a slave ship? I thought not. Did I ever own a slave? No. I owe you NOTHING!

RICH July 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

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Jarhead July 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

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Hey RockingHorseGuy you are wrong. What about your family’s who came from the other side of the Ocean they made money of slave.
Hell this land belong to the real AMERICAN the “INDIANS.” White man broke every agreement they made with the INDIANS. So LaQuisha you are right white man brought you here. Now WHITE MAN deal with it.

perlcat July 27, 2011 at 11:14 am

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*WHICH* “INDIANS”? You’re going to have a job finding the original aboriginals who were here first. Odds are very good they’re either in South America somewhere, having been pushed out, or were exterminated by later migrations.

The problem with your “logic” here is that it is stunningly devoid of any factual or logical basis. Going by that logic, we need to do us some ethnic cleansing in 99% of the world. Which Europeans are the “right” ones? The Celts? The ones that came before? How about in Africa? Or in Asia?

If you are going to draw an arbitrary line in the sand and say that people after that line are invaders, be prepared to have to face claims from prior people. Or are you going to say that since some of then committed genocide, that their claim is now legitimate? As to your racist “WHITE MAN” bit — you’re here, too — over the claims of your precious “INDIANS”. Better get your sorry ass back on a boat, but good luck finding a place where your claim is unchallengeable.

perlcat July 27, 2011 at 11:24 am

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…as to RHG’s caims to legitimacy being voided because some people from Europe were slave owners? ROFLMAO. The real slave owners were muslims in Africa, and they are still in business, buying and selling humans TO THIS DAY. They are the ones that were capturing and selling humans to the Europeans — The thought that a dozen European sailors could leave their boat and return with 200-odd slaves is laughable. If you and 199 of your friends were armed with spears, and a dozen people tried to round you up, how many of them would have escaped with their lives? Hmmm?

Further, if we want to start talking about past debts, *NONE* of my ancestors owned or profited from slavery, and indeed, several of them paid with their lives for the freedom of the oppressed. If we as a society are somehow obligated to honor the debt you seek to impose on one group, then my family is due compensation for having stepped in and done what is right.

Where’s *MY* reparations?

You know, if you actually *thought* slavery was so bad, why aren’t you fighting it where it is still being practiced?

RockingHorseGuy July 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm

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Jarhead, (which I seriously doubt that you are), you know nothing of my family, so you’re just pontificating out your ass to begin with. You also know nothing of who was here first, and what later settlers did to them. You also seem to know only what the leftist public school system taught you in first grade about slavery. Come on back when you have some education, a few facts, and a better attitude. We’re having a discussion here.

flashingscotsman June 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

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“You know, if you actually *thought* slavery was so bad, why aren’t you fighting it where it is still being practiced?”

That wouldn’t be very PC, would it? Whiners.

Babydoll102187 July 27, 2011 at 11:39 am

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Hey, Jarhead! In order for people to live in a land they first had to migrate to it. The only original inhabitants here would be plants, so your welcome to secede your membership here on this land to Oak trees and what not if you’d like. The people who lived here before Europeans had just as many broken treaties with each other and just as many wars over land, the “white man” today doesnt owe you anything more than the descendants of Visigoths and Huns owe decendants of the Romans.

Sahara September 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

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Babydoll102187: The only thing I wish the current inhabitants of the USA would do today is to preserve as much of the national forests, streams, and large untainted areas (as of now at any rate) such as is still available for the enjoyment of the view in Alaska’s wilds vs shooting down wolves from the side of a GD plane and save the land, stop killing animals for the sport of it, and stop encroaching on the lands that are available to the wildlife we have before there is no place for them to go, which will cause so many animals as well as plant life to disappear from the face of the planet.

If I learned anything from my Native American ancestry, I learned that this land is only on loan to us and it’s our duty to leave it in better condition than we received it so that future generations will have the same beautiful places to get back to nature or learn the true meaning of nature in the first place.

Btw, in my family, nobody hunts for sport. If you plan to shoot something, it had better be trying to take your life or you plan to gut it, skin it, cook it, and eat it. After I stopped eating meat and became a vegetarian (with the exception of seafood b/c I do eat seafood), I stopped hunting altogether. Both my children (one is an adult and married; the other is still at home and in grade school but college isn’t too many years away and with it, the last shreds of my lingering empty nest syndrome… LOL!) are vegetarians as well, which sort of doesn’t sit well with their dad or their granny but they are learning to take it in stride. We are all trying to get their dad off meat altogether esp after he suffered multiple heart attacks requiring a quad bypass & life support on a heart/lung bypass machine for about a month until he was strong enough to breath on his own and his heart was strong enough to hold a safe rhythm. It helps that our oldest works in the medical profession. I am a former medical transcriptionist too so I get on him too with information about what he’s doing to his body that he will soon be unable to undo.

I began in the business & accounting field until losing my sight then switched over to the MT field after returning to school (one of the top 2 MT schools in the country, not those ones you hear on television info-mercials). I worked for 10+yrs until the pain became so unbearable I ended up undergoing a slew of tests that sent me into the receiving end of rheumatology and neurology where I was diagnosed after 5+mos with Lupus (SLE), Sjogren’s Disease, and Fibromyalgia. The Sjogren’s has begun damaging my corneas or rather attempting it. They are inflamed requiring me to use optic drops to reduce the inflammation with one med and reduce the chronic dry eyes (another Sjogren’s symptom) with the other. These are lifer meds in order to prevent corneal abrasions. It won’t help me retain the light perception I have left, which isn’t much but the abrasions when scarred over are uncomfortable from what I’ve heard so I’m using the meds faithfully.

After MT field fell apart from joint disease and major nerve damage in my right arm/hand that prevented me from keeping my 120+wpm speed with 99% accuracy, I finally took the profession that was my childhood dream into action. I began writing professionally. I had enough English teachers, editors of various papers and digital sites as well as a few magazines along with college professors telling me to get out of the business field and go for the writing profession b/c I had a gift with words. I published my first novel in the early 2000s, contributed to other authors’ work with credit given, and began writing for online digital news and information sites to earn extra money. I can’t do it full-time b/c it has to work around my symptoms but I write as often as I can and I love it.

My childhood dream was to move to Paris to attend this particular art and drama school to either become a dancer (didn’t work out b/c of brittle bones that has become severe osteoporosis today. I was also born with my ankles turned inward. It wasn’t pigeon-toed, they were literally turned inward toward the lower leg and required braces for a number of years to straighten them) or a journalist and novelist. Today, I do both. I have even written a couple of travel pieces.

A few months ago, a company offered me $150 for the rights to my work for publishing while I still retained the credit for writing the piece. That’s about the most I’ve sold such a small amt of work for at one time. I’m putting together other project work in hopes of receiving offers on those as I did the piece I sold earlier. I’m hoping lightening will strike multiple times; we can definitely use the money. But I digress…

Isn’t it amazing how people tend to forget the land and what comes with it other than people, pavement, and pollution?

flashingscotsman June 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

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Racist much, Jarhead?

hisham June 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm

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Say LaQuisha, when are you going to leave the plantation? The “Man”
(read here White, Liberal, Elitist, Racist, Bigoted, Demo(communist)crat has you leashed to a tree or tethered to a street organ with your little red fez and a tin cup for the change strangers toss your way! Take your rape-a-nations crap and peddle it somewhere else! There isn’t a person here who owned slaves, or knows anybody who did and oh BTW, the ancestors of many of us so-called “whities” came over as indentured servants, or poor immigrants who faced oppression, bigotry, thievery, hatred, and even murder. Nobody here wants to play “Look whose scar is bigger” with you because you may surprised by the outcome. Quit while your ahead and please pull your head out of your ass!

RICH July 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm

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KATHERINE August 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm

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Sahara September 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

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LaQuisha: YOU did not come over on a ship or swim over from anywhere. I’d be willing to bet every dime I have that you were born in a nice hospital where you were placed in a secure nursery while your mother regained her strength after labor & delivery in a nice hospital room that was likely a private room or at the very least a semi-private room with 1 other mother in the room with her.

I’m quite sure you had the option of receiving a “free” education from kindergarten through 12th grade. If you did your work, had passing grades, at the end of that senior year you were able to obtain a diploma that opened more doors for you that were closed to those who had no choice but to leave school before that senior year graduation to work, support, and care for a sick parent or raise a sibling after the loss of both parents. Even then, there has been such a thing as a GED (General Education Diploma) where anyone with a semi-decent IQ can easily pass to obtain the GED certificate allowing that person at the very least to work in some sort of scheduling to attend a community college in order to open other doors albeit not as many initially as a high school graduate but surely more than someone with no high school diploma and/or GED out of sheer laziness; as well, those who took initiative to attend that community college even if all they could manage was 1 to 2 classes each semester then stuck w/it no matter how long it took walked across a stage, received a diploma, and turned the tassel on their cap as they were the proud recipients of an associate’s degree, which can be continued, even 1 to 2 classes at a time until reaching a bachelor’s degree & even a master’s degree if so motivated.

