‘Net neutrality’ = double-nickel

‘Net neutrality’ = double-nickel

55 speed limitPresident Obama’s “net neutrality” scheme was branded “Obamacare for the Internet” by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., a 2016 presidential hopeful.

A better analogy is the double-nickle, the 55 mph speed limit President Nixon imposed on the country in 1974, just three years after I started driving at 16.

After the Arab oil embargo of 1973 and the supposed global oil shortage, Nixon panicked and imposed the 55 limit under the slogan, “55, stay alive!” The idea was to force Americans to drive incredibly slowly, supposedly saving gas and limiting accidents.

The limit also was endorsed, predictably, by Jimmy Carter, as in the picture above, which reads in full, “It’s a law we can live with.” He always was slow.

But the limit was so slow, it took longer to drive, people fell asleep at the wheel and caused accidents that way. Long-distance truckers especially were damaged. (That’s what they got for supporting Tricky Dick in 1972 as part of his deal to get Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa out of the klink.)

The American elites also panicked over the supposed imminent crisis of “peak oil.” Which still is a bugaboo.

In fact, we were not “running out of oil.” And although the Arab oil embargo caused temporary shortages, the real problem was Nixon’s 1971 price controls on oil, which predictably limited supplies, causing the infamous gas lines of the 1970s.

When President Reagan de-controlled oil prices in 1981, the shortages — voila! — ended, and prices even stabilized as producers could make profits again and began pumping out more of the Texas tea.

The 55 limit was raised to 65 in 1987 and 1988, and the federal limit repealed entirely in 1995. In the meantime, I got “speeding” tickets costing hundreds of dollars from Michigan, Virginia, Texas and Colorado. Those ripoff states should refund my money, with interest, to a total of at least $3,000.

As to the Internet, all major prices — for computer power, Internet speed and storage — drop by half every year to 18 months. It’s called Moore’s Law, and apparently Obama never heard of it. So there’s no need for government to “control” the prices, the way Obama seeks, by mandating the same price of Internet use for everybody — so-called “neutrality.”

It’s true the government funded research on the early Internet starting in the late 1960s. But the Internet really didn’t take off until the early 1990s, when the government cut itself loose, allowing the Net to bloom almost entirely unregulated.

Although Republicans are leading the charge against the FCC imposing “net neutrality,” opposition also is strong among Obama’s usual Democratic allies in Silicon Valley. They understand that an FCC takeover of pricing would harm their businesses.

If anything needs to be regulated it’s silly ideas from presidents, such as the double-nickel and “net neutrality.”

Moore's Law

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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 11 November, 2014, 14:53

    I was stuck in those gas lines for 2 hours to fill up in the 1970’s. Tempers flared. I recall seeing 2 fist fights. But no shootings. Not in my lines at least. What did we learn from it? Nada! Saudi Arabia still has us by the short hairs. They still influence how we run our country. Hell, Bush allowed Bin Laden’s relatives (all Saudi Arabians) to fly out of the country when all other aircraft was grounded after 911! The Saudi’s are funding the terrorists in Syria and Iraq!!! lol. But nobody in the media talks about it in America because the last thing an addict does is trash talk the dealer!!! lol!! So in the last 45 years practically nothing has changed, even through the pols promised us that we would be less dependent on ME oil. More lies.
    As far a ‘net neutrality’ goes, I am all in favor of it. It is pro-consumer. Without it our internet costs are going to skyrocket and the big boys will be able to prioritize which websites we would be able to access – thus interfering with our 1st Amendment. It would be like the big telecoms deciding who you can talk to on your telephone! lol. Regardless how you spin it, the government has to step in occasionally and regulate to protect the consumers. The reason the economy blew up in 2008 is because the Wall Street goons weren’t being adequately regulated. The wolves were given full access to the henhouse. And the rest is history. Go ask Chris Cox about that! lol. He could tell you from first hand experience!!! lol. 😀

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  2. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 11 November, 2014, 15:18

    Btw, say what you want about Jimmy Carter. I like the man. Everytime I see him at a Presidential gathering it’s obvious that he’s the proverbial black sheep of the group. He’s treated like an outsider. Look at the photos if you question that. A big gap between him and the rest. Why? Because Jimmy doesn’t go along with the crowd. His mortal sin is that he disses Israel. And that is the kiss of death at any White House reunion. Israel is the tail wagging the dog. So I respect Jimmy. Make fun of him all you want. At least the man has a mind of his own and isn’t swayed by a need to feel accepted! God bless him!!! 🙂

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 11 November, 2014, 15:27

      I would agree with you on what you have written LIC, but He was still a dolt of a president. 🙂

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 11 November, 2014, 15:35

        Yeah, but I have more respect for dolts than I do crooks. The most Jimmy did was lust in his mind. And they beat him up for that. What red-blooded American man hasn’t lusted in his mind? Jimmy was just too damn honest to be a POTUS. I always like the man. I liked his brother Billy too. I thought it was hilarious when he met some Liberian diplomats at an airport and took a leak on a concrete wall right in front of them! HAH! Now that’s my kinda guy. There’s something about that Carter family DNA that I just admire. 😀

