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Democrats Say Some Untrue Stuff About Tech to Get Re-Elected
National Democratic Convention Kicks Off With Some Hot Air
by Karl Bode 04:46PM Tuesday Sep 04 2012
Last week we noted that the GOP Internet policy platform released at the national convention was a lot of hot air with a dash of hypocrisy, the GOP professing to love "Internet freedom" yet pushing for broader filters on pornography while spending all their time opposing network neutrality and protecting the nation's wireless duopoly. With the Democratic National Convention coming this week (of which AT&T is the official carrier), it's their turn to shovel manure atop the national tech discourse as is par for election season, releasing their Democratic Platform for your perusal.

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The Democratic platform is only marginally less vague than the GOP's, and as you'd expect is just as jam-packed with hypocrisy from a government that thinks domestic surveillance laws are funny. The entire technology platform is predominately broken down in one paragraph:
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President Obama has committed to ensuring that 98 percent of the country has access to high-speed wireless broadband Internet access. We are finding innovative ways to free up wireless spectrum and are building a state-of-the-art nationwide, interoperable, public safety network. President Obama is strongly committed to protecting an open Internet that fosters investment, innovation, creativity, consumer choice, and free speech, unfettered by censorship or undue violations of privacy.
Unfortunately, the majority of that paragraph is nonsense.

That dedication to 98% wireless broadband coverage? As we noted last January that's a goal that was already reached without government help, making it the easiest promise ever. Their dedication to an "open Internet?" It consists of network neutrality rules that were intentionally designed with such large loopholes (thanks to Verizon and Google) as to make them largely useless. The Democratic dedication to fighting censorship? It consists of party members like Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken breathlessly supporting censorship bills and domain-level website blacklists that ignore the First Amendment for the sake of Hollywood's wallet.

Democrats are particularly fond of "pro consumer theater" when it comes to technology -- aka policies that sound like they help consumers but under closer inspection do absolutely nothing.
Democrats are particularly fond of "pro consumer theater" when it comes to technology -- aka policies that sound like they help consumers but under closer inspection do absolutely nothing.

Our National Broadband Plan is a great example, taking several years, 36 public workshops, 9 field hearings, 31 public notices and 376 pages to compile a broadband plan that fails to address the industry's single biggest problem: a lack of broadband competition and the resulting high prices and globe-renowned, utterly mediocre service. That's a problem that's now getting worse with full Democratic approval.

The number of empty Democratic technology policy show ponies is staggering if you're paying attention. There's voluntary Cybersecurity programs that urge ISPs to adhere to security and botnet protection standards they're already adhering to. There's discounted broadband programs aimed at helping the poor get cheap broadband, yet on closer inspection were actually designed by Comcast lobbyists to ensure most people won't qualify. There's a "Privacy Bill of Rights" we noted back in February is just a group of toothless, voluntary guidelines nobody in industry will follow. The list is endless. An unskeptical press helps.

While the Democratic DOJ and FCC did earn some fleeting consumer advocate cred by shooting down the AT&T T-Mobile deal (a deal so clearly miserable even the merger-happy government balked), most of the Democratic technology policies are exemplified by either a lack of spine, piss-poor judgement or venomous idiocy. The biggest examples of the latter continues to be the Democrats' attacks on whistleblowers, perpetuation of Bush-era law-dodging domestic surveillance programs, and the Democratic decision to consistently support every ridiculous technology law the entertainment industry can come up with (SOPA, PIPA, Six strikes).

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Paxio
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I favor both parties....

But only if they leave the Internet alone! The last thing we need is for government mandates, control, and taxes to put a screeching halt to the Internet juggernaut. Maybe a Libertarian approach is best here.

The best thing the government could do for smaller ISPs is to free up investment capital so we could grow faster with PRIVATE investment. But with the government soaking up so much of GDP to fund itself, there is precious little capital formation out there for business. And PUBLIC investment seems to be the kiss of death in our industry.

Oh, and please don't add an "internet tax" that hits gigabit networks hardest. That's so counterproductive I can't believe it's even under consideration by the FCC!

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More Democrat party propoganda from Karl

Because we all know Karl's only interested in covering the leftist angle of a story - like he did here.
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Re: More Democrat party propoganda from Karl

said by Noah Vail:

Because we all know Karl's only interested in covering the leftist angle of a story - like he did here.

