FCC open internet rules exposed by commissioner Ajit Pai and Small Business Administration, Obama told us to do so, Unilateral authority to regulate Internet conduct, Higher broadband prices, slower speeds, less broadband deployment, less innovation, fewer options for consumer

FCC open internet rules exposed by commissioner Ajit Pai and Small Business Administration, Obama told us to do so, Unilateral authority to regulate Internet conduct, Higher broadband prices, slower speeds, less broadband deployment, less innovation, fewer options for consumer

“If you like your current service plan, you should be able to keep your current service plan. The FCC shouldn’t take it away from you.”…FCC commissioner Ajit Pia February 10, 2015

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right. The obvious, the silly, and the true had got to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its laws do not change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported fall towards the earth’s centre. With the feeling that he was speaking to O’Brien, and also that he was setting forth an important axiom, he wrote:

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984”

 

From FCC commissioner Ajit Pai February 26, 2015.

“ORAL DISSENTING STATEMENT OF
COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI

Re: Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, GN Docket No. 14-28.
Americans love the free and open Internet. We relish our freedom to speak, to post, to rally, to learn, to listen, to watch, and to connect online. The Internet has become a powerful force for freedom, both at home and abroad. So it is sad this morning to witness the FCC’s unprecedented attempt to replace
that freedom with government control.
It shouldn’t be this way. For twenty years, there’s been a bipartisan consensus in favor of a free and open Internet. A Republican Congress and a Democratic President enshrined in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 the principle that the Internet should be a “vibrant and competitive free market . . . unfettered by Federal or State regulation.” And dating back to the Clinton Administration,
every FCC Chairman—Republican and Democrat—has let the Internet grow free from utility-style regulation. The results speak for themselves.
But today, the FCC abandons those policies. It reclassifies broadband Internet access service as a Title II telecommunications service. It seizes unilateral authority to regulate Internet conduct, to direct where Internet service providers (ISPs) make their investments, and to determine what service plans will
be available to the American public. This is not only a radical departure from the bipartisan, marketoriented policies that have served us so well for the last two decades. It is also an about-face from the proposals the FCC made just last May.
So why is the FCC turning its back on Internet freedom? Is it because we now have evidence that the Internet is broken? No. We are flip-flopping for one reason and one reason alone. President Obama
told us to do so.
On November 10, President Obama asked the FCC to implement his plan for regulating the Internet, one that favors government regulation over marketplace competition. As has been widely reported in the press, the FCC has been scrambling ever since to figure out a way to do just that.
The courts will ultimately decide this Order’s fate. Litigants are already lawyering up to seek judicial review of these new rules. Given the Order’s many glaring legal flaws, they will have plenty of fodder.
But if this Order manages to survive judicial review, these will be the consequences: higher broadband prices, slower speeds, less broadband deployment, less innovation, and fewer options for American consumers. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet
isn’t the solution to a problem. His plan is the problem.
In short, because this Order imposes intrusive government regulations that won’t work to solve a problem that doesn’t exist using legal authority the FCC doesn’t have, I dissent.
I.
The Commission’s decision to adopt President Obama’s plan marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet. It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works. It’s an overreach that will let a Washington bureaucracy, and not the American
people, decide the future of the online world.
One facet of that control is rate regulation. For the first time, the FCC will regulate the rates that ISPs may charge and will set a price of zero for certain commercial agreements. And the Order goes out of its way to reject calls to forbear from section 201’s authorization of rate regulation and expressly
invites parties to file such complaints with the Commission. A government agency deciding whether a rate is lawful is the very definition of rate regulation.
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Although the Order plainly regulates rates, the plan takes pains to claim that it is not imposing further “ex ante rate regulation.” Of course, that concedes that the new regulatory regime will involve ex post rate regulation. But even the agency’s suggestion that it today “cannot . . . envision” ex ante rate regulations “in this context” says nothing of what a future Commission—perhaps this very
Commission—could envision.
Just as pernicious is the FCC’s new “Internet conduct” standard, a standard that gives the FCC a roving mandate to review business models and upend pricing plans that benefit consumers. Usage-based pricing plans and sponsored data plans are the current targets. So if a company doesn’t want to offer an
expensive, unlimited data plan, it could find itself in the FCC’s cross hairs.
Our standard should be simple: If you like your current service plan, you should be able to keep your current service plan. The FCC shouldn’t take it away from you. Banning diverse service plans would just hurt consumers, especially the middle-class and low-income Americans who are the biggest beneficiaries of these plans.
