One of America's leading authorities on technology and telecom policy, Motley is a writer, television and radio commentator, political and policy strategist, lecturer, debater, activist, and policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.
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Obamacare’s official legislative name was, of course, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Washington, D.C. is very good at naming things. DC remains very terrible at doing things.
Patients haven’t been protected by the law – they’ve been assaulted by it. And affordability was exterminated at the moment of enactment.
All of the Obamacare promises – were a lie.
And there was:
And then there was:
And of course there was:
That has to be the most obnoxious cell phone bill in the history of cell phone bills.
Oh – and we already have an example of government-only health care “for all”: The Department of Veterans Affairs. How’s that going?
We go into such exquisite detail of the history of all things government medicine – to prove without question that every single solitary thing DC promised about it was a lie. Everything DC said would happen – was the polar opposite of what actually happened.
Which brings us to this past Friday. Whereupon a gaggle of DC Democrats announced their alleged “Better Deal Economic Agenda.” Their ‘better deal” – is better in the way the Affordable Care Act is “affordable.”
Included in their slate of government-expanding, freedom-and-our-wallets-contracting nonsense was:
Given DC’s track record on Obamacare (and the national debt, and Social Security, and Medicare, and Medicaid, and the Post Office, and Amtrak, and…) – I’m not sure this is in fact gong to be a better deal.
Ah…more government money – taken from us, or added to our $20 trillion debt. That sounds much more like DC.
Except the federal government has already spent billions of dollars on government broadband. There was $7.2 billion sluiced to it in the 2009 alleged “Stimulus.” State and local governments have wasted massive coin on this as well – going back almost a decade before last decade’s federal “Stimulus.” And all of it has been nothing short of a cumulative, cataclysmic disaster.
Muni Wi-Fi Projects Struggle with Technology and Economic Challenges: “Municipal wireless rollouts from Philadelphia to San Francisco face unrealistic demands and business models.”
Why, it’s almost as if government isn’t very good at delivering Internet service. Just like it isn’t any good at delivering health insurance. Or balanced budgets. Or budgets free from hundreds of billions of dollars of annual fraud and abuse. Or the mail. Or….
There are nine million reasons why government stinks-out-loud at broadband delivery. Here are nine:
- It’s Hard To Make GONs (Government-Owned Networks) Profitable.
- GONs Don’t Spur Innovation Or Competition.
- GONs Harm Competition.
- GONs Don’t Reflect Consumer Demand.
- It’s Hard To Prove GONs Help The Economy.
- Government Can’t Keep Up.
- GONs Have Immediate Opportunity Costs.
- GONs Have Long-Term Opportunity Costs.
- GONs Won’t Make Cities The Next Silicon Valley.
Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln – how did you like the play?
Of course, when government acts – you pay. And when government acts – government fails. What then?
You pay…again. I know – shocker, right?
This month marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the Communist revolution in Russia. Unleashing upon the planet an ideology that murdered 100 million people – and destroyed one hundred times that many lives. It ensures – with amoral certitude -profound economic misery for everyone subjected to it. Yet we still have tens of millions of adherents to this abject, systemic failure.
Of course government broadband hasn’t murdered anyone – but it is in its way just as huge a failure. Yet we, bizarrely, still have true believers in this particular lost cause.
Let us not yet again repeat historically-redundant, brutally-obvious failures. It’s such a frigging waste.
Oh: And it would be amazing how much more we all could afford – if government wasn’t trying to “help” make things more affordable.