I'll now offer my opinion.
I absolutely see a valid purpose behind this entitlement. There are also valid purposes behind most entitlements. But as is so often the case, there are no protections whatsoever in place to prevent abuse.
All one need do to get a free phone is to receive food stamps and call a toll free number and answer a few basic questions. Here's the kicker. The government admits it doesn't verify any of the answers!
I would sincerely appreciate answers to the following questions which admittedly, some folks would consider rhetorical:
1. Can illegal aliens easily obtain these phones?
2. Are these new phones or are they, as Mike thinks, recycled ones?
3. If there is a family of four adults (2 parents and 2 grown children) who are receiving food stamps and are living at the same address, do each one of the individuals receive a free phone?
4. Does anyone see the opportunity for absolutely massive fraud with the program as currently implemented?
Mike, as for the ethanol thing, I personally feel it is a ridiculous boondoggle that not only drives up the cost of fuel (only one reason being the mileage reduction factor) but which also reduces the amount of farmland which otherwise would be used to raise food crops which in turn, has meant a huge increase in food prices.
Hopefully we'll all soon be, "....drinking Bubble Up and eating Rainbow Stew."
And that is my opinion for this thread.