You speak as if you were the one working for free. Honey, you aren’t even close unless you were born several years prior to June 19th, 1865, and lived in Texas, THERE IS NO WAY YOU WORKED FOR FREE AS A SLAVE! Hell, the last Civil War Confederate soldier’s widow (Alberta Martin) died at the age of 97 in May of 2004; The last Civil War veteran Union soldier’s widow (Gertrude Janeway) passed away at the age of 93, in January of 2003! Here’s another kicker for you since you believe you are so entitled… Mrs. Daisy Anderson died in 1998, at the age of 97. Mrs. Anderson’s husband was a slave who ran away then joined the Civil War’s Union soldiers in the war. So unless you are kicking at around 100+ years of age, you are barking up the wrong tree sweetie.

Given your response, one can only extrapolate that you are black (or to be politically correct as some say is the case, African-American though I do not believe this to be the best term if one is born in & of citizens of the United States they are Americans, plain and simple) and furthermore that you have never studied your own ethnic history. If you had, you would know that many African slaves became slaves after warring tribesmen captured the opposing tribes’ warriors through means of prisoners of war or outright kidnapping then sold them into the slave trade! So you cannot blame all slavery on whites of English descent. Africans were as much at fault for selling their kinsmen into the trade as the whites. Furthermore, there was a time in the history of the United States when blacks had more rights than the Native American Indians who were literally uprooted and murdered in an early attempt at Native American Indian genocide. Hundreds of thousands of Native American Indians were killed as the English came to America literally stealing the food, homes, and heritage of those who initially taught the newcomers how to survive living in the foreign land. How is that for a thank you? I am one generation removed from the untainted Cherokee and Arapaho bloodline after my birth-father’s family line began with a pair of brothers arrived in the early 1600s by way of ship from Ireland. Upon arrival into what would become the United States, both married Cherokee wives as did their sons along with many of the descendents. My maternal Cherokee great-grandfather married an Arapaho bride in the late 1800s/early 1900s. It was somewhat of an arranged marriage; while they came from different tribes, they still held the bloodline along with my maternal grandmother. I have fond memories of my great-grandfather, despite being well into his 90s and a widower after some 70yrs of marriage, telling me stories passed down through generations of our family, teaching me to throw pottery on a manual kick-wheel, & firing the pottery in a pit-fire. As a matter of fact, one of my pottery pieces went on display in a Native American Art show after the professor photographed it then shared it with others as it was formed using techniques I learned from my great-grandfather & grandmother; fyi… I am also my grandmother’s namesake as is my eldest daughter. I gave my oldest daughter my grams’ seldom used and rarely known first name, which is not even on her tombstone; she had no true birth certificate as she was born at home w/only the assistance of an elder in the family who served as a mid-wife; she was an herbalist as well. Many of her medicinal recipes were passed down though far too many more are lost to time.

Black were included on census records long before Native American Indians, making it even more difficult to nearly impossible to trace the family line with any written history that survived. The last we had was lost after Hurricane Fran ripped the roof off the attic of an aunt’s home. Those records would have allowed my children to at least apply for scholarship monies available to Native Americans but without them, it’s not possible. Records do exist showing some of my ancestors who were among those on the Trail of Tears but the gap is too wide to meet the guidelines required, especially considering my husband is of primarily English ancestry, including an English Family Crest from his maternal line discovered after a great- or great-great aunt or uncle paid a professional genealogist to trace their family tree. A paternal aunt has spent 50+yrs of her life tracing our family tree; she has found information relating to my maternal line in her endeavors. She hopes to one day travel to Ireland to pinpoint the pair of brothers; hwr, as of now she is busy dissecting rows of filing cabinets of information of which she has donated copies to the local heritage center so others may find the information useful. She receives various awards & plaques for taking the time to collate the information into a research-friendly format making it easier for others to sift through the reams of history in search of their own roots as she shares everything, including historical document copies that dead-ends or contains information she located yet does not pertain to her search of our line(s). She’s traveled all over the country to many courthouses, cemeteries, war rolls, etc… just to add more information to what she unearthed already.

So take your pity party elsewhere. I’ve never hung my hand, so to speak, on ever being able to prove the link due to the lack of records in order to depend solely on a Native American Indian scholarship, which is why I pushed my children from conception- literally… and repeating the well-known mantra that college is not an option. Our oldest is working on her 4th degree as of this fall. Our youngest is an honors student who is approx 2 grade levels ahead of her classmates in most subjects. I’ve pushed both our children to do their best so the grades they earn will pull more weight in scholarship funds and grants to cover their college educations. Each of them are as driven as their father and I when it comes to learning. We keep our interests broad yet in as much depth as we can retain. An education is the one thing nobody can take from you. It’s also a good idea to learn the truth about your history. The more you know about your history, the less apt you are to make the same mistakes as those who came before you did. It is counter-productive to continue making the same mistakes over and over again.

It is always a great idea to take college classes long after graduation from college with the degree in which your passion resides to carry you into a career that will never feel like a job and nothing more. If you enjoy what you do, you live longer and you live happier. Pick a subject you have some interest in and go for it. Not only does it broaden your mind, it also sets an example for young people in your community and especially your own children. Like my oldest daughter, I did not stop with 2 degrees, I went for a 3rd. The pottery class I took was an advanced class; I only took the class to get access to a kiln, which I don’t have but I do have an electric wheel. If I ever find the funds, I plan to build a pottery studio next to our house. The blocks are already set in place but the building had to be put on hold after my husband suffered multiple heart attacks that caused severe heart damage to the point where he cannot work anymore. I have little sight remaining due to a retinal eye disease, optic nerve defect, and most recently the first vital organ involvement from Sjogren’s Disease and Lupus (SLE). I had chronic dry eyes but now it is grown to include corneal inflammation that can easily cause corneal abrasions if I do not use special optic medication to prevent it. Even so, I still work in pottery, continue to lecture at various elementary schools and middle schools with regards to guide dogs and blindness as well as proving one does not need to “look” at the keys on a keyboard in order to type. LOL! I also pick up work as a freelance writer; I published a novel back in the early 2000s; additionally, there are a few books published by other writers where I was a participant in the material such as the book entitled: This Day in The Life: Diaries of Women Across America. There are others but you should get the general idea. If I stay busy, my mind stays sharper and it lessens the effects of brain fog from Lupus, IMHO anyhow. Physicians’ ideas may vary. Granted, I cannot type 120+wpm with 99% accuracy thanks to nerve damage in my right arm (another gift from the autoimmune diseases) yet I still keep going and will for as long as I am humanly able. I was supposed to be wheel-chair bound 10yrs ago yet I am still walking around. I’m slow but I get there eventually. It’s the tortoise and the hare with a dash of never giving up and never giving in. You would do well to do the same. Might change that misguided outlook you seem to have taken a shine to for some unknown reason.

Sidekick September 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

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I am glad I took the time to read this post. Really interesting and well written.

SHANNON October 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

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Sahara, Thank you very much for the lesson and lnowledge. You should take great pride in you family past info as well as for yourself and the unwillingness togive up!!! Hope you feel well and have a blessed day everyday. I truly enjoied reading your post>

flashingscotsman June 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

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Thank you Sahara. Very well said.

Conservative Kentuckian March 6, 2011 at 3:01 am

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Poor read illegal. I personally think that those who are here against the law are the real target. I saw an ad for one of these free cell phone giveaways, and the mother and son were obviously Hispanic. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against those of the Hispanic persuasion, but when you consider how many of them are here when they shouldn’t be, it makes you wonder.

spymyeyes March 6, 2011 at 3:15 am

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you have it all wrong Kentucky, now all people of spanish-speaking ethnic background have caught up to current times. They just claim that they are muslim refugees and the entitlements come flooding in!
No more waiting in lines for their foodstamps, fuel assistance, housing and WIC, they just put their burka on and take a free ride(from their free hard-ship bus-pass) to all their free benefits. Oh ya, if those evil white men try to limit their freebee;s, why then they are told to move to another state to start the entitlements all over again from square one. and over. and over. and over.

Conservative Kentuckian March 6, 2011 at 4:08 am

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True, spy, but you havta admit how much these bleeding heart America bashers are in love with sticking up for the poor downtrodden illegal, not to mention doling out the money hardworking Americans put out in taxes. Maybe we’re both right.

whatabeanr March 6, 2011 at 7:51 am

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I have to put in my two cents…let us not forget, low life freeloaders come in all colors. I have seen many people drive from their trailer parks and use their Lone-Star card to buy lots Spam, bologna, marshmallows and Cheez Whiz too.

KimmyQueen March 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm

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U are right about that.

whiskeyriver March 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm

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With a name like yours I have been watching what you post and now I think I got it. You are a damn Texican, I am a damn New Mexican, we outta get along just fine.

I know what you mean about freeloaders but the ones that use their E.B.T. cards to buy Spam, bologna or Cheez Whiz are not the ones that piss me off, at least they resemble food instead of junk.

