Obama is sidestepping Congress once again. This time, the unconstitutional act is in an effort to raise $6 Billion in new taxes to put WiFi in public schools across America. Rather than waste his time with the Constitution and Congress, Obama is going straight to the FCC to lobby for the new taxes. The new tax will apply to every American who uses a cellphone.
“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”
–Candidate Barack Obama, 2008
Shhh… Never-mind that.
The proposal has gone mostly unnoticed. It was quietly introduced over the Summer under the name ConnectEd. The White House proposal specifically states:
Today, President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to take the steps
necessary to build high-speed digital connections to America’s schools and libraries, ensuring
that 99 percent of American students can benefit from these advances in teaching and learning.
He is further directing the federal government to make better use of existing funds to get this
technology into classrooms, and into the hands of teachers trained on its advantages. And he is
calling on businesses, states, districts, schools and communities to support this vision.
Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution clearly states: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes. You will notice it does not say the President, or a regulatory board under the influence of the President. According to The Washington Post, republicans are vowing to ensure that the FCC does not create this new tax, which will certainly be disguised as a “fee”–not a tax. If the plan moves forward republicans plan to hold congressional hearings to persuade the FCC. However, the commission is headed by only 5 members. Two are democrats, one is republican and the other two are Obama nominees for the remaining open slots. The odd man out is not expected to have much pull.