In case you haven't seen it: Obamacare architect
Gruber bragged about the "lack of transparency" during
the debate to be a "huge political advantage". ("Lack of transparency"
is a euphemism for "nonstop dishonesty, occasional outright lies")
And he credited "the stupidity of the American voter or whatever"
for making that strategy a winning one.
People will be offended, but I'm writing to you from a state that just re-elected Jeanne Shaheen, one of the eager participants in the obfuscation and bullshit. So to me "stupidity of the American voter" seems to be simple, blunt honesty on Gruber's part.
President Obama came out and asked the FCC to regulate the
Internet as a "public utility". The proposal is cloaked
in feel-good language about "Net Neutrality" (which polls
remarkably well, for an empty slogan), keeping the Internet
"free and open", blah blah blah.
Nick Gillespie cuts through the fluff:
Obama is old enough to remember Ma Bell, which was even worse to customers than today's cable and Internet providers. And he is smart enough to recognize the Orwellian contradiction in introducing onerous new regulatory regimes in the name of keeping anything "free." The FCC has never been particularly adept at acting in the "public interest." The less control it has over the Internet (and TV and anything else), the better off we will all be.
It's the default "progressive" position: remove power from private hands, place it in the clutches of the almighty State.
The FCC was originally established to divvy up the broadcast
spectrum among its corporate welfare recipients. A bad idea, but
par for the fascist course at the time.
In any case: that's a done deal, and one of ever-shrinking importance.
So the official Pun Salad position on the FCC is not to give it
more to do, but to abolish it. Some pointers that might
convince you this is the only sensible policy:
Welch at Reason;
Suderman at Reason;
an Investors Business Daily editorial;
Harsanyi at Real Clear Politics;
and (even) Jack
Shafer at Slate and Larry
Lessig at Newsweek (in 2008).
There is P.J. O'Rourke content
over at the Daily Beast, and it's highly recommended
for anyone who might be feeling giddy over last week's election
Extraordinary things occurred the last time Republicans took legislative power away from a liberal quack. To sum those things up in just two words, which still stir the heart of every right-thinking member of the Grand Old Party: Monica Lewinsky. Was that fun or what?
Need I tell you to Read The Whole Thing? Didn't think so. But it's also worth clicking over just for the (I'm pretty sure) Photoshopped picture.
[Today's illustration: a liberal quack. Get it?]
Barry is Principal for a Day at
Coral Reef High School ("Miami's Mega-Magnet"). It's not hilarious,
but worth reading.
… and your tweet du jour is:
"I hereby grant full amnesty to all Romulan ships entering the Neutral Zone." pic.twitter.com/G5cTl2ZAB2— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) November 10, 2014