Tech at Night: FCC forced to do the right thing on content; FTC all wrong on Google antitrust
Even the Obama regulators occasionally do things right. It was right for FCC to let the regulation die that forced cable companies to license original content to competitors. Though as The Hill points out, it may have done so out of a fear that the courts would force the issue anyway, not out of any desire to deregulate. Naturally House and Senate Democrats can’t abide the least bit of deregulation.
But don’t worry, they’re still making mistakes, too. They can’t free up spectrum until 2015, moving at a snail’s pace in a fast moving industry. And FTC’s antitrust attacks on Google are ludicrous. The standard for antitrust is high: if I recall correctly you have to show market power, being wielded, in a way that harms customers. I’m not sure that, relative to Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon, that such points can be made at all.
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The Books Weren’t Cooked. Obama’s Recovery Is Just Crap.
I don’t think it is healthy for conservatives to scream that both the polls and the jobs report are cooked. I think we can agree there may be statistical errors in both, but I think Phil Klein has the best take on why the jobs number may not be terribly off, but why it is not a good thing. And I think instead of screaming | Read More »
Obama’s Tax Deduction Lie
Obama thinks the American people are stupid. Throughout the debate, Obama regurgitated his talking points about a balanced solution to the debt crisis. In the process he insulted the intelligence of every voter by intimating that the budget can be balanced by eliminating a few tax credits. No, he didn’t commit to tackling the tens of trillions in unfunded liabilities to Medicare and Social Security. | Read More »
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Obama’s Perfectly Timed and Absolutely Miraculous Jobs Report Makes No Sense
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the coincidentally miraculous jobs report for September and why these numbers make no sense.
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On Eye Contact and God-Kings
On Wednesday night, Mitt Romney was respectful of Barack Obama when Barack Obama challenged him. Mitt Romney looked Barack Obama in the eye when Barack Obama challenged Romney. He kept a smiling demeanor to his challenge in the room. Wednesday night, Mitt Romney was the challenge in the room for Barack Obama and Barack Obama would not look at him. Barack Obama kept his head | Read More »
More Than 67 Million People Watched Last Night’s Debate
How important was last night’s Romney-Obama debate, which nearly everyone agrees was a lopsided win for Romney? Time will tell. But one thing we can know for sure is that it was, by far, the most-watched event of the 2012 campaign. The importance of debates is itself endlessly debated, and you can’t really tell the role of the debates in a race except with hindsight. | Read More »
Romney vs. Obama: Round One
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss why Romney came away the winner of last night’s debate by directly challenging Obama on some of his weak points, Obama’s inability to defend his economy, and a surprising element of the healthcare debate.
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Romneycare as states rights debating point
Remember those conservatives during the Republican presidential primaries that thought Romneycare would prevent Mitt from being able to take on Obamacare? I do. I was one of them. We were wrong. Rarely have we had a true back and forth debate between presidential candidates of opposing parties like we did last night. Thanks to Mitt Romney’s initiative and Jim Lehrer’s wisdom to let it flow, and to Hades | Read More »
Beating an Empty Chair
We’ve all been critical of Mitt Romney from the beginning of the primary and throughout the general election for his lack of core principles, pale-pastel ideas, flaccid attacks on Obama, and lack of specifics. I have not shied away from pointing out that the Romney convention along with his acceptance speech was a disaster. So what about his debate performance? To paraphrase Michele Obama, this | Read More »
Tech at Night: Obama is dangerously wrong on Cybersecurity; T-Mobile to buy MetroPCS for the Spectrum
Everyone else is talking about the debate, but I’m going to touch on cybersecurity tonight. There was a great overview of what the issues and stakes really are on Monday’s Coffee and Markets. Francis Cianfrocca doesn’t post as much as he used to at RedState – he, not government, is building his business – but he sure knows what he’s talking about when it comes to government, military, and critical infrastructure cybersecurity. And he and I are in agreement that the Obama plan is wrong.
Kay Bailey Hutchison is also saying that a new Senate report on the topic also makes the case. “For months now I’ve been saying that it would be a mistake for the Administration to give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) control over our nation’s cybersecurity. This report affirms my position, and I urge the Administration to take the report into account and not issue an Executive Order that significantly expands DHS’s role in cybersecurity.”
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Bam! Slam! Pow! Crash! BOOM!
There was a surreal moment after the debate last night. On CNN, the polling went overwhelmingly for Mitt Romney among debate watchers. Basically two-thirds of the American public who watched the debate claimed Romney won. A majority claimed Romney was with them on taxes, the economy, healthcare, their views of government, etc. He dominated. A CBS poll of undecided voters who watched the debate mirrored | Read More »
Mitt Romney’s operating system has clearly been updated to ass kicker mode. He drew out Barack Obama’s thin skin and petulant side. He wouldn’t look at Romney. He stumbled. He took more time than Romney because he stumbled over his uh’s and um’s. The professor got beat by the Governor. Where the heck did that come from?! James Carville says Romney looked like he wanted | Read More »
Obama wouldn’t deserve re-election even if economy boomed today
Would a President Bill Clinton have been incapable of saying yes to the Keystone Pipeline? We tire of the narrative foisted upon us by the Media faction of the Democratic Party that suggests signs of an uptick in economic activity, and especially jobs created, should portend an increase in expected votes for President Barack Obama’s re-election. Weeks ago we tired of the “Bill Clinton convention | Read More »
Obama’s Talking Points About Tonight
Remember that story the other day about Romney and the “zingers” for the debate? It struck me as more the Obama campaign pushing a story than anything real from the Romney camp. Below are the talking points the Obama camp is circulating this morning to get their surrogates ready for the media discussion. Note their use of the “zingers” bit among other things. Also, let’s | Read More »
The debate tonight: will Obama have a Mitt-fit or will Republicans have a misfit?
The night we’ve all been waiting for, all of us, that is, for whom this election’s outcome meets the criteria of a “matter of life or death.” With all the run-up to the debate rhetoric of what Romney must do, the question now turns more to the debate itself and its aftermath, courtesy of the Thursday morning quarterbacks. Between the released 2007 film of | Read More »