Opinion

Obama’s Plan: Repeal The Private Sector — Replace With Government

We less government types believe in the Yellow Pages Rule: If you can find it in the Yellow Pages, the government shouldn’t be doing it.

But just before the 2008 election, soon-to-be-President Barack Obama proudly proclaimed, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” His transformational aim? To repeal the private sector by any means necessary — and replace it with government.

Obamacare is an excellent example. The law’s architect is accidental-video-star Jonathan Gruber — who acknowledges the heads-government-wins-tails-we-lose nature of the law. In 2012, Gruber said if Obamacare was not successful at controlling costs, “we’ll have to revisit single-payer” — i.e. government-only health care. And in 2014 he said, “if you like single-payer then Obamacare has to succeed.” No matter what, we all get more government.

And then there’s President Obama’s latest assaults on the private sector Internet, about which college professor and avowed Marxist (please pardon the redundancy) Robert McChesney said  “(T)he ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”

How very Hugo Chavez of him. Totally end the private Internet — then seize their assets and consign us all to government. It appears the President couldn’t agree more. Just after the American people rebuked him and his in historic electoral fashion, he issued an edict to the allegedly-independent Federal Communications Commission (FCC):

I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and…reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.”

Get that? The FCC can’t create anything — it can only execute what Congress creates, because it exists within the confines of the executive branch. This is a constitutional nuance that President Obama seems not to have grasped.

Will Obama’s gi-normous regulatory attack clear out the private sector? You bet.

“A recent paper by Kevin Hassett and Robert Shapiro entitled ‘The Impact of Title II Regulation of Internet Providers On Their Capital Investments’ projects that Title II reclassification could reduce total investments by cable companies, traditional telephone operators and other wireline Internet providers…(by) 20.8 percent.

“Using data provided by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), a team of economists estimated that a million dollars invested into wired broadband yields 14.74 jobs….Translating the $11.8 billion investment decline using the employment multiplier thus yields a total of 174,233 fewer jobs created in 2019.

Will the President in fiat fashion have government rush to fill the government-created private sector void? You bet:

“Mr. Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to override state laws that keep communities (read: governments) from providing high-speed Internet….Nineteen states restrict citiesability to provide high-speed data service….Mr. Obama’s initiative includes an effort by the Commerce Department to help communities (read: governments) build broadband infrastructure.

More federal government money – to fund more crony local governments’ attempts at Internet.  More – because President Obama has already tried it.  With $7.2 billion in the 2009 “Stimulus.”  The results?  Predictably, disastrous:

The Utter Failure of Government Stimulus

Yet Another Terrible Internet ‘Stimulus’ Project

These types of uber-failures are precisely why nineteen states have passed laws prohibiting local governments from trying to replace private Internet.  The laws the President wants to steamroll because, you know, federalism.  And these government Internet fails predate Obama’s “Stimulus.”