We’ve written repeatedly about Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin’s attack on a program that provides basic lifeline telephone service to poor people, at no cost to taxpayers and often at no cost to telephone customers.

Democratic candidate Herb Rule blasts Griffin further on the issue today, probably because Griffin has made poor folks’ cell phones into a folk tale up there with food stamp lobsters and vodka.

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His idea to rip away phone service from poor people is so bad only a handful of the nuttiest members of Congress have signed on. And, hey Tim, have you heard? Most people are giving up landline telephones these days in favor of the portability and sometimes lower cost of wireless phones.

Should facts, as opposed to Tim Griffin myth interest you, here’s an interesting fact sheet on the program that Griffin is misrepresenting.

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Rule release follows: