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Oh, Now It’s Time to Talk Regulation on the Media?

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I’ve not written much for TRC lately, mostly due to being short on the time to actually write something of interest. But today, I want to address this Washington Examiner article regarding establishing regulation against the media because of the rising tide of right wing and conservative media.

1) First, once again, we see that while Congress isn’t making any laws about freedom of the press, we see that the Executive Branch is talking about “regulation” – which effectively carries the same end result – putting the kibosh on news outlets putting out articles that might be considered by someone else to being inappropriate for the news. (not that other sites like HuffPo, Kos, and the like aren’t slanted??) 

“The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense that some on the left are starting to rethink the breadth of the media exemption and internet communications,

2) Why is this suddenly an issue?  Seriously.  For over 15 years, the liberal media has dominated the airwaves – and they have enjoyed the fact that have been able to squelch out conservative view points. But as Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman has pointed out, the conservative media has grown in its size and influence and it shows when you see liberal media types griping, “we should have the ‘Fairness Doctrine'” which really means, we can’t allow these conservative types to promote their ideas without at least responding.  We see it when FoxNews continuously dominates the cable airwaves, pushing CNN and (P)MSNBC into the lower echelons of the ratings rankings. We watched as the very pointless Air America went silent in the wake of conservative talk radio.  And back then, no one even considered that the liberal media needed regulation to prevent it from talking about issues or promoting candidates. 

But now we need regulation – because the right wing news feeds are catching up and even overtaking their liberal counterparts?  And Drudge and Hannity need regulating because they are more popular and are able to influence the masses away from the liberal thought process? 

Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press – US Constitution, Amendment One

When we look at the First Amendment, it does point the finger at Congress as its subject. And since we’re dealing with rulemaking coming from the Executive branch, we trace those rulemaking abilities to powers that Congress can delegate to the Executive.  However, this also means then when the Executive makes a rule that carries the force of law, Congress is STILL responsible because they delegated powers to the Executive. 

We’ve seen this before when it comes to the Establishment Clause for religion. Whenever we see a school graduation where the valedictorian gives credit to Jesus Christ for his accomplishments and the ACLU begins going crazy, it stands to reason that delegated power is still OWNED by the Congress.  There is plenty of precedent on that.

So if the FEC wants to regulate media outlets and get them to self-censor in order to stop the discussion of issues or of positions of politicians/candidates, that is, transitively coming from Congress. The case can be made that its abridging the Freedom of the Press.

What do you think of all of this? 

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May 7, 2014 at 10:39 am

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Word of the Law vs. Spirit of the Law

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Well, it would seem that we have a court case that could cause problems for the newly launched but floundering ACA.  States that set up an exchange were entitled to subsidy to help with insurance premiums, but now, it would seem that IRS doesn’t want to get in dutch with the states that didn’t. So the IRS is sending some cash their way, in direct contrary to the ACA. Now, a federal judge has refused a government motion to dismiss a case where the were getting subsidy in contrary to the ACA.

But one thing that’s quite clear about all this. Right now, the pro-ACA crowd is arguing for the law as intended, while the anti-ACA folks are petitioning for the law to be held as written.

Wasn’t it Nancy Pelosi that said that we have to pass the law so we can find out what was in it? So, what happens if, after we find out what was in it, that it was really really bad for the liberals? What then?

Well, we’ve already found out. First, ObamAd, Inc unilaterally suspended the employer mandate. Now, IRS has decided to offer subsidies to states that did not set up their own exchanges.  They contend that the law never intended to favor states that set up their own exchanges (16 did) over states that did (34 did not).

This isn’t the first time we’ve looked at what was written versus what was intended. With respect to, for example, church/state separation, the Founding Fathers never intended for people to be denied the right to pray at a public school football game or claim the name of Christ at a graduation. Liberals and the American Crazy Liberals Union have long maintained how the law is written and have taken the most anti-God position with respect to the so-called “establishment clause”.

