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MESSAGE MEMO: Ted Cruz’s Internet Tax

I love Al Franken.  Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot (and Other Observations) was as hilarious as it was perfect at framing progressive arguments.  In a lot of ways, his book paved the way for The Daily Show.

But Senator Franken has fallen, ever so slightly, into the DC Fishbowl way of thinking and talking, when it comes to his fight for Net Neutrality against Senator Ted Cruz.

Of the plan that would have the Federal Communications Commission declare all data over the internet to be treated equally, Cruz said it would be “Obamacare for the internet” and would make the internet “operate at the speed of government.”

Of course, this is complete crap.  If anything, Net Neutrality would ban so-called “fast lanes” and “slow lanes” that would speed up and slow down services, based on how much they paid to a corporate internet provider.  No matter.

The argument Cruz makes is fairly effective, because it plays on two narratives that a lot of people inherently believe:

  1. Government involvement in anything means regulation, paperwork, red tape, and so on.
  2. A ruling that all data be treated equally sounds like government trying to prevent winners and losers in the free market.

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