“In short, net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet,” the Texas Republican and possible 2016 presidential contender said in a statement distributed by his office. “It puts the government in charge of determining Internet pricing, terms of service, and what types of products and services can be delivered, leading to fewer choices, fewer opportunities and higher prices for consumers. The Internet should not operate at the speed of government.”Ridiculous, to be sure. This is what the president said about net neutrality that trigger teh Cruz crazie:
An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life. By lowering the cost of launching a new idea, igniting new political movements, and bringing communities closer together, it has been one of the most significant democratizing influences the world has ever known.I particularly like the first sentence of the second paragraph. Especially when the Washington Times characterizes it as:
“Net neutrality” has been built into the fabric of the Internet since its creation — but it is also a principle that we cannot take for granted. We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas. That is why today, I am asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.
Net neutrality rules are intended to provide companies the same speed and access to lines as others and curb undue influence from cable corporations. Proponents say such oversight helps provide a more level playing field for Internet access but opponents see such rules as government overreach in an area, they argue, that has thrived without them.Wait. Making sure what's always been there is imposing regulations on a system that's "thrived without them"? Makes no sense. But that's the Conservative Press - where reality often fails to make any much of an impact.
So crazie was the "Net Neutrality = Obamacare" line that LiberalsUnite reports that Cruz's own facebook page reacted - in opposition to teh cruzman's crazie.
And it's also why we're so so happy to see it show up on the Trib editorial page:
“‘Net Neutrality' is ObamaCare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government,” says Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. The Internet must remain a freewheeling, innovative economic driver — not become an FCC-hobbled 21st-century Ma Bell.Yea, and the title of the op-ed is:
'Net neutrality': Killing innovationSo all the innovation that came from the once and current neutral internet came from...where, exactly?
Maybe they don't understand reality much on the braintrust. Looks that way to me.