Religion Used To Be The Opiate Of The Masses

Now it’s cellphones

Undercover video shot in May by a conservative activist shows two corporate distributors of free cell phones handing out the mobile devices to people who have promised to sell them for drug money, to buy shoes and handbags, to pay off their bills, or just for extra spending cash.

The ‘Obama phone,’ which made its ignominious YouTube debut outside a Cleveland, Ohio presidential campaign event last September, is a project of the Federal Communications Commission’s ‘Lifeline’ program, which makes land line and mobile phones available to Americans who meet low-income requirements.

Lifeline was a $2.19 billion program in 2012.

The people need their daily soma ration.

3 Responses to “Religion Used To Be The Opiate Of The Masses”

  1. Fausta says:

    And Carlos Slim is its acolyte.

  2. Kathy Kinsley says:

    Interesting – does selling the cellphone also sell the ‘discount on service’ they have?

    Because, if not, it’s pretty useless, and if so, the gov’t needs a good big kick in the butt.

    P.S. They are making the cellphone companies pay for a LOT of that program…

  3. ricki says:

    “They are making the cellphone companies pay for a LOT of that program…”

    Which in turn is being passed on as hidden costs, fees, and “taxes” to the people who work for a living and actually have to pay their own damn cell phone bill.

    (I have the bare minimum of service – voice calls only, a ten-year-old flip-phone – just so I can call for help if my car breaks down. It annoys me to think I’m helping foot the bill for the program described.)

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