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“We’re from the government, and we’re doing this for your own good”

Via Instapundit via Cynical Nation:

U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) wants to take state and local governments out of the broadband business. It’s for their own good, the former Southwestern Bell executive said.

Of course, it’s right there in the enumerated powers of the Constitution – “Congress shall have the power to tell state and local governments what they must do ‘for their own good.'” Wait, it’s not there you say? Somebody better call Sessions and let him know.

Maybe it’s a great idea for cities to provide an Internet access infrastructure for their citizens, maybe it’s a terrible idea. That’s beside the point. It is not the job of Congress to force every city in America to their view.

Barry Johnson at Cynical Nation says:

On the one hand, there are limited-government conservatives and libertarians who chafe at unnecessary government intrusion in the commercial sphere, regardless of whom it benefits. On the other side are “conservatives” like Congressman Sessions here, to whom corporate profit is more important than restraining government meddling. This latter group is sadly similar to the pernicious stereotype that many liberals have applied to all conservatives in the past.

We greatly suspect that some of that telecom “corporate profit” has found its way into Mr. Sessions’ campaign fund. One thing his bill is very clearly not is a principled stand for limited government. Shameful.



posted by: The Editors @ 2:26 pm June 9, 2005



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