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Opening Arguments

One place to cut government

Best idea I've heard lately:

Because there exists no area of human activity that couldn't benefit from more paternalistic attention . . . Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Federal Communications Commission to your Web browser.

Congressional Democrats could not find the votes to pass "net neutrality." No problem. Three un-elected officials will impose rules on hundreds of millions of satisfied online consumers. A federal appeals court stops the FCC from employing authority over the Internet. Again, not a problem. Three out of five FCC commissioners can carve out some temporary wiggle room, because as any crusading technocrat knows, the most important thing is getting in the door.

It's not that we don't need the FCC's meddling, it's that we don't need the FCC at all. Rather than expanding the powers — which always seem to grow — of this outdated bureaucracy, Congress should be finding ways to eliminate it.

Why would we want a prehistoric bureaucracy overseeing one of the century's great innovations?

Excellent question there in that last sentence. Government bureaucrats think they can improve anything with just a little tinkering. And "just a little tinkering" always turns into massive control and abuse of power. The FCC was created for the very specific task of allocating access to finite amounts of bandwidth. With hardly any limits to access today, there is no reason to even keep the FCC, which exists mainly to violate the First Amendment rights of the media it controls. 


Bob G.
Wed, 12/22/2010 - 11:45am

VERY well said!
(and no argument here)

Wed, 12/22/2010 - 7:27pm

"Tuesday's FCC vote on rules purportedly designed to ensure open and free networks was a 3-2 partisan charade, with Genachowski and the other two Democratic commissioners in favor and the two Republicans against. It did nothing of the sort. The short-term result will be confusion and jockeying for position. Genachowski's claim that the rules bring "a level of certainty" to the landscape was laughable unless he was talking about lobbyists and lawyers; their futures are certainly looking prosperous. The longer-range result will be to solidify the power of the incumbent powerhouses -- especially telecommunications providers and the entertainment industry -- to take much more control over what we do online."


Because we need something to keep the corporations in line, but it looks like the FCC already works for them.

So in the long run, it looks like it will be the rest of us doing that job on a distributed basis.

tim zank
Wed, 12/22/2010 - 10:55pm

Considering in 2 short years this administration has taken over or the banking industry, auto industry, insurance industry, food industry, healthcare and more, the internet seemed only the next logical step.

How ya liking your new socialist overlords now?

Wed, 12/22/2010 - 11:23pm

Pfft. Joe Biden's no socialist. He's an entertainment/media industry employee.


As for your alleged "takeovers;" I think you meant "government bailouts/effective subsidies of corporations/industries with failing business models."