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Tell Congress: Stop "Free" Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones!

Dead people don't just vote in elections, they also get "free" smart phones and free monthly minutes courtesy of the federal government and taxpayers.

“The president offers you free stuff, but his policies keep you poor. For those who are struggling, we want to you to have something infinitely more valuable than a free phone.” – Sen. Rand Paul, Tea Party Response to the State of the Union

Dead people don’t just vote in elections, they also get “free” smart phones and free monthly minutes courtesy of the federal government and taxpayers.

It’s shocking, but true. 

In fact, millions of individuals are receiving so-called “free” government phones and phone plans – though as many as 41% of the recipients can’t even prove that they are even eligible to receive them.

The program that was created during the Reagan administration to provide emergency land-line service for the poor and help them find jobs, Lifeline,  has now become a program full of fraud and waste, even Obama’s FCC admits to. 

“The FCC, itself, said in a recent year there were 270,000 beneficiaries that had more than one of these subsidized cell phones,” Senator Vitter says, “That's completely against the law right there.”

What’s worse is that all Americans who pay a phone bill are forced to contribute to this terrible government program.

Attached to every single phone bill is a charge for “Universal Service” which telecom companies collect and transfer the Universal Service Fund – the government fund that pays for Lifeline and its sister Link-up.  

The government must stop forcing the American people to finance this wasteful and immoral system – especially as individuals and lawmakers are lobbying for the program’s indefinite expansion, wanting to cover things like broadband internet. 

Relief provisions for the impoverished among us should be left to private organizations, charities, churches, and shelters – groups that are built to handle real needs and are voluntary. 

The government needs to be stopped from forcing every phone-bill-paying American to subsidize their failing program in the name of helping the needy. Lawmakers must fight to curtail and eliminate Lifeline altogether, and they can start cutting its “free” cell phone service.

Take Action and Demand Congress to PASS the “Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2013” and oppose all legislation that would expand Lifeline!

Public Comments
Apr 27th, 2013
Jim O. from Ballston Lake, NY signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
raymond c. from Lynden, WA signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
Cynthia M. from Altamonte Springs, FL writes:
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Insanity....that's all this is and it needs to stop immediately! We who work for the things we want are fed up with bureaucrats doling out handouts for votes.
Apr 27th, 2013
Wanda L. from Picayune, MS signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
Someone from Fremont, CA writes:
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We as Americans need to learn how stand on our own to feet, the country is broke.
Apr 27th, 2013
jerry b b. from Houston, TX writes:
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I have been on Social Security Disability (not SSI) since June 2007. I waited 6 1/2 years before an administrative law judge found in my favor and I was awarded a monthly income that in 2013 is $873. I have an assurance phone but only because I am way under the poverty level and Obama made it possible for me to have it. I am willing to give it up for the good of our country, if Congress will investigate and then stop all of the wasteful spending before cutting my SSD, Medicare and Medicaid. We can not sustain this crazy spending and we are about to see the collapse of the dollar worldwide.
Apr 27th, 2013
WILLIAM P. from Phoenix, AZ writes:
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WITH SO MANY FREE BEES NO ONE NEEDS TO GO TO WORK. WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO THE POOR IS DISGRACEFUL
Apr 27th, 2013
Patricia S. from Sierra Vista, AZ signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
Someone from Orange Park, FL signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
Nancy L. from Elwood, IL signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
Nancy L. from Elwood, IL signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
Rick L. from Carlsbad, CA writes:
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An example of how the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I should not have to pay for someone else' "smart" phone when I can't even afford it for myself.
Apr 27th, 2013
Karen B. from Molalla, OR signed.
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Someone from Jackson, WY signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
Mary C. from Goldsmith, TX signed.
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John P. from Milwaukee, WI signed.
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Cheryl M. from Swartz Creek, MI signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
Nancy K. from Robertsdale, AL signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
William B. from Boca Raton, FL signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
James B. from Taylor, AR writes:
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I am really tired of paying for free services for others when I am not buying that for myself. This is not good business.
Apr 27th, 2013
William H. from Longmont, CO signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
James B. from Taylor, AR signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
mickey j. from Slocomb, AL signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
Joe T. from Rochester, MN writes:
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Taxpayers are getting soaked enough without subsidizing cell phone service. Anyone who can afford beer, cigarettes, tattoos, plasma TV's and designer sneakers doesn't need a free cell phone to go with their welfare check.
Apr 27th, 2013
Someone from Pocatello, ID signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
bob p. from Shreveport, LA signed.
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Someone from Woodbine, NJ signed.
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Apr 27th, 2013
Lou Ann D. from Stony Point, NY signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
Christine L. from Dayton, OH signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
Someone from Bartow, FL writes:
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This is just another example of people getting free stuff that they do not deserve at the taxpayers expense. I have been solicited for disability, medicare, free phone, etc. on the internet. This should also be stopped! I wrote my own congressman and asked him why this is allowed, but no answer!
Apr 27th, 2013
Montgomery L. from Westcliffe, CO writes:
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How can we have such a deficit and continue to fund programs like this?
Apr 27th, 2013
Vicki B. from Loveland, CO writes:
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Stop robbing those who are working and giving to those who won't.
Apr 27th, 2013
Someone from Atlanta, GA signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
Someone from Tyler, TX writes:
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END this much-abused and unnecessary waste of taxpayer money. Thank you. JEF
Apr 27th, 2013
Someone from Atlanta, GA signed.
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Janette M. from Garland, TX signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
Someone from Atlanta, GA signed.
Apr 27th, 2013
clyde s. from Mc Minnville, TN writes:
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IF you want a phone then you should pay for it. I am fed up with paying for other peoples free phones. STOP IT NOW
Apr 27th, 2013
Someone from Atlanta, GA signed.