In My Opinion
Press "1" For Fraud: Whose Phone Are YOU Paying For?
Call me crazy, or call me on my free phone.
I recently found out that there is a FREE cell phone program in this country. Since when did a cell phone become a right versus a personal responsibility?
The Lifeline phone service program, mandated by the FCC, provides a free cell phone and up to 250 free minutes for Americans who, in general, find themselves at or under 135% of the federal poverty guidelines or already participate in federal assistance programs such as Medicaid, food stamps, Section 8 housing, and other programs.
The minutes are modest at 250 a month and 250 texts a month. The cost isn’t. You most likely pay for this program from a small fee added to your current bill. It is called the Universal Service Fund fee.
It looks like the program is on the rise, as is the abuse of it. It makes sense, you give something out to help people and they figure out how to scam it. If only they spent more time doing positive things rather than cheating a system.
I guess I sit here and wonder why I pay for my phone and others do not? Yes, I can afford it. I work 13-hour days, as does my husband. Currently people receive money for food, rent, and now cell phones. I think a cell phone with 911 as the primary option is wonderful, same for a cell phone where you must show that each call is legitimate. Like calls that were placed to a company for which you were seeking employment, or calls to a doctor or child care facility, but not to call your best friends. I think for these free things there should be rules that will require a person to show that they are using the tool provided to help with their present situation.
My husband has a work phone and he is only allowed to use it for work. He is allowed to call home when he is on travel but otherwise, unless it is an emergency, we call his desk phone. He has a tool for his job, not for his personal use. He was given a piece of equipment for a purpose.
The same should hold true with “free” cell phones because someone DOES pay for them. If I am paying for someone’s phone, I want the right to tell them how it can be used. I want the lady with 30 cell phones arrested immediately for fraud. I do not want to see her bragging on the news.
The bigger question is; why work? I sat down and figured it out. I could file for benefits and “pretend” to look for work for a long time. I say pretend because the rigid requirements to prove that you were actually looking for a job, have fallen to the wayside. Is it perhaps because people are talking on their free cell phone instead?
The bigger question here is if everything you need is provided, what motivates someone to earn his or her keep? The answer is, surprisingly, nothing. You see we have become a society of the entitled. We have commercials that promote using the system. We have public officials bragging that we have more people depending on others than ever before.
Calling America, "Where does the Constitution authorize giving handouts to people? Shouldn’t benevolence come from individuals not the government? The government doesn’t make any money. The government doesn’t produce anything. It only takes from the people. So it has no authority to dole out alms to anyone.”
Pick up America, and get with the program. If we do not have regulations, then we have abuse. This video about the Lifeline program shows it all. I would say it's your money but since a large percent of the population isn’t currently employed, that is an overstatement.
How about we take the 24 million dollars currently being spent on this program and put it towards creating jobs and helping people who want to work?