Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday humor: Land of the free (ride)

Apparently, the words “free money” have instant credibility if you add “Obama” to the phrase

Thousands of people are using widely circulated, bogus “routing numbers” supposedly provided by Obama to pay for their bills

“A myth that President Obama is giving people money to pay their bills has prompted thousands of people across the country to try to pay for utilities, phone service and loans using bogus bank routing numbers…” Read more here

And after the passage of Obamacare, people were eager to get their free medical goodies

A quick Google search will reveal numerous online inquiries on “Where do I get my free Obamacare?” For one example, read here (be sure to read the lengthy answer provided by “Patriot”) 

And, after a massive outbreak of messages describing an existing government free “lifeline” phone program as the “free Obama phone,” the program “went rogue” and more than doubled its offerings, not bothering with verification of eligibility

“In some instances, the government is handing out multiple phones to the same people. And there’s no national tracking system keeping tabs on who’s enrolled—or whether participants even qualify… The rapid growth means the government is paying out a lot more money—$1.6 billion in 2011, compared with $772 million in 2008. An audit last year found that 269,000 wireless Lifeline subscribers were receiving free phones and monthly service from two or more carriers.”  Read more here

What’s funnier, the rumors themselves, or the fact that thousands of people believe them?  Come to think of it, maybe this stuff really isn’t so funny…

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