I see it every time I go to the grocery store. I see it every time I stop at the local convenience store for gas and a six-pak. People with their little fat brats, buying sodas and candy, buying chips and beef jerky, wasting the money we taxpayers give them to help feed their family, those are the ones that piss me off. Instead of using the benefits we taxpayers pay for to buy meat, beans and potatoes for their kids, they feed them junk food.

In the little town I live in it easy to see the results of such parental laziness. Look at the kids who are overweight? Welfare mothers. Look at the kids that do not want to go to school? Welfare mothers. Look at the kids that are in trouble with the law? Welfare mothers. Where are the fathers of these kids? Living down the street with another welfare mother who will support him instead of taking care of his own.

It’s a never ending cycle and anyone that is so blind as to think we have to “help our fellow man” is just that, blind. Look at the problems our native Americans have, 180 years of welfare has really helped the Navajo or Apache! Look at how well they are living on their reservations! It’s utopia baby and it didn’t cost me anything!

Except their pride. And without pride in ourselves what have we got? Nothing, plain and simple, and all the gooberment handouts will never change that fact.

Jennifer Ann April 27, 2011 at 11:25 am

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WTH is wrong with all of you people? You haven’t a single clue what any of you are talking about, seriously. True, that in any situation there will be those people that take advantage of it. That’s something that bothers everyone, not just you rich, well off assholes who have nothing better to do than to come onto a website nad tear downt he poor.
I happen to have my Masters, Bachelors and an Associates Degree in Science and have been unable to find any work other than shitty ass Walmart. I am thankful to every degree that there are food stamps to help me feed my kids at this trying time, otherwise how would I? Have ANY of you tried to feed your kids, pay your bills, drive to work on $210.00 a week take home? I work 40 hours a week and do more manual labor than most peole making 20 times more, but I am undeserving? Who made you the boss? Wh says you decide who eats, who lives, who dies? Where do you get the right? I pay 67.00 a week in taxes a proximately. That’s almost a 3rd of my income, but I’m not entitled to help. I’ve worked for 15 years and only needed assistance recently, does that mean I shouldn’t be able to get the assistance my taxes have paid for?
Why is it none of you are complaining about the lifetime benefits and huge salaries our taxes are paying these corrput government officials who work less than 30 days a year? Why is it always attack the poor and praise the rich? That’s where our taxes are going that we should be concerned about.
Anyway, thank you. it’s great to know that America is the place where you are punished for needing help even though you’ve done all you can, and the economy is the problem.

RockingHorseGuy April 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

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“Why is it none of you are complaining about the lifetime benefits and huge salaries our taxes are paying these corrput government officials who work less than 30 days a year?”

Pay attention, Jennifer. We DO complain about that. And who you callin’ rich and well-off? I work for my money. And I don’t have a lot of it, but I do pay for my own cell-phone. Along with everything else that I own.

whiskeyriver May 31, 2011 at 2:03 pm

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Where to start, you give me so many options.

Shouldn’t it be Associates, Bachelors then Masters degree? I ain’t a college boy myself but I know enough to know that A, then B, come before M. Sounds to me like you wasted your time in school. Maybe you should have went to work at WalMart instead, by now you could be in management and making the good money.

You have to work 40 hours per week? OH MY GOD!! How do you take it? Getting three or four days off per week must be extremely hard on you! I retired after 32 years working in heavy construction, building dams, highways and bridges, and a 60 or 70 hour week is the norm. What is your problem? Too lazy to work for a living?

You mention children but say nothing about a husband. Didn’t all those fancy schools you attended teach you how to keep your legs crossed? You know, that controversial sex education in public schools thing we keep hearing about? Put a sock on it or keep it out when the hormones rage? And now you expect us, the taxpayers, to support you and your children with food stamps?

You are the one that made the bad decisions in your life, you need to take care of your problems yourself. And quit telling us you “pay taxes”, that is a lie. If you have children, make less than $24,000 per year, you get far more back because of low income tax credits than you have ever paid into the system.

One foul, three strikes, you are outta here. I just feel sorry for your kids, who have such a wimp for a parent.

Babydoll102187 July 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm

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Sorry, but I notice you havent mentioned a father to your children. I hate to be cold, but unless the father of your children is dead or resides in a state that wont prosecute for child support, you are getting way more than 210.00 weekly. Child support X3=$200-$900extra monthly at least. It could cover the cost of a cheap $50.00 plan for a cell phone.

SHANNON October 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm

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Then do be cold. Shouldnt judge just the same. You may collect benefits for your kids too.Or maybe your just young and well dumb. She sounds to be doing right by her task as a mom im sure she would more if she could and to be quite honest child support don’t pay that much. If she is a single mom GOOD for her for doing what she needed to as a women with or without a man. Cause from the sounds of it the men in america aren’t worth the paper i wipe with. As a women i think you would defend her.

SHANNON October 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

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Keep up all the hard work you do!!! All these men asking where is the dad or the husband and are bashing you or have bad things to say. But they are men the only think with 1/4 of their already drunk brain (since they are buying gas and six-pack at store) which puts their already stupid comment even that much more stupid. I have been in your spot before with one child. Its hard got help when needed it and then got job at Wal-Mart too. I know all about the slave work for Wal-Mart and the little bit of hours you get even when you beg for more. It will get better and you can get off aid. Trust God and it will work out. Oh and yes I have a husband who is the father of my child BUT he is disabled and unable to work he does get social security but that is minimal so I did get extra help for my child only for a bit til i was able to get along without. For all those who have to know where the father is

KATHERINE August 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

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David Bishop August 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm

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I heard Caps Lock is cruise control for cool.

RockingHorseGuy August 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm

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Or stupid. Depends on who’s looking at it.

Always Sunny In Hell October 21, 2011 at 4:56 am

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You expected support here? Ha. Noone here is part of the 1%. Plus Im sorry but if you go onto random websites to cry and moan people usually don’t listen. The world is a tough place and cudos for raising children by yourself. But to come here and make it look like were all horrible people is just plain misguided. Do a google search for “single mother suport blog.” you’ll feel beter.

KimmyQueen March 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm

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Illegals can be Asian, European and African as well. The targets are illegal “immigrants” no matter their background it just so happens that due to being in the same hemisphere, it is easier for latin americans to get here. The interesting thing here is that a lot of these illegals are not exactly poor or else their poverty is relative as to where they came from (skewed higher), so they CAN afford cells, they are just asked not to buy them outright and get service, to avoid “uncomfortable” questions (and tracking) which is what these “companies” actually say in a lot of their advertisements.

BMF March 6, 2011 at 4:02 am

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Ever wonder how the federal government has gotten involved in so many programs that are outside of the enumerated powers reserved to the federal government?

Which article in the Constitution authorizes the government to provide free cell phones? Why is the government installing 2,500 changing stations across the country for electric cars (I don’t recall the government building gas stations for the new horseless carriages)? Why is the government subsidizing Ethanol? Why is the government subsidizing wind and solar and then giving people money so they can pay their higher energy bills?

Recording the list of all of these giveaway programs would require the equivalent of every roll of toilet paper produced since we stopped using pages of the Sears catalog in the moon house in the backyard.

And we do all of this when we don’t have any money. We are broke. We have sentenced our children, their children, and future generations as far as we can foresee to pay for our fiscal negligence.

This freaking country has lost it’s freaking mind.

If we had adhered to the Constitution instead of creating endless new “rights” from thin air; we wouldn’t be in this unholy mess.

RockingHorseGuy March 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

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The excuse always given is the general welfare clause. Seems that liberals aren’t bright enough to understand that back when the Constitution was written, the word welfare had a different meaning than it does today.

Grammar Fuhrer March 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm

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Yet another program from liberals that gives away “free” stuff to those who “need” them, while the US tax payer foots the bill.

deepthinker March 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm

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Damn where is Mercedes Benz or BMW, that is what I want next for me. This whole program is a crock. Talk about paying off the contributors and the whiners.

The people in this country use to say “Is that the best you’ve got” now they say “Is that the best you can do for me”. Let them buy and pay for their own phones or do without. I am so sick and tired of hearing this is for the poor. I’ve seen poor and no one in this country is truly poor. They may have less than others but their lazy non working asses are not poor by any stretch of the imagination

Jennifer Ann April 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm

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What gives you the right to by any means say the poor “aren’t poor”? Have you ever had to support 3 people on minimum wage? Have you met every single “poor person” in the U.S.?
Have you seen the conditions some of us are forced to live in? I could not afford more than a 1 bedroom , tiny, 500 square foot apartment. So that is where I AND my 2 children live, for the last 2 years. They share a room, I sleep on a couch. I have developed severe chronic back pain from sleeping on a run down dilapitated couch for 2 years, but I’m not poor. My children have not had a Christmas or Birthday gift the last 2 years. My neighbors daughter is 10 and has never had store bought cloths or gifts. EVERYTHING she owns is second hand. The people down the street have squeezed 7 people into a small 2 bedroom, 3 adults and 4 children to try to help eachother pay the bills. The nbighborhood we live in is not safe for the jids to play outside, because in a safe neighborhood our rents would be twice as much if not more and we can’t afford that. I have walked to work 20 miles there, everyday because I can’t afford insurance, a car, or gas. But, I forgot, YOU know poor. Shit I must have it made. You don’t know SHIT!

