Remember the Obama Phone Creature, the face of fundamentally transformed Obamunist America? A quick reminder:
It’s awfully nice of Comrade Obama to give her a free phone at our expense. However, his motives aren’t entirely selfless. As with green energy boondoggles, his financial supporters are getting repaid for the investments they made in his campaign. A little background:
Since 1985 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has operated a program called Lifeline, originally designed to provide free landline phone service for low-income individuals. The government subsidizes telecommunications firms providing the service, and those firms also pass on costs to customers via the “Universal Service Charge” on their phone bills.
As Obama says, “when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody” — except those who created the wealth. As with so many redistributionist programs, it is exploding under his rule.
The program expanded to include cell phones in 2008. That change has rapidly increased the cost to the federal government — $1.6 billion in 2011, up from $772 million in 2008. The number of Lifeline beneficiaries rose from 7.1 million to 12.5 million during the same period; cell phones account for roughly half of that 12.5 million.
Those getting others to pay for their cell phones are not the primary beneficiaries.
One of the major providers of the free cell phones — 3.8 million subscribers as of late 2011 — is Miami-based TracFone Wireless, a company whose president and CEO, Frederick “F.J.” Pollak, has donated at least $156,500 to Democratic candidates and committees this cycle, including at least $50,000 to the Obama campaign.
Pollak’s wife, Abigail, is a campaign bundler for Obama who has raised more than $632,000 for the president this cycle, and more than $1.5 million since 2007. She has personally contributed more than $200,000 to Democratic candidates and committees since 2008.
The Pollaks hosted Obama at their Miami Beach home in June for a $40,000-per-plate fundraising dinner, and hosted a similar event with Michelle Obama in July 2008. The couple personally donated a combined $66,200 to Obama’s reelection effort that year.
Visitor logs indicate that Frederick and Abigail Pollak have visited the White House seven times.
To make money under socialism, you don’t need good ideas or a work ethic. You need friends in high places.
The free phone program was originally intended to provide land lines for use in emergencies. Now people are using it to get multiple smart phones. That’s how government programs work, just as tumors that eventually grow large enough to kill you begin with a single deranged cell.
TracFone is the US affiliate of America Movil, which is controlled by Carlos Slim of Mexico, the richest man in the world. He’s the crony capitalist who bailed out the New York Times, which makes scams like this possible by spewing socialist propaganda. Unsurprisingly, Slim also shows up in White House visitor logs.
As with so much that goes on under Obama, people might be in jail for this scandal if the media were to give it the attention it deserves. Good thing for the moonbats they own the Gray Lady.
On a tip from Bob Roberts.