We were on February 26 subjected to the hugest of Barack Obama Administration Internet power grabs. Where the Administration unilaterally decided to start applying 1934 landline telephone law to the 21st-Century-Web.
This government grab was made under the guise of Network Neutrality – but this flashback-to-New-Deal phone law is oh-so-much-worse. The Administration has appointed itself the overlord of just about every private sector decision, transaction and innovation.
This is Mother-May-I-Do-Anything-At-All uber-regulation. It will eviscerate the free-speech-free-market-Xanadu Web we all know and dearly love.
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz has been an outspoken opponent of all of this. And has been criticized by the Left and the Media (please pardon the redundancy) for the ways he has phrased his opposition.
Admittedly, we too have long disagreed with this assessment. Sort of. And not in the way the Democrat-Media-Complex has.
And in fact…
It’s worse for several reasons. Not the least of which is – at least ObamaCare passed the People’s elected Congress (well, sort of).
Net Neutrality was unilaterally imposed by three unelected Democrat bureaucrats at President Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). An overwhelming majority of the People’s elected Congress have long been opposed to the entire mess.
When Senator Cruz made the ObamaCare-Net Neutrality comparison – out quickly came the knives.
They REALLY didn’t like the comparison.
Which is bizarre. They like ObamaCare. They like Net Neutrality. Why the lurching defensiveness?
Senator Cruz also rightly described an inexorable result of Net Neutrality.
And what does that look like?
DMVs, anyone? And how is the government at handling technology?
Why quibble? It’s both. Because government violates the Wallet Rule.
If you go out on a Friday night with your wallet, and you go out the following Friday night with my wallet – on which Friday night will you have more fun?
Government is ALWAYS on someone else’s wallet. It will thus never spend money as wisely or well as we who earned it.
How does the FCC – that just commandeered control of the Internet – do with tech?
Vice was right – the FCC was clueless.
And how’s this for additionally reassuring?
How quick is the FCC to expedite their decision-making process – now that they have oh-so-many-more decisions to make? Remember – just every Internet provider now has to wait to do just about anything unless and until the FCC approves. The private sector is frozen in amber until the Commission gives the thumbs-up.
And perhaps the quintessential example of the delay-damage government will do? Behold this story from March 23, 2015:
When did the offense occur?
A Roanoke, Virginia, station accidentally aired a brief pornographic video clip during its evening newscast on July 12, 2012….
Nearly three years it took the government – to make a decision the private sector would make in about three seconds.
Won’t Internet-at-the-speed-of-government be great?
Editor’s Note: This first appeared in Red State.