Wednesday, May 5, 2010

CREWS: - Washington Times

CREWS: - Washington Times

The linked commentary is an excellent piece from the Washington Times on the obsolescence of the FCC. In an era when we are beginning to look for ways to curb the growth of government–unless, of course you work for the Obama Regime–the FCC is an easy target. They've done nothing to improve the services and much to add to our taxes and yet here they are looking at ways to get involved with the internet so that they can stay both relevant and grow. It is a funny thing about bureaucracies in the Federal Government: A Federal bureaucracy has as it's primary function, survival. It's mission is secondary to survival as that–the mission–can change with the stroke of a pen. Survival is all important an in order to survive, like a cancerous, mutant cell in nature, it must always grow and increase it's life-blood: The budget.

For those of you who have not been in the government, increases in an agency's budget are only possible if they have spent their entire previous year's budget. If they don't, the money will be taken away and given to another agency that spent all its money and still needs more. Congress set up this system to ensure that agencies didn't "over budget" but the unintended consequence of it is that agencies always spend 100.5% of their budget. They are not rewarded for coming in under budget but instead are punished with a lower budget. If you think that sounds like a bad horror movie titled, "The Night of the Living Bureaucracy" you are more right than you realize.

So the FCC is a good candidate for elimination or, at the very minimum, serious reduction in preparation for elimination. We don't need the government to tell us how to communicate. That was settled when the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791. What we need is for the government to quit trying to interfere with our communicating through regulation because when the government gets involved, as it is trying to do now in its drive to seize control of the internet, the result is exactly the opposite of what the Founding Fathers envisioned with the 1st Amendment. Government control equals government direction and we don't need the government to give us direction. We need the government to take direction from us.

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