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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).
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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.
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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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Impeach this MoFO for God's sake
1 year 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.
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I often suspected the RINO GOP were French...
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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.
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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!
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Just another way to grind down the middle class.
1 year ago
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NOT the President's job.
Didn't he just remind us that he is NOT a dictator?
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"I am not a dictator, just the humble and benevolent King of Universe".

-King Obamessiah~"Composite memories form composite Julias"
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And if he reminds us enough times, maybe he'll start to believe it.
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Aren't virtually all schools already wired with high-speed Internet?

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1 year ago
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Thanks to Mexican drug cartels, some schools are already wired with "high speed methamphetamine.
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Yes. Owners of phones all over the country pay an extra TAX to finance internet in schools. That was Al Gore's idea. Keep voting TheAmokRats and don't forget to encourage them to keep on taxin'.
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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).
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I see what you did there, buzzsawmonkey and I like it. I am however, jealous that I didn't come up with it.
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Obama's real plan is to channel all this new money into his favorite contractors' pockets.
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He used the 3 billion he extorted from BP to flood the democrat coffers for elections.
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