RockingHorseGuy April 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm

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I guess you gambled on the wrong degrees. Happens all the time. Now get out there and learn to do something useful, so you can get a better job. People do it all the time.

Lea June 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm

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Maybe she is, but you have to start somewhere. If you have nowhere to live while you are changing gears, that helps noone. Her children deserve the right to a safe home. They will see any help she receives as just that, help to succeed. Her success is what they will remember, not the WIC/food stamps, etc. They will then pass that on to their own kids one day, and become hard-working AMericans as their mother is. If she is working and trying to do better, that is more than some people I have met!

flashingscotsman June 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

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She could start by being honest. Walking 20 miles to work? I rather doubt that.

hisham June 5, 2011 at 10:29 pm

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I have to ask Jennifer, are you related to Olivia or Jameela?

David Bishop July 27, 2011 at 8:16 pm

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Actually I support 3 children, my wife, and live below the poverty line. I still pay for my cell phone.

RockingHorseGuy July 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm

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That last one is really cute too, DB.

RockingHorseGuy September 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm

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Jeez, I got two thumbs down for saying that DB has a cute little baby at home. I guess I’ll get thumbed down for saying this, too.

RockingHorseGuy October 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

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poppajoe49 July 28, 2011 at 4:57 am

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Didn’t anyone notice this moron Jennifer Ann said “I have walked to work 20 miles there”.
A 20 mile walk would take most people 6 hours, then 8 hours at work, and 20 mile walk home again, would be 20 hours a day. Where are your kids? When do you sleep? Why is it that you can afford a computer and internet access, but not a better apartment? Have you not heard of section 8? If you’re so poor and have 2 kids, you should be getting food stamps, ADC, section 8, and subsidized daycare. You could afford a nicer apartment and a car, on our dime.
But, I forgot, YOU know poor.

Actually, I do. There was a time I was living in a friends garage because I had no income, and no savings. As white male, I didn’t qualify for any welfare, food stamps, or section 8. I was living on baked potatoes and water because they are cheap and filling! My friends couldn’t afford to give me a free place to live and feed me too, so I had to survive however I could. Picking up day labor jobs 1-2 days a week so I could afford to eat and put gas in my car to go looking for work. I had no TV, cell phone, computer, ipod, x-box, playstation, or any of that other crap.
Don’t presume to think that we can’t tell when you are lying, and then tell us that we don’t know crap!

PsychoDad July 30, 2011 at 5:05 am

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You appear to have a computer and internet access.

WordEmUp March 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm

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Don’t you people get it? Free cell phones are a basic human right. Along with free internet, health care, the right to marry a horse, having 43 items in the 10 items or less line, owning a $400,000 house on a janitors income, and going to the front of the line at Space Mountain. Neanderthals.

deepthnker March 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm

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That is true liberalism is a mental disorder.

KimmyQueen March 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm

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Intra-governmental competition… Change you can believe in.

Lea May 31, 2011 at 12:15 pm

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My question:
When did all of YOU become the judges and jury?
My husband works 60-70 hours per week, in 101 degrees today, to keep Americans safe on the highways. We pay taxes, and are voters. I even occasionally write to my representatives. I am conservative, pro-life and married for almost 19 years.
I also get a *free* cell phone. It isn’t really free though, because we pay for it in our taxes. The taxes WE PAY. We use coupons, own only one vehicle in our family of 8, and buy almost everything second-hand.
The cell phone has very few minutes on it per month, and no bells or whistles. Just peace of mind for us, living in a semi-rural area and often driving at night. If I want more minutes, I have to buy them at some outrageous rate, I believe it is $20 per hour. Not exactly a bargain. So, I only use it when I need to.
I simply do NOT understand the bigotry and biases I see here. Of course we all know of people who cheat the system. I know many, many more, especially from working at WIC, that work hard and are still under the income limits for most programs. My own son works many hours, just to pay for his college classes, his insurance, and his gas back and forth. He could not possibly live on his own at this point, yet works with many who also make minimum wage, but are not his age, they are trying to support families. Hopefully, he will go far and not ever need assistance. That is our goal for him, and all of our children.
We ARE America. Hard-working, voting, and responsible. If our government, which WE pay for, and vote for, offers us a phone, why are we not to accept it? What is the problem? I simply do not understnad how I am hurting you. I am raising my children to be responsible and hard-working Americans, as we are. Accepting a cell phone that helps us out is NOT a crime.

RockingHorseGuy June 5, 2011 at 9:56 am

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Your husband works 60-70 hours a week, and you qualify for welfare? Something sounds fishy here.

KimmyQueen June 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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Yes I call BS.

Lea June 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm

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No BS here. I just looked up our local energy assistance site, and the income guidelines for our family are $67, 767.50. We make $54,600. Not even close.
We had fallen behind for a variety of reasons, some our fault, some just bad luck or circumstance. The point is, to us cell phones ARE a luxury, we did not have one, and when this was offered, we accepted it. It is now the 4th, and I haven’t even used any minutes this month yet. I only use what I need.
I completely agree that able-bodied people should have to work for what they have. We also live in a country that uses our tax dollars to pay for programs that are available if we need them. Can someone please explain why it is wrong to accept something we are paying for? Abuse I understand. It is wrong. No question. Utililizing a government program is NOT always wrong, though. I mean, it is OUR government. Taxpayers own it. Why is it wrong to accept what is offered if there is a need? If getting this phone means I can pay my electric bill on time and not need assistance next year, isn’t that the whole point? I would save a lot of money if I could communicate with my husband during the workday. The gas money alone, if he stopped even once a week and I saved the $15 I would have used to go to the store. Not to mention the safety factor. Roads are very dark here, and not always heavily traveled at night. Having a phone is reassuring, and allows me to save gas by taking the shorter, less populated route versus the longer, more expensive, heavily traveled road.
This is not BS. I know other families like us. They work, and yet still qualify for WIC or Medicaid or energy assistance. They pay taxes and vote. Their kids all have the same dad. :-)

KimmyQueen June 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm

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As an American taxpayer yes you are entitled to this program for a temporary time 6 months or less until you are able to have a better handled of your finances. Are you talking to a financial advisor to help you manage and change your habits? are you consolidating your debt? creating a budget? getting rid of non-essentials in your home for extra cash? are you saving? are you using coupons? are you buying only essentials? Hopefully you are doing all that you can in order to avoid using this program indefinetly. I am sorry that things didn’t work out for you and you are hitting hard times. I hope you are not thinking of using this forever…

However with that said… you are above the average four member family income which is closer to 35K. You have a leg up than average americans do not have and i am sure many of them do not go on welfare nor use government assistance. I think that services like these are for US citizens and legal immigrants on the path of citizenships who are in abject poverty, who are homeless, who are unemployed for over 3 months. However even with that said having a personal cellphone is still a luxury not a necessity. There are very few circumstances where I would say that having a cellphone is a necessity and considering that you are making that amount of money a year you can handle a pre-paid phone with pre-paid minutes just fine as they are very many options and some for 30 dollars or less and if you don’t use a lot of minuts that is an appropriate option.

tired August 31, 2011 at 10:32 am

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you make almost 55000 a year and accept government freebies? Shameful, i make far less than that and pat for my possessions.

Lea June 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm

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We are a family of 8. We do not receive welfare. We received energy asssistance this year to help with our electric bills, and this is how I qualified. I believe our state’s high risk insurance pool also qualifies you, and this is where I am most likely going to end up. I am unable to get private insurance, I have been denied, and my husband’s employer does not offer it. So, again, no welfare, but yet we would qualify. My husband is a construction foreman and is on salary, so 60-70 hours, day or night, makes the same as 40. The salary is a great benefit when bad weather comes around, though, and is a great perk in his industry, as a lot of companies do not offer it. Not everyone who qualifies for these programs are freeloaders.

RockingHorseGuy June 6, 2011 at 10:24 am

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There are so many things about your post that irks me, I don’t know where to begin.

First, the fact that anyone making $56,400 a year qualifies to take any of my money from me at gunpoint is rather insane.

Free phone and electricity=welfare.

To qualify for the free phone, you must show that you are receiving some other form of government assistance. In other words, welfare.

So, using your figures, and taking the average of 65 hours a week, your husband, as a construction foreman working on the highway, ends up making an average of $14 an hour. Must be a lousy job. When I was a grading foreman, building roads, bridges, airports, etc, I made $40 an hour, with a benefit package worth upwards of $17 an hour. Maybe your husband should look for a better job. Or maybe he should have gotten a better job before knocking you up 8 times. If you can’t feed ‘em, don’t breed ‘em. And don’t come whining to me to pay for your stuff because you can’t afford it. Live within your means.

Alma Vasquez June 5, 2011 at 7:17 am

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i read a book on telecommunications, in it, it stated, that people in Africa pay $2 a month for phone service. And the companies still make a profit. So, it stands to reason, that here in the U.S., the companies make a huge profit when they sell you phone service for $100, and it only cost them $2 , that’s $98 in pure profit. Eventually, when this information gets out, phone service prices should fall, maybe to $15 a month or thereabouts.