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        • LetitCollapse
          LetitCollapse 11 November, 2014, 16:52

          Sorry, that was ‘lust in his heart’….not mind. After 50 the mind goes little by little. The heart stays intact until the very end. 😉

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  3. Donkey
    Donkey 11 November, 2014, 15:25

    Nixon deserved to be impeached for the 55 MPH limit more than Watergate! 🙂

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 11 November, 2014, 15:31

      Donkey, POTUS Obola makes Nixon look like a Sunday school choir boy! 😀

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      • Donkey
        Donkey 11 November, 2014, 15:42

        Yes, I know that, Obooby is a commie rat! 🙂

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        • LetitCollapse
          LetitCollapse 11 November, 2014, 16:50

          I get the impression that the guy is partial to the muzzies, not the commies! Everything he does is to America’s disadvantage. Like dismantling a house of stone brick by brick. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he kneels down 5 times a day in the WH and prays to the east. How the heck do you get the middle name of ‘Hussein’ without having ties to Allah?

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        • LetitCollapse
          LetitCollapse 11 November, 2014, 18:28

          Btw, Donkey. My congratulation to the Bruins. They took care of business with the Wash Huskies last weekend. By 2 full td’s I see. Still in the race for the Pac-12 South. But they need Az state to lose and that’s going to be a tall order to fill. The sun devils totally beat down the Irish. My Ducks did a fine job against Utah. Wasn’t easy but the victory assured them the Pac-12 North title. UCLA has to beat both USC this week and Stanford next week for a shot at the South title. The sun devils have Ore St, Wash St and Arizona left to play. I think they have to lose at least one of those games for UCLA to slide in. But UCLA did beat Az St. convincingly in an earlier matchup. This will get very interesting down the line. I think Oregon would rather face UCLA again than the sun devils. We’ll see. Hold onto your seat and your cotton candy. It’s going to be a wild one!!! 🙂

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  4. Ted E Mind of your Godhead Ted
    Ted E Mind of your Godhead Ted 11 November, 2014, 17:48

    LOL

    A dueling series of drivel posts above by the 2 stooges of CWD ! The Oc Observer Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You go girls!

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 12 November, 2014, 08:09

      The misogynist speaks, a shadow coward as he weeps, longing to be a man. Oh TCS, Chaz is who you are! 🙂

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      • T
        T 13 November, 2014, 12:36

        Poor Duncey Girl!

        Internet toughie! Ewwwwww mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 13 November, 2014, 12:52

          My sweet little drooling fool, how you dream of being brave one day, make on your own you say, without having to steal your way, the only problem is, cowardice is where you lay. A RAGWUS feeding wimp you are, for Yoda knew it from afar! 🙂

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          • T Mind of your Ted Godhead System
            T Mind of your Ted Godhead System 15 November, 2014, 08:08

            Duncey! You are such a tough internet typer!

            My advice?

            1.Try to do your pull up today
            2. Cower in your bunker
            3. Keep posting.

            hurry!

          • Donkey
            Donkey 16 November, 2014, 09:18

            TCS, has little to say, he never was secure in anyway. Provoking and taunts is his forte, sleeping with his gun makes him snore away. Coward, wimp, who knows for sure but, Chaz is his name. Coward for sure, in so many ways. He steals from the working and calls it his, only a RAGWUS feeder with no conscience, sociopath I hear, could continue the stealing without whispers in your ear. 🙂

  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 11 November, 2014, 21:12

    Teddy….never have seen such crap day after day by porch sitters carving government cheese to go with their bosque pears and simple syrup.

    I bet they are Canasta experts too!

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  6. Ealesglen
    Ealesglen 12 November, 2014, 12:40

    Obama BS to need to regulate the internet by utility and then the BIG internet utity taxes follow.

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  7. Queeg
    Queeg 12 November, 2014, 16:06

    Eagle there is no place for the little people to hide.

    The little people want benefits, for they are needy working slave master globalist jobs or High Tech Imperialist servant and trinket assembly jobs. Their pay is awful, so they need the government basic support package.

    Use taxes are the future.

    All will pay.

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  8. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 12 November, 2014, 17:51

    The longer I live the more I believe that we need mother nature to step in and thin the herd. There’s just too many people for the globe to support. And if I’m one of the victims, so be it. I’ll sacrifice one for the gipper. We need to make room for the youngin’s. Too many mouths to feed today. We already have 50M citizens (or at least ‘residents’) on food stamps in America. So you can imagine how enormous the problem is around the world. Not everyone can live for free. It puts way too much pressure on the producers who are forced to carry the load for themselves and for all the others. We’ve always relied on mother nature to step up and do the dirty work to secure the future for the human race. Left to our own devices, we will turn the planet into a burning cinder floating in outer space. And that would likely be the end of humanity alltogether. Mother nature is much smarter that all the collective intelligence of man. Let her sort it out!

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