Welfare State waste and fraud? I'm shocked...
DENVER (CBS4) - A federally regulated program providing free cellphone service and phones to the poor and needy in Denver appears to be riddled with waste, fraud and abuse, according to an undercover CBS4 Investigation.
The $2 billion a year Lifeline program has handed out more than 13 million free cellphone plans across the country in the first six months of this year. In Colorado, the program handed out more than 117,000 free cellphone plans in the first half of this year, or about 20,000 cellphones every month.
The free phones and their wireless plans are paid for by a monthly tax on your cellphone, called the Universal Service Tax. Although the Lifeline wireless program has been around since 2005 and started under president George W. Bush, it has exploded under President Obama’s administration and the phones are often referred to as “Obamaphones.”
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
"The website has never crashed. It is functional but at a very slow speed and very low reliability," Sebelius acknowledged. Beautiful. Don't blame Obama the First. Blame me. Fantastic theatre. But, it is simply to take eyes off the ultimate issue: The government will provide all health care. Think VA (Veteran's Administration). Think Post Office. Failures by central planners and Collectivists always are because of not enough resources, not enough control. The answer to failed ObamaCare will be MORE centralized control. This doesn't end with those involved dusting off their hands and saying, "Wow. That was a bad idea and it failed. Lets go with a free-market solution." It was ALWAYS their plan to co-opt, subjugate, and/or ruin the insurance companies and providers. Then take over completely.
Posted by John Galt at 1:16 PM
Thursday, August 8, 2013
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Jon Carson, BarackObama.com
Date: Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Subject: Do you want to raise the minimum wage?
To: John Galt
Organizing for Action
This is just awful:
The current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour -- and if you work 40 hours per week making minimum wage, you're only making $14,500 per year. That's well below the poverty line.
President Obama is calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage -- and today OFA supporters are getting behind him and other allied organizations to take on this fight.
If you agree that it's time for working Americans to get a raise, then add your name today.
President Obama said it best: "No one who works full-time in America should have to live in poverty."
The President's plan will give 15 million American workers a much-needed raise. For many, it will be their first raise since the last minimum-wage increase back in 2009 -- and go a long way towards helping full-time minimum wage earners pay rent and put food on the table.
It makes sense for businesses, too. Maybe this is simple economics, but it seems pretty obvious that when workers make more money, they buy more products and services.
If you want to be part of this work, start with something simple -- say that you support raising the minimum wage today:
Thanks -- more to come,
Organizing for Action
The other side will spend millions to maintain the status quo. We're fighting for change -- chip in $5 or more to support OFA today.
Posted by John Galt at 11:35 AM
Thursday, April 25, 2013
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Monday, April 8, 2013
A sad day today. Respectful comments from a former adversary. Gorbachev is the only remaining of the four key people (Reagan, Thatcher, Gorbachev, Pope John Paul) that brought the cold war to a peaceful close.
Mikhail Gorbachev: the Margaret Thatcher I knew | Politics | guardian.co.uk
BBC News - LIVE: Margaret Thatcher dies following stroke
Posted by John Galt at 1:15 PM