KimmyQueen June 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm

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That is seriously disgusting…

gunitTa88 June 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

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You are some ignorant, ill-mannered, idiotic buffoons with an IQ less than that of a goldfish. Not the slightly more expensive ($1.50) puffy eyed goldfish but the 5-for-a-dollar ones you feed to oscars. (And no not that green motherf*cker in the trash can on channel 8). Talking about illegal immigrants and the “negras” swimming across the ocean because the government is allowing people to have a low minute phone in case of emergencies? Bigots like you are the reason they created the safelink phone program so that when the torches and pitchforkes come marching down the ave.; some have a way to call of help or say goodbye. Hopefully some wise up and use a few minutes to prank call your degenerate asses.

Ps: some words may be too big. Use a suck-my-dictionary.

dbdbdb June 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

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first of all who and what gives you any right to call someone a buffoon, monkey, nigga or what ever dumb name you can come up with, You have a problem with people. Don’t be surprised if the closest female to you gets pregnant by one of those bad names you were calling people. Grow the hell up… if you don’t have sensible things to say don’t say or write them We are not back in slavery times where that is accepted or tolerated. You can be sued for slander. And the worst thing is…is that you probably really feel what you say is correct. that’s really SAD!!!

sianna watson June 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm

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im getting annoyed by all this racist crapp! reachout wireless is not a scam, all of us need help in some way, and it has nothing to do with our race… there is no such thing as only african americans, or other races needing help more or less than the white people… the least we can do is provide help for those less fortunate. some of you who commented are inconsiderate, racist, ignorent idiots.. why cant all races and ethnicities live together peacefully?… maybe one day…

Kyle July 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

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Let’s not forget that there are those out there who actually need these phones. I live in Maine and use a transportation service called Community Concepts. It is paid for by Maincare which is “a ‘Federal/State’ program which provides health and dental insurance assistance to people with limited resources” ( -source) I get rides every week to Tri-County Mental Health services in order to work out the two most prominent debilitating mental conditions that I have -social anxiety and severe memory loss (although the memory problems seem to be caused by a recently discovered cyst instead of some mental block). But in order to schedule a ride to these appointments, I need a phone. This free (to me) phone really helps me out. I’m able to schedule rides to work on my problems so that one day I can become a tax payer and productive member of society.

With that being said, I think if someone is receiving benefits from the government (foodstamps, social security or whatever), their benefits should be reduced by as much as it would cost to get and keep the phone. I receive $200 a month in foodstamps. Let’s say the option was available to get a prepaid phone from the government. it’s $10 for the cheapest phone and if I were to get a monthly plan, $20 would get me 125 minutes. That’s about 80 minutes extra that I wouldn’t use -it only takes 5-10 minutes to schedule a ride. 4 rides for my mental health and occasionally a 5th and 6th ride for a regular doctor and the dentist. So the first month of my new phone I would receive $170 in foodstamps and subsequently $180/month. I would be perfectly fine with that. If I went with a 50 minute plan, I would receive $190/month.

Just to be clear, I’m not saying that poor people are entitled to these phones, what I’m saying is that they should be required to make the choice to have the money taken from their foodstamps or social security (or whatever is received) if they want the phone, or just go without. I don’t speak for everyone, I’m just providing food for thought. –maybe just a snack actually.

RockingHorseGuy July 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm

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Gee, you COULD just take thirty dollars of the money we already give you, and go to WalMart, or CircleK, and BUY a prepaid phone. It comes with minutes, that last as long as it takes you to use them. Problem solved. Keep up with those mental health appointments. You need them.

Kyle July 10, 2011 at 9:08 am

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Here’s the shortened, more understandable version:
I was trying to say that it would be $30 less spending the first month and $20 less spending in subsequent months as opposed to the $200 plus the phone. Without the phone, I will not be able to make appointments, and my mental health would continue to decline. Please don’t tell me you are actually complaining that there is somebody out there who wants to spend as little of your tax dollars as possible, for the least amount of time as possible. Perhaps you should enroll in treatment yourself. You are seemingly unable to understand that spending less money is a good thing. It would also seem that you have an ego so big, it’s obvious you’re trying to compensate for something.

Just in case you still don’t get it, here is a different way of looking at it:
Our government (however decrepit it may seem) has given the OK for these phones. That means, it is thought that they will provide some benefit in the long run. The phone is a valuable resource for me and people like me. If I did not have this phone I would likely continue to leech off your valuable tax dollars for the rest of my life. With the phone, I can make appointments and eventually rewire my brain to function in society, get rid of my foodstamps and hold a job – which means I will be paying taxes, and paying back all the money the government has spent on me.

“Keep up with those mental health appointments. You need them.”
I would appreciate if you actually read what I wrote. Saying “you need them” in reference to my mental health appointments, could mean:

A.) You can magically tell from my comment the exact severity of my social anxiety and memory loss.

B.)You skimmed over parts of my comment that you deemed invalid.

C.) You have nothing better to do than throw a bit of a temper tantrum on the internet by attempting insult those less fortunate.

D.) All of the above.

RockingHorseGuy: “Erm…Answer number D!!!” DING DING DING!!! Congratulations, RockingHorseGuy, you are the winner of The Least Valid Commenter award!!! You only have five business days to claim your prize, so ACT NOW!!! Feel free to complain about how you’ve won! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go spend more of your tax dollars.

RockingHorseGuy July 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm

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You don’t get out much, do you?

Kyle July 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm

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Yeah, it’s called SOCIAL anxiety for a reason. I will admit that not everything I say is well thought out, but at least I don’t try to set loose a random collection of statements and insults onto the internet.

I have to hand it to you though. You can bring up valid points. You just come across a little strong and sometimes end up insulting people too much for them to take you seriously. I realize you actually have valid things to say, like when Lea said her husband works 60-70 hours per week and still got welfare. It does sound a bit fishy. But the way you replied, it almost sounded as if you were blaming her for some unfortunate circumstances. I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt. perhaps you are not as rude as you seem. Try wording your comments carefully to avoid coming off as rude.

Lea July 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm

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I did feel disrespected. My husband does NOT have a lousy job. In our area, he has an awesome job. Most of his friends, in construction, make much less than he does. Benefits just are NOT standard here, in our area.
If you can find a job for him that makes $40 per hour, around here, I’ll buy YOU a cellphone, lol. It just doesn’t exist, even with the years of experience he has.
For years he was self employed, but it is too shaky now, in his industry. He is very proud, and the hardest working man I have ever met.
He makes salary, based on 40 hours at $26.50 per hour. Most of the companies here start at $13 per hour. $13!!!!! No overtime, either. With no benefits, it is cheaper to hire another guy at $13 than pay overtime. He makes twice as much as guys twenty years older than he is, because he does the job right and is willing to go in early and stay late if need be. That’s why we are blessed to make what we do.
I never stated that I was going to get this phone forever. It is helpful, however, and as a taxpaying American, I feel no shame in accepting help when we hit a rough time and had exhausted our savings. Hopefully, we will get ahead again soon and not have a need for help. It takes time, however, it doesn’t happen overnight.
I understand the frustration for those who are cheating the system, not trying to get ahead. However, sometimes you try as hard as you can and life throws you a curveball. It is impossible to plan for everything.

whiskeyriver July 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm

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Waaa, waaa, waaa. It sounds like you are one of the “keep up with the Jone’s” type. If what you say is true your hubby is earning about $50 grand per year and you can’t “get by” on that? I know a lot of working folks where I live that are raising families on a lot less and they pay their own way. No gooberment provided cell phones or internet service, they pay their own way.

From what you say here I would just about bet you live in a, for example, fancy $150,000 dollar house when a smaller home worth $75,000 would work just fine. I bet you have 2 newer model cars, or a car and a pickup, in the driveway that you make payments on instead of taking care of and driving a paid for car or pickup.

Are you making payments on a couple of ATV’s or “personal water craft”? Or is it a bass boat instead? Do you owe the bank so much money on loans you will be paying until the day you die? Are your credit card bills so high you have to pay the minimum every month so you can continue to use them? If so you are a fool and need to learn how to manage your finances.

I may not have much but everything I have is paid for. My home, the 1800 square foot “vacation” cabin near Angel Fire, my pickup, car and Harley, all paid for because I never lived outside my income, saved my money, never had a credit card, paid cash for what I wanted other than home mortagage payments.

Until you, and a lot of Americans, get the message and quit worrying about “keeping up with the Jone’s”, you will always be broke and taking from Peter to pay Paul each month. If your hubbys salary doubles next week it will not matter, you will waste it on foolish things like a new car, boat or pickup and your lot in life will remain the same.

And you expect me, a responsible taxpayer to pay for your cell phone service? As my Aussie friend would say, bugger off. You dig your own hole, you figure out how to climb out of it.