Not sure how you get that. "it's their turn to shovel manure atop the national tech discourse as is par for election season, releasing their Democratic Platform for your perusal". Looks like he's bashing both if you actually read it.

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Re: More Democrat party propoganda from Karl

said by hecktor :

said by Noah Vail:

Because we all know Karl's only interested in covering the leftist angle of a story - like he did here.

Not sure how you get that. "it's their turn to shovel manure atop the national tech discourse as is par for election season, releasing their Democratic Platform for your perusal". Looks like he's bashing both if you actually read it.

He was being sarcastic.
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said by hecktor :

said by Noah Vail:

Because we all know Karl's only interested in covering the leftist angle of a story - like he did here.

Not sure how you get that. "it's their turn to shovel manure atop the national tech discourse as is par for election season, releasing their Democratic Platform for your perusal". Looks like he's bashing both if you actually read it.

Not so sure. This one seems quite tame compared to the article where the Rs were bashed to kingdom come.
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said by Noah Vail:

Because we all know Karl's only interested in covering the leftist angle of a story - like he did here.

I didnt read anything pro democrat in the article. I did read some bashing on all the lies they have been speaking about broadband. /shrug
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Re: More Democrat party propoganda from Karl

It was pretty much spot on reality on most things (except the AT&T- T-Mobile merger), in that it was like "the Democrats say the right things but suck. The GOP is just a bunch of total idiots in the first place".

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said by Noah Vail:

Because we all know Karl's only interested in covering the leftist angle of a story - like he did here.

And you must be one of them.

»GOP Tech Platform: Give More Spectrum to AT&T and Verizon

Looks like to me he took on the GOP also.

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Just wondering if Karl put to thought that Republicans wrote SOPA. Republicans wrote PIPA. Republicans control the law writing body of the government - Congress. Now do tell us what Democrats have done to the internet the last three years when they can't even manage to pass a bill on jobs through Congress.

Good job Karl.

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Re: More Democrat party propoganda from Karl

said by megarock:

Just wondering if Karl put to thought that Republicans wrote SOPA. Republicans wrote PIPA. Republicans control the law writing body of the government - Congress. Now do tell us what Democrats have done to the internet the last three years when they can't even manage to pass a bill on jobs through Congress.

Good job Karl.

Congress is not controlled by the Republicans. Not by a long shot.

The house of representatives is, but the Senate is not. And without the senate, good luck with Congress getting any legislation through. Even if it passes, the President can veto.

You need to take a civics class.

The house has proposed and passed a lot of legislation, but Harry Reid pretty much just kills it off in the senate. THis includes budgets (all spending bills must orgininate in the house). Obama and the democrats don't want anything that doesn't raise taxes on high earners. Don't believe the media hype about the Rs being "obstructionist." The Rs are passing legislation, it is the Senate that is blocking. The Rs control one half of one third of the legislative process.

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Re: More Democrat party propoganda from Karl

Wow, I don't normally comment on political arguments / statements on this website but...

Well said, good sir! Good to see that somebody is noticing what is really going on..
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said by fifty nine:

The house has proposed and passed a lot of legislation, but Harry Reid pretty much just kills it off in the senate. THis includes budgets (all spending bills must orgininate in the house). Obama and the democrats don't want anything that doesn't raise taxes on high earners. Don't believe the media hype about the Rs being "obstructionist." The Rs are passing legislation, it is the Senate that is blocking. The Rs control one half of one third of the legislative process.

Just remember...you have one party that demands higher taxes of the rich and they won't budget till they get it. You have the other side which wants to take as much away from the poor as possible and won't budge until they get it.

I do however believe in the R's being obstructionist...that is why Congress has a 10% approval rating...the President on the other hand has 47%. Now we hear day in and day out how he's failed - and has admittedly done a less than stellar job. But since, as you noted, all spending originates with Congress...how is it possible Obama has been blamed for all the spending that has occurred? When one of the three executive branches has only 10% of America approving of the job they have done while the Senate and President have vastly better numbers... who do you really blame?

