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Sen David Vitter (New Orleans) Ad id: 407139067086595 |  Views: 148

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Date listed: 6 years ago
Sen. David Vitter said:"Dear Friend, Did you get a chance to read the Times-Picayune this week? If you didn't, you missed a giant, expensive newspaper ad attacking my efforts to end the government welfare cell phone program. The ad was bought by TracFone, a company that profits from the program by handing out free cell phones. This is an entitlement program gone mad. TracFone is upset because I'm fighting to end this program, which would also end their corporate welfare. The program is called the Universal Service Fund (USF), and it was created to expand access to landline service for low-income households. Unfortunately, it has expanded far beyond its original intent. Now it's an out-of-control, fraud-ridden entitlement program that spoils what should be a worthwhile helping hand. According to one report, the wireless part of the program actually grew from $143 million five years ago to over $2 billion in 2012 -- and nearly 41 percent of those getting cell phone welfare may not even be eligible for the program. In fact, a friend of mine went into one of the stores and picked up a working phone, even though he isn't eligible for the program. Instead of trying to fix this problem, TracFone decided to protect their profit and attack me through a newspaper advertisement. What they didn't realize is that their advertisement drew some much-needed attention to this program. In fact, I wrote a letter to F.J. Pollack, the CEO of TracFone, to thank him for the publicity. Click the images above to learn more about my legislation and my response to TracFone. When you pay taxes on your phone bill, your money goes directly in to this fraud-ridden and out-of-control entitlement program. As so many middle class Americans struggle underneath this economy, it's really offensive to make taxpayers subsidize an abused free cell phone service for others. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on this free cell phone program and other issues important to you. Please contact me with your ideas at any of my state offices or in my Washington office. You can also reach me online at http://vitter.senate.gov. Sincerely, David Vitter United States Senator"--ROFLOL. Vitter thinks that giving the poor cell phones is 'Corporate Welfare'? Then what does he call giving tax breaks to BIG OIL that are making profits that exceed our tax breaks? Do you want YOUR hard earned tax dollars to line the pockets of BIG OIL stock owners? Because that is what is happing. Shouldn't our tax dollars go towards our levies, rebuilding our neighborhoods post Katrina, education for our children, etc..?Vitter isn't interested in us. Never has been, never will be. Location: New Orleans

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