Tea party Republicans have used race to demonize a longstanding government phone subsidy, saying it's an example of "wasteful spending." But the program's an important one for millions of subscribers living in poverty. "Without this program, 15 million low-income families would literally be choosing between feeding their children or going without a dial tone," says FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, an Obama appointee. Read Jamilah King's explanation of [how the program became one of the right's favorite memes about poor, black people](http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/04/the_truth_about_so-called_obamaph...)--and how, as a result, it finds itself facing the budget ax. Below, Erin Zipper separates myth from reality.