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Frank Bernheisel: The View From Here
Frank Bernheisel
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Frank Bernheisel
Posted 04.12.13
Just Outside Washington

FRANK BERNHEISEL

How about those so-called Obama phones?

I know that those who believe Fox News and some of the polemics zipping around the Internet will be in disbelief. After all, the source is that liberal rag, The Washington Post.

A couple of key points, which may whet your appetite

    (1) The program known as Obama-Phone was started under Ronald Reagan
    (2)It does not give out free telephones
    (3) It is not paid for out of taxes.
Unfortunately, that last bit of information is almost at the end of the article.

Is this a federal program that should be maintained? That is the policy question.

Then there is the $2.2 Billion that the program cost in 2012. Would that be better spent on something else, for example the $2.2 Billion could construct 4 to 6 miles of urban freeway.

Is there a moral issue here? I mean, should the government be taking away the incentives for people to work and pay for their own phones? Why, this may be a "moral hazard" equivalent to banks that are too big to fail.

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