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August 14, 2013 - 7:30 am

If you like your ridiculously high cell phone bill, there’s good news: President Obama wants to make it even higher! The president is pushing a plan to raise money by hiking cell phone fees and use the revenue generated to wire up local schools with high-speed Internet access. The idea of allowing states and towns to figure out how to pay for their own Internet access is evidently anathema to this administration, as is the idea that government should stay within its constitutional boundaries.

He’s also planning to do this without input from Congress, via the Federal Communications Commission, according to the Washington Post. Congress, not the executive branch, is empowered by the Constitution with the ability to levy or reject taxes.

By circumventing Congress, the president would also avoid hearings, debate, and give and take — what we used to call the legislative process. Now it’s just the government and its functionaries blackmailing the citizenry.

Cell phone users already pay for another massive Obama social program, the so-called Obamaphones. That free cell phone program, which began as a modest program in the Reagan era to help poor and rural families get telephones, exploded from 2009 to 2012 — there were one million of them in use in swing state Ohio in 2012. There is little if any oversight to prevent fraud.

This new program, called ConnectEd, will be added on top of the Obamaphone bill.

In the case of ConnectEd, White House officials worried that Obama could be accused of raising taxes on all Americans who use phone or Internet service, amid a broader debate in which Republicans are saying he is trying to raise taxes on the middle class. The cost for the initiative is estimated at $4 billion to $6 billion, and the administration said it could work out to about $12 in fees for every cellphone user over three years.

A senior administration official said that if the idea had come up during the presidential campaign, it probably would have been abandoned because of the political risk. Democrats faced withering critiques in the 1990s for advocating gas taxes to fund roads and bridges, and then-Vice President Al Gore was put on the defensive over the “Gore tax,” the 1996 law that gave the FCC the power to charge such fees.

Obama doesn’t like the Constitution very much and, like lefty columnist Thomas Friedman, gets envious of foreign governments that can rule by fiat.

Obama had long expressed frustration that countries such as South Korea had embraced technology in the classroom so much better than the United States had. He became enthralled with the idea and gave it the go-ahead.

“We are here to do big things — and we can do this without Congress,” he later told his staff in a meeting, an aide said.

Yes we can — become an authoritarian state in which the federal government controls every last drop of everything.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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While it's only 25 cents per phone per month, it ought to be decided by Congress, since it IS a tax. It will also be permanent, as they will come up with some other purpose for it once the high-speed internet is paid for (over-paid for, more likely, to cronies, of course).
35 weeks ago
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Who is going to stop him? Congress? The Supreme Court?

At least I can refuse to pay the tax. I got along without a cell phone for forty years, I can get along without one for a few more years. Civilization wouldn't collapse if cell phones ceased to exist.
35 weeks ago
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I'm sure the Republican leadership will cry foul over this one, just like they have over Obama's illegal suspension of elements of his own healthcare law.

Expect to hear from Boehner and Cantor very soon. Well, right after they come out of hiding during the recess.
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34 weeks ago
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35 weeks ago
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The Republicans in Congress are using what I've dubbed the Maginot Gambit, a fiendishly brilliant strategy by which they craftily act as if they are doing nothing in response to Obama's power grabs, thereby lulling the Democrats to sleep, all the while preparing to spring their trap, which is to surrender. Unconditionally.
35 weeks ago
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I often suspected the RINO GOP were French...
35 weeks ago
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Unless you really-really-really need your cell phone... just return it and disconnect. Send them a letter indicating they can ask the president to pay the last bill. Stop being sheep led to the slaughterhouse.
35 weeks ago
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O'yea O'yea! M'Lords & Ladies of Congress! His Excellency the Emperor-President Obama will now HIKE cell phone fees!
35 weeks ago
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Just another way to grind down the middle class.
35 weeks ago
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As Slim Pickens says in "Blazing Saddles"....

"What'll that a$$hole think of next?"
35 weeks ago
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NOT the President's job.
Didn't he just remind us that he is NOT a dictator?
35 weeks ago
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"I am not a dictator, just the humble and benevolent King of Universe".

-King Obamessiah~"Composite memories form composite Julias"
35 weeks ago
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And if he reminds us enough times, maybe he'll start to believe it.
35 weeks ago
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They did this by Executive order: In "cases of rebellion or invasion [when] the public safety may require it," the Constitution permits a president to suspend the right to be freed from arrest by a writ of habeas corpus -- as Lincoln did during the Civil War. That denies a person jailed even by illegal means recourse in the courts.

On Lincoln's orders, outspoken civilians from secessionist states were jailed at Fort McHenry without formal charges, as were Baltimore's mayor, police chief and police commissioner, 31 members of the Maryland legislature and newspaper reporters, members of Congress and judges.

Simply by proclaiming a national emergency on Friday, President Bush activated some 500 dormant legal provisions, including those allowing him to impose censorship and martial law.



This is responsible for our current police state!


September 18, 2001 Wartime presidential powers supersede liberties By Frank J. Murray THE WASHINGTON TIMES
http://web.archive.org/web/20010918184425/www.washtimes.com/national/20010918-1136.htm



Congress cannot directly vote to override an executive order in the way they can a veto. Instead, Congress must pass a bill canceling or changing the order in a manner they see fit. The president will typically veto that bill, and then Congress can try to override the veto of that second bill. The Supreme Court can also declare an executive order to be unconstitutional. Congressional cancellation of an order is extremely rare. Until we challenge and halt this it will continue. One thing everybody should realize, and that is that all of them KNOW this! Do not allow yourself to be played!
35 weeks ago
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You left out the part where Congress has voted each and every year since 2001 to extend warpowers act one year. Every year it comes up and every year they vote to extend it for another year.

This isn't Bush's fault - it is Congress's.
35 weeks ago
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I know, but it is Congress who is is to blame. I have yet to hear or see one standing up against the Pentagon coup of our freedom! Not one!
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