Why should we be surprised that Obama, once again, is skirting the United States Constitution and usurping Congressional tax making powers …
Obama wants to tack on $5-a-year phone tax to fund high-speed Internet in schools – critics blast ‘end run’ of Congress and ‘endless expansion of program at the expense of rate payers’ — That’s one way to “cell” a fee hike.
Unwilling to ask Congress for extra funds to pay for high-speed Internet connections in schools, President Obama is instead looking to tack yet another charge on cellphones through the Federal Communications Commission.
The new program, called ConnectED, would expand an existing school-wiring effort and cost each cellphone user about $5 a year, said White House officials. In New York City, the ubiquitous mobile devices already carry 10 separate city, state and federal fees and charges — and that doesn’t include sales taxes.
Obama is relying on the fee hike to avoid dealing with a Congress that White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest yesterday described as “dysfunctional.” Read more at “President Obama eyes fee on cellphones to fund Internet wiring efforts at schools – NYPOST.com
Bottom line …
Another unconstitutional executive branch action. And, nobody in the Republican House appears willing to call Obama to task for his continual breach of Congressional powers. The common carriers are now so brazen they make up their own “official sounding” fees and the money flows directly to the bottom line and executive bonuses. All of the Public Utilities Commissions are political creatures and unlikely to do much for consumers other than to help work out simple billing disputes.
And, lest we forget … everytime something is allocated to education, it usually bypasses the students in the classroom and winds up in the underfunded union pension funds or as salary support for current personnel.