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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2009 file photo, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski speaks at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Ark. Federal regulators are moving ahead with a plan to prohibit phone and cable companies from blocking or discriminating against Internet traffic flowing over their broadband networks. Genachowski will outline his proposal for so-called "network neutrality" rules in a speech on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File) FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2009 file photo, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski speaks at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Ark. Federal regulators are moving ahead with a plan to prohibit phone and cable companies from blocking or discriminating against Internet traffic flowing over their broadband networks. Genachowski will outline his proposal for so-called "network neutrality" rules in a speech on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)  

The Senate can create jobs by undoing the FCC’s net neutrality power grab

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Seton Motley
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      Seton Motley

      Seton Motley is a consultant and the founder and president of Less Government, an organization dedicated to, well, less government. He is editor-in-chief of StopNetRegulation.org, a Center for Individual Freedom project.

Even as I type, President Barack Obama is rolling along on his Canadian bus-fueled (he couldn’t go Government Motors?) “Re-Elect Me” Tour.

I mean his “Beat the Living Heck Out of Republicans, Rich People and Wall Street” Tour.

I mean his “Jobs” Bill Tour.

(He just left North Carolina and entered Virginia — two undoubtedly remorseful states that he won in 2008 but will most likely lose next year. But I digress …)

The president is on this Ken Kesey-esque expedition (is this Canuck bus nicknamed “Further Still?”) incessantly flogging his latest Keynesian “stimulus” — which is nothing more than another heap of our coin that he wishes to sacrifice on the altar of this, the Third Age of Bailout.

At the outset, President Obama wanted us to rapidly “pass this bill” — all of it, as is. Presidential consigliere David Axelrod asserted, “We’re not in a negotiation to break up the package” — that “it’s not an à la carte menu.”

How very meet-in-the-middle of them.

Nevertheless, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell graciously and obligingly moved to bring the full bill to the floor. To which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid responded by invoking the pseudo-nuclear option to block it (so confident was he of it passing).

When it did finally receive a vote — for which Senator McConnell had in so bipartisan a fashion worked — it failed. In bipartisan fashion — as two Democrats joined Republicans in voting nay.

Suddenly, the all-or-nothing Obama “jobs” bill became an à la carte menu. President Obama now urges Congress to break the package into “bite-sized pieces,” because as President New Tone suggested — without a hint of deprecation — “Maybe [Republicans] just couldn’t understand the whole thing all at once.”

All of this pomp and circumstance for a jobs bill that Obama administration Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner admits will cost $200,000 per gig generated (if even that titanic number isn’t low-balling it).

Fret not, though: Geithner says that $200,000 is a “bargain.”

Just like the 2009 $878 billion “stimulus” was a bargain.

Just like Cash for Clunkers was a bargain. And Cash for Caulkers.

And Solyndra (about $500 million). And Government Motors (about $15 billion).

The great news here is that there is a jobs bill pending before the Senate that will cost us nothing, save for the electricity used in casting the 51 ayes necessary to pass it (not even the usual 60).

It is the Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) illegal Internet power grab — executed so as to then illegally impose network neutrality.