Lea July 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

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I have no idea why I keep coming back here, lol.
I do not know where you live, but can I move there, lol? Where in the WORLD would I get a home for $75,000. Here, even in the rural area we live in, a home to fit our family is at least $170,000. We paid $137,900 for our house, 10 years ago. TOWNHOMES are at least $150,000, in a bad area. So are doublewides, on a lot, with additional lot rent. A single wide isn’t big enough for everyone. I have nothing against trailers, they aren’t big enough though.
Two new cars?? HA!! I may have spit out my drink at this one! One car seats 9, which is necessary for us. We do have a *small* payment. The car is 7 years old, and was bought used. It will be paid off as soon as possible. Our other car is a 1981 Toyota that seats 5. My favorite car, it has historic tags and was my grandmother’s car. It was our only car for years. If we still all fit in it, we would still have just the one car, and I would be very happy. In fact, if we ever scrape up the money to get this little car fixed, I will be very happy.
Keeping up with the Joneses is just NOT my thing. First of all, we can’t afford it. Second, why would I want to? Jet skis? A bass boat????? REALLY???? I mean, good grief!!!!!!!
If I want to fish, we go down to the river with some lemonade and spend a few hours fishing. We are down to earth, not hoity-toity. We dig our own worms. :-)
I respectfully wish to tell you that you have no idea what you are talking about, sir. We live frugally, buy almost everything second hand, and make things last. We usually have a big garden, to supplement our large grocery budget. We buy a beef from a local farmer, we buy things on sale, and my husband has almost always worked TWO jobs, one regular job and then side jobs too, to make ends meet. Most people are struggling here right now, so not too many people want their siding replaced or a new roof, they are making do. So, less side work. Not to mention bartering, we do things for neighbors, they do things for us.
We simply fell behind, and it snowballed into a big mess. It took time to get into the mess, and it is taking time to get out. I should say that we make a lot more now thatn we used to. For the first 15 years or so of our marriage, we made around $20,000-$25,000 per year. This job has been an incredible opportunity for us, an answer to prayers. SO MANY are out of work, we are very fortunate that he has a good job.
In our state, as I have said before, the income levels are very high. This is not my fault, I do not set the guidelines. I am not doing anything illegal, we are simply accepting help we have paid for in our taxes, while we need it.
We do not abuse the system, we contribute to our community and we vote. There is no reason to feel bad that we fell on hard times and help was there.
If you are interested, go to the Maryland website and lookup the guidelines. They are very high, and it surprised me too.
I won’t judge you as you are judging me. I do not know you. However, I would caution you to think a while before accusing people of being something that they are not. Not everyone is out to get something for nothing their whole lives. Some of us are hard working, and honest, and want nothing more than to be good citizens and raise good, productive citizens in turn.

RockingHorseGuy July 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm

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Sounds like you may have been breeding beyond your means.

RockingHorseGuy July 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm

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Again, he has an “awesome” job, and you still qualify for welfare. It ain’t workin’ here. Either you’re lying, or welfare is just a bit too easy to qualify for.

Lea July 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

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Well, go to the Maryland Energy assistance website and look for yourself if you don’t believe me. The newest guidelines say the limit for our family is $59,167.50 per year. Why would I come here and lie? To be insulted? No thank you.
Is it so hard to believe that a family can fall on hard times and take a while to get out? We had savings, we used them for emergencies, that is what they were for.
Have you thought of running for office? If you were elected, you could help make the laws, and maybe then you would be happy. :-)

perlcat July 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm

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Here’s where you lost me, Lea.

If you cannot make it on $50,000 a year, then you have to find a place where $50,000 is sufficient to make it. Or do something else. Sorry, life is full of hard choices. Sounds like you have a great family, and the time spent raising your kids will reward you in the long run.

Nobody is compelling you to work for a sub-survival wage — your choice is to live in a place where it isn’t possible to. If good people move away from bad situations, then eventually, they will all migrate to where the wages are better. You are right in that a mortgage is hard to support in an area where entry level houses are $150,000 — that leaves you paying almost half your husband’s salary on mortgage.

As to there being no place to live that are better? Unemployment is around 5% where I live, and I just had two houses sold in my neighborhood for $50,000 — which trashed the $70,000 value of my house. It isn’t a castle, but it’s mine, and I can afford all 1400 sq feet of it, even on unemployment — which is exactly why I chose to buy a small, cheaper house. Median income is $35,000, so you guys would be the rich people in town.

If the rest of the country is compelled to subsidize people so they can live beyond their means in the place they prefer, then the people who chose a more economical neighborhood are taking a beating so you can live in what would be a *very* affluent neighborhood around here. How fair is that? Why can’t I just take a little out of everybody’s paycheck, so I can live in a wealthy neighborhood?

In addition, I have lived without a cell phone raising kids for twenty years — why, again, should I be compelled to pay for you to have what I saw as an excessive expense and did without?

I am all for charity — but if my charity money goes to someone better off than I, then there is some explaining that needs to happen. So start with the explanation of *why* it is necessary for the rest of the nation to pay for your discretionary expenses.

fredfred July 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm

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Eleven years ago, my wife and I were both working and bringing in about 100,000 between the two of us. We were living fairly decently, had a couple of nice cars, great neighborhood, did the family vacation thing etc., etc. Then our daughter fell ill was hospitalized for almost a year with an additional six months worth of in and out hospital stays. Our insurance ran out, our savings were depleted, and my wife had to quit her job in order to tend to the needs of our child.

We found ourselves in a situation where we were trying to maintain our lifestyle on half the income. It simply was not working and we had a choice – to go on the “dole” (we most certainly qualified for it) or adjust our lifestyle to fit within our means. We chose the latter because it just did not sit well with either of us to be taking handouts in order to maintain a lifestyle we were ill equipped to afford. Both of us would have had a lot of trouble facing our neighbors knowing that they were subsidizing our very existence.

We sold our house and found another that was affordable – still in it, by the way – not the prettiest house and not the “perfect” neighborhood, but we can afford it. We sold our nice cars to get rid of the monthly payments, pared down our monthly expenses – got rid of cable TV, the book clubs, the dry cleaners and all the other fluff and non-necessary things. It was difficult at first, but it really did not take all that long to get used to it.

During those hard times, many people told us we should seek assistance – many told us we were stupid for not taking advantage of it since we “paid in” all those years through our taxes, so it was in essence “our” money anyway. We did not and do not look at it that way – I was still working and made decent money so we never even considered assistance as a viable option.

You see; far too many people in this country feel they are entitled to a “good” life and deserve to have everything they want simply because they exist. Far too many people in this country perpetuate that sense of entitlement by allowing it to become a lifestyle, or career if you will. If someone is truly indigent, then by all means help them out – but if someone is living in a 150,000 house they can’t afford, handing them free stuff and subsidizing their mortgage, phones, food, etc. at others expense is most certainly sending a very wrong message. The best way to help out that particular person would be to teach them what it means to live within a budget.

“Give a man fish you feed him for a day…teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime”…or something like that.

RockingHorseGuy July 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

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Like I said, and you just proved it for me, welfare is a bit too easy to qualify for.

Reggie July 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm

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My wife and I also made over $100k per year, nice home, car etc. etc.. I felt the same way about gov’t handouts as most of you do. I often felt so upset when paying property tax, self employment tax, payroll taxes, sales use tax and income tax and I thought where does it stop. I did end up having to use the welfare system. My wife was diagnosed with cancer, she was hospitalized to the point where the insurance company stopped paying mid treatment. We quickly ran through $60k of savings. I let two of the employees go and filled the orders myself during the middle of the night. One night while leaving someone robbed and shot me. I lived, obviously, but I missed payments, credit lines where decreased or closed and the business that I worked years at building closed. Although I paid 100% of unemployment taxes on my payroll check, I only got 40% of what I qualified for because I owned the business. This is all while dealing with a sick wife and three kids. I had nothing left. Electricity off, phone off, cable off and enough unemployment for food. I maxed credit card on hospital bills. I sold everything I could think of to turn things around. It felt like the worst day of my life when I had to go ask for help. They gave me food stamps, insurance for my family and told me about the phone program and energy assistance to get the lights back on. I used the phone only to search for work and as an emergency contact number. After healing, I got called for a job and my income is now about 40k. I know there is a ton of waste and fraud in the system but I am so grateful for the assistance and have a greater appreciation for the term unforeseen circumstances.

Christiane July 22, 2011 at 8:59 am

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Most of you are missing the main points. First, only one phone is given to a household, no matter how many people are there. Second, the phones are given to those who qualify and prove it. Third, I remember the initial ads claimed to give the phones for emergencies. I wish I had a cell phone with me when a pack of dogs attacked me. Every second counts. I wish I had a cell phone when there was a trailer fire next door and my landline did not work. Again, every second counts. What if a senior citizen cannot get to a landline but has a cell phone in one pocket. I repeat…. Every second counts. Sure, some people may abuse it, at least in your minds, but even if one life is saved, it is worth it. Scam? I do not believe that at all. The phone companies can benefit from publicity and extra dollars from those who pay for extra minutes and features. Think about those who work and do not have much to support a family. They need and deserve an extra break, and this is not much to give them. So, why complain? I repeat….If it saves one life, it is worth it!!!

