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The FCC Delivers the Latest Dose of Obama Cronyism

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It’s Bad for Everyone Else -
But Why Would the Administration Care?

The huge-er government gets – the greater its ability to deliver cronyism goodies. The bigger the wallet government has – the larger the regulatory hammer it wields – the more Crony Socialism it can dispense.

Remember when President Barack Obama said this?

“We’re going to punish our enemies and reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”

The Obama Administration is excellent at both. The punishing:

IRS Targets Conservative Groups

Obama Administration Targets Fox News Reporter in ‘Chilling’ Echo of AP Probe

Obama Administration Targets Coal with Controversial Emissions Regulations

Obama Closed and Stole Republican Car Dealerships?

And the rewarding: More

NY Times Mangles Obama’s Net Neutrality Power Grab

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Distressed for Decades

As we know – America’s media is for the most part decidedly Leftist, often befuddled and rarely right. So when they wade into an intricate issue like President Barack Obama’s Net Neutrality Internet power grab – we can only expect even more Leftism, befuddlement and wrongness.

On February 26, the Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pretended to be Congress and rewrote law. To suddenly start regulating the Internet under the 1934 Telecommunications Act – under rules written to regulate the landline telephone.

You would think we could all assume Congress’ intent in 1934 wasn’t to apply the law they were then passing to the World Wide Web, right? I mean, we were still sixty years away from the birth of what we know as the Net.

But this little bit of Reality is lost on this Administration. And, too, on the media. Led, as usual, by the New York Times.

What the Net Neutrality Rules Say

Translation: “What the Administration and We Want You to Think the Net Neutrality Rules Say.” More

Obama’s Other Internet Power Grab – to Expand Policy That Fails 116 Percent of the Time

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This Administration’s
Hand Wear of Choice

February 26 was a particularly terrible day – in a six-plus year history of terrible Barack Obama Administration days.

That is the day the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – without benefit of Congress – unilaterally imposed on the free Internet the uber-heinous regulatory nightmare mess that is Title-II-Reclassification-Network Neutrality.

But that’s not all the FCC – without any actual authority – did to the Web.

FCC Just Overruled State Laws That Were Blocking Municipal Broadband

How very authoritarian of them. Federalism, anyone?

When you hear “municipal broadband” – think “government broadband.” It’s governments attempting to be in the broadband business.

Which means governments tax private broadband companies – and use the money they’ve taken from private broadband companies to fund government competitors to private broadband companies.

Which means governments are umpires – and playing for the opposing team. To do business, private broadband companies must every day play “Mother May I” with governments and their many, many regulations. If the government regulator is also a competitor – how amenable to its private competition is it going to be? More

Barack Obama and Google – Crony Socialism on Steroids

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We the People Don’t Love It So Much

I was at the just concluded Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on a panel entitled “The United States of Google: Big Data and Big Government.”

During which Scott Cleland and I examined amongst other things the seemingly endless Crony Socialist ties between all-everything mega-company Google and the Barack Obama Administration.

Google loved Obama back before there was an Obama Administration. Remember how the Obama campaign was hailed for its online prowess – both in 2008 and 2012?

Using New Media Effectively: An Analysis of Barack Obama’s Election Campaign Aimed at Young Americans

How Obama’s Online Campaign Helped Win the Election

Obama Raised Half a Billion Online

Except it wasn’t Campaign Obama – nearly so much as it was Campaign Google. More

Who ‘Wins’ With Obama’s Net Neutrality?

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The Government Grabs Hold of the Web

The Barack Obama Administration’s Thursday Internet uber-power grab is awful for just about every American. It will lead to dramatically more expensive Web access – because of both raised service costs and huge new taxes.

And we will see a spiraling, regressive devolution of speed. It will be a return to the spinning wheel of Web-waiting death. When government regulation increases – private investment decreases. When investment goes – forward progress goes with it. And this Obama power grab is lots and lots and LOTS of regulation. The government just turned backwards the clock on the unfathomable increases in speeds we’ve seen for two-plus decades.

