Skip to comments.Paradise Lost: California to Provide Free Cell Phones for Homeless
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 states GDP may be in serious trouble and businesses may be leaving in droves due to ever-increasing tax rates, but that isnt going to stop the gravy train for the states 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 Franciscos 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 dont 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 theres 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.
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surely this is an onion piece!
I have an elderly friend who has a free US government cell phone. She keeps it on the table right next to her land line.
Obama Phone Remix - (J. Geils Band - Centerfold) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N680dYVPKqU
What no data plan?
Uyghur, please! Possible dope deals maybe....
Hahahah. Yeah, riiiight. They want jobs. LOL.
This is great it is transformative for homeless and low-income people."
Yeah. They can't wait to see what freebies the politicians will steal for them next!
California is behind the curve on this Florida has had them since the Bush administration so where the Obama phone comes from is beyond me.
Or selling them.
By what right?
Just from the name you know he has to be gay.
Yep, gay alright.
Now they will charge their Obamaphones in public libraries while watching internet porn.
If this is a right...why can’t six year-old kids get the same deal from the state government? And the illegal aliens after they cross the border....could they get one? At some point, you just spend money on whatever you can....and just figure taxes will rise to meet your expectations.
Yep. Sure thing.
Really, it's to make them feel dignified in their squalor; or maybe to call up the legal aid lawyer and sue some establishment for showing them disrespect.
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.
Will they provide free re-charging stations on the street corners adjacent to the liquor stores or the overpasses?
If some scary entity was able to shut down cell phone communication in order to take over, wouldn’t they also have to shut down the internet?
And if they could do that, why would they need to first eliminate land lines? They’d have the power to shut those down as well.
What a waste. There's an organization here that provides unemployed people with a phone number and voice mail for $5 a month and they operate "resource centres" with free access to phones, fax and internet for free. You don't need a free phone to connect with a job.
I’d settle for a few more port-o-pees.
I’d say a ready made market for Obama’s solar cell buddies. If Solyndra coulda only hung in there a bit longer.
Well, those FREE Obama phones beat the heck out of “shovel ready” jobs that these people wouldn’t have taken anyway.
Internet porn: Isn't why the internet was invented?
The whole concept originated as a means to help indigent elderly have phone access for emergency and health care calls. While today it will include text data service, be assured soon they will have to have full internet browser capabilities “so they can look for a job.” What a crock. It would be interesting to perform an audit on any 10 Obamaphones to see what they were used for. Would job search calls show up as using 200 minutes? 100? 10? 5?
The Democrats want Republicans to spell out all their tax plans, yet never show the return on their misguided handouts. Oh- sorry - they can show a great return on the investment of our tax money in these handouts - Zero got reelected.
When to the Democrats get charged with BUYING VOTES because that is what they’re doing? Multiple felonies committed by 0bama during this last election, to include unilateral overturning of federal immigration law in exchange for Hispanic votes!!!
Hopefully you will provide the electric when they come to be sheltered in your residence!
If you make the poor comfortable in their poverty what incentive do they have to keep off or get off the dole?
The real reason Romney lost:
Romney said, “When I’m elected, I will put Americans back to work,”
and 51% said, ...... “F That!!”
You know... I’d have less of a problem with this if it were just for the “employable” homeless.
You just have to KNOW that every crackhead, skid-row bum, and welfare brood mare will have one too.
Is he the one in the white dress?
Gee, if more bums and hand-out recipients have these phones, the Democratic Party can reach their voters easier come election time. That is the real reason why the whole Obamaphone scam was created — and it worked great in November.
The Universal Service Fund provides for some faceless, unelected bureaucrats to raise the taxes, er...fees, charged to paying customers, to whatever amount they deem is needed to carry the freeloaders. The California PUC is just enabling new categories of takers; I doubt the “State” intends to pay a penny.
The USF might have been created to help a few elderly people, handicapped, etc., but has become an income redistribution/Democrat Party get-out-the-vote program run amok. Please contact your representatives today and demand an end to this rip-off.
...two words...solar panels..
Are we a great compassionate people or are we mean spirited niggardly wretches.
Are we a great compassionate people or are we mean spirited niggardly wretches?
Every American has a right to a government-provided cell-phone. Call it “free speech”.
Some ten years ago, I talked to an attorney who mentioned a nationwide cell tower lease consolidation project - lots of new and revised leases, being signed and recorded in land records offices all over the map. I looked up the info one of the companies that he mentioned - and found a Soros reference. Could've been a legit business investment, but anything that Soros touches makes me think the worst.
BTW, I suspect the LightSquared thing was part of some communication shutdown plan.
Like California has all that extra money to “spread the wealth” with. The idiots are sooooooo deep in the tank they will NEVER dig themselves out. How stupid can they get? But then, the homeless do vote, they just use someone elses address.
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.
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.
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.
The premise of providing gov’t phones is for safety. With that in mind they should be chipped to only ring 911.
250 free minutes of alien space signal reception time and 250 free messages to the extraterrestrial beings of your choice.
No doubt big Obama donors are providing the phones and service and getting their pockets lined in the process.