Congressional Republicans are “angry” the FCC voted to allow big communications companies to charge for Internet use because it creates “new regulations” and other stuff they think is bad for various, nebulous reasons. But if the FCC voted the opposite, Republicans would cry foul because it hurt big businesses like AT&T and Comcast who give more campaign money to the Republicans than the Democrats.
Is this about “jobs” as President Obama says and the Republicans have indicated? Or is it about “freedom” as the Republicans said today? If so, are the people who brought us the Patriot Act truly upset about “regulations” of personal privacy? If they are, we need to fly about 300 crowbars to Washington right away to have some crowned heads extricated from some pretty powerful party people’s poopers.
To its credit, Fox News, the Republican News Channel, isn’t as definitive in its criticism of the FCC’s decision. But I’m sure that after the 24-hour news cycle has run its course and the Roger Ailes juggernaut has made its conference calls to John Boehner et al at the Capitol, we’ll get a clearer, anti-Obama message from FNC. After all, that IS what the Republicans said they want more than anything: to beat Obama. And apparently, that’s more important than responsibility, thinking and governing.