White House contract with phone company 'crony capitalism'?
Major federal contract given to top campaign donor
- Duration 4:36
- Date Feb 6, 2013
Major federal contract given to top campaign donor
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-- calls of crony capitalism after the White House gives a major federal contract to one of president Obama's biggest campaign donors.
Cell phone company track phone.
-- now be giving out free phones with Internet service to help low income job seekers.
Find work that's the idea anyway but this is not the first time that the president has given a business deal to one of his so called cronies.
And it's a practice that he promised.
During the hope and change campaign.
To get -- up here pretty sad.
And I'll finally -- the abuse of no bid contracts once and for all the -- sweetheart deals for Halliburton will be over.
When I don't know why now.
Nastase -- -- -- -- time zone now and Jonah Goldberg joins me is editor at large national review and a Fox News contributor good morning -- -- Good to have you here of the word you know I mean I think that these kind of deals have happened over and over and over again but the but the differences that.
President Obama made it very clear in the election that he not -- one nothing do with this kind of thing.
And now I have good friend of is the CEO FJ -- of tracks on.
Is a frequent visitor to the White House and he and his wife have been major campaign contributors in -- And also in 2012 and it got a pretty big deal out of this one.
Other got a great deal and as potentially get even better and in fairness to President Obama he said no more sweetheart deals for Halliburton even standing no more sweetheart deal for track -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Yet know -- that right now at the pilot program.
Which track phone shouldn't have gotten basically.
This program which I think is constitutionally dubious to begin with -- the FCC should not have the power to raise taxes by itself.
That power belongs to congress and let him down for a long time.
Going back to Gortat -- But under this program it's supposed to be four under privileged poor people unemployed people.
To learn typing skills computer illiteracy to human right resonates -- handouts Smartphones which I I think even the most.
Partisan pro Obama prison would -- it would it is agree is not great for typing out resonance.
Yeah I mean that is all concept here.
And that it is supposed to the -- supporters say that it's a way for the unemployed to learn technical skills to prepare their resume is and to search for jobs.
The one of the fourteen pilot contracts to the FCC -- went to this track phone wireless company so there are a lot of contracts out everyone about it.
Went to this company to President Obama is -- jail based on their visits to the White House.
But you know it just isn't a question as you point out whether or not these kind of progress even work you know I -- I think everybody would -- great you know if it gets people jobs and it's truly helpful.
In the job search.
Well it I guess you could make some some good argument for that but it does a candidate.
I'm not sure I would be entirely in favor of these sorts of giveaways on the way it is.
Even if you can prove that they work but I don't know that you could prove that they -- -- -- -- -- funding libraries with Internet access and librarians are trained people.
If the whole idea is he's -- stay on the couch and play with their Smartphones and play you know I'm doodle jump.
But you know might my friend and my favorite -- -- Tim Carney and Washington examiner he always says.
When ever of the government gets involved in the new business the well connected always win.
And this is a classic example of this via -- and this company which is owned by a Mexican mobile giant.
Basically goes advertises -- credibly aggressively.
-- poor communities basically saying you want a free phone you want a free phone because they know that the even though the poor people can't pay for much of it or any of it.
They can build a government enormously and -- this program takes off.
This company is what is set to take in a hundred million dollars a month -- from reimbursements from the government.
Having also raises questions doesn't about and that sort of a growing entitlement society as well you know that that they -- from -- government -- sort of though it is the way to sort of keep people on empowered in many way.
Rarely let's let this goes through a part of Obama's core velocity which we heard in the second inaugural.
Which we hear from people like Nancy Pelosi who called obamacare.
You know a jobs bill because -- allow people to quit their jobs and become poets.
On this idea that the only kind of liberty is positive liberty not negative liberty in positive liberty is when the government gives you stuff that lets you be all you can be.
And that's Obama's that was what Obama talked about in the second inaugural -- -- all of these programs.
Liberate people to be entrepreneurial and I my suspicion is you -- a lot of people Smartphones free phones.
Free entitlements -- this entry that it doesn't make them onto the -- -- and makes them look the next handout from the government.
You're good with words Donovan out of suggest that you quit your job become a -- should just a little bit of a prize -- the fifth thank you John Acura.