Today I received an email that I could not believe. We all get them. However, when they seem to be too outlandish to be believable, I have to do my own research. This one proved to be more true than not.
SNOPES.com (even with their liberal bent) affirms a great deal of the missive is undeniable. They do, however, remove credit from Obama and give it to the lame duck RINO, Pres. Bush because he signed it into law. The bill originated under the 110th Congress (make up: 233 Democrats and 202 Republicans in the House and a Senate weighted on the progressive liberal side by 2 Independents who caucused with Democrats).
The email was about the “Obama phone”. As with almost everything OBAMA, a cell phone and service are free to anyone on Welfare, the email stated. The phone and service are provided by SafeLink under contract with the Federal Government.
From the SafeLink Wireless website:
How to Qualify
The process to qualify for Lifeline Service depends on the State you live in. In general, you may qualify if…
1. You already participate in other State or Federal assistance program such as Federal Public Housing Assistance, Food Stamps and Medicaid. OR
2. Your total household income is at or below of the poverty guidelines set by your State
and/or the Federal Government. (133% of poverty, $1,207 per month for an individual or $1,630 monthly for 2 people) AND
3. No one in your household currently receives Lifeline Service through another phone carrier.
4. You have a valid United States Postal Address. In order for us to ship you your free phone you must live at a residence that can receive mail from the US Post Office. Sorry, but P.O. Boxes cannot be accepted.
In addition to meeting the guidelines above you will also be required to provide proof of your participation in an assistance program, or proof of your income level.
The lifeline service appears to be 70 minutes per month (* unconfirmed) that is pre-paid by taxpayers and unused minutes roll over to the next and successive months. No deposit or credit check is required because the authorization is predicated on getting some or all of the “free” goodies listed under item 1 in the above qualifications.
Why do some idiots work?