Obama to Raise Cell Phone Rates
Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 12, 2013
The nanny-state has been on the upswing ever since President Lyndon Johnson initiated 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 their pet projects, Obama is determined to implement his projects without the approval required under the US Constitution.
One Obama pet projects is called ConnectEd. Under this program the President would add a $12 monthly fee to cell phones with the revenues generated used to increase high-speed Internet in the US, particularly for high schools. It is estimated that this would result in revenues for the government of between $4 and $6 billion over a three-year period. While Obama would call these fees and related spending “investments”, it is just another tax the government uses 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.