Remember 28k dial-up? If not, you’ll be reminded of it here in a bit – and you’ll be paying $200 per month for it.

All of this leads one to ask – who actually wanted this grab? More

Videos: Guy Who Convinced Obama to Dramatically Ramp Up Internet Power Grab Is an Uber-Boob

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‘Save the Internet’ – From This Guy

Tomorrow’s Barack Obama Administration Internet unilateral uber-power grab is larger, worse and more heinous than it was just four months ago.

That is because Obama-campaign-cash-bundling Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has knuckled under to the President’s November demand to ramp it WAY up.

What preceded President Obama’s November demand? This:

In a lucky coincidence, Tumblr Chief Executive David Karp , who attended the meeting in New York, found himself seated next to Mr. Obama at a fundraiser the following day hosted by investment manager Deven Parekh.

Mr. Karp told Mr. Obama about his concerns with the net-neutrality plan backed by Mr. Wheeler, according to people familiar with the conversation. Those objections were relayed to the White House aides secretly working on an alternative.

The lynchpin to this even-more-ginormous power grab – was Karp. Who yesterday appeared on CNBC to discuss what he had wrought. More

The Incompetent, Abusive, Dishonest and Anti-Transparent Government is About to Power Grab the Internet

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The Government Track Record

Thursday is for freedom a very bad day. That is the day the free speech-free market Xanadu that is the Internet will be unilaterally seized by the Barack Obama Administration.

Per the President’s demand, the allegedly independent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is pretending to be Congress – and writing new Web-regulating law for themselves. And on Thursday they will vote on it – and thereby grab expansive, broad and deep overlording powers.

The President influencing the FCC is at the very least problematic – if not illegal.

House to Probe White House Role in FCC’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Proposal

Senate Investigating Whether Obama Meddled with the FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan

In defense of the Commission’s apparent lackey-esque capitulation, Special Counsel for External Affairs Gigi Sohn “reassured” us:

“There are…places where our proposal is actually stronger than President Obama’s proposal.

“Our power grab is even worse than President Obama’s” isn’t very reassuring. More

VIDEO: What Obama’s Internet Power Grab Means for Free Markets and Free Speech

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The Fiat and the Damage Done

February 26 is Internet Doom’s Day.

That is the day President Barack Obama’s campaign-coin-bundling Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler will jam through President Obama’s Title-II-Reclassification-Net-Neutrality power grab.

(At this point, I wish Chairman Wheeler had instead been appointed an ambassador – like oh-so-many other Obama contributors.)

Meanwhile, President Obama wants to ramp up government-provided broadband. To fill the void his Internet regulatory body slam will create in the private sector.

And here is where a free market problem begets a free speech one. More

Obama’s Internet Power Grab Visual Aide Hates His Net Neutrality

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Why Wait?

President Barack Obama has a repetitive tic when it comes to his myriad power grabs.

The President knows if he is straightforward about his plans to government-ize every sector of the economy – said plans will be even less popular than they already are. (Hello, November election.)

So he likes to cite successful private sector endeavors as alleged, though-actually-antithetical visual aides for his government takeover model. He heaps praise upon them – and then announces he is going to bury them with government.

This bait-and-switch approach is working less and less. And sometimes, for some, it never works at all. Remember this? More

Video: Why Net Neutrality Is a Terrible Idea

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Groundhog Day Terrible Policy

We wrote and recorded the following in December 2010 – the last time the Barack Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was on the verge of imposing really awful Network Neutrality policy.

Since, the D.C. Circuit Court has unanimously rejected said imposition – because the FCC lacks the authority under the law.

But why should that stop them?

This looming power grab is even worse. The FCC is (again) pretending to be Congress – rewriting the law and reclassifying the Internet to regulate it under 1934 and 1887 law (because that makes perfect sense for the 21st Century World Wide Web).

So as to then justify the re-imposition of Net Neutrality.

Which makes all of the following just as pathetically pertinent today as it was almost five years ago. More