Ted Cruz’s “Net Neutrality Is Obamacare For The Internet” Tweet Shows He Understands Neither

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On Monday morning, President Obama made a public statement urging the FCC to take strong measures to protect net neutrality. Obama does not want internet service providers to have the ability to block content or require additional payment for faster service for certain content providers. The feeling is that if net neutrality is not protected, large ISPs (internet service providers) like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T can decide who will be affected by slower speeds, based on the content they provide or the ability of larger companies to pay more for faster service. Our own Jason Easley explained how the abandonment of net neutrality would impact sites like this one.

To nobody’s surprise, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had an opinion on net neutrality once the President made his statement. And, predictably, Cruz tried to bash the President’s stance by making a hackneyed analogy to Obamacare.

 

Of course, Cruz has no earthly idea what he is talking about. It almost seems like he had never bothered to really look at net neutrality before Monday and just thought it would sound good if he could make a comparison to Obamacare and say government is bad. Immediately, Cruz was ridiculed all across the ideological spectrum. Fortune’s Dan Primack, claiming Cruz is confused about net neutrality, wrote the following about Cruz’s statement.

Is Cruz arguing that Obama’s proposal, if adopted by the FCC, would slow down the entire Internet? If so, then it seems he is totally missing the point (i.e., speed for all, rather than speed for some).

Does he believe that ISPs will simply throw up their hands at the extra regulation, and stop maintaining the current broadband infrastructure? Or is it that ISPs will stop improving their delivery services, meaning that today’s speeds are tomorrow’s speeds ad infinitum? If so, it seems that Sen. Cruz has very little faith in America’s capitalist spirit, in which established companies improve for the sake of taking market-share from one another, and in which entrepreneurs try to create something that completely disrupts the status quo. Remember, it’s not as if ISPs are operating on the brink of unprofitability — Comcast and Verizon, for example, are projected to generate combined annual profits in excess of $25 billion.

Moreover, regulated utilities do sometimes receive approval to raise rates (just take a look at what’s happening to Massachusetts electricity prices this winter).

Again, there is a real debate to be had over net neutrality. But no matter where it winds up, Sen. Cruz should rest assured that the Internet won’t be slowed down.

Salon’s Luke Brinker pointed out how Cruz has called a lot of other policy decisions that he doesn’t like ‘Obamacare.’ Therefore, it was just par for the course for him to do the same with net neutrality.

Of course, net neutrality isn’t about slowing down the Internet — it would ban evil cable companies from slowing down content just because content providers hadn’t paid exorbitant sums of money to the cable company to speed up service. But lest we get bogged down with the reality-based community’s facts, let’s focus on the bottom line: Ted Cruz hates net neutrality, and he really hates Obamacare, so net neutrality is basically Obamacare of the Internet. Kind of how a pathway to citizenship reform is the Obamacare of immigration policy, Common Core is the Obamacare of education, and same-sex nuptials are the Obamacare of marriage.

On Twitter, Cruz got pounded over his idiotic, yet completely predictable, tweet.  

Sigh. The following two-year period is going to be one long clown show, headed by one Ted Cruz.

21 Replies to “Ted Cruz’s “Net Neutrality Is Obamacare For The Internet” Tweet Shows He Understands Neither”

  1. Lets face it, one of his peons tweeted this. These guys couldnt tweet their way out of a sandwich bag. All their peons do is prove their own Texas stupidity and Ted the anointed one’s as well.

  2. It’s worth noting that some of the biggest proponents of so-called “net neutrality” – those companies providing cloud computing services to startups and small companies – actually base their entire business model on charging their clients based on usage.

    And out of the other side of their mouth, they want to limit the profit of those companies who provide them the bandwidth to resell.

    Hardly neutral, no?

  3. Ted Cruz is a bomb throwing terrorist, and one of our nation’s worst enemies. It’s too bad the corporate media gives him this kind of attention.

  4. Senator Ted Cruz–>Turning America into China, one issue at at time. Next up: Slave wage labor camps for workers.

    He’s more dangerous to this country than Ebola and ISIS combined.

  5. Goes to show that he knows nothing. At all. About anything and possibly everything except how to fire up idiots with the combined IQ of a geoduck.

  6. But, but, Sen.Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) said,

    ‘And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a truck.

    It’s a series of tubes.

    And if you don’t understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.”

    http://boingboing.net/2006/07/02/sen-stevens-hilariou.html

    Surely Teddy understands this. [WINK]

  7. Cruz is one of the people we elected to manage our internet for us. It belongs to us, not Comcast. Congress writes the leases and is supposed to keep the tenants from trashing the place and ripping us off. Same for oil, air and water.

  8. Ted Stevens???!!!

    You mean “Senator NO!”?

    I miss old Ted screaming in Congress’ mic one of his mean-spirited, Grinch-est, “NO!!!” He could get top decimal into that “NO!!!” I propose that there has never been a better “NO!!!” spoken in the history of the entire world than by the very dead Ted Stevens.

    Teddy-boy Cruz has a long way to go to fill the “big clown shoes” in Congress if he’s going to continue his bid to become King Asshole the 1st.

  9. Senator Cruz never lets facts get in the way on his way to bash President Obama. But this is a fact….Cruz will never be President.

  10. The sad thing is that crazy Cruz has a cult like following that believes every lying word or tweet that comes from him, and then they will Regurgitate his crazy a$$!

  11. Al Gore created it.
    Obama is destroying it.
    Ted Cruz will save the Internet for all of us.
    [WINK]
    Forget about RFC’s, existing standards processes – Ted Cruz is the savior. I hear the choir now.

  12. I’m fairly confident that Ted Cruz knows exactly what Net Neutrality is, but he’s just railing against it for two reasons:
    A: Obama supports it.
    B: He received campaign contributions from Comcast, so he’s just following orders from his corporate masters.

  13. Crazy Cruz can’t be president you have to have good looks and charm. He has neither. If he says the lawlessness of President Obama one more time I’m going to scream. He lies about everything. He even goes to churches and tells them the Liberals want to take away your free speech. Because we want to get big money out of politics. Bearing false witness, stealing, lying and killing (no health care, food stamps or living wages), false idols (himself) proves that he doesn’t believe in God. I wish the media would ask him over and over what part of the population him and his kind are going to displace and plunder their wealth and how and when they are going to do it, or point out they are already doing that with their positions. I hope someday there will be an equal punishment handed out to the whole lot of these greedy bastards.

  14. Amen to your comment!

    And, the tax-free status of the “churches” where he spits his poison, should be immediately changed to tax-paying entities to pay their fair share to the government. They are just as ignorant as Cruz.

    “People” like Cruz are a menace to American society and to the world. They are insane with their narcissism and need to be put out of their misery asap – by being ignored by the MSM.

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