SafeLink Wireless: A Government Welfare Program For Cell Phones

Did you know that your tax dollars are subsidizing cell phones for poor people? That’s what SafeLink Wireless is, according to the website:

SAFELINK WIRELESS® service is U.S. government supported program for Income eligible households provided by TracFone Wireless, Inc. In order to participate in the SAFELINK WIRELESS® service, persons must meet certain eligibility requirements set by each State where the service is to be provided. These requirements are based on a person’s participation in a state or Federal support programs or by meeting the Income Poverty Guidelines as defined by the U.S. Government. SAFELINK WIRELESS® service is limited to one person per household.

Personally, I always thought of a cell phone as a luxury. You have it if you can afford it. It’s something you earn. It’s certainly not something that should be part of a welfare package for “the poor.”
I mean, what motivation do people who are poor have to make themselves better if they can go through life eating subsidized food, living in subsidized housing while talking on their subsidized cell phones?

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