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Friday, January 23, 2015

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The President and the Democrats don't have the power to enact the Community Broadband Act, but they do have the power to sustain the President's veto of Senator Thune's proposed legislation which would destroy the FCC's power to regulate the broadband industry. See I've Been Mugged: Politicians Try A "Bait-And-Switch" With Broadband Internet, Net Neutrality, And The FCC at http://ivebeenmugged.typepad.com/my_weblog/2015/01/gop-bait-and-switch.html and my comment to it. But the President and the Democrats have the power to effect a stalemate, unless they get legislation that both in title and in fact provides for net neutrality and maintenance of the FCC's authority to regulate the broadband industry, and they should do so, because, in this case, half of a loaf, that is, partial net neutrality in exchange for loss of the FCC's authority to regulate the broadband industry, is worse than no loaf at all.

And the President and the Democrats should campaign vigorously for the Community Broadband Act, net neutrality, and maintenance of the FCC's authority to regulate the broadband industry, because it is the right thing to do for the prosperity of the American people and American business and for the freedom of ideas and expression on the Internet and for the competition of content on the Internet, and, if doing the right thing isn't enough, it is darn good politics, as the American people overwhelming support net neutrality and want faster Internet speeds at significantly lower prices. But this President and his party have been notoriously bad at doing politics to support their agenda: It took them six and half years to finally campaign for middle-class economics, and I doubt that they will do any better campaigning for net neutrality, the FCC's title II authority, and the Community Broadband Act.

I've wondered why the President and the Democrats are so bad at politics for a middle-class agenda, and I think that I know the answer: The President and Democrats, like their Republican counterparts, are the just two wings of the elite's Party of Property, which pursue the interests of the 1% above all others and, where necessary, to the prejudice of the interests of the middle class and the poor. There is no doubt that the Republican Party is the shill of the 1%; indeed, they hardly deny it. But I've been waiting for the President and the Democrats to prove me wrong about their true character and true priorities. I am still waiting.

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