Monday, May 3, 2010

Oh, it is ON now.

He opposes prosecutions for torture, and has gone out of his way to make sure those who committed, ordered, or enabled torture never face justice.

He opposes restrictions on executive power, defending warrantless wiretaps and other searches and maintaining the imprisonment of accused terrorists without legal recourse. Apparently forever.

He opposes equal rights for gays and lesbians. I mean, really, REALLY opposes equal rights.

He killed the public option and instituted the same individual mandate he promised during the campaign would never be a part of his health care reform.

He opposes immigration reform.

He punishes people who tried to stop the federal government from breaking the law.

He opposes separation of church and state.

He supports the continuation of the failed and counterproductive war on drugs.

In addition to all that, he effectively killed American manned spaceflight for the foreseeable future once the Shuttle shuts down; he pulled the plug on hydrogen energy research in favor of more ethanol, nuclear, and above all offshore oil drilling; and, as a matter of routine, he surrenders to Republicans on drafting legislation, on nominations to office, and on procedure.

And now the man Obama picked to run the FCC is going to cave in on net neutrality- basically allowing the big telecoms, the same ones Obama let off the hook for helping Bush break the law and spy on you and me, to control what you see on the Internet.

The author of the above article has even more to say elsewhere, according to ZDNet:

We simply cannot believe that Julius Genachowski would consider going down this path. Failing to reclassify broadband means the FCC is abandoning the signature communications and technology issues of the Obama administration. Such a decision would destroy Net Neutrality. It would deeply undermine the FCC’s ability to ensure universal Internet access for rural, low-income and disabled Americans. It will undermine the FCC’s ability to protect consumers from price-gouging and invasions of privacy.

If Chairman Genachowski fails to re-establish the FCC authority to protect Internet users, he will be allowing companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to slow down, block or censor content at will. They can block any website, any blog post, any tweet, any outreach by a political campaign — and the FCC would be powerless to stop them. Without reclassification, nearly every broadband-related decision the agency makes from here forward will be aggressively challenged in court, and the FCC will likely lose. The phone and cable companies know this, which is why they’re going all out to keep the FCC from doing so.

Genachowski should not buckle to phone and cable industry pressure, but it will take courage to stand up to one of the biggest lobbying juggernauts in Washington. It’s not too late — and the public is watching. This decision facing the FCC chairman is about more than one single issue, or even a broken promise to the American people. If the FCC fails to stand with the public, it will be the end of the Internet as we know it.

But he will cave- under, no doubt, direct orders from his boss.

If I had wanted Republican policies, I would have voted for John McCain.

But no- I voted for Barack Obama...

... a mistake I will never, ever make again.

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