The "Poor Safety Net" consists of $800 billion a year in FREE STUFF! Almost 21 million American families received more than $36 billion in refunds through the EITC in 2004. An estimated 2.4 million California residents claimed $4.95 billion in EITC refunds in 2009. California Association of Food Banks Those of us that PAY for our cell phones are TAXED for: In 2008, the fund that foots the bill for this program contributed $819 million to subsidize low-income telephone services. The fund is projected to grow to over $1 billion this year. That’s $1 billion of over $800 billion the United States will spend on welfare in 2010. Welfare recipients now eligible to receive cell phones a) Free Cell phone (my cell phone I PAY is about $100/month) if the poor person receives just one of the below: Food stamps * Medicaid * Section 8 * Supplemental Security Income * National School Lunch Program b) 40 million Americans on food stamps get $200/month in free food. c) about 2.1 million households (6 million) use Section 8 the Housing Choice Voucher program, pays a large portion of the rents and utilities of or the Housing Choice Voucher Program up to $1,000 /month in FREE housing... So these people get === $ 5,666 in EIC cash, === $12,000 free housing , === $ 2,400 free food, === $ 1,200 in free cell phone plus === $ 5,000 a year in free health care from Medicaid. So this is about $26,000 a year in FREE MONEY, free goods and free services... This is the $800 billion a year poor safety Net" !