The Merced Sun-Star's editorial board recently opposed legislation I have co-sponsored to reform the federal government's free cell phone program. And to be clear: free cell phones are indeed provided by this program by passing money through the private providers.
The cost of this program -- paid for by bilking every family in America about $20 annually -- has nearly tripled in four years due to what the FCC has acknowledged is rampant "fraud and abuse."
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill was outraged recently to have received an offer for a free cell phone with "no proof necessary." Even the Obama administration has admitted the need for a fundamental overhaul of the program.
Yet the Sun-Star says, "the misbegotten House Republican attack on a program that has no impact on the federal budget is puzzling, to say the least."
Res ipsa loquitur. The thing speaks for itself.
4th District of California