In all, the FCC will have almost unfettered discretion to decide what business practices clear the bureaucratic bar, so these won’t be the last plans targeted by the agency. As the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote just this week: This open-ended rule will be “anything but clear” and “suggests that the
FCC believes it has broad authority to pursue any number of practices.” And “a multi-factor test gives the FCC an awful lot of discretion, potentially giving an unfair advantage to parties with insider influence.”
Then there is the temporary forbearance. Although the Order crows that its forbearance from some Title II rules yields a “‘light-touch’ regulatory framework,” in reality it isn’t light at all, coming as it does with the caveats that the public has come to expect from Washington, DC. In discussing additional
rate regulation, tariffs, last-mile unbundling, burdensome administrative filing requirements, accounting standards, and entry and exit regulation, the plan repeatedly states that it is only forbearing “at this time.”
For other rules, the FCC will refrain “for now.”
To be sure, with respect to some rules, the agency says that it “cannot envision” going further.
But as the history of this proceeding makes clear, assurances like these don’t tend to last very long. In other words, expect forbearance to fade and the regulations to ratchet up as time goes on.
A.
Consumers will be worse off under President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet. Consumers should expect their bills to go up, and they should expect that broadband will be slower going forward.
This isn’t what anyone was promised, to say the least.
1. New broadband taxes.—One avenue for higher bills is the new taxes and fees that will be applied to broadband. Here’s the background. If you look at your phone bill, you’ll see a “Universal Service Fee,” or something like it. These fees—what most Americans would call taxes—are paid by Americans on their telephone service. They funnel about $9 billion each year through the FCC.
Consumers haven’t had to pay these taxes on their broadband bills because broadband has never before been a Title II service.
But now it is. And so the Order explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes.
Indeed, it repeatedly states that it is only deferring a decision on new broadband taxes—not prohibiting them.
This is fig-leaf forbearance. Indeed, the FCC has already referred the question of assessing federal and state taxes on broadband to the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service and “has requested a recommended decision by April 7, 2015,” right before Tax Day. It’s no surprise that many view this referral as a question of how, not whether to tax broadband, and states have already begun
discussions on how they will spend the extra money.
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And the agency’s preference is clear. The Order argues that taxing broadband “potentially could spread the base of contributions” and could add “to the stability of the universal service fund.” For those not familiar with this Beltway argot, let me translate: “Taxing broadband would make it easier to spend
more of your money with minimal public oversight.”
We’ve seen this game played before. During reform of the E-Rate program in July 2014, the FCC secretly told lobbyists that it would raise USF taxes after the election to pay for the promises it was making. Sure enough, in December 2014, the agency did just that—increasing E-Rate spending (and with it telephone taxes) by $1.5 billion per year.
Public reports indicate that the federal government is eager to tap this new revenue stream soon to spend more of consumers’ hard-earned dollars. So when it comes to broadband, read my lips: More new taxes are coming. It’s just a matter of when.
2. Slower broadband.—These Internet regulations will work another serious harm on consumers.
Their broadband speeds will be slower.
The record is replete with evidence that Title II regulations will slow investment and innovation in broadband networks. Remember: Broadband networks don’t have to be built. Capital doesn’t have to be invested here. Risks don’t have to be taken. The more difficult the FCC makes the business case for deployment, the less likely it is that broadband providers big and small will connect Americans with digital opportunities.
The Old World offers a cautionary tale here. Compare the broadband market in the United States to that in Europe, where broadband is generally regulated as a public utility. Today, 82% of Americans have access to 25 Mbps broadband speeds. In Europe, that figure is only 54%. Moreover, in the United States, average mobile broadband speeds are 30% faster than they are in Western Europe.
It’s no wonder that many Europeans are perplexed by what is taking place at the FCC. Just this week, the Secretary General of the European People’s Party, the largest party in the European Parliament, observed that the FCC, “at the behest” of President Obama, was about to impose the type of “[r]egulation
which . . . has led Europe to fall behind the US in levels of investment.”
Making it all worse is the fact that the FCC now welcomes litigation—from individual claims about the justness and reasonableness of ISP pricing to sprawling class actions for violations of the new Internet conduct rule—as an appropriate means of regulating the Internet economy. Judging from what
we’ve seen in the patent world, this will be a boon for trial lawyers.
And these are just the intended results of reclassification!
There are unintended consequences as well. The fees that broadband providers—from smalltown cable operators to new entrants like Google—must now pay to deploy broadband using things like utility poles will go up by an estimated $150–200 million per year. And reclassification will expose many small companies to higher state and local taxes. Here in Washington, for instance, companies will face an instant 11% increase in taxes on their gross receipts. That big bite will leave a welt on consumers’ wallets.
