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Paradise Lost: California to Provide Free Cell Phones for Homeless
Breitbartīs Big Government, ^ | 10 Dec 2012, 11:20 AM

Posted on 12/10/2012 3:09:05 PM PST by drewh

In California, the unemployment rate may be above 10.2%, and the state debt may be above $16 billion, the state’s GDP may be in serious trouble and businesses may be leaving in droves due to ever-increasing tax rates, but that isn’t going to stop the gravy train for the state’s poor and dispossessed.

The California Public Utilities Commission is all set to greenlight a new program that would give homeless and low-income people free cell phones – call them Obamaphones – with free service.

The idea is to help them reach out to possible job opportunities and stay connected with family.

San Francisco’s head of homeless initiatives, Bevan Dufty, was overjoyed: “This is great – it is transformative for homeless and low-income people.

I expect San Francisco to be in the forefront and a model city for this program. Fundamentally, to be in the mainstream of our society you have to have a phone. And really, for the homeless population, you need a cell phone because they don’t have a home to hard-wire one into. We really need this plan.”

Dufty is pushing an effort to allow the homeless to call 311 to find out where there’s an available bed at a homeless shelter.

The state has funded phones for the poor for years, but they were always hardline phones, not cell phones. The new program will give beneficiaries some 250 minutes of time and 250 free text messages every month.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: California
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To: Charles Martel
A good daydream is:  having tons of money and puttin' a contract out on that Nazi maggøt.
41 posted on 12/10/2012 4:19:14 PM PST by tomkat
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To: drewh

It is hard to believe that California had a GDP that made it the third largest economic ranking in the world. I know it was over 20 years ago, the Rats have pushed it into the sea.


42 posted on 12/10/2012 4:32:43 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: drewh

43 posted on 12/10/2012 4:34:45 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: drewh

Awesome, call 311 to get the 411 on an available bed...if all else fails, call 911.

If you want to see what the entire country is going to look like in 10-years, drive around Los Angeles for a couple of days.

GHUA


44 posted on 12/10/2012 4:43:19 PM PST by waus (FUBO UFCMF, Just in case I stuttered, FUBO)
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To: YukonGreen
Communist/Marxist agenda, get rid of all land line phones. Then knock out the cell phone towers, no one can communicate and takeover begins. A great plan by Obama and his ilk.

We need to convert FR to a dial-up BB pronto! Seriously though there a number of reasons we use wireless comms, cheaper than running copper everywhere for one. Cellular makes more sense than most other layouts like point to point. The cellular companies make more money when they control the comms (so maybe they are unwitting co-conspirators). Finally, a free and open wireless mesh might work some day, but would probably end up choked with porn with encrypted downloads. It's going to be hard to knock cellular from its perch.

45 posted on 12/10/2012 4:48:53 PM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: drewh
Are they solar or wind powered? </sarcasm>
46 posted on 12/10/2012 4:49:33 PM PST by itsahoot (Any enemy, that is allowed to have a King's X line, is undefeatable. (USS Taluga AO-62))
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To: drewh

The premise of providing gov’t phones is for safety. With that in mind they should be chipped to only ring 911.


47 posted on 12/10/2012 5:14:14 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: drewh

250 free minutes of alien space signal reception time and 250 free messages to the extraterrestrial beings of your choice.


48 posted on 12/10/2012 5:21:21 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: drewh

No doubt big Obama donors are providing the phones and service and getting their pockets lined in the process.


49 posted on 12/10/2012 8:22:55 PM PST by randita
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To: drewh

California, lol!


50 posted on 12/10/2012 8:26:49 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: TexasFreeper2009

well, it does stink...


51 posted on 12/10/2012 9:29:05 PM PST by stylin19a (obama -> Fredo smart)
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To: drewh

Obamazombie remote control transducers.


52 posted on 12/11/2012 1:03:12 AM PST by clearcarbon
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To: drewh; wesagain

It’s 4 AM EST time. I’m getting ready for work and laughing hysterically at both of those remixes!


53 posted on 12/11/2012 1:12:33 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: rolling_stone

That’s what Rush said this morning, without the F Bomb of course. LOL


54 posted on 12/11/2012 1:16:26 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (As they say in China, erections have consequences...)
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To: drewh

Bevan Duffy should give the Homeless his home address and the Cab Fare to get there. They can use his phone.


55 posted on 12/11/2012 1:19:12 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (As they say in China, erections have consequences...)
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To: drewh

...because I am sure the first thing a homeless person is going to do with the phone is use it to try and get a job. /sarcasm


56 posted on 12/11/2012 12:52:51 PM PST by Marko413
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To: drewh

Do they get free electrical outlets in their cardboard cartons so they can charge their Obamaphones?


57 posted on 12/11/2012 1:06:33 PM PST by Fresh Wind
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