Supreme Court Justice Breyer talks about free speech and why it’s OK that we protect it.
Since Tuesday’s Court Appeals ruling repealing the FCC’s ruling that Comcast (and other Broadband service providers) could not limit their bandwidth to certain websites or services, and thus keep the Internet free and open, there as been a lot of talk about what exactly this means for big companies and for us, the consumers. I weighed in on this almost four years ago, when now shamed Sen. Ted Stevens decided to simultaneously butcher the concept of the Internet and the English Language. So, what’s Â the deal with Net Neutrality?
About a month ago, I wrote about what has happened to this country since 9/11. It’s not good; nobody has respect for those who think differently. There is no longer, “I respectfully disagree.” It’s more like, “You disagree, so you must be wrong. All the time. For everything.” That couldn’t be more apparent this morning, when news that President Obama was given a Nobel Peace Prize broke.
While discussing Joe Wilson’s outburst during the President’s most recent address, I said this:
There is an increasing problem with pure animosity towards the opposing party in this country. it’s no longer, “I respectfully disagree,” it’s, “I disagree and you’re an asshole for thinking something different.”
I think most people can vouch for that. There is so much hatred between opposing parties now. There is mud slinging, and name calling, and no one cares to listen to the other side. Quite different from how we were thinking just 8 years ago.
I love these comparisons. Let’s take a look at where N. Korea firing missiles falls on the big three’s list of importance. All of these screens were taken at the same time.
So it looks like Fox finds it most important- big box at the top and the update the story most frequently (4 missiles fired). CNN puts it in top stories, but at the same time Fox is reporting 4, CNN is reporting 2 fired. Finally, even though MSNBC is updating more frequently than CNN with 3 missiles reported as fired, the story is almost an after thought- smallest text in the top stories area.
Roland Martin, with his never ending fountain of wisdom, has another commentary on CNN, this time scrutinizing John McCain for speaking out again earmarks. He claims that no one cares about pork barrel spending. That if people really care we will do something about it. I guess he did some pretty substantial research on this topic, though he doesn’t present it. The real scoop is this: most politicians are greedy, want to keep their spots in Congress, and think pet projects will guarantee that. It’s the president’s job to fix that.
It’s no secret our political system is breaking. “Our” representatives care more about themselves and their ideologies than what is really best for the country. John McCain should be praised rather than scorned, especially by someone who claims to like him. Earmarks is how we got here in the first place. I was never one to criticize George Bush but he as someone claiming to be conservative, spent way too much. Now we are at a critical point where too much spending will ruin us and Congress doesn’t seem to care. Nancy Pelosi and the other Democrats just want to push their agenda. And well, Republicans don’t really know their ass from a hole in the wall. That means it’s up to the President to make sure stuff like this doesn’t happen. He has veto power and if he really wants to curb spending, he should use it.
Martin also talks about how we, the people should give the money back. I guess he forgot that some Republican governors aren’t taking the pork money for their state. But that wouldn’t really help him with his point. He is right about one thing though. We can do something- when 2010 comes, we can elect officials we know won’t spend nearly as much.
In the video, Ms. Pelosi makes the statement that every month we go without a stimulus package, 500 Million Americans lose their job. That is a pretty astounding number considering the population is 330 Million. But Ms. Pelosi knows that number is incorrect. She is just trying to scare the public to get the nearly $900 Billion stimulus package passed.
While I agree that something should be done to help Americans, like public projects to create jobs, a lot of this bill is pork. A lot of it is going to state-run and state-funded programs, which federal tax money should not be paying for especially considering the national debt. Unless it will stimulate the economy (IE create jobs->put more money in middle class pockets->increase spending->generating more cash flow for everyone), it should be removed from the bill. There is a reason 0 Republicans voted for the bill.
Reflecting back, President Bush is the only president I can remember on a day to day basis. I remember some stuff from Bill Clinton, but I was young and pretty apathetic. I got into politics while Bush was in office, and became an adult while Bush was in office. And I honestly want to say what I don’t think enough people will say today: Thank You, President Bush.
Maybe it’s because of the way the media paints him, or because people honestly believe he is an evil guy, but he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He had to deal with 9/11 and Katrina, two events that devastated this country. Our country still saw six years of economic growth, despite the fact that people can only remember the melt down, and despite the two aforementioned crisis.
I’m not going to laundry list everything good thing Bush has done (it’s more than you think)- my friend Joe did that on Facebook and did a great job. But I am saying give credit where credit is due. He ran the country for 8 years, had to deal with a lot, and made a lot of tough decisions; I seriously doubt his loudest criticizers could do half the job he did.
That being said, I would also like to Welcome and Thank President Obama for this undertaking. No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, you should recognize he is stepping into a tough job and he looks like he’s ready for the challenge. I may disagree with the policies he outlined during election season, but he is still my president and I will respect him. Besides, I really like what he is doing on the technology side of things.
No matter what, today is a symbol of what makes America so great- the fact that we can elect a new president ever four years, the fact that a man of humble beginnings can rise up to the most powerful job in the nation, maybe even the world. So, Thank You President Bush, and Welcome President Obama. Good Luck to both of you.