Politicians on both sides of the aisle are known for reckless spending of taxpayer dollars– like free cell phones and internet. In keeping with his promise to eliminate wasteful government spending, Trump is enlisting the help of the FCC.
As the new head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, is taking steps to reduce the fraud and abuse stemming from the Lifeline program, otherwise known as the “Obamaphone.”
The program was created by President Reagan in 1985 to provide low-income families with landline phone services. Bush expanded the program to include wireless service, but it grew to new heights during Obama’s tenure.
Advocates of the program have been pushing to further expand the program by including internet services. They must be forgetting that the internet is already free at most public libraries–which are funded by taxpayers.
But they are not going get their wish. While Pai sees some value in the program, he is not willing to expand it at the expense of working Americans. He acknowledges that there must be something done about the out-of-control…
Fraud and Abuse
According to the Conservative Tribune, the current budget for the program is $2.25 billion. Trump is set to cut that budget, capping it at $1.5 billion. As the program mushroomed under Obama-so did abuse of the system.
A report released in 2016 revealed a $51million fraud investigation against was launched against Lifeline. Thousands of fake users were enrolled in the program by Total Call Mobile. As a result of their actions, the company was ordered to pay $30 million in fines and they lost their Lifeline license.
Not surprisingly, the Obama-led FCC only investigated a small portion of the fraud cases that were reported. Under Trump, hard-working Americans will finally get their money back.
Now watch this…