In 1984 the government launched a program called Lifeline, which provided low-income families phones. Last year, the government and taxpayers spent $2.2 billion on this program, a $1.4 billion dollar increase from 2008. After seeing such a spike, the government required stricter guidelines to prove eligibility. It figured 15 percent of the people would be ineligible, but a review by the Wall Street Journal found 41 percent of individuals were not eligible or did not return proper documentation to prove so. [Source: The Wall Street Journal]