All of these new fees and costs add up. One estimate puts the total at $11 billion a year. And every dollar spent on fees and new costs like lawyers and accountants has to come from somewhere: either the pockets of the American consumer or projects to deploy faster broadband. And so these higher costs will lead to slower speeds and higher prices—in short, less value—for the American consumer.
B.
So do American consumers want slower speeds at higher prices? I don’t think so.
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That’s certainly not what I heard when I hosted the Texas Forum on Internet Regulation in College Station, the FCC’s only field hearing on net neutrality where audience members were allowed to speak. There, Internet innovators, students, everyday people told me they wanted something else from
the FCC—something that I thought had a familiar ring to it. These consumers wanted competition, competition, competition.
And yet, literally nothing in this Order will promote competition among ISPs. To the contrary, reclassifying broadband will drive competitors out of business. Monopoly rules designed for the monopoly era will inevitably move us in the direction of a monopoly. President Obama’s plan to regulate
the Internet is nothing more than a Kingsbury Commitment for the digital age. If you liked the Ma Bell monopoly in the 20th century, you’ll love Pa Broadband in the 21st.
This isn’t just my view. The President’s own Small Business Administration—apparently acting independently—admonished the FCC that its proposed rules would unduly burden small businesses.
Following the President’s lead, the FCC ignores this admonition by applying heavy-handed Title II regulations to each and every small broadband provider as if it were an industrial giant.
Unsurprisingly, small Internet service providers are worried. I heard this for myself at the Texas Forum on Internet Regulation. One of the panelists, Joe Portman, runs Alamo Broadband, a wireless ISP, or WISP, that serves 700 people across 500 square miles south of San Antonio.
What does Joe think of Title II? He thinks it’s “pretty much a terrible idea.” His staff “is pretty busy just dealing with the loads we already carry. More staff to cover regulations means less funds to run the network and provide the very service our customers depend on.”
Other WISPs feel the same way. Just last week, 142 WISPs joined the chorus. These WISPs have deployed wireless broadband to customers who often have no alternatives. They often run on a shoestring budget with just a few people to run the business, install equipment, and handle service calls.
They have no incentive and no ability to take on commercial giants like Netflix. And they say the FCC’s new “regulatory intrusion into our businesses . . . would likely force us to raise prices, delay deployment expansion, or both.”
Or consider the views of 24 of the country’s smallest ISPs, each with fewer than 1,000 residential broadband customers. They wrote us that Title II “will badly strain our limited resources” because they “have no in-house attorneys and no budget line items for outside counsel.”
Or how about the 43 municipal broadband providers that flatly told the FCC that Title II “will trigger consequences beyond the Commission’s control and risk serious harm to our ability to fund and deploy broadband without bringing any concrete benefit for consumers or edge providers that the market is not already proving today without the aid of any additional regulation.”
There’s a special irony given that right before this vote, the FCC voted to preempt state laws regarding city-owned broadband projects. This is an initiative President Obama announced just last month in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and the FCC is dutifully implementing it. But Cedar Falls Utilities, the very municipal broadband provider the President promoted, tells us that Title II is a tremendous mistake.
So what does the Order tell Americans whose ISP isn’t a Comcast, an AT&T, a Google, or a Sprint? What does it tell those whose service will be more expensive as a direct result of reclassification?
What does it tell those who may lose their Internet service if their small operator goes out of business?
What does it tell those who worked for years to serve their community and build a business, one that’s finally in the black? There’s no explanation. There’s not even an acknowledgement. There’s just the smug assurance that it won’t be that bad.
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C.
So the FCC is abandoning a 20-year-old, bipartisan framework for keeping the Internet free and open in favor of Great Depression-era legislation designed to regulate Ma Bell. But at least we’re getting something in return, right? Wrong. The Internet is not broken. There is no problem for the government to solve.
That the Internet works—that Internet freedom works—should be obvious to anyone with an Apple iPhone or Microsoft Surface, a Samsung Smart TV or a Roku, a Nest Thermostat or a Fitbit. We live in a time where you can buy a movie from iTunes, watch a music video on YouTube, listen to a personalized playlist on Pandora, watch your favorite Philip K. Dick novel come to life on Amazon Streaming Video, help someone make potato salad on KickStarter, check out the latest comic at XKCD, see what Seinfeld’s been up to on Crackle, navigate bad traffic with Waze, and do literally hundreds of other things all with an online connection. At the start of the millennium, we didn’t have any of this
Internet innovation.
And no, the federal government didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
For all intents and purposes, the Internet didn’t exist until the private sector took it over in the 1990s, and it’s been the commercial Internet that has led to the innovation, the creativity, the engineering genius that we see today.
Nevertheless, the Order ominously claims that “[t]hreats to Internet openness remain today.” It argues that broadband providers “hold all the tools necessary to deceive consumers, degrade content or disfavor the content that they don’t like,” and it asserts that the FCC continues “to hear concerns about other broadband provider practices involving blocking or degrading third-party applications.”
