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.

Source: ReachOutMobile.com

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spymyeyes
March 6, 2011 2:59 am

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.

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LaQuisha
April 6, 2011 11:36 am

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!

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April 27, 2011 12:37 pm

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

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RICH
July 11, 2011 8:07 pm

RIGHT ON BUDDY!

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Jarhead
July 27, 2011 10:54 am

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.

Member
July 27, 2011 11:14 am

*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.

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July 27, 2011 11:24 am

…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?

Member
July 28, 2011 3:54 pm

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.

Member
June 7, 2012 10:55 am

“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.

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Babydoll102187
July 27, 2011 11:39 am

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.

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Sahara
September 3, 2011 1:55 pm

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… Read more »

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June 7, 2012 10:53 am

Racist much, Jarhead?

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hisham
June 5, 2011 10:21 pm

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!

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RICH
July 11, 2011 8:05 pm

YOURE JUST AN IDIOT…GET A REAL NAME

Guest
August 18, 2011 1:05 pm

GIRL WE ALL BLEED RED IT DOESENT MATTER JESUS LOVES US ALL !

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Sahara
September 3, 2011 12:57 pm

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… Read more »

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Sidekick
September 3, 2011 1:10 pm

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

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SHANNON
October 20, 2011 2:30 pm

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>

Member
June 7, 2012 10:58 am

Thank you Sahara. Very well said.

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Conservative Kentuckian
March 6, 2011 3:01 am

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.

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spymyeyes
March 6, 2011 3:15 am

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.

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Conservative Kentuckian
March 6, 2011 4:08 am

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.

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whatabeanr
March 6, 2011 7:51 am

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.

Guest
March 6, 2011 8:48 pm

U are right about that.

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whiskeyriver
March 7, 2011 9:19 pm

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.… Read more »

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Jennifer Ann
April 27, 2011 11:25 am

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… Read more »

Member
April 27, 2011 12:41 pm

“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.

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whiskeyriver
May 31, 2011 2:03 pm

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?… Read more »

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Babydoll102187
July 28, 2011 5:52 pm

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.

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SHANNON
October 20, 2011 3:06 pm

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.

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SHANNON
October 20, 2011 3:17 pm

Jennifer-ann
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

Guest
August 18, 2011 1:12 pm

YOU KNOW WHAT NOT EVERYONE IS A FREE LOADER THAT PISSES ME OFF HOW DARE YOU ! I WORKED FOR ALONG TIME AND HAD KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY DONT CALL PEOPLE LIKE ME A FREELOADER ! I BUSTED MY BUTT WORKING TOOK CARE OF MY KIDS ON MY OWN ! NOW I NEED HELP ! DONT PUT EVERYONE IN THAT SAME CATAGORY !

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David Bishop
August 18, 2011 1:25 pm

I heard Caps Lock is cruise control for cool.

Member
August 18, 2011 9:41 pm

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

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

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.

Guest
March 6, 2011 8:46 pm

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.

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BMF
March 6, 2011 4:02 am

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.

Member
March 6, 2011 12:15 pm

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.

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Grammar Fuhrer
March 6, 2011 1:55 pm

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

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deepthinker
March 6, 2011 3:45 pm

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

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Jennifer Ann
April 27, 2011 12:20 pm

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… Read more »

Member
April 27, 2011 12:45 pm

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.

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Lea
June 5, 2011 7:25 pm

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!

Member
June 7, 2012 11:12 am

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

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hisham
June 5, 2011 10:29 pm

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

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David Bishop
July 27, 2011 8:16 pm

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

Member
July 28, 2011 3:55 pm

That last one is really cute too, DB.

Member
September 14, 2011 6:03 pm

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.

Member
October 21, 2011 10:25 am

See?

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poppajoe49
July 28, 2011 4:57 am

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… Read more »

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PsychoDad
July 30, 2011 5:05 am

You appear to have a computer and internet access.

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WordEmUp
March 6, 2011 4:41 pm

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.

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deepthinker
March 6, 2011 6:05 pm

That is true liberalism is a mental disorder.

Guest
March 6, 2011 8:41 pm

Intra-governmental competition… Change you can believe in.

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Lea
May 31, 2011 12:15 pm

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… Read more »

Member
June 5, 2011 9:56 am

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

Guest
June 5, 2011 2:00 pm

Yes I call BS.

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Lea
June 5, 2011 7:17 pm

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,… Read more »

Guest
June 6, 2011 2:02 pm

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… Read more »

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tired
August 31, 2011 10:32 am

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

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Lea
June 5, 2011 6:59 pm

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.

Member
June 6, 2011 10:24 am

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.

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Alma Vasquez
June 5, 2011 7:17 am

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.

Guest
June 5, 2011 2:03 pm

That is seriously disgusting…

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gunitTa88
June 15, 2011 8:27 pm

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.

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dbdbdb
June 22, 2011 1:18 pm

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!!!

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sianna watson
June 26, 2011 2:27 pm

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…

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Kyle
July 1, 2011 10:25 am

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” (www.maine.gov/pfr/insurance/glossary.htm -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… Read more »

Member
July 1, 2011 12:32 pm

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.

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Kyle
July 10, 2011 9:08 am

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… Read more »

Member
July 10, 2011 10:18 pm

You don’t get out much, do you?

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Kyle
July 11, 2011 1:22 pm

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.

