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Before last year’s year-end tax reform success – there were in fact precedent legislative achievements by this Congress.
Behold the Congressional Review Act (CRA): “The law empowers Congress to review, by means of an expedited legislative process, new federal regulations issued by government agencies and, by passage of a joint resolution, to overrule a regulation.
“Once a rule is thus repealed, the CRA also prohibits the reissuing of the rule in substantially the same form or the issuing of a new rule that is substantially the same ‘unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of the joint resolution disapproving the original rule.’”
The Congress spent a good portion of the early part of 2017 passing CRA after CRA – happily signed again and again by President Donald Trump.
Except the CRA isn’t “obscure” or “secret” – it’s right there in the federal code. And the Congress and the President were very and repeatedly vocal about their pride in utilizing it to render the government very-much-less-than it was under preceding president Barack Obama.
The media just like to use scary words – no matter how false – when describing any non-Leftist action.
The Congressional Left watched in horror this repeated CRA reduction of government. And decided it was a good idea to use the CRA – to grow back a huge chunk of the government the Trump Administration rolled back.
And the media in reporting on it – have mysteriously misplaced their scary word thesaurus.
#NetNeutrality: Senate Democrats Use Congressional Review Act to Force Vote on Overturning FCC Repeal: “Senate Democrats on Monday secured enough co-sponsors (thirty) to force a vote on a Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn the repeal of net neutrality rules by the Federal Communications Commission last week.”
But what does this actually mean for the Net Neutrality rollback – and the 2018 election?
Wait – why the 2018 election, you ask? Because Democrats bizarrely think that striving mightily to re-grow government – will redound to their electoral benefit.
Get all that? We are in the midst of historic reductions in regulations and now taxes. Which has resulted in a year-long historic, unprecedented, record-setting stock market surge and the highest consumer confidence in decades.
And we look forward to the impending resurgent return of tons of offshore corporate cash to revitalize and ramp up the job and wages markets – thanks to the much lower tax rates they are now paying.
And Democrats think campaigning on restoring the massive government Net Neutrality imposition on the Internet – 1/6th of our entire economy – is a winning campaign issue.
Missing entirely the fact that the Trump Administration’s promise-to-and-then-removal-of said massive government imposition – was and is a huge contributing factor to all of the fantastic and ever-more-promising economic news we are now so thoroughly enjoying.
Including fantastic economic news – for the massive corporations (Google, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix,…) who are insisting on this massive government imposition’s restoration.
Get that? “As Tech stocks lead.” That would be the likes of…Google, Facebook, Amazon and Netflix. Who are leading the historic, unprecedented, record-setting stock market charge – without Net Neutrality anywhere in sight.
Yet these Net-Neutrality-free flourishing companies are going to waste a ton of everyone’s time, effort and money – suing to get the massive government imposition re-imposed.
And Democrats – are going to campaign on it. Because they love huge government just that much.
This includes their pushing their ridiculous CRA. Which has zero hope of passing the Senate – and even less of a chance of even getting a vote in the House.
And Las Vegas wouldn’t even give odds on Trump signing the ridiculous thing were it ever to reach his desk. Which it absolutely, positively won’t. Because Trump would never, ever would.
Meanwhile, We the People think “In the history of the expression ‘If it ain’t broke-don’t fix it’ – it was never more applicable that it is with this we-need-Net Neutrality nonsense.”
And then we’ll return to our unlimited wired and wireless data plans – and unlimited, unblocked content choices.
All of which all of these Net Neutrality freaks screeched would all go away the very second Net Neutrality went away.
And then Net Neutrality went away, and then…nothing on the Internet changed. At all. It’s exactly the same now – as it was then.
This Democrat 2018 Net Neutrality push…is the Seinfeld Campaign. It’s a show about nothing.
Because what happened after Net Neutrality repeal – was nothing. And because what should happen on their reimposition push – is nothing.
No Republican Senators should buy into this inanity. Every one of them should happily vote “Nay” on the Democrat CRA.
And We the People in November should vote our ever-increasingly-happy, less-taxed and deregulated wallets.
And not for Democrats looking to reimpose massive government and its inexorable economic malaise.
[Originally Published at RedState]