The evidence of these continuing threats? There is none; it’s all anecdote, hypothesis, and hysteria. A small ISP in North Carolina allegedly blocked VoIP calls a decade ago. Comcast capped BitTorrent traffic to ease upload congestion eight years ago. Apple introduced Facetime over Wi-Fi first, cellular networks later. Examples this picayune and stale aren’t enough to tell a coherent story about net neutrality. The bogeyman never had it so easy.
So what is there to fear? A sober reader might borrow from the father of Title II: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” But the FCC instead intones the nine scariest words for any friend of Internet freedom: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”
To put it another way, Title II is not just a solution in search of a problem—it’s a government solution that creates a real-world problem. This is not what the Internet needs, and it’s not what the American people want.
D.
So—that’s substance. A few words on process. When the Commission launched this rulemaking, I said that we needed to “give the American people a full and fair opportunity to participate in this process.” Unfortunately, we have fallen woefully short of that standard.
Most importantly, the plan in front of us today was not forged in this building through a transparent notice-and-comment rulemaking process. Instead, The Wall Street Journal reports that it was developed through “an unusual, secretive effort inside the White House.” Indeed, White House officials, according to the Journal, functioned as a “parallel version of the FCC.” Their work led to the President’s announcement in November of his plan for Internet regulation, a plan which “blindsided” the FCC and “swept aside . . . months of work by [Chairman] Wheeler toward a compromise.”
Of course, a few insiders were clued in about what was transpiring. Here’s what a leader for the government-funded group Fight for the Future had to say: “We’ve been hearing for weeks from our allies in DC that the only thing that could stop FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler from moving ahead with his sham
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proposal to gut net neutrality was if we could get the President to step in. So we did everything in our power to make that happen. We took the gloves off and played hard, and now we get to celebrate a sweet victory.”
What the press has called the “parallel FCC” at the White House opened its doors to a plethora of special-interest activists: Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free Press, and Public Knowledge, just to name a few. Indeed, even before activists were blocking Chairman Wheeler’s driveway late last year, some of them had met with executive branch officials. But what about the rest of
the American people? They certainly couldn’t get White House meetings. They were shut out of the process. They were being played for fools.
And the situation didn’t improve once the White House announced President Obama’s plan and “ask[ed]” the FCC to “implement” it. The document in front of us today differs dramatically from the proposal that the FCC put out for comment last May. It differs so dramatically that even zealous net
neutrality advocates frantically rushed in recent days to make last-minute filings registering their concerns that the FCC might be going too far. Yet the American people to this day have not been allowed to see President Obama’s plan. It has remained hidden.
Especially given the unique importance of the Internet, Commissioner O’Rielly and I asked for
the plan to be released to the public. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune and House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton did the same. And according to a survey last week by a respected Democratic polling firm, 79% of the American people favored making the
document public. But still the FCC has insisted on keeping it behind closed doors. We have to pass President Obama’s 317-page plan so that the American people can find out what is in it. This isn’t how the FCC should operate. We should be an independent agency making decisions in a transparent manner based on the law and the facts in the record. We shouldn’t be a rubber stamp for
political decisions made by the White House.
And we should have released this plan to the public, solicited their feedback, incorporated that input into the plan, and then proceeded to a vote. There was no need for us to resolve this matter today.
There is no immediate crisis in the Internet marketplace that demands immediate action.
The backers of the President’s plan know this. But they also know that the details of this plan cannot stand up to the light of day. They know that the more the American people learn about it, the less they will like it. That is why this plan was developed behind closed doors at the White House. And that is why the plan has remained hidden from public view.
II.
These are not my only concerns. Even a cursory look at the plan reveals glaring legal flaws that are sure to mire the agency in the muck of litigation for a long, long time. But rather than address them today, I will reserve them for my written statement.
* * *
At the beginning of this proceeding, I quoted Google’s former CEO, Eric Schmidt, who once said: “The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand.” This proceeding makes abundantly clear that the FCC still doesn’t get it.
But the American people clearly do. The threat to Internet freedom has awakened a sleeping giant. And I am optimistic that we will look back on today’s vote as an aberration, a temporary deviation from the bipartisan path that has served us so well. I don’t know whether this plan will be vacated by a court, reversed by Congress, or overturned by a future Commission. But I do believe that its days are numbered.
For all of these reasons, I dissent.”

