Republican Calls Net Neutrality "Obamacare for the Internet"

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I... What....
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No surprise he's already in Comcast's pocket.
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If he had any integrity he would say Sherman Act for the Internet, and then argue from there.
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Ted Cruz is such an embarrassment to the GOP.

Net-neutrality does not go against the grain of conservative or libertarian principles.
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Obama's plan to "save" the internet:

Step 1, appoint a cable industry lobbyist to head the FCC.

Step 2, wait until the Republicans have complete control of Congress.

Step 3, ?????

Step 4, Internet saved!
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Seems like this would be a useful club to beat the Republicans with if they are going to hand it to the Dems. I think there may be an overestimation about how much the public cares about this issue however. An electorate that has absolutely no idea what the difference is between climate and weather is not likely to have any idea what net neutrality means.
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Maybe it means 'Something most people support, unless it's called "Obamacare", since that's case with the A.C.A.....

There's this joke about the boy who's deathly afraid of kreplach....
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Paul, you nailed it perfectly: Cruz is merely looking for money from the telecom industry and his paper-thin argument is piggybacking on the small-government/anti-government message of the Tea Party as well as the Libertarians. Fortunately most Americans realize Cruz is a representative of the far-right, the extremists, but in this case that doesn't matter because his message isn't for them, it's for big donors like Comcast and Century Link.

The only real danger in Cruz's statements is that they will be adopted by the only real contender in the race, Rand Paul and then they might get some traction from the corporate donor base. Cruz, however, will always remain an extremist who should be considered as dangerous to America as any right-wing fundamentalist is to the Middle East. He's our own internal terrorist.

@6 - You are correct. Most voters don't understand what the phrase net neutrality means, but considering that one third of registered Republicans still think that President Obama was born in Kenya I'd say they believe anything they are told. The more crazy the message, the more they will believe it as long as it denigrates our current President. Throw in a little "Jesus said ____" and they will lap it up.
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@5 Nailed it!

For people celebrating Obama's statement. Why? (See Charlie Brown/Lucy Football)
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Did you guys see the ST editorial against net neutrality on Sunday? They're apparently idiots.

Also, the internet should definitely be considered a utility.
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The internet isn't pumped back and forth through pipes. It's done through a series of tubes.

Oh, and it's not a big truck you just dump stuff in either.

Serious. Fucking. Business.
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A teabag candidate? Saying something utterly divorced from reality?



Has this ever happened before?
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@5, Tom Wheeler is not a dingo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkjkQ-wC…
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More suggestions for the GOP:

Tax Cuts are the Freedom Fries of the Economy.

Bombing Iraqi children is the No Child Left Behind of the War On Terror.

More Guns is the Star Wars of Three Strikes You're Out.

Sequestration is the Patient Zero of Ebola.
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@14: By analogy to Mad Libs, they're Mad Cons.
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@14, don't forget, "Reagan's tough stance needs to be re-asserted against Putin." The right's new way to pump money to munitions manufacturers is to re-start the Cold War.
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I've had enough of this shit. Cascadia now.
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My ears aren't as good as they used to be, but I think I heard a dog whistle in Cruz's twit.

The Internet is an information utility service. That was obvious in 1996, & is even more true now. Like electricity and clean water, equal access to information is critical to a democratic country, because INFORMED DEMOCRACY! Privatize this, and Authoritarianism kills another kitten, and laughs...

Do we have special, faster roads for "Higher Paying" citizens?
Q.E.D.

Cruz should understand all of this. But I can understand how massive amounts of money can make one's vision rather hazy.
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Does Ted Cruz actually want to be president, or is he just auditioning for a Fox News gig?
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Either Ted Cruz doesn't understand the issue which would be depressing and unsurprising
or
Ted Cruz understands the issue perfectly but knows his constituents don't which is scary.
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@10: It was a guest opinion.

The ST editorial board has consistently been in favor of net neutrality. "Net neutrality is understood and valued."

seattletimes.com/html/editorials/2024106…
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@8, Jeb Bush in all likely hood will be your guy that all factions of the republican party will close ranks behind when he declares. The only candidate that will have the polish, the smarts, the arranged "math", and campaign mastermind Karl Rove in his corner to beat Hillary if anybody.
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I never realized the depth of Obama's cynicism until now, and I can't but admire the way he uses it. That sense of deja vu you may be feeling is the drubbing that North Carolina took in 2010 when they passed an amendment barring same sex marriage. The fucking day after was when Obama's "evolution" on the issue began. Now, a few days after the 2014 elections, he does the same thing with an issue that only techies and the under 30 crowd even realize is a major issue setting up a youth stampede to the polls in 2016 (assuming Hillary and the rest of the Democratic braintrust don't fuck it up).




There is now no way for a Republican to win the nomination in 2016 without opposing net neutrality.
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@23 - You are the second person I've heard today mention that Jeb Bush might be the next contender, instead of Paul Rand. That's not news I wanted to hear. No more Bushes, please. Two was more than enough.

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the oatmeal wrote a great letter to Cruz; http://theoatmeal.com/blog/net_neutralit…