Sen. Al Franken was having none of Ted Cruz’s intentional idiocy and propaganda. On CNN’s State Of The Union, Franken took down Cruz by explaining that the Texas Senator was completely wrong and didn’t know what he was talking about on net neutrality.
CNN’s Candy Crowley read a quote from Sen. Cruz on net neutrality, “In short, net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet. It would put the government in charge of determining Internet pricing, terms of service and what types of products and services can be delivered, leading to fewer choices, fewer opportunities and higher prices.”
Sen. Franken (D-MN) responded to Cruz, “He has it completely wrong, and he just doesn’t understand what this issue is. We’ve had net neutrality the entire history of the Internet, so when he says this is the Obamacare, Obamacare is a government program that fixed something that changed things. This is about reclassifying something so it stays the same. This would keep things exactly the same for everybody, and the pricing happens by the value of something.”
Franken stuck to Senate decorum, but in senator terms this was as close to slam of a colleague as it gets. Ted Cruz is an intelligent guy. His is not an idiot, but Cruz is making a national political career out of spreading idiocy and false information. Sen. Cruz was trying to accomplish two goals with his misleading attack on net neutrality. Cruz wants to boost his likely 2016 presidential campaign by linking EVERYTHING to Obamacare, and he was carrying water for the Internet Service Providers who want to create a tiered Internet that will destroy the equality of availability of information.
Democrats aren’t going to sit back and allow a willful propagandist like Ted Cruz distort the issue. The Republican position on net neutrality is another in a consistent line of attacks against equality. If Republicans truly supported the free market, they would stop trying to interfere Internet access, which is one of the purest forms of free market principles. Republicans are attacking equality and the free market by claiming to defend the very concepts that they are attempting to destroy.
Sen. Franken set the record straight and broke down the lies behind Ted Cruz’s pro-corporation propaganda.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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