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2015/db0226/DOC-332260A5.pdf

 

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31 responses to “FCC open internet rules exposed by commissioner Ajit Pai and Small Business Administration, Obama told us to do so, Unilateral authority to regulate Internet conduct, Higher broadband prices, slower speeds, less broadband deployment, less innovation, fewer options for consumer

  1. CONTROL…CONTROL…CONTROL….

    Good morning Citizenwells…..

    That’s the name of the game for the NWO people…..in fact, that’s the ONLY game for the NWO people.

    The more controls they can impose upon the people…the less freedoms the people will have…..most people don’t know that they are slaves unless they are told they are.

    If we don’t get O’bozo out of the White House, he will soon be telling us what to eat and when to go to bed…..else we will be fined and the fine will be collected by his goon squad, the IRS and approved by SCOTUS.

    Sometimes, I wonder just how Sam Adams would feel right now about the government his actions has spawned….I think he would be doing more than dumping tea in a river….my guess is he, and his ‘Sons of Liberty’ would be burning down houses….white houses that is.

  2. “History has taught you nothing if you think you can kill ideas. Tyrants have tried to do that before, and the ideas have risen up in their might and destroyed them. You can burn my books and the books of the best minds in Europe, but the ideas in them have seeped through a million channels and will continue to quicken other minds.”…Helen Keller

  3. King O’Bozo Speaks….

    Charles the 1st of England did too !!!

  4. Bob Strauss……..
    Do you have a way to recover the video of the recent CPAC event in Maryland which Newt Gingrich spoke to? He told it like it is. Even in his advanced age he still has a very quick mind. The youngsters of our country need to listen to what he is saying, but alas the young professionals think they KNOW IT ALL……and I say to them it is what you learn AFTER you already know it all which really counts.