I blame the one that has spent all the money and continues to focus more on a uterus than jobs. I'm glad the Senate has been blocking because otherwise by now the wealthy would be paying no taxes at all, all social aid program would be gone and the defense budget would have quadrupled. Obama sucks...but the alternative is so much worse.
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Letting down the hammer

It seems to me Karl has been rough on both parties. There's nothing that the government, in the process of creating more red tape jobs, can't screw up. If you notice, all those panels and committees end up with bad policy written by people who don't know or bother to understand how the internet *works.*

FYI: The execs at Lightsquared were big Obama supporters and donors. As someone with more than enough experience with lack of broadband, I was really hoping the system would work. That little "encroachment on an easement" problem should've been resolved early on but the dollars kept flowing.

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Wow

This must be the first time a politician lied to get re-elected. It's all down hill from here.
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News flash

A politician lies to the American people you don't say.
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what a load of..

?>consumer choice, and free speech, unfettered by censorship
?>or undue violations of privacy.

Really?!?
Let's review the last 6+ years..
less consumer choice (fewer wireline and wireless carriers), censorship and siezing of domains, government wiretapping and violations of privacy for special interest groups..

98% of the country?!? Hahahaha.. don't make me laugh..

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqyin8V0odI
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Re: what a load of..

The government if counting 3(and I think even 2)g cellular wireless in that. Crap though it is, its faster than dial-up so the sheeple will listen.

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yin and yang

The only real difference between the two parties is the Democrats pretend to be fighting for the common person. The GOP, doesn't even try to pretend. Every piece of major legislation is pretty much written by lobbists in order to benefit a few while screwing the rest of us.
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Re: yin and yang

said by tim_k:

Every piece of major legislation is pretty much written by lobbists in order to benefit a few while screwing the rest of us.

They aren't written to screw us intentionally. We are just collateral damage in the process of benefiting themselves/their donors.
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Naive

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politics as usual

all the politicans have the wireless carriers and landlines in their pocket.

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Re: politics as usual

Who's in who's pocket, exactly?
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All of them the republicans the democrats !! specially the older ones I have been in office since I've been a baby another reason why they should have term limits .

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said by KrK:

Who's in who's pocket, exactly?

Yes.

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Re: politics as usual

What's on second?
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Both ful of crap!

I don't like either party, All politicians are so full of it--making all kinds of promises with no intention of keeping them.

That said, I always vote. It is always a choice between the lesser of two evils.

In this case, that choice is pretty clear to me. I don't think Obama has been a great presidents, certainly not at all like the image he gave in running for president in 2008, with his beautiful speeches about change. (But I never believed the speeches in the first place. I don't believe any politician's speeches. People who believe speeches like that, then are later disappointed, are pretty naive to begin with.)

Yet, when faced with the prospect of Mitt Romney becoming president, and the current Teapublican party gaining power, I'll sure go with four more years of Obama. (Who I think is still learning, and could do a better job in his 2nd term.)

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Re: Both ful of crap!

That is EXACTLY what I was going to type also, except for the part of always voting.

I don't think I'm going to vote this year for the first time in my life as neither candidate is worth a flying f**k, although like you said, Obama is the lesser of the 2 evils!

I DIDN'T vote for Obama the first time though.

As far as the conventions go, I watched some of both of them. Can you imagine how big the noses on those speakers would've gotten if it grew for each lie they spewed out?!

That crap Michelle Obama was spewing out last night about how her hubby hasn't changed since taking loans out for college was such a load of manure, that is where I turned that junk off at.
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I am similar to you in that I think politics are garbage and politicians are worse, however, we have to deal with them, so I have looked at a lot of things, read a lot, and came to a different perspective than you, which is that Obama is going to get handed another republican house, and probably more likely than not a republican controlled senate. Which means another 4 years of deadlock and fighting.
What I do like about Romney is that his job was to take a floundering company, make it ship shape and grow it. To me, that sounds more like what our country needs than "gimme more time and I'll finally get it". Green energy just is not going to cut it to build jobs.
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This attitude is why we keep having problems, and keep reelecting idiots. A vote for 'the lesser of evils' is a WASTED vote! If you are tired of what the demorepubs are doing, go check out one of the 'third parties'! And since the vast majority of comments I'm seeing here seem to generally point to excessive regulation, and excessive government intervention, I suggest everyone check out the Libertarian Party platform! And check out their candidate for president, who btw, will be appearing on the ballot in all 50 states: Gov. Gary Johnson, of New Mexico.
»www.garyjohnson2012.com

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Love it

The democrats are having their convention where?

In Time Warner Cable arena.

Couldn't be more appropriate.