Posted on | September 28, 2012 | 32 Comments
Many people are excited about Apple’s latest upgrade to the iPhone, but this Obama voter was even more excited about the free phone she got because (she says) of President Obama:
Rush Limbaugh says this is the “new model citizen,” and liberals have predictably rushed to condemn this as RAAAAACIST:
The Obama Phone video belongs to a genre popular on conservative blogs in which poor people, usually black, confirm conservatives’ worst 47-percent fears by saying they can get something for nothing because Obama’s in office. The message is, “Here’s what Obama’s supporters really look like.”
That item, by the way, is by Elspeth Reeve, whose career was launched in disgrace by the Scott Beauchamp scandal, and who has yet managed to fail her way upward to the Atlantic, proving once again that liberalism can excuse any sin committed on behalf of the liberal cause.
Fabricated stories and shabby ethics? No problem!
Exactly how Reeve got this gig as the expert mind-reader of conservative bigotry — The Racism Whisperer — I don’t know, but I agree with Patterico’s defense of the free-phone video:
Conservatives should not have to shy away from such amusing examples of entitlement mentality simply because the particular proponent of that mentality happens to be black.
By the way, I was waaay ahead of the curve on this free cellphone issue, having first reported about it in October 2008. That’s right — the free cellphone program pre-existed Obama’s election.
So the Democrats have their usual defense: Blame Bush!
The program is called Lifeline, established in 1984, originally created to subsidize landline phone service for low income Americans, funded by government-collected telecommunication fees, paid by consumers.
In 2008, the program was expanded to support cell phones which quickly escalated the cost of the program. In 2008 the program cost $772 million, but by 2011 it cost $1.6 billion.
A 2011 audit found that 269,000 wireless Lifeline subscribers were receiving free phones and monthly service from two or more carriers. Several websites have been created to promote “free” government cell phones, including the”The Obama Cell Phone” website at Obamaphone.net.
Yes: Taxpayers are forced to pay $1.6 billion — billion, with a “B” — to provide free cellphones for Obama voters.
And if you don’t like it, you’re a racist!