  5. “Last quarter, in “This Is What Americans Spent The Most Money On In Q4″ we showed that according to the first estimate of Q4 GDP data, the American consumer spent a whopping $20.4 billion in nominal dollars on healthcare, which also resulted in the biggest consumption contribution to GDP in years.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-27/here-what-americans-spent-their-gas-savings

  6. “Q4 GDP Revised Down To 2.2% From 5.0%: Full Breakdown”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-27/q4-gdp-revised-down-22-50-full-breakdown

  7. Has anyone out there been able to determine exactly what is going on with the WACKEY HOUSE DOME. There has been steel scaffolding in place for nearly a year. Could the dome be in modification to look like the dome of a middle east mosque? If that should happen then will Americans be OFFENDED……hell no……. not as long as the FREE LIVINGS, free healthcare,free food,and free lodging for illegals keeps coming. Does anyone realise who is paying the tab? I think not, those who should be caring,are too busy GUZZLING BEER, WATCHING PORN,AND DOING DRUGS,AND THEY ARE PERFECTLY HAPPY NOW……ESPECIALLY NOW THAT DOING POT IS LEGAL IN DC. HELL NOW SOETORO CAN JUST HAVE A SECRET SERVICE EMPLOYEE BUZZ OUT AN PICK UP 10 OUNCES WHEN HE WANTS TO DO SOME POT. THE RESPECTABILITY OF THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN TURNED INTO SOMETHING LIKE THAT OF A HOMOSEXUAL HAVEN,AND GENERAL WHOREHOUSE. IT WILL MOST LIKELY NEVER AGAIN HAVE THE RESPECT OF MANY AMERICANS,NOR WILL FUTURE OCCUPANTS OF THE WACKEY HOUSE EVER AGAIN COMMAND THE RESPECT OF ALL AMERICANS……..THAT IS TO SAY UNTIL WE ONCE AGAIN HAVE A LEADER WHO RESPECTS HIS PEOPLE,AND HAS THE COURAGE TO ACT IN DEFENSE OF THOSE WHO ELECTED HIM. AS IT STANDS NOW WE DO NOT HAVE A LEADER OF MEN IN THE WACKEY HOUSE. iF SOETORO IS TURNING THE WHITE HOUSE INTO AN ISLAMIC SHRINE THERE NEEDS TO BE A LOT OF QUESTIONS ASKED AND ACTION TAKEN TO REVERSE IT. HE DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE ANY PHYSICAL ALTERATIONS TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

  8. OLDSOLDIER79 Instead of saying SWEETEST SOUND ON EARTH, I think I would have said the “PRETTIEST SOUND ON EARTH” . After all we know where those exact words were used. AWOOALLAH BABAYOMAMA,WAWAZAWAKAWA FRANKLY i DON’T SEE ANYTHING pretty ABOUT SUCH A moronic SOUND COMING FROM A TOWER,AT 200 DECIBELS FIVE TIMES EACH DAY. Hey Ben, hope that you will tell it like it is to the American people on March 3 2015. and please DO NOT MINCE YOUR WORDS.

  9. only a HALF WIT would look upon such an idiotic sound,as PRETTY.

  10. BYE BYE all have a great day………Godbless

  11. CW ……..before I shutdown,I would like to ask if you see any correlation between the drop in gasoline prices,and what the extra money generated was spent on. Had it been me I probably would have finally taken a really lengthy trip in my vehicle. Perhaps there was others who saw it the same way……….gooday!

  12. oldsailor:

    “Last quarter, in “This Is What Americans Spent The Most Money On In Q4″ we showed that according to the first estimate of Q4 GDP data, the American consumer spent a whopping $20.4 billion in nominal dollars on healthcare, which also resulted in the biggest consumption contribution to GDP in years.

    Today, following the first revision of consumer spending, we learn that in the fourth quarter Americans spent even more on healthcare, pushing the total up by $1 billion more, to a whopping $21.4 Bn, or 18% of all spending on goods and services in Q4.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-27/here-what-americans-spent-their-gas-savings

