For obvious reasons.

( – The White House press corps laughed when President Obama’s spokesman on Wednesday said the president, in directing the Federal Communications Commission to raise cell phone taxes to pay for broadband Internet access in schools, would not be going around Congress.

“The FCC will decide whether another tax is applied? You’re not making an end run around Congress in this case?” a reporter asked fill-in White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

“Well, I — ‘end-run’ is not the word I would use. What I would say is that there has been — (laughter) — what we have seen from Congress is, we’ve seen a lot of stagnation and dysfunction and an inability to act on some rather obvious priorities of the American people.

“And so we have made pretty clear — and I think the president has demonstrated a willingness — to act on his own where he can, and where necessary to make progress on those priorities. And that’s exactly what we’re doing in this case.”