All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills-- Article 1 Section 7 of the US Constitution
Doesn't Anyone In The Federal Government Read the Constitution??Call me a traditionalist, but I happen to be a big fan of the separation of powers provisions of the US Constitution. Each part of our federal government They exist because our founders believed that each branch of government would check the other, preventing any element of our federal government gaining dominance over the other which will eventually lead to tyranny.
This administration has gone out of its way to ignore parts of the constitution especially the separation of powers provisions outlined in Article 1 of Sections 1-3 (which delineates each of the three branches) and Section 7 of Article one (which details which branch of Congress can do what).
Reported today by the NY Post is a brand new example of President Obama's violation of Constitutional separation of powers. This time he is adding a tax on our cell phone bills which according to the quote above from Article 1 Section 7 is a huge no-no. Any tax HAS to originate in the House (granted Obamacare with all of it's inherent taxes originated in the Senate, but the progressives used a technical trick to get around the Constitution-a story for another day).
President Obama wants the tax-payers to shovel out extra money so schools can have hi-speed internet connections (note-I couldn't find the Constitutional provision establishing the right to hi-speed internet--but I am sure it's there right under the free birth control provision).
Hi-speed internet may be a noble goal and might even be funded via a new tax instituted by Congress but we will never know because this President didn't ask Congress for the extra funds. Instead he is looking at circumventing the Constitution by tacking on yet another charge on cellphones through the Federal Communications Commission.
The new program, called ConnectED, would expand an existing school-wiring effort and cost each cellphone user about $5 a year, said White House officials.But don't worry the Administration officials said the added fee would sunset after three years after generating about $6 billion (a sunset provision is the presidential equivalent of "the check is in the mail," it will never happen)
In New York City, the ubiquitous mobile devices already carry 10 separate city, state and federal fees and charges — and that doesn’t include sales taxes.
Obama is relying on the fee hike to avoid dealing with a Congress that White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest yesterday described as “dysfunctional.”
“You would think that connecting schools to the information superhighway would be a pretty noncontroversial topic,” Earnest told reporters in Martha’s Vineyard, where the first family is on vacation.
“Unfortunately, we haven’t seen a lot of action in Congress, so the president has advocated an administrative, unilateral action to get this done.”
According to an FCC survey, half the nation’s schools reported slower Internet connections than the average home.It doesn't matter because a program such as this with a new tax needs to originate in the House, it is John Boehner's job not Barack Obama's.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) slammed the “endless expansion of the program at the expense of rate payers.”While I agree with the sentiments Fred Upton should just shut up..because he is the guy behind the unconstitutional Congressional overreach which banned the use of incandescent light-bulbs You know the one that actually make it possible to see as opposed to what we have now dim bulbs which take a half hour to light up. The only mitigating factor for my hatred of those lousy bulbs is the fact that it prevents me from seeing that my Congressional regulated toilet bowl doesn't flush. The provision for lousy toilets and light bulbs must be in the Constitution near the article about high-speed internet and free health care.
The latest affront to the Constitutional rules that made this country great is part of a long list of separation of powers violations made by this Chief Executive such as delaying the employer mandate of Obamacare, or his Dream Act by executive fiat, or even his massive system of Czars which bypass the Senates right to approve Presidential appointments, just to name a few.
Now some will argue why isn't the congress standing up and screaming? That's an easy question to answer. You see just in the cases of our lousy toilets and light bulbs, Congress too has little regard for our Constitution. As we saw with the Obamacare ruing by the Supreme Court, our top judges are too attached to our founding documents either.
Folks in the end it is left up to us... the voters in this country must insist, that to receive our votes and continuing support every candidate has demonstrate with action that they value the provisions of our Constitution. If we don't this great republic of ours it doomed!