Obama to Raise Cell Phone Rates
Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 2, 2013
The nanny-state has been on the upswing ever since President Lyndon Johnson started his various Great Society programs. However, unlike the good old days of the 60s and 70s when presidents needed to go through Congress for appropriations for pet projects, Obama is determined to implement his without such approval required under the US Constitution.
One of Obama’s pet projects is called ConnectEd. Under this program the President would add a $12 monthly fee to cell phones with the generated revenues used to increase high-speed Internet in the US, particularly for high schools. It has been estimated that this would result in revenues of between $4 and $6 billion over a three-year period. While Obama would call these fees and the related spending “investments”, it is just another tax that the government would use to redistribute wealth.
According to the Washington Post, Obama understands the difficulty of getting any increased taxes through Congress, especially for new spending programs. To circumvent this Constitution requirement, he will ram the tax through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
It is hard to determine which is worse, the President’s penchant for spending money like a drunken sailor or his trampling on the Constitution.