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August 12, 2013

Me and My Obamaphones Déjà Vu

Topics: Political News and commentaries

While our troops in Afghanistan have been told they have been cut one hot meal a day, we have another case of taxpayer fraud and abuse which was designed to get the Chosen One, elected in 2012.

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Not on welfare or below the poverty line? Never mind's your free phone.

As Jillian Kay Melchior informs us at the National Review Online:

They also tells me that consumers are, on their applications, required to certify under penalty of perjury that they will only be receiving one Lifeline discount.

But when I went around New York signing up for multiple phones, I never even saw the applications; SafeLink and Assurance vendors filled out the necessary forms on their tablets on my behalf, clicking through so quickly that it must have been nearly muscle memory. And nobody mentioned perjury.

Granted, the first question the wireless reps asked was usually whether I was already enrolled in the Lifeline program. I told the truth: I had signed up recently, but the phone hadn't arrived in the mail yet. Almost always, that got me re-entered into the system without hesitation.

When I did receive my SafeLink phone a few days later, I started informing vendors that I did have one Lifeline phone.

They assured me that the Lifeline program permitted me to have one phone from each participating wireless provider which simply isn't true.

Maybe there's a disconnect between the corporate offices of wireless providers and their men on the street; a letter I later received from Assurance mentioned that household is not permitted to receive Lifeline benefits from multiple providers.

Violation of the one-per-household rule constitutes a violation of federal rules and will result in de-enrollment from the Lifeline program and potentially prosecution by the United States government.

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Cross posted from WeThe People Blog.

Posted by DancingCzars at August 12, 2013 2:44 PM



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