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On it’s face this is patently absurd. More government – taxes and/or regulations – raises the costs of everything for everyone. The Big Guys are far better equipped to absorb the punishment – while the Little Guys are pummeled into un-existence.
Then there’s the Crony Socialism – it’s not Crony Capitalism, because it has very little to do with capitalism. Wherein Big Guys – who have the wherewithal – bend government policy to their will. To their advantage – and against that of the Little Guys seeking to compete with them. For instance:
Which brings us to the ridiculous Network Neutrality political rhetoric being extruded by the Obama Administration.
President Obama his own self recently said this:
“(N)et neutrality”…says that an entrepreneur’s fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations….
Then there’s Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the President’s allegedly politics-free, independent Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
First – why are these lawsuits inevitable? Because the FCC has already twice unilaterally imposed Net Neutrality – and twice the D.C. Circuit Court has unanimously overturned the orders as outside the bounds of their authority.
Rather than complaining about additional suits to again fend off the Leviathan – perhaps the Leviathan should pull in its tentacles. Especially when it has already had two lopped off by Courts. As Jonah Goldberg has said: Don’t just do something – stand there.
But wait a minute – which “Big Dogs” does Wheeler mean? The Internet Service Providers (ISPs) government intends to yet again assault.
To be sure, Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, et. al are big companies.
But they aren’t looking for Crony Socialist favors from government – merely protection from its monumental overreaches.
Then there’s this plucky little upstart for whom the Obama Administration is fighting.
Get that? Google is bigger than Verizon and Comcast – combined.
Google has spent the last decade-plus shoving Net Neutrality down our throats.
Google has uber-generously funded pro-Net Neutrality Leftist efforts. It twice helped President Obama get elected. Google CEO Eric Schmidt was one of the first Obama Administration “adviser” hires.
The relationship really is that syrupy:
So this isn’t a galloping shock:
No matter how the FCC rules next year, Google can move forward with fiber rollouts, even if they’re restricted, because it will still be earning far-healthier revenues from carrying content.
Google’s two-pronged strategy has been obvious for a long time, but lately it has looked genius given the net neutrality battle….
(I)t’s a strategy only a very large company could undertake….
Get that? Google is more than Big Guy enough to absorb the government hit – the Little Guys looking to compete with them aren’t.
“It’s a strategy only a very large company could undertake” – using government to make the marketplace untenable for anyone but themselves.
Creating for Google a for-all-intents-and-purposes government-mandated monopoly.
The very thing the Obama Administration – with its gi-normous Internet overreach – alleges it is attempting to address/prevent.
To paraphrase George Orwell: All monopolies are equal – but some are more equal than others.
To paraphrase Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Google will be a son-of-a-bitch monopoly – but it’ll be our son-of-a-bitch monopoly.
“Don’t be evil.” Enjoy the Crony Socialism, All.
[Originally published at Human Events]