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Lea
July 11, 2011 4:51 pm

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,… Read more »

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whiskeyriver
July 11, 2011 7:21 pm

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… Read more »

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Lea
July 12, 2011 12:03 pm

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,… Read more »

Member
July 28, 2011 3:58 pm

Sounds like you may have been breeding beyond your means.

Member
July 11, 2011 10:31 pm

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.

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Lea
July 12, 2011 12:22 pm

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. :-)

Member
July 12, 2011 1:42 pm

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… Read more »

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fredfred
July 12, 2011 3:33 pm

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… Read more »

Member
July 28, 2011 3:59 pm

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

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Reggie
July 13, 2011 4:42 pm

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… Read more »

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Christiane
July 22, 2011 8:59 am

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… Read more »

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David Bishop
July 27, 2011 8:23 pm

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

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PsychoDad
July 30, 2011 5:10 am

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.

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poppajoe49
July 30, 2011 5:30 am

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

Member
October 21, 2011 10:30 am

Or maybe, run and STILL die?

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alice
July 29, 2011 5:38 pm

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!

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Reggie
July 29, 2011 7:28 pm

Alice,

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.

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alice
July 30, 2011 12:20 pm

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… Read more »

Member
July 30, 2011 8:52 pm

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… Read more »

Member
June 7, 2012 12:12 pm

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

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jwilson07
July 29, 2011 8:55 pm

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.

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Reggie
July 29, 2011 11:18 pm

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,… Read more »

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poppajoe49
July 30, 2011 4:46 am

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 http://2010.census.gov/2010census/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… Read more »

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Reggie
July 30, 2011 5:57 am

poppajoe49,

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.

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poppajoe49
July 30, 2011 6:04 am

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.

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Reggie
July 30, 2011 7:14 am

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..

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Olivia
July 31, 2011 5:57 am

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.
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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.

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poppajoe49
July 31, 2011 6:21 am

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

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Olivia
July 30, 2011 4:56 am

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.
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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.

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PsychoDad
July 30, 2011 5:07 am

Go eat a bowl of dicks, you useless twat.

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Olivia
July 31, 2011 5:54 am

Go eat a bowl of d*cks, you useless tw*t.
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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……..)

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Olivia
July 31, 2011 6:48 am

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

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poppajoe49
August 1, 2011 6:06 am

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?

Guest
August 6, 2011 10:10 am

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..

Guest
August 18, 2011 1:23 pm

OK I HAVE A BROTHER WHO IS ALLMOST 50YRS OLD ABLE BODIED REFUSES TO FLIP BURGERS AND LIVES AT HOME WITH MAMA BUT GETS ALLMOST 300.00 IN FOOD STAMPS WHILE MY KIDS AND I ARE STARVEING ! IS THAT FAIR REFUSEING TO TAKE JOBS ALONG THE WAY ! CAUSE THEY DIDINT PAY 20.00 AN HOUR TO ME THATS A FREELOADER LETS MOOCH OFF MAMA AND UNCLE SAME ! THREE YEARS AND BEFOR THAT 6 YRS WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND ! THATS WHAT WE SHOULD BE BITCHING ABOUT FOLKS !

Guest
August 18, 2011 6:16 pm

KATHERINE!!!!

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.

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whiskeyriver
August 19, 2011 8:41 am

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.

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Thatguyo.0
August 18, 2011 6:15 pm

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… Read more »

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Ms.Ella2U
September 7, 2011 8:16 am

@ 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.

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Nonyabiz
September 9, 2011 6:12 am

YOU PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS! WHAT THE HELL DOES ANY OF THIS RACIST SHIT HAVE TO DO WITH A GOVERNMENT CELL PHONE. PEOPLE OF ALL ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS RECEIVE GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE, I.E., FOOD STAMPS, WELFARE, MEDICAID, CELL PHONE, ETC. YOU SOUND PRETTY DAMN STUPID WHEN YOU MAKE COMMENTS THAT ITS ONLY BLACKS RECEIVING ASSISTANCE WHEN THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THERE ARE JUST AS MANY WHITES RECEIVING GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE THAN THERE ARE BLACKS RECEIVING IT. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE AND STOP FOOLING YOURSELF. IT HAS GOT TO BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO SLEEP AT NIGHT KNOWING THAT YOU ARE NO DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER ETHNICITY, AND THE FACT THAT WE NOW HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT HAS TO MAKE YOUR SKIN CRAWL.

Member
June 7, 2012 12:38 pm

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.

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MsKnowmostofitall
September 13, 2011 10:00 am

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… Read more »

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FormerlyDeanH
September 13, 2011 12:36 pm

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.

Guest
September 13, 2011 2:27 pm

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.

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WILDHDGIRL
September 14, 2011 2:36 pm

TOO FUNNY ON SOME OF THESE COMMENTS. I’VE BEEN WORKING SINCE I WAS 14, I’M NOW 50 AND NOT HOLDING MY BREATH TO SEE IF IM APPROVED FOR DISABILITY. YOUR DAMN SKIPPY IM GONNA TAKE A FREE CELL PHONE AFTER PAYING TAXES ALL THESE YEARS. ANYONE WHO DOESNT AGREE WITH THAT CAN STFU…LMAO

Member
September 14, 2011 6:08 pm

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.

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Kyle
September 18, 2011 3:36 pm

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.

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Tiffany
October 31, 2011 6:11 pm

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. : )

Member
March 20, 2012 10:41 am

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

Ha!

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