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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How many times has government royally messed up something? And not fired anyone? Or done anything that remotely resembles improving their performance?
Oh so very often. In part because they don’t care – once they have the power, they don’t care what happens to us. In part because they are too busy planning their next grabs.
A pristine example?
First the government must own up to its failure. Then the feds should follow this plan to fix it.
Good luck with that.
Did government yet again ignore the rules they mandate we follow?
At least the government immediately realized the breach, right?
The considerable lag time between breach and discovery means that the adversary had more time to pull off a cyber-heist of consequence….
Well it’s just the one, right?
The second intrusion “involved a different system and a different set of data, and I think you could logically conclude that … a larger amount of data and information was potentially affected,” (White House spokesman Josh) Earnest said.
Government vigilance – there’s nothing like it.
“The president does have confidence that she is the right person for the job,” spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.
Government accountability – there’s nothing like it.
That confidence is only possible if you’re completely delusional – or have an entirely different definition of “right” than does the rest of us.
Government’s (much) bigger priority? Lording over even more of the private sector.
(P)rivacy advocates say the bill, which would require companies to share information about breaches with the government and others in industry, gives too much power to the intelligence community.
The government massively screws up – and uses it as an excuse to execute yet another massive power grab.
As usual their priorities are totally in order.
Do as they say – not as they do.
Evidence of government accountability abounds.
More than any of the following.
No one. In fact our government hires people other governments fire.
Evidence of government incompetence – and capriciousness – is everywhere.
How’s government medicine doing?
Did the government attempt to fix any of this? Of course not – it was on to the next grab.
And it’s on to the next grabs – where they can really wield their obvious technological prowess.
Network Neutrality. The government imposed it in 2007 – the D.C. Circuit court unanimously rejected it. They reimposed it in 2010 – the D.C. Circuit court again unanimously rejected it.
Having twice been told they can’t have a piece of pie – the government stole the whole bakery. Andimposed 1934 landline phone law on the Internet. Because they’re technology experts.
Speaking of government’s love of self-reform.
Sometimes – sometimes – some governments acknowledge at least some of their limitations.
For very good and obvious reasons.
UTOPIA, short for the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, was conceived in 2002 as a local government-managed alternative….As of late 2012, the agency was $120 million in the red and had fewer than 10,000 customers….
There are a whole lot of UTOPIAs out there. But the Feds won’t stand for any impediment to the next grab.
Government money to de-privatize the private sector.
What do the terrible barber and the government say? “Next.”
No repairs to the any of the myriad preceding bad haircuts and power grabs.
Full speed ahead to the next. Over, and over, and over again. And again. And….