David Bishop July 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm

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If it’s profitable for those companies, then why subsidize it with government funding?

PsychoDad July 30, 2011 at 5:10 am

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When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. A lawfully – carried 9mm would have been better to have than a cell phone. Be glad it was only dogs and not a gang of angry urban youths.

poppajoe49 July 30, 2011 at 5:30 am

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A 9mm is good, but a .50 cal says “run or die”!

RockingHorseGuy October 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

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Or maybe, run and STILL die?

alice July 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm

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OMG! i am amazed as to how ignorant many people still are!

and when for God’s sake when are african americans going to start earning a life own their own?
until when are they going to keep using the whle slave thing to live for free! or careless living off the government? besides i dont think there are any past slaves still living? or there is?

come on people! you’re free………. have been for a long time now get to living, but earn it! Gosh!

Reggie July 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

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Not sure if you mean to imply that all African Americans are looking for a handout. Out of the 30 million welfare recipients the number of African American and White are about equal, with white being the slight majority. In addition whites make up almost 90% of the expenditures for the social security and medicare entitlement programs. There are some really lazy people in all race classes that just refuse to work but I truly believe that most Americans regardless of race work there butts off and have less and less to show for it. African Americans, last time I checked, made up about 12% of the us population (roughly 245 million, which approx 11 million of that number are on welfare). The poorest in our society did not cause our current problems we face, greed, lack of leadership, irresponsibiliy and lack of common sense did.

alice July 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm

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not necesarily! no! but gosh i hate it whenthey want to go black on everyone and everything!!!!! oh jsut becasue am black , balck this black that!!!!

this wasn’t supposed to be a race issue its about free phones!!!!!!!!!
but it all seems to be turn into a racial issue for some!!!!!!!!! specially african americans!!!!!

not jsut blacks and white folk get welfare! asian and lots of arminians if not go to hollywood and see!!!!!!!!:(

i am hispanic and make little money & still dont and have never been on any type of welfare!!! my husban became a citizen a few years ago like 3! after 14 years of marriage! yes and he hates the fact that many go straight to welfare after getting their legal documents!!! and i dont blame them no, with the economy who can blame them! but it does affect certain ethnicities!

get stereytped! like sayign the mexicans are taking our jobs! its just unfair and ridiculous, they get the jobs no one wants & for little money!

who here would work in the fields and pick cucumbers for 0.3 cents a lb? who is interest? no one ? off-course not!

trust me even i pay for those free phones!

have anyone see the phones for the dissabled? well we all pay for them too!

check your land line bill or cell bill! tax A, tax b or tax C? WTF?
even the poor who have a land lineor cell phone pay for those! so in the end even the poor pay for things they get! “for free!”

and yes i think we all know the poor people did not cause the currrent economic problems “GREED did ! mostly!

they government got so used to blaming everythign on the illegals and the poor that now it’ll be hard to get rid of it.

i’ve meet quit nice african americans, hard working ones! but i have met more lazy ones than anything! and not just blacks that’s for sure! but the fact that african americans are blaming mexicans and their ancestors being slaves is just wrong!!!! they need to stop! that’s all!

peace to all!!!!!

perlcat July 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm

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You make interesting points. You sound like an intelligent young lady with a lot of pride and are well on your way to being successful. I’d like to point something out to you, though.

You said:

“like sayign(sic) the mexicans are taking our jobs! its(sic) just unfair and ridiculous, they get the jobs no one wants & for little money!

who here would work in the fields and pick cucumbers for 0.3 cents a lb? who is interest(sic)?”

These jobs are not wanted because they pay poorly. No doubt. They pay poorly because there are many people who will accept that pay because they do not have legal status. In fact, before there was such a large influx of illegal labor to be taken advantage of, those jobs paid considerably more. I still can remember when working in the meatpacking industry was viewed as a good job. It is no more.

Sadly, no one is looking out for those laborers, either. Certainly not their union. Their union collects relatively high dues based upon the eventuality of a strike, knowing full well that illegal immigrants are not stupid enough to go on strike, call attention to themselves, and get deported. In the meantime, the pay rate has not kept pace with the times, and the safety conditions have become intolerable due to the unholy marriage between the unscrupulous unions and the equally unscrupulous people that hire people that clearly are here illegally.

In a more just world, the employers that wish to hire Mexicans at a lower wage would move the jobs to Mexico, rather than abuse the US’ legal system and economy. While that would mean that jobs would leave the US, the US is free to compete in other ways, and Mexico is able to develop their economy, rather than rely upon people wiring money to their relatives back home. In addition, since these people would be working *legally*, they would have the full protection of the law — far too many people have been maimed with no accountability to the people that create these unsafe work conditions.

If you wonder who to blame for this sorry state of affairs? Blame a mix of Democrat politics as well as a dose of crony capitalism from the establishment Republicans. This has to stop — not because anyone here bears any animosity to Mexicans — far from it — the people of Mexican and hispanic descent I know personally are wonderful people who want nothing more than the same chance to succeed that anyone else has. It has to stop because it is wrong to treat people as pawns in electioneering and profiteering schemes.

flashingscotsman June 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

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If welfare weren’t so easily available, maybe Americans would do those jobs.

jwilson07 July 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

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Social security is NOT WELFARE. How dare you compare a person who worked 50 years, his retirement he paid into the whole time, to a lazy shiftless worthless 3rd generation welfare queen. Stop that complete B@llsh*t argument right now. We owe people a decent retirement who worked and slaved to make this country successful and prosperous. We do NOT owe ANYTHING to welfare and food stamp losers.

Reggie July 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm

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Again, any comment can be considered derogatory if the intent is not understood. Alice made a comment that African Americans are all after welfare or don’t want to earn their own. It was my intent to show that first, they are all not on welfare and taking handouts, because 230 million out of the 245 million are not receiving welfare according to the census bureau and the US dept of health and human service. Secondly, when I say social security, it is intended to encompasses more than just retirement insurance and healthcare for the dedicated worker. It cover retirees, the disabled, regardless of age, survivors benefits, which includes spouse, children and stepchildren, SSI, which is absolutely welfare, medicare and medicaid and a portion of the state children’s health insurance program. Lastly, Social Security is not a savings or retirement plan, it is a safety net (financial aid) designed to help with basic needs when one can no longer work. And regardless of how much a person pays into the system they are still entitled to this peace of mind because as a society we don’t want to see someone work there fingers to the bone for 50 years, raising kids, paying for college and bills to be destitute after you can no longer work. I see nothing wrong with that choice, but it is the biggest part of our budget. (side note: Social Security & Medicare over 35% of budget, Dept of defense over 17%, unemployment over 9%, Interest on debt over 9%, welfare and social programs just over 3%) Welfare is a problem but its not the problem.

poppajoe49 July 30, 2011 at 4:46 am

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Alice made a comment that African Americans are all after welfare or don’t want to earn their own. It was my intent to show that first, they are all not on welfare and taking handouts, because 230 million out of the 245 million are not receiving welfare according to the census bureau and the US dept of health and human service.
Where did these numbers come from? Since there are 308,745,538 people in the US, there in no one group that comprised 245 million people.
Whites come closest at just over 223.5 million. Blacks come in at just over 38.9 million, therefore, the 15 million that your numbers imply might be the total welfare population in the US, but not even close to the black population on welfare.
According to the 2010 census data
the percentages of population by race break down as follows:
National population 308,745,538
White 72.4%
Black or African American 12.6%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.9%
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander 0.2%
Some other race 6.2%
Two or more races 2.9%
Hispanic or Latino 16.3%

I was unable to find any clear stats from a government source, that could show the population that is collecting welfare, either by raw numbers or by race. There are plenty of websites that claim to have these numbers, but they all seem to have an agenda or don’t have the stats I’m looking for. The census website is nearly impossible to navigate through and the government doublespeak is horrendous!

Reggie July 30, 2011 at 5:57 am

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Thank you for pointing this information out, I am man enough to admit when I am wrong and in this case I am. I just still find it hard to believe that 38.9 million Americans or 12.6% of the population is the cause of our economic mess. This is the greatest country on the face of the earth and it took all of, regardless of how dark or bright our histories are, to make it that way, we all contributed to the greatness of the country one way or another. I think the more we fight each other the easier it is for politicians to rob us blind and I would be willing to put money on the fact that the 4 trillion dollars worth of debt we are in is not sitting in the bank accounts of the poor, middle class families or small business owners.

poppajoe49 July 30, 2011 at 6:04 am

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Reggie, it’s not the black population that is the cause of this mess. Welfare alone isn’t the cause of this mess. There are more white people on welfare than all others combined.
What is the cause is the sum total of the social programs, pork projects, bloated government, “welfare” to foreign countries (foreign aid), and the unwillingness of the powers that be to cut any of it.
When your income decreases, whether it be from less overtime, getting laid off, or whatever, do you spend more, or do you cut expenses? Washington spends more money when it gets less in tax revenue. If our government were to realize that throwing money at a problem isn’t the answer, we’ll all be better off.

