I received in the mail a form to apply for a Free Cell Phone and Free Minutes.
It says it is a program supported by the Federal Lifeline Program. Since when is it incumbent on the federal government to provide free cell phones? If you are on any of the following you are eligible to receive a free cell phone and free minutes: Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), National School Lunch (free program only), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)or Federal Public Housing Assistance/Section 8.
It is no wonder people do not want to work with all this free stuff being handed out from a government that is broke. Since when is it the business of the federal government to provide free cell phones? Why with eight people in a family you can make over $50,000 a year and still get a free cell phone and free minutes? Now how dumb is that?
What is next, free TVs or free cars. Just think how many votes you could buy if the government gave everyone a free car and free gas.
This nanny government giveaway has got to stop or we will never get out of debt.
In 1787, while our first 13 states adopted their new constitution, Alexander Tyler, who was a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, said this about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2000 years earlier:
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”
Our Republic is 236 years old and is on borrowed time and money, literally.
Ben Hestley, Pell City