Monday, August 31, 2009

Elections Have Consequences

Elections Have Consequences. I hope we have learned that lesson well both nationally and here in Washington State.

by Neil Stevens

Congress now debates giving President Barack Obama, Democrat, sweeping authority over Internet Service Providers, including the authority to nationalize whatever Internet resources he declares to be important.

S. 773, a bill by West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Democrat, has a 55-page draft bill that would create new “emergency” powers for the President, a ‘cybersecurity’ Enabling Act of sorts, that would give the President the authority broad powers over any “non-governmental” computer networks, whether public or private, that are declared by the President to be “critical.”

On its own, this power is already dangerous, and even frightening to anyone in the industry. Whether large or small, we all who operate on the Internet invest in online capital.

Large firms spend billions on the task, and now the Democrats
want to nationalize it at the drop of a hat. This is threatened theft on a scale not usually seen outside banana Republics.

These powers extend beyond declared emergencies, however. Rockefeller’s bill would immediately grant the ability of the government to control hiring and firing of jobs related to these so-called critical networks, because the President could unilaterally declare that jobs related to those networks would be required to be filled by people certified to the task by the government.

And much like with
the car dealerships, the Obama administration is fully expected to use its power to favor political allies for these jobs by granting or denying certification depending on your level of donations to Obama for America or the Democratic National Committee.

Elections have consequences, and all those people who told themselves that Democrats would leave the Internet alone now have a lesson to learn regarding letting the scorpion of big government onto their backs.

But it is not too late, and we all now can unite against the socialist threat now looming over the Internet.


Dan Nicolai said...

Don't you understand that the USA Patriot Act already gave the President this authority? Which right wing blog did you cut & paste this post off of?

Cindy said...

Yes I do. Eagle Forum has written extensively about the Patriot Act. Btw, I did referenced the author.