Now, with respect to this, the libs don’t like how the law was written and passed (and really, neither do we), so the IRS is saying, “what we really meant to do is…”. 

I guess Chief Justice Roberts is right about one thing, nothing in the Constitution prevents passing bad law. Of course, we knew it from the start. The liberals are generally blinded by their idealism to pay attention.

To my friends.

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October 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm

As America Sails Off the Fiscal Cliff, the Do-Nothing Congress Gets a Pay Raise

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This really should sicken every American.  Seriously, Congress has done basically diddly-squat and the President has done really less, yet, he feels that the 2009 freeze on pay should be lifted on federal workers all the way up to the Vice President.  

And yet, we’re all going to basically get a tax increase in about 11 hours to pay for all of the government’s insane splurging. 

Talk about bad form.  Could Obama get any worse here?

Blog: Obama signs executive order giving Biden, Congress pay raises.

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December 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Dictatorships and Sound Financial Footing

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Harry Reid doesn’t know what sound financial footing is, but he knows a lot about dictatorships.

Harry Reid is such a tool.  His latest stint has been to call John Boehner a dictator because of how he runs the House.  It’s funny though because, as I recall, Nancy Pelosi isn’t exactly Ms. Congeniality herself, yet, he probably thinks she’s the bees knees.

The thing is, Harry Reid hasn’t done anything to try to start a conversation about it in the Senate.  He blocked the plan submitted by Tim Geithner because Senator McConnell called it so unserious that he wanted to see if the Dems would agree with that assessment.  Well, Reid made his point known – and implicitly agreed with McConnell, writing it off as a GOP stunt (typical d-bag behavior).  

As for sound financial footing, I would just say, “Like what, passing a budget – oh, wait, you people haven’t done that in three years”. Sound financial footing begins with a plan with short and long term goals, but since the Senate hasn’t even taken up a budget, it would seem that Harry Reid could care less about it.

But if Harry were to put up some actual leadership ability, rather than playing his little reindeer games and avoiding getting involved, well, perhaps he would have room to talk.

Sorry Harry, but you’re just as much, if not more, to blame for all of this.

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December 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Balanced Budget – Fail

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…but they sure can roll it together when budget shortfalls threaten to turn off the Government’s lights (even if they are in the shape of curly fries)

The US Senate continues to show its dysfunctional state of operation by showing that it can’t do one simple thing without overcomplicating the issue. At the center, the Balanced Budget Amendment prevents Congress from doing what normal people have no choice but to do – spend less than we take in and to show fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars. But rather than just promote a simple bill that would have started the process, both parties had to add in riders so they feel like they are getting something that they want.

Republican Bill (defeated 47-53)
– 2/3ds majority vote on raising taxes
– Spending limit 18% of GDP

Democrat Bill (defeated 12-79)
– Prohibit lowering taxes on millionaires
– Lock-box Social Security

Don’t get me wrong – I like the idea of restricting tax raises and controlling spending through caps.  But perhaps it would be a good idea to just write a simple amendment and send it out to the states, rather than playing games.

The stupidest thing said in this process came from Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) made this statement: “I wish those who so often say they revere the Constitution would show it the respect it deserves rather than treating it like a blog entry.”

Uhh, excuse me Pat, but who is “those who so often say”? Are you talking about Democrats, Republicans, or your “living Constitution” brethren? By the way, the Founders didn’t say that the Constitution could never be changed, but rather, just put tight controls to keep it from being changed capriciously (like you say, “like a blog entry”). Now unfortunately, The Rabid Conservative doesn’t get updated as much as it should, but saying this process is anything like that, well, your objections are seriously far-fetched, dude.

However, I think the GOP seems to be more in touch with this than the Dems here, since the results of the GOP bill were along party lines while over 30 Democrats voted against their own bill – unless there are over 30 Dems who just don’t believe in fiscal policies like a balanced budget. Either way, to me, the Dems own this budgetary mess, since they lack the real mettle to fix it. And fixing it doesn’t mean the fallacy of taxing the rich into oblivion, since taking 100% of the rich’s earnings won’t even fix it.

