The fact that the Republicans have no idea how the Internet works is not a surprise; Obama coming out in favor of Net Neutrality was almost guaranteed to turn the Tea Party against it, no matter how useful it is. FreedomWorks, a Tea Party group, released a video attacking Net Neutrality, and Ted Cruz compared it to Obamacare in a recent Washington Post opinion column. On Sunday, Senator Al Franken stepped up and smacked down Cruz’s op-ed, marking the latest push-back against the Republican/Big Telecom attack on Net Neutrality.
In his Washington Post op-ed, Cruz said that “it would stifle innovation” and result in “fewer opportunities and higher prices” (Really? In my area, it’s Comcast or go without; I can see I have a lot of choices here, thanks Free Market™). Cruz condemned “government-regulated utilities,” saying that they “destroy innovation and freedom.” He asked his credulous audience which was more “innovative,” the U.S. Postal Service or Facebook and Twitter. Note that this isn’t so much an apples to oranges comparison as it is a comparison between the Saturn’s “shepherd moon” Prometheus and Human microbiota.
Which is to say, both serve radically different purposes, and isn’t a shame that an elected official can’t tell the difference between the United States Post Office and Facebook, leave off understand why they exist and what they do.
Al Franken hammered home Cruz’s ignorance this Sunday during a discussion with CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday’s State of the Union.
“CNN’s website, [and] a blogger in Duluth, Minnesota travels at the same speed… The New York Times, their website travels the same speed,” Franken said. “That’s the way that it’s been from the beginning. And we want to keep it that way.”
He slammed Cruz, saying that “[Cruz] has it completely wrong” and “doesn’t understand what the issue is.” Franken added that “We’ve had net neutrality the entire history of the Internet.”
Then, Franken showed Cruz how to draw an accurate comparison:
Obamacare was government program that fixed something, that changed things. This is about reclassifying something so it stays the same. This would keep things exactly the same as they’ve been.
Proving that the Republicans aren’t for anything, whether it’s the status quo or change — they’re just against Obama.
You can watch the discussion below: