‘Obamaphone’ Program “rife with fraud”

Another government program, another corrupt government program. Here.

The controversial “Obamaphone” program, which pays for cellphones for the poor, is rife with fraud, according to a new government report released Thursday that found more than a third of enrollees may not even be qualified.

Here’s the deception that is typically used to distract from a government program’s corruption:

The report, requested by Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, also says the program has stashed some $9 billion in assets in private bank accounts rather than with the federal treasury, further increasing risks and depriving taxpayers of the full benefit of that money.

“A complete lack of oversight is causing this program to fail the American taxpayer — everything that could go wrong is going wrong,” said Mrs. McCaskill, ranking Democrat on the Senate’s chief oversight committee and who is a former state auditor in Missouri.

“We’re currently letting phone companies cash a government check every month with little more than the honor system to hold them accountable, and that simply can’t continue,” she said.

Lack of oversight, “phone companies cash a government check”. Please. So where is the government oversight and why are phone companies cashing a government check?

Its the nature of government programs, that’s why. Politicians and the rest of the political class pass laws and programs to get the recognition from their voters then go on their merry way to the next debacle. Then when a program is found to be corrupt, they blame “phone companies” or some other scapegoat.

Now, let me say, we need government — to carry out its constitutional functions, and to protect our rights and liberties — but with so much corruption and smothering by program after program, its difficult to acknowledge the need for government.

The country’s founders were right, as are today’s libertarians and classical liberals.



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