The Slim-line Obama-phone
I admit I haven’t been all that wrapped up in the U.S. elections, and I haven’t seen Fox News in years, so the whole “Obama-phone” thing passed me by.
Back when Ronald Reagan was President… and the whole conservative response to poverty was “get a job”… somebody with a few brain cells realized that to get a job (even a temporary one… especially a temporary one) your potential employer had to have some way to contact you. Which, at the time, meant having a telephone. So, since 1985, the “Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers” has provided a discount on phone service for poor people in the United States.
When the program was upgraded (just like communications technology itself) a while back, cell phones were included in the program… which only makes sense… so naturally, given that the new regulations came in under the Obama Administration, Fox has decided it’s some nefarious plot to perpetuate what they weirdly consider “socialist” for using government programs to foster U.S. businesses (sort of like… oh… pumping the railways via the Homestead Act of 1862) .
Of course, the Reagan Administration was also the beginning of the whole “Free Trade” mania that affects the U.S. although when it’s not U.S. companies exploiting foreigners and driving down U.S. wages, the party of Reagan, it’s all part of the socialist plot, too.
And… with the Foxistas having branded the whole idea of making it possible for poor people to earn a pittance in an honest way some sort of evil socialist plot, there has to be an evil socialist villain (well, Obama, obviously… but then, he’s only the tool of someone… anyone). Even better if he can be a foreign villain. And, if not an Arab, then a MEXICAN villain.
The lady with the “Obama-phone” apparently got her cell phone through “Trak-Phone” … the bottom of the line, utilitarian cell-phones sold by a company, owned by a company, controlled by Carlos Slim. Geeze, I don’t think you can do anything involving telephones in the Americas without some connection to Carlos Slim. He should be a hero to the heirs of Ronald Reagan, having not only taken over a government enterprise (and actually made it better, I do have to admit), but made himself beyond filthy rich in the process and actually trickling down some jobs. Should… but he’s a Mexican. And worse, the President of Trak-phone doesn’t support the Republican Party. Which — to those great minds at Fox (a few digits short of an area code in the brains department) means Carlos Slim is an “Obamination”.
Slim has, on occasion, worked with leftists, and rightist, and centerists. As Fidel Castro once pointed out, he’s the kind of guy who’d be a “one percenter” in any economic system. And he ain’t stupid. He was a child prodigy in mathematics, and could probably still figure out the Republican tax plan… which means… if he was giving his own money to U.S. politicians, I doubt it would be to the Rs. After all, Slim’s whole fortune rests on having people earn enough to buy the stuff he’s selling.
But, did I mention he’s a Mexican? Wait until Fox figures out that his dad was an Arab.
(16-October 2012: for the first time ever, I closed comments on a site. Not that I didn’t appreciate the comments, and not that I didn’t enjoy them, but the post was about Carlos Slim, and how Fox News reports on his business activities … nothing to do with U.S. tax policy and the two neo-liberal political party positions on the same. )