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Internet power grab?

Recently we had a discussion about the US giving up some control over ICANN (domain names) and now we have a bill coming up for a vote that has far more ominous ramifications for the internet.

The internet neutrality bill would give the government the power to control and censor the web. The name "internet neutrality" is deceiving and does not tell the whole story. The internet is thriving and does not need the government meddling and imposing THEIR rules and limitations. Just like the spam laws, its going to be impossible to enforce. Oh sure they can beat Americans over the head and force them to comply, but what about the rest of the world? Spammers are prosecuted here, but has your spam slowed down? Of course not, if anything it keeps multiplying exponentially. We need to allow the companies that have built the internet to continue innovating and growing the web. For the companies to grow, they will come up with solutions to the problems. Creating rules & regs by our politicians is not the way to solve the problems.

I say hands off of the internet!

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Internet power grab?

Wait a minute, Cowgal...when I sounded the alarm about our government's internet policies a few days ago, you said there was nothing to worry about! neener!

You can always tell what's up by the names given to proposed legislation. If it says "choice" in the name, it's true aim is to take choices away. If it says "freedom," it's about restriction. And "neutrality" means it's really about codifying a partisan position.

The left wing is going to do everything it can to control the internet. I've known that since websites published copies of the "Bush National Guard memos" that the MSM wouldn't show and exposed them as obvious frauds that anybody could plainly see.

The web and its free flow of information and ideas poses a threat to those who don't want people to know what they're up to and whose policies can't withstand sunlight. Censorship and left-wing politics go together like pork and beans.

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Wait a minute, Cowgal...when I sounded the alarm about our government's internet policies a few days ago, you said there was nothing to worry about! neener!

This one's very different - the first discussion was about our government GIVING UP power. This one is about grabbing MORE power! neener!

And yet again Obama is focusing time & energy on an area he should just leave alone, while he simply ignores the problems that need to be solved in Afghanistan. He has his priorities screwed up.

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No, I think his priorities are right where he wants them to be. Remember all that talk about fundamentally changing the country? He's right on track for a typical leftist -- nationalizing the economy, attacking corporations, and now going after news and opinion sources that dare to say the emperor is naked. We have an administration setting salary caps on private industry -- and it's being done by a "czar" appointed without any congressional review whatsoever.

Oh, yeah...and the economy? The worse the economy gets, the more people will support government health care and entitlement programs.

I think the internet thing fits perfectly into his priorities, because it silences opposition and helps consolidate power.

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