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I Told You Guys That Net Neutrality Meant “Tax The Internet,” And I Was Right

  “Fairness” my ass. The FCC’s Net Neutrality power grab was about one thing, and one thing only — taxes. Eleven Billion Dollars in new taxes. Not long after FCC chairman Tom Wheeler swore that the FCC takeover of the Internet wouldn’t result in new taxes or fees, it appears likely that new taxes will show up on Internet bills in the near future. In mid-March, Wheeler told a House panel that he couldn’t, in fact, rule out a new Internet fee to help pay for the government’s “Universal Service Fund” (USF). By shoving the Internet into the agency’s Title […]

Netflix: Hey, We Didn’t Want Net Neutrality To Apply To Us, Just All Those Other Guys

  Sorry Net Neutrality knuckleheads, don’t say we didn’t warn you. But now it’s too late to be complaining about how when the jackbooted thugs of the FCC take aim at the internet they’re gonna squash your hopes and dreams too. Exhibit A: Netflix! They got what they wanted, except they’ve decided they didn’t really want what they got. Netflix CFO David Wells, in comments at an industry conference, said the company’s preference was that broadband Internet service should not be regulated by the U.S. government as a telecommunications utility — appearing to backtrack on Netflix’s previous stance on the […]

If You’ve Ever Wondered What The Internet Looked Like In 1934, You’ll Love ObamaNet

Obama’s FCC really did it. They really voted to regulate the internet. They dusted off a 1934 law used to rein in Ma Bell and said those rules need to apply to your home broadband connection in 2015. Forward, into the past! Forget visions of “half fast” internet. Those days are gone now. Henceforth the internet will run at the speed of government. And the government will decide who can connect. The government will decide how you’ll connect. A bureaucrat will determine if your internet usage is in “the public interest.” And fine you if it isn’t. How many of […]

Sen. Mike Lee: Obama’s Internet ‘Takeover’ Means ‘Massive’ Taxes

  Hat/Tip to @Mr. Pinko at Ronald Reagan once famously tried to explain government’s world view, and I agree with him. However, I do believe that the modern Democratic Party has perfected the practice. “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” – Ronald Reagan Government Internet takeover is coming We do not have much time left to stop this gigantic government takeover of the Internet. The FCC is voting on February 26th and the […]

Because Tom Wheeler Wasn’t Smarter Than Steve Case, Obama Will Tax And Destroy The Internet

    Today Barack Obama’s hand-picked FCC chairman laid out his rational for taxing and regulating the internet. It’s because AOL’s Steve Case ate his lunch back in the 80’s. I personally learned the importance of open networks the hard way. In the mid-1980s I was president of a startup, NABU: The Home Computer Network. My company was using new technology to deliver high-speed data to home computers over cable television lines. Across town Steve Case was starting what became AOL. NABU was delivering service at the then-blazing speed of 1.5 megabits per second—hundreds of times faster than Case’s company. […]

Obama: If You Like Your Internet, You Can Keep Your Internet

  Despite the shellacking they took in last week’s elections, the progressive power-grab continues unabated. Obama’s FEC is already debating how to regulate what you say on the internet. Now he’s demanding FCC regulation of what you can see on the internet too. President Obama threw down the gauntlet Monday with cable companies and Internet providers by declaring they shouldn’t be allowed to cut deals with online services like YouTube to move their content faster. It was his most definitive statement to date on so-called “net neutrality,” and escalates a battle that has been simmering for years between industry groups […]

1981 News Report Predicts We’ll get Our News Via Computer? Unthinkable!

Wow, man, news via computer?  What were they smoking?  Take a look for yourself… And ever since, the government has been trying to control it, if not ban it outright.  The proliferation of news sources since the onset of the internet has been a thorn in the side of our statists since day one, and they aren’t going to stop.   Just think about it; the internet did for news what the printing press did for knowledge itself.  It increased accessibility to a world of news and information that was previously inaccessible.  Governments don’t like that-it pokes holes in narratives.

It’s called the “Marketplace Fairness Act” and it’s Anything but Fair

Well Congress is at it again.  They’re trying to ram through a bill called the “Marketplace Fairness Act” and it’s anything but fair.  It’s a bill that would fundamentally change interstate commerce by imposing tax burdens on Internet-based businesses while not applying the same burdens to brick-and-mortar companies.  It’s extremely discriminatory by its very nature.  Representative Mike Enzi (R, Wyo) tried to introduce this flawed bill back in February, but it met stiff opposition in committee so Enzi was forced to shelve it.  Two months later it has been restructured so that it qualifies for a Senate rule that allows […]

Why The Angst Over Internet Sales Tax?

The subject of sales tax on internet sales is something to which I haven’t paid much attention. From time to time some of the conservative blogs I follow have written on the subject and invariably they are dead set against the idea. Frankly, I have been left scratching my head as to why. So, I am hoping that you, dear readers, can help educate me on this. I have some questions. Why is “state” sales tax an issue for the federal government? From Fox Business_ For the record, you’re supposed to pay sales tax for online  purchases  (assuming you live in one of the 45 states with […]

Taxes for Online Purchases Coming to a State Near You?

Apparently, some governors are seeing dollar signs with online purchases.  The bigger problem?  The GOP seems to be on board.  Big Government has more… Small companies who want to sell their products online are in real trouble. Some Republican governors, eager to enrich their thinning state coffers, are endorsing a tax that would be imposed on products sold online.According to the National Conference of State Legislatures Strapped, states could reap as much as $23 billion in new annual revenue. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently agreed to allow Amazon to collect sales taxes on his state’s online purchases if they located […]

An Interesting SOPA Video

The republican Mother posted this video the other day.  Give it a look, and let me know what you think. I know, the presentation is about one lithium dose from a normal pace, but the guy makes some good points.

Irony Overload: Left wants Anonymity for others, not for us

Late last week, our “progressives” went on a rampage or irony that had me tied in knots.  It’s literally taken me a couple days to get all the information together to write this post, as well as yesterdays look at Think Regress. At any rate, News Max had the following article regarding anonymity of “democracy or human rights activists.” Facebook has become an important tool for democracy and human rights activists and it needs to do more to protect them, including allowing the use of pseudonyms, a US senator says. “Recent events in Egypt and Tunisia have again highlighted the […]

The Left Continues its War on Free Speech

Doug over at the Resistance posted this yesterday, and I thought it needed the good old CH treatment.  For this post, I will fire up the CALL IT SOMETHING ELSE Translation Matrix.  For those of you that were around for the original incarnation of this blog (hell, only Snarky read it back then), you’ll remember that it is a device that translates liberal into reality, often with amusing results. Over thirty organizations want the Federal Communications Commission to open up a probe on “hate speech” and “misinformation” in media. “Hate has developed as a profit-model for syndicated radio and cable […]