  13. DISSENTING STATEMENT OF
    COMMISSIONER MICHAEL O’RIELLY

    “Re: Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, GN Docket No. 14-28.
    Today a majority of the Commission attempts to usurp the authority of Congress by re-writing the
    Communications Act to suit its own “values” and political ends. The item claims to forbear from certain
    monopoly-era Title II regulations while reserving the right to impose them using other provisions or at
    some point in the future. The Commission abdicates its role as an expert agency by defining and
    classifying services based on unsupported and unreasonable findings. It fails to account for substantial
    differences between fixed and mobile technologies. It opens the door to apply these rules to edge
    providers. It delegates substantial authority to the Bureaus, including how the rules will be interpreted
    and enforced on a case-by-case basis. And, lest we forget how this proceeding started, it also reinstates
    net neutrality rules. Indeed, it seems that every bad idea ever floated in the name of net neutrality has
    come home to roost in this item.1
    To read public statements over the last few weeks, one might think that this item uses Title II in
    some limited way solely to provide support for net neutrality rules and to protect consumers. And a
    casual observer might be misled to believe that the ends justify the means.
    Along the way, however, the means became the end. Net neutrality is now the pretext for
    deploying Title II to a far greater extent than anyone could have imagined just months ago. And that is
    the reality that the Commission tried to hide by keeping the draft from the public and releasing a carefully
    worded “fact” sheet in its place.”

    Read more:

    http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2015/db0226/DOC-332260A6.pdf

  14. Verizon

    “FCC’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ Move Imposes 1930s Rules on the Internet”

    (in morse code)

    – — -.. .- -.– .—-. … -.. . -.-. .. … .. — -. -… -.– – …. . ..-. -.-. -.-. – — . -. -.-. ..- — -… . .-. -… .-. — .- -.. -… .- -. -.. .. -. – . .-. -. . – … . .-. …- .. -.-. . … .– .. – …. -… .- -.. .-.. -.– .- -. – .. –.- ..- .- – . -.. .-. . –. ..- .-.. .- – .. — -. … .. … .- .-. .- -.. .. -.-. .- .-.. … – . .–. – …. .- – .–. .-. . … .- –. . … .- – .. — . — ..-. ..- -. -.-. . .-. – .-

    In English:

    “The FCC today chose to change the way the commercial Internet has
    operated since its creation. Changing a platform that has been so
    successful should be done, if at all, only after careful policy analysis,
    full transparency, and by the legislature, which is constitutionally
    charged with determining policy. As a result, it is likely that history
    will judge today’s actions as misguided.”

    Translate more morse code here:

    http://publicpolicy.verizon.com/assets/docs/VZ_NR_–_2-26-15_VZ_Statement_on_Open_Internet_Order_FINAL_1.pdf

  15. We need a Third Party for the People. Throw the bums out.

  16. Giant enema.

  17. Quote from CW’s lead-in article:
    “It’s no wonder that many Europeans are perplexed by what is taking place at the FCC. Just this week, the Secretary General of the European People’s Party, the largest party in the European Parliament, observed that the FCC, “at the behest” of President Obama, was about to impose the type of “[r]egulation
    which . . . has led Europe to fall behind the US in levels of investment.”
    **********************************
    Just can’t help but think that the above is all part of the “control” part, i.e., to reduce America once more to the level of European statism. After all, Soetoro cannot tolerate America being a leader in the world – in anything. He not only wants to be a dictator over American policy, but he also enjoys reducing the USA on the world stage. (Of course, he also wants restriction on free speech)

    I think that intention is also manifested in his failure to adequately defend us against ISIS. In other words, he not only has Muslim roots and is sympathetic to the ideology, but he wants America to feel the pain of future attacks on its soil. After all, why should we escape what others are suffering?

    OldSailor, I also wonder if he is going “off his rocker”? Yes, he is evil – no question about that – but evil people also get increasingly consumed by their evil – just like Hitler did, and they become more and more irrational and delusional.

  18. Here is another angle:

    Dinesh Was Right – Obama Forming Global Caliphate
    The question is, when he leaves office, is Obama looking to become sultan of his new empire?

    Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/dinesh-right-obama-forming-global-caliphate/#twEGqZaFLVlTBbCK.99

  19. Chuck Norris Calls on the 50 States to Make Unprecedented Move Against Obama

    http://viral.buzz/breaking-chuck-norris-calls-on-50-states-to-take-down-obama/

  20. oldsailor82 | February 27, 2015 at 9:51 am |

    Bob Strauss……..
    Do you have a way to recover the video of the recent CPAC event in Maryland which Newt Gingrich spoke to? He told it like it is. Even in his advanced age he still has a very quick mind. The youngsters of our country need to listen to what he is saying, but alas the young professionals think they KNOW IT ALL……and I say to them it is what you learn AFTER you already know it all which really counts.
    *********************

    oldsailor82,
    Is this the one?

