Originally published: October 13, 2011
Last updated: October 13, 2011 - 9:35pm
Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) pulled no punches in a speech to the deregulatory-minded Free State Foundation, saying the Obama Administration was regulating communications and other sectors with an "act first and think later" approach under the "costly and dangerously arrogant" assumption that government knows best.
She pointed out that the Federal Communications Commission's reach extended into one-sixth of the nation's economy with a regulatory manual that has grown 800% in the past half century. She added that the Federal Trade Commission has its fingers "deep into the privacy debate, data security and control over advertising practices," saying "excessive regulation kills-regardless who your regulator is." She said the administration is willing to justify any regulations under the banner of public interest, including advertising of children's cereals. She called the FCC's network neutrality regulations, of which she is a strong opponent, a prime example of government creating a problem and then inventing a solution to fix it, repeating her characterization of the rules as an Internet Iron Curtain. But she also invoked religious references that would not have flown behind that Curtain. She highlighted the 11 months between the Dec. 2010 vote to approve the network neutrality rules and their effective date, which will be late Nov. "You know-I used to think these dates and deadlines were completely arbitrary, but I guess the FCC operates on some sort of 'Turkey Time.'" It's as if the FCC thinks their net neutrality rules were a Christmas gift to the American people, and we should be thanking them for all these new 'protections' come Thanksgiving," she said. Rep Blackburn said Congress would need to insist on the repeal of outdated regulations.
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