Michael Schaus

For being a former lecturer on Constitutional Law, the President seems to have a fairly precarious understanding of the separation of powers. Of course, this is assuming he concerns himself with the Constitution outside of political considerations. After his move to unilaterally delay aspects of Obamacare, and his extensive use of executive orders, the President is now considering adopting the powers of Congress in financial affairs. The wannabe-Emperor-Obama has decided that his executive branch alone (one of three total branches of government) might be able to increase taxes on all cell phone customers and use the money to build a “whole new educational ecosystem.”

The objectively odd use of the word “ecosystem” aside, the President’s plan would increase taxes on cell phone users, and allocate the revenue to building a high speed internet based educational tool for “99 percent” of school districts. (The 1 percent always get the shaft when it comes to government handouts. . . Unless it’s green energy subsidies.) The best part? Obama is quoted in the Washington Post as saying “We can do this without Congress.”

Right. Because that whole “separation of powers” concept was just a design flaw in our foundational document. . . Not the intent.

According to the Post:

“The effort would cost billions of dollars, and Obama wants to pay for it by raising fees for mobile-phone users. Doing that relies on the Federal Communications Commission [FCC], an independent agency that has the power to approve or reject the plan.”

The educational system would be authorized as an effort to equip school districts throughout the nation with high speed internet connections for online text books, learning plans, and tests. I guess the NSA wasn’t learning enough about our children through Facebook and common-core.

The Post went on to say that “White House senior advisers have described the little-known proposal, announced earlier this summer under the name ConnectEd, as one of the biggest potential achievements of Obama’s second term.” And while it’s nice to know that the President is looking for a legacy other than Martha’s Vineyard’s Most Avid Golfer, he’s quickly earning the legacy of the Empirical President. Isn’t it also worth noting, parenthetically, that all of his attempts to achieve a “legacy” have revolved around raising somebody’s taxes?

Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership.

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