  21. “The Recovery, Unemployment, and Earnings Are All Based on Fraud and Accounting Gimmicks”

    “For six years, we’ve been told that the US economy is in recovery.

    This is a totally bogus narrative that was dreamt up by the Central Planners running the Fed. Remember the “green shoots” craze of 2009. It was BS. The US economy is a disaster and has been since 2009.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-27/recovery-unemployment-and-earnings-are-all-based-fraud-and-accounting-gimmicks

  22. This coming from an illegal alien, usurper!

    **************

    Obama Threatens ICE February 27, 2015 The President warns ICE officials and border patrol agents there will be consequences for those who do not obey his orders. More

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/02/obama_threatens_ice.html

  23. The Clown aka Obozo has gone too far. Might I remind you that his antics in regard to the selfies is sufficient to have him declared as unfit for office under your regulations.

    This man thinks like a Marxist, yet his actions are more like that of a Nazi.

  24. AUSSIE…..

    This isn’t the first time Obozo has ‘gone too far’…..that seems to be his MO (Method of Operation)…on everything !

    America has had a lawless pResident for six and one half years now…..the problem is, “not one damn Congressman or person in a position to question his legal authority” has stepped forward…..I’m sorry to say but;

    AMERICA APPEARS TO HAVE EVOLVED INTO A NATION OF SHEEPLES.

  25. This is long but every word is important.
    An e-mail from Liberty Counsel:

    God is Sending a Warning to America

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to our lawmakers next week will be a clear warning to all of us about striking a deal with Iran, a nation whose ultimate goal is the destruction of Israel and the United States. The rogue nation will do anything or say anything to achieve that goal. The Israeli Prime Minister told an Israel radio station …
     
    “I am writing the speech and it is important, because I am going there to try to stop the deal from happening. We remember the times when Persia tried to destroy us, and today in the same Persia there is a ruler who calls for the destruction of the Jewish state and they plan on doing it with nuclear weapons.”

    The Obama administration wants to negotiate with our enemy.

    Today, the Associated Press reported that Iran conducted military drills to send a message to the United States… 

    “Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Friday announced it had test fired a ‘new strategic weapon’ in the final day of a large-scale naval and air defense drill, saying the system would play a key role in any future battle against the ‘Great Satan.'”

    We are the “Great Satan” to the Iranian Muslims.

    Earlier this week, Iran’s Navy conducted mock attacks on a U.S. aircraft carrier. At the same time, Iranian protestors hung President Obama in effigy. 

    America is playing with fire.

    I believe God is sending a warning to America to stop siding with Israel’s enemies.
     
    President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are actively campaigning against the interests of the nation of Israel – our greatest ally and the only democracy in the Middle East. Prime Minister Netanyahu has become a political target to the Obama administration for speaking the truth!

    As I’m sure you know, Team Obama is working inside the nation of Israel to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and to help elect a left-wing government that will usher in a wave of social and political liberalism. 

    Because of the anti-Israeli stance of President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, it is critical that you and I step up to defend Israel from the attacks coming not only from her sworn enemies, but from her so-called “friends” as well.

    A “declaration of war against the Creator and ruler of the universe!”

    Barack Obama obviously does not understand the potential fallout from his administration’s dangerous actions. The Bible says that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – Israel’s omnipotent defender – takes very seriously all attempts to harm His people, the Jews. 
     
    In the book of Joel, we read that God will ultimately judge the nations that try to divide the land of Israel – something the Obama White House has consistently proposed.  And Zechariah 12:9 plainly says, “I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”
     
    Recently, Jewish rabbis, representing the Committee to Save the Land and People of Israel, rightly called the Obama administration’s actions “a declaration of war against the Creator and Ruler of the universe.” But, as the rabbis point out, it’s not Israel that will ultimately pay the price; it’s the enemies of God.
     
    Liberty Counsel holds that America has been blessed by God because our national policy has been favorable toward the nation of Israel since its founding in 1948. If we allow the Obama administration to subvert this policy, a price will be paid! 
     
    I don’t want this nation, which was founded as one nation under God, to become the enemy of God’s people.

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