I’ve always had to stifle as chuckle (or often as not, just chuckle) whenever I hear someone talking about the “Maverick” McCain.
If one looks at his political career, he’s been a trailblazer in only one respect; back when there were a lot of honest Republicans, John McCain was on the take. Whether it was for campaign contributions (as in the Charles Keating scandal,) or the lure of “other considerations” (as was the case when he was trying to get the FCC to issue a license to a crony who happened to send one Vicki Iseman to “lobby” him,) McCain is about as crooked as an Appalachian horse trail, and he always has been.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that McCain is acting yet again on behalf of his corporate paymasters, this time seeking to gut net neutrality with his Orwellian-named “Internet Freedom Act.” It’ll be freedom, all right-for the telecoms who want to decide what can and cannot be viewed on the Web. It’ll also undoubtedly turn into “freedom” for Rushpubliscums like McCain, who will finally have the resources at their disposal to choke off the one place left in the world that still carries honest coverage of the Rushpubliscums.
Won’t it be nice, to have to once again depend on our mainstream media for information? I’m thinking maybe I should re-acquire a shortwave radio receiver, just in case…
U.S. Senator John McCain has introduced legislation that would block the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from creating new net neutrality rules, on the same day that the FCC took the first step toward doing so.
McCain on Thursday introduced the Internet Freedom Act, which would keep the FCC from enacting rules prohibiting broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing Internet content and applications. Net neutrality rules would create “onerous federal regulation,” McCain said in a written statement.
The FCC on Thursday voted to begin a rulemaking process to formalize net neutrality rules. The rules, as proposed, would allow Web users to run the legal applications and access the legal Web sites of their choice. Providers could use “reasonable” network management to reduce congestion and maintain quality of service, but the rules would require them to be transparent with consumers about their efforts.
The new rules would formalize a set of net neutrality principles in place at the FCC since 2005.
McCain, an Arizona Republican, called the proposed net neutrality rules a “government takeover” of the Internet that will stifle innovation and depress an “already anemic” job market in the U.S. McCain was the Republican challenger to President Barack Obama in the 2008 election, and Obama has said net neutrality rules are among his top tech priorities.
McCain protested the FCC’s proposal that wireless broadband providers be included in the net neutrality rules. The wireless industry has “exploded over the past 20 years due to limited government regulation,” McCain said in the statement.
“Today I’m pleased to introduce the Internet Freedom Act of 2009 that will keep the Internet free from government control and regulation,” McCain said. “It will allow for continued innovation that will in turn create more high-paying jobs for the millions of Americans who are out of work or seeking new employment. Keeping businesses free from oppressive regulations is the best stimulus for the current economy.”
Can you believe this guy is STILL complaining about “onerous regulations?” What kind of “onerous regulations”-the kind that were lifted so he and his buddy Charles Keating could bring us the S&L crisis of the 1980s, or perhaps the regulations that were lifted so the financials could deliver us The Republican Depression of 2008? Isn’t it funny that any time you seek to create or keep a level playing field in this country, the Rushpubliscums start screaming about a “Government takeover” and “it’ll cost jobs?” Like we should listen to THEM about what creates jobs?!?
This one is so blatant an attempt to turn the Web over to the corporations that Johnny ought to be ashamed of himself for even introducing this shit on the Senate floor. Nah…. I’m wrong-after all, Johnny has never shown the slightest bit of embarrassment over the many hundreds of other times he’s gone to the Capitol floor to shill for his owners. For a used-up, nasty old whore like John McCain, this is business as usual.