A recent report from a CBS affiliate in Denver demonstrated how the government program to give those in need a free cell phone accomplished just the opposite. Those who could afford phones, received them. Food stamp cards were used fraudulently to get those who don't qualify for the program a phone. Vendors for the program were subsidized and incentivized to sign up citizens.
"The $2 billion a year Lifeline program has handed out more than 13 million free cellphone plans across the country in the first six months of this year. In Colorado, the program handed out more than 117,000 free cellphone plans in the first half of this year, or about 20,000 cellphones every month."
The report is an eyeopener as it shows a combination of vendor brazenness, recipients who don't qualify and the program that was promised to be regulated but appears not to be.
At taxpayers expense.