So, no Balanced Budget Amendment from our do-nothing Congress. The losers in this aren’t the Republicans or Democrats – it’s all of us outside the Beltway who continue to watch the Government spend itself into oblivion and can’t make a simple piece of legislation without twenty policy riders.

Last night, the Congress though decided that it would be a really bad thing if it had to turn the lights off because they couldn’t spend money. So, faced with another $900 billion or so in spending, Congress throws together another big bill in darn near the dead of night.

But like Congress, policy riders abound, such as whether or not incadendescent light bulbs were legal, whether contractors had to disclose their political contributions, or issues over nuclear waste. Once again, Congress has to play games rather than doing the actual work of governance.

And as I write this, I see:

Do-Nothing Congress -> DNC -> Democrat National Convention

Coincidence?  I think not.

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December 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

Democrat Name Calling and Finger Pointing

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Today, El Presidenté made the claim that the GOP was wasting precious time with the Boehner bill in the House, meanwhile the Democrats have yet to cough up anything that works and will even get passage.  Thing is, Obama and Harry Reid have already made the point that they won’t pass anything that allows only a short-term raise in the debt ceiling and basically continue to complain about not wanting to make any real cuts to spending.

Then, Nancy “Queen Bee” Pelosi says that John Boehner “went to the dark side” to get the votes for passage.  And I would have thought a woman of her experience would actually be able to act a little more than juvenile with her claims.

But no matter.  The GOP still has done more to solve the debt ceiling problem than the Democrats have.  The GOP has already produced a budget, something that the Dems haven’t done since they got the the Presidency with a super-majority in the Congress in 2008.  The GOP passed the Cut, Cap, and Balance plan to fix the problem and Harry Reid has tabled it, with the promise of a veto if it ever got to his desk.

In short, since “Dem-Blonde Debbie” made the point that the Democrats “own the economy”, then I would say that, despite what the GOP does, the Democrats have already claimed ownership of this mess.  They are standing in the way of their own bills, and pushing the government to the brink of default. 

So, Mr. President, you and your people are the ones wasting time and all of this is now your party’s fault.

And you were calling for change…

I can’t wait for the change of 2012 when the American people give you a pink slip.

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July 30, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Dems Play Race Card in Desperate Attempt to Win Debt Argument

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You know, I really get tired, I mean really fed up and sick of racists like Sheila Jackson Lee who start saying that the reason why Obama is getting static from Congress…

…is because he is black.

Holy crap, really??  REALLY??

I thought the fact that Obama was black was going to work to his advantage, that he was going to be able to get things done because America had evolved to a place where we could elect a president of African heritage.

Well, not QUITE African, but I digress.

So, on the house floor, she suggests that the reason why Obama gets criticized and has such a tough time, singled out as the only president who has ever had a difficult time getting anything done is because of the color of his skin.

Never mind that not once did the topic of race come up during this discussion about whether we should again defer our bills to the government credit card.  Never mind that we completely have a spending problem in the government.  Never mind the amount of waste and uselessness of the 2008 stimulus, or the pork projects, so-called “shovel-ready” jobs created, bailouts, defense spending overkill and mismanagement.  No, all of this argument is because President Obama is a man of color, so all the evil GOP’s are picking on him.

Sheila, you are a miserable ingrate.  You accuse everyone else of being a racist but it’s you who is doing the race-baiting and leveling the vitriol.  You are arrogant and corrupt.  You represent everything that Barack Obama was talking about overcoming with your racist nonsense. 

On the plus side, I guess it also proves a point that I’ve long held that, when Democrats have no other recourse in a situation, they resort to name calling and ad hominem attacks.

Source: The Hill

Written by The Rabid Conservative

July 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

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