The videos now serially surfacing show Gruber his own self detailing what a scam ObamaCare is – and how it had to be a scam because we Americans are too stupid to recognize its greatness. Gruber’s rants are in fact about much more than ObamaCare – they are a window into the warped minds and dark hearts of most on the Left. Certainly the elite, elitist Leftists who want to lord over us. Continue reading →
President Barack Obama this morning released a statement calling for his Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – allegedly an independent agency – to execute a unilateral, complete rewrite of existing law.
The law – the 1996 Telecommunications Act – classifies the Internet as lightly-regulated Title I. And does not authorize the FCC to impose Net Neutrality.
The President wants his FCC – all by itself – to shove it under uber-heavily-regulated Title II. Which applies 1934 Telecom Act land line phone law and regulations to the future-forward World Wide Web. Continue reading →
The Executive Branch is called that for a reason – it executes laws, it does not write them.
Every Executive Branch Department, Agency, Commission and Board is actually a creation and creature of the Legislative Branch – Congress. None of these arms of the Leviathan can do anything unless and until Congress passes laws giving them the authority.
These laws also establish the parameters within which the agencies are supposed to work – limiting the flights of regulatory fancy we now so frequently see.
For decades, these agencies have been warping beyond all recognition the laws written to constrain them. Worse still, they are incessantly creating out whole cloth all new authorities – generating “laws” they then get to execute. Continue reading →
I used to bet football games, and play occasional hands of cards (I’m mostly retired). I did so mostly online – via a company based in Costa Rica.
Did I know the owner of the Costa Rican company? No. Did I know anyone in Costa Rica? No. Did I have any particular affinity for that nation? No. To quote Joe Walsh (the James Gang, solo and Eagles musician, not the former Congressman):
Ain’t never been there – they tell me it’s nice.
The Costa Rican company got my money because the World Wide Web allowed me to shop large swaths of the planet for the business I liked best.
Free trade is a fabulous thing. The Internet is a fabulous thing. The latter makes the former even easier – which is a fabulous thing.
Unless you have an old school brick-and-mortar business model – and insist on not changing as the world does.
For most stubborn businesses – that spells doom. If you’re an industry titan and can afford to pony up to politicians – you look to get the government to protect you from Reality. Continue reading →