x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

Obama wants to raise taxes on cellphone use

Posted: , by Alan F.

Obama wants to raise taxes on cellphone use
As if the taxes that cellphone users pay each month aren't enough to make you go back to two tin cans and a string, President Obama is looking to raise taxes on cellphone use in order to pay for high-speed internet service in school. The president could ask Congress for the funds, but instead he apparently wants to slow down one of the only sectors of the economy that has been growing steadily over the years. Actually, the president considers Congress to be dysfunctional which is why he is turning to handset users instead of asking Congress to raise the money.

The new program would be called ConnectED and would cost cellphone users about $5 more in additional taxes each year. To show you how overtaxed handset users are, in New York City the average cellphone user pays 10 separate city, state and federal fees and charges each month. And that doesn't include monthly sales tax!

Under the plan, the extra fee would disappear after three years, raising $6 billion. Some of you might not mind, considering that half of the public schools in the U.S. have slower internet than students have at home. The program is expected to connect 99% of America's schools to the "digital age." But there is a worry that once the extra fee is imposed, it won't ever disappear.

"You would think that connecting schools to the information superhighway would be a pretty noncontroversial topic. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen a lot of action in Congress, so the president has advocated an administrative, unilateral action to get this done."-Josh Earnest, White House deputy press secretary

source: NYPost

109 Comments
  • Options
    Close





posted on 15 Aug 2013, 03:34 27

1. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


Here's an idea, NOBama, in stead of raising our taxes, cut back elsewhere! All this man does is spend spend spend! US cell phone bills are already significantly higher than Europe (I pay £15 for 300 minutes 3000 texts and unlimited data), please don't make it worse!

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 03:36 12

2. vandroid (Posts: 342; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


It's time for a reform

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 04:07 8

6. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)


US household debt is reducing , and its a good sign.

just because ur phone bill is expensive and u started to blame ur president.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 04:13 4

8. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


are you like twelve?

the president doesnt and cannot spend anything

CONGRESS controls the purse

go learn civics 101

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 04:25 13

10. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


@6 - Really? how about the ~$17 trillion debt? Not sure if you noticed, but that doesn't seem to be going down the slightest bit. To be exact, it's growing at the fastest rate EVER.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 04:28 13

11. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


'are you like twelve'? Take a look at your sentence structure, punctuation and verbage before attempting to insult - you look foolish.

So you're telling me the President of the United States has no pull on what bills get drafted and pushed through congress? Hmmm...

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 04:40 1

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Here is a better idea - tell Congress to stop being dysfunctional. Only 18 (I think, the number may be lower) bills have been sent to Barry for signature since end of January when they started work. The parliamentary system has its advantages....

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 04:45 5

16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"So you're telling me the President of the United States has no pull on what bills get drafted and pushed through congress?"

Not when you have one part of Congress not wanting to do anything unless it is what a majority of the majority want. The technical term for the circumstance is tyranny of the minority.

Which is why the parliamentary model is looking pretty good at this point.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 04:52 7

17. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


Here's an even better idea - send a bill to congress that actually benefits all parties, not just the low-life scumbags that benefit from Obama's free give-aways. These democrats make the lower-income people dependant on government for survival - the people have no choice but to keep voting for democrats! Instead of passing bills giving away free crap to everyone who’s too lazy to work for it, develop a program to encourage people to get back to work.

"Catch a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish; he can support himself the rest of the way".

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 05:02 8

19. Sprissy (Posts: 191; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


US household debt reducing??? My household budget hasn't, every utility I have has gone up thanks to Obama and I see no end in sight with the cost of his new health care act which is going to make the cost of my health insurance soar and my paycheck reduce and now he wants to tax my cell phone too.....please Obama please resign and let someone else try and clean up your mess!

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 05:09 3

22. btbotimtim (Posts: 240; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


agree!! cut back on the dumb ass entitlements. He just raises our debt and has no plan to balance the budget. He just tries to pass this to the next president. With his spending habit, anybody can make the economy up and running!

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 05:16 1

25. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"Catch a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, he can support himself the rest of the way."

What about teaching a man to do more than fish? Technology is much more complicated than fishing. China (to take but one example) is investing far more than the $5 billion Barry is wanting to raise with this tax for teaching their kids to do waaaay more than fish. Should the U.S. limit itself to just fishing? There was a time when the U.S. education system was the envy of the world. Not any more.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 05:20 5

28. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


There are some in this thread that want to blame Barry for everything that goes wrong. *sighs*. Bird sh*ts on your car? It's Barry's fault. SMH.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 05:22 4

29. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


Jesus Christ - fish was just the example in the freaking analogy. I'm having second thoughts, but I figured you'd be smart enough to know that the anology doesn't only apply to fishing. Good lord. I'm all for this development of internet in schools, but my original point stands: don't take more money out of my pocket to fund this. If you want it that bad, cut elsewhere. Learn to balance some books.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 05:47 1

39. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Ummm. Perhaps you could provide some insight on how to 'balance some books' without passing a budget? Budgets are how business works - every year, businesses around the world (even in communist countries) pass a budget. But the American Taliban don't believe they should pass a budget.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 05:51

40. StuiWooi (Posts: 91; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


That's really not a bad price. To get unlimited data (sim only) you're looking at £12 on giff-gaff, £13 on three and £21 on Tmob so you're doing okay!

