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The left is too wrong, too often to listen anymore, especially on tech

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Seton Motley
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An extensive search of my memory and the Internet for an example or two of the left getting a public policy prediction correct was utterly unfruitful.

They are the Lou Gehrigs of Wrong. Record-breaking, utterly consistent deliverers of the incorrect. They show up every day, take the field — and then run from home plate to third base. They’re the ones in the outfield with catcher’s mitts.

You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting examples of the Left being un-correct (and/or deceitful). To brush past a couple:

ObamaCare

If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan

If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.

Obama: ObamaCare will save “$2,500 per family per year” on health care premiums.

The 2009 “Stimulus

Obama: Stimulus will create 4.1 million jobs.

Stimulus Money for ‘Shovel Ready’ Projects; Where Did It Go?

Obama: $90 billion in green energy stimulus, five million new green energy jobs in the next 10 years.

Nowhere is their incompetence better demonstrated than in the Internet/Technology sector.

Let’s begin with the uber-doubtable uber-Leftist Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate in Economics and a house mouth of the New York Times.  Who in 1998 wrote:

“The growth of the Internet will slow drastically, as the flaw in “Metcalfe’s law” – which states that the number of potential connections in a network is proportional to the square of the number of participants – becomes apparent: most people have nothing to say to each other!  By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s.”

Right on the money. Someone fax him the Nasdaq numbers. Maybe Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook: Founded 2004) will buy him a small country out of petty cash.

Let’s get policy-specific.  How does the Left do on, say, Network Neutrality? Which a Leftist college professor (please pardon the redundancy) made up out of whole cloth in 2003 – and yet the left somehow claims the 1996 Telecom Act authorizes the government to impose it.

Net Neutrality was not imposed throughout the 2000s. During the which the Internet continued its rocket-ride ascension — an ever-improving, free speech-free market Xanadu.