Reggie July 30, 2011 at 7:14 am

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Bravo! Those are the real issues. Seems like Washington lacks common sense on all sides. I know you can’t completely compare government to a household but the principles are the same. If I have monthly payments due for $1000 but only have $500 income, I can’t afford to give my brother-in-law $100 (although I might give him $10 to get a bus pass to get to work so they don’t all move in with me, lol), I need to find another job or two and I need to get rid of excess. I don’t know, maybe I need to go take a fancy economics class but until then, this makes perfect sense to me..

Olivia July 31, 2011 at 5:57 am

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If I have monthly payments due for $1000 but only have $500 income, I can’t afford to give my brother-in-law $100 (although I might give him $10 to get a bus pass to get to work so they don’t all move in with me, lol), I need to find another job or two and I need to get rid of excess.
Exactly. Not only do you look for ways to cut expenses, but you also look for ways to INCREASE revenue—-preferably, ways that won’t place a greater hardship on one member of the family than another.

poppajoe49 July 31, 2011 at 6:21 am

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Except that the government doesn’t cut expenses, and it doesn’t increase revenue without placing a hardship on everyone.

Olivia July 30, 2011 at 4:56 am

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Social security is NOT WELFARE. How dare you compare a person who worked 50 years, his retirement he paid into the whole time, to a lazy shiftless worthless 3rd generation welfare queen.
1) Not everyone on social security has worked 50 years; and many people go through everything they’ve paid into social security within a short time.

2) Not everyone who receives TANF or EBT is lazy, shiftless or worthless.

3) Seeing everything in terms of tired old stereotypes is a sign of a lazy mind.

PsychoDad July 30, 2011 at 5:07 am

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Go eat a bowl of dicks, you useless twat.

Olivia July 31, 2011 at 5:54 am

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Go eat a bowl of d*cks, you useless tw*t.
Classic mindless (and sexist) reaction from one who has nothing but trashy vulgarisms to contribute to the discussion.

(And then he wonders why women won’t just shut up and let miscreants like him make their reproductive decisions for them……..)

Olivia July 31, 2011 at 6:48 am

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Except that the government doesn’t increase revenue without placing a hardship on everyone.
Not true. It places a hardship on SOME taxpayers. For others, it’s merely an inconvenience.

poppajoe49 August 1, 2011 at 6:06 am

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Really? Are you the accountant for the entire country? How would you know what affects someone and how, if you don’t personally know their situation?

REBECCA FOX August 6, 2011 at 10:10 am

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cum on all you ignorant raciest hillbillys,you seem to be the most ignorant of them all, I”m as white as they come ans I”ve busted my ass workin construction as a laborer for many many years and waitressing when there wasnt any work,but now due to a medical condition I cant work and take care of my 16 yr old like i used to so im so grateful for our system that helps the less fortuate out ..and FYI down at my welfare office in Chicago a big city theres always just as many white faces in there as there is african americans and not many hispanics at all, so Im not sure were you idiots are getting your facts from,Cuz Im getting my from REAL LIFE EXPERIANCE, not sum non-factual blogs from a buncha country hillbillys….peace out idiots..

KATHERINE August 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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CAN YOU READ THIS KATHERINE?!? IS THIS BIG ENOUGH FOR YOU?!?! AWWWWWW! Were you annoyed by that Katherine? Good, now I hope you understand why caps are annoying.

whiskeyriver August 19, 2011 at 8:41 am

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Why are your kids starving? You too lazy to go to the welfare office and apply for foodstamps? Judging by your spelling I would say you don’t have much education ergo not much of a job either.

What is with the all capitols thing? Don’t you know it is annoying and hard to read? Who cares what your brother is or is not doing? He is mooching off of mom and Uncle Same? You have an uncle named Same? That is a family problem YOU need to take care of, nobody else can do it for you, so why should WE be bitching about your personal problems?

If your brother has a “free” cellphone, paid for by us taxpayers, come back here and tell us all about it. We can then bitch about something that has to do with this story.

Thatguyo.0 August 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm

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What kind of site is this, i came here to read about something being a scam, not a place that take political views that’s been dated further back than the 1800′s. not to mention, half of those who posted a comment seem to be treating this whole topic as some kind of high school debate competition. The way i see it, this whole program was created due to low employment rate because our economy is screwed up, if there were more jobs available maybe taxes wouldn’t be high, then again maybe it might. All i know is that I’m a hardworking man out of the U.S.M.C. I have been in a big city for over a year putting in applications anywhere a place is or even is not hiring, yet i still have to rely on Temp Agency’s just to get money. Way i see it, things happen and everyone has there responsibility’s. Just remember to think of how we spend our lives and the things we have done, it can either be rewarding, or in the long run bite us back on the ass when we look back. Conclusion, we put ourselves in this situation because of mostly carelessness and greed. Question is, What are we going to do to better the future for us and the future Generation.

Ms.Ella2U September 7, 2011 at 8:16 am

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@ thatguy I thought the same thing but yet there are people complaining about it. I thought that it was a bit odd that the government would give away free cell phone and minutes to the less fortunate as well so I went on the sire and seen that it’s also free minutes and they only have to pay 2.50 a month. I don’t really know what is the importance in doing this but I guess they have their reasons. But, on my personal feelings I think that the person that took the time to right this article and the ones that agree with him should stop complaining become an elected official and do something about the changes that you do not like… It’s obvious that sitting here blogging about it is not the answer.

Nonyabiz September 9, 2011 at 6:12 am

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flashingscotsman June 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

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How good of you to play the race card. None of the regular posters here ever said anything about it. Seems that you might just be a racist.

MsKnowmostofitall September 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

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Funny how you guys are worried about cellphones and handouts to the poor but no one seems to be upset about the “handouts” our government gave to these car companies that sent all of the jobs to Mexico.

Where is the outrage in that? Where is the outrage about even the poor undeserving as you claim who pay taxes to support a war that I don’t give a rats nest ass about. I am worried about the homeless people with nothing to lose at the gas station, not someone from a sand dune a million miles away. I live in a pretty nice community and my bike was stolen by one of these good “vanilla’ people you guys seem to praise. It was not stolen by some illegal who jumped a fence to get here.

Alert, alert lazy people come in all colors and guess what I live in California and I see all kinds of white people use food stamps, then they leave the organic grocery store and load all their free food in their Volvo. People who can’t afford food don’t drive Volvo’s or a BMW.

Until the government that you guys love so well come up with some jobs people will be on welfare, food stamps, Wic and anything else free they handing out. Guess what you need a phone if someone is supposed to call you about these imaginary jobs that don’t exist.

I worked for GM for 18 years and got laid off. I already had my BA and finished my Masters and guess what I still could not find a job. I did not sit around watching Jerry Springer waiting on da welfare so I could get me some Newports and a 6 pack of Corona. I am now currently working a job for the state making a whopping $14.77/hr that after paying rent,lights, and insurance leaves very little left over.

I guess I could go back to school and get my doctorate so I can get a job at Wal-Mart being head cashier, get real. That won’t even cover my school books.

Unlike the car industry and the housing market I actually am paying back my loans. Good Old Uncle Sam did not tie his american flag cape around his neck and save my ass.

So for all the people with nothing left to do but try and tear down less fortunate people I really would like to see what you do if Jose takes your job because he does not need vacation pay, 401k, Aetna, paid sick leave, and a pension. I know you will find another job right away because you have some kind of magic job sniffing power unlike the rest of us lazy asses.

Then I wonder if you will say well I worked since I was 16, and I paid taxes.

FormerlyDeanH September 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

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Ms. knownothing, look around the site before saying such moronic drivel. Find some of these things you suggest this site loves, like car companies that the government now owns since using tax dollars to overtake them. You won’t find it.

KimmyQueen September 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm

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You must be new… and lazy. If you taken the time you would have seen all of that has been covered already. Your rant was for nothing and it only served to make you look petty and stupid. If that was your goal though… good job.

WILDHDGIRL September 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm

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RockingHorseGuy September 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm

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If you had come here to have a discussion with us, we would have been glad to do so, and also you would have noticed that you’re not who we’re complaining about. But since you came here to holler about things you know nothing about, shut the hell up.

Kyle September 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm

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You should try to get a free phone. They are very handy. I use mine to schedule my mental health appointments. I am happy to say that I am better able to function in society because of these appointments. Not completely better, but I won’t be leeching off the government forever. This would not be possible without this phone.

Just a note, you probably should have taken the time to notice that most people are complaining that people who are making 50k a year or have the money to pay for their own internet connection, car, home and so forth- are still getting this phone. It’s not OK instantly complain about something you have not even read completely.

Tiffany October 31, 2011 at 6:11 pm

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LOL…How do I get one? I’m sick of paying $100+ for a phone bill. Cherise the struggling Actress checking in from WEST HOLLYWOOD…I’m out. : )

flashingscotsman March 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

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If you’re still struggling, it’s probably because you haven’t had your nude pics taken yet. Email me.


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