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 06:31

41. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Stop being dysfunctional?
ConnectED, ED = Erectile Dysfunction

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:29 3

42. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


That will never happen, our U.S. welfare system is an institution in itself. But, you haz' a valid point, maybe he should kick off of welfare all those folks who don't deserve it and force them to go get a j-o-b; or, maybe he should stop feeding families of 7 kids with a single Mom from say Mexico, who cross the border and go on W.I.C. the minute they get here (oh, and they're really not single Moms, they just tell HRA they are but their babies' daddies are really living with them and just working under the table); or, maybe we just should stop all the damn foreign aid because with all the funding we give by way of foreign aid we could certainly have high speed internet in our schools. Speaking of which, I can just see our American kids gaming and Facebooking instead of learning.

Yes, Bam-Bam, stick it to us one more time before leaving office. Oh wait, let me bendeth over and touch my pretty little ruby toes!!

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:49

43. riggsy (Posts: 25; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


I vote we end the 2 failed wars we are in now that are the longest running in the history of our country. Lets also go ahead and end the failed drug war as well. Private companies benefit off of locking people up for non violent crimes so we know that won't happen.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:51 1

44. 14545 (Posts: 1666; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Awe, come on Doug. Tyranny of the minority is the fact that the idiots that turn out to the polls and vote for the lesser of two "evils" cause us to pay more in taxes, regulations, etc every year that we don't want to pay. I don't vote, I refuse to support such a failed system that can give us candidate like BO, GW, MR, JM, AG, JK, etc. I mean how is someone like myself to vote for? Neither party is for freedom and liberty, and both what to tax us to oblivion. After all, it was Bush that continued with the idea that Keynesian economics actually work with Failed stimulus 1 & 2, Barry just continued that logic with the omnibus, bailouts, and his stimulus. The only thing that artificially created a bubble after the dot(com) bust was artificially holding interest rates low and creating a housing bubble. Couple that with going from super regulation to no regulation(glass stegal) and you have a recipe for disaster. (I'm for dereg, but you have to do it slowly, not open the flood gates at once. It creates a shock to the system if you don't. As evidenced the last 12-13 years.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:53 3

45. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


The debts only real if you choose the believe in it....-_-

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:56

46. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


You get what you vote for. Or, in your case, don't vote for.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:02

47. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Barry ended Iraq. Afghanistan is on track to end in 2014. The war on drugs is an example of legislative momentum - too many vested/special interests suckling on the Federal teat. BTW, the war on drugs was a Nixon initiative. Nothing like the gift that keeps on giving, eh?

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:02

48. 14545 (Posts: 1666; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


How about we move some of other 3 tillion (2 trillion in raised taxes) in the budget from welfare or corporate giveaways to fund schools and the like. Then FIRE these incompetent TENURED or union teachers who's test scores are continually below average.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:14 1

50. quakan (Posts: 1393; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


You have such a negative, skewed view on the lower class. Why must they all be low lives and lazy? They're usually the group that has two or more jobs, not the higher classes. The welfare programs are so that people aren't having to decide whether their family eats or has a place to stay. No one wants to make that choice and many have chosen not to by taking the crime route in order to stay afloat. Not sure what conservative group you got that negative propaganda from, but send it back and get a more accurate picture of our lower class people.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:16

51. 14545 (Posts: 1666; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


No, I don't get what I vote for. I voted from 2004-2010 and not one time did one person that stood for what I believe in get elected. Therefore I am subjected to your tyrannical laws. (IE, taxation without representation) I'm in no way, shape, or form represented in congress, or even lower levels of government within the state. I just get to pay BS taxes for all you votes idiotic needs/wants with no regard for those that actually pay the taxes. Heck, as a family that doesn't intend on EVER having kids I GET TO PAY THE MOST TAXES for you the wonderful POS parents out there. Are you really willing to sit here and tell me that you absolutely think it is right that I should have to pay for all you people chitren when I have no intention of having one myself? How about we let parents pay for their kids high speed interwebs themselves by eliminating the child deduction? Wouldn't that make more sense? After all, the people using this (useless) service will be the ones paying for it. Maybe then parents would be more mindful about what their schools ask for. Just a thought.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:24

52. ibap (Posts: 772; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


That's what you get when people type on glass and can't be bothered with punctuation or corrections.

He does know how to find the caps key, though.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:39 10

53. Jack58221 (Posts: 156; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


it can't be at 17 trillion... he promised it wouldn't go over 14... he wouldn't lie, cheat, falsify, or cover-up anything. that just wouldn't be right. *sarcastic*

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 09:31

58. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Time for him too move from office if he keeps this up.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 09:46

59. suhas2000 (Posts: 21; Member since: 24 Jul 2008)


Talking of grammer, it's "verbiage," and yes, when the dysfunctional congress that is run by the RepupubliCONs refuse to cooperate with our president on a single bill what else can expect?

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories