Obama Administration Micro-Managing EVERYTHING Communications

Note: This first appeared in the Daily Caller.

The Barack Obama Administration has spent the last three-plus years unilaterally, illegally over-regulating us into economic oblivion.

Why does our economy continue to stink on ice?  This is a hay-yuge reason why.

One of the Administration’s most unlawfully over-active wings has been the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).


Obama’s FCC wasted more than a year illegally imposing Network Neutrality - bestowing upon itself Overlord status over the entire World Wide Web.

Just this past Friday, it voted to mandate television stations put their “political advertising file” online.  Which means these stations must post what their ad rates are - and which political candidates and organizations are paying them.

This is of course anti-free market - you don’t want competitor stations knowing what you’re charging for ads.  It is also a tee-up for ACORN-esque Leftist grievance groups to harass stations who take Republican and Conservative ads - and anyone else involved in the process.

A tactic we’ve seen yet again very recently with the Marxist, 9/11-Truther Van Jones-led Color of Change, the George Soros front group Media Matters and others haranguing first Rush Limbaugh’s advertisers and then supporters of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).


And then there are media mergers, which absurdly require federal government Mother-May-I approval.  Again and again, Obama’s FCC has abused the living daylights out of this power.

It set up one impediment after another to the AT&T-T-Mobile merger.  The Obama Justice Department backed the FCC’s play, suing to block.  After more than a year of Administration foot-dragging and outright opposition, the companies gave up and withdrew their application.

Obama’s FCC was unable to outright deny the Comcast-NBCU merger.  So it loaded up its approval with pages and pages of illegal regulations - to which Comcast was forced to capitulate to get Mother’s consent.

How preposterous, small-bore and all-encompassing are these regulations?  This:

Comcast told the FCC Tuesday that Bloomberg's claims it had relocated channels in violation of a non-networking condition in the NBCU deal is "demonstrably false."...

Bloomberg alleged that Comcast moved MSNBC into existing news neighborhoods in Bethel, Conn., and Etna, N.H., and created new neighborhoods in Crescent City, Fla., and Claxton, Ga.

Etna, New Hampshire has a whopping population of 814. Crescent City, Florida: 1,776.  Claxton, Georgia: 2,276.  Bethel, Connecticut is the monster of this group: 18,584.

Barack Obama’s FCC illegally empowered itself to lord over the order and placement of television channels - in towns as small as population 814.

If that isn’t swatting a tsetse fly with a gi-normous regulatory hammer, than nothing is too small for Big Government.


Currently being forced to grovel before the FCC are Verizon and a cable company consortium: Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and the now serially abused Comcast.

Verizon wants to buy from the consortium spectrum - the airwaves we need for everything wireless.  The consortium wants to sell it to Verizon. In the Reality that is a free market, this would be enough. In Big Government Land, it’s not even close.

House Democrats want to have a hearing.  Obviously a simple, clean free market transaction surpasses their understanding.

The aforementioned Leftist Grievance Groups - and the unions and failed companies allied with them - are of course opposed to the sale.  And they have now filed with the FCC what may be the most absurd request for a transaction review delay ever:

Sprint/Nextel, DirecTV, and public advocacy groups critical of the proposed sale of cable spectrum to Verizon have joined with the Communications Workers of America to ask the FCC to stop the clock on its merger review, citing software problems with opening some of the documents filed by Verizon and cable ops.

What, they don’t have Microsoft Word?  Have they not yet downloaded Adobe Reader?  And if not, how is that Verizon or the cable companies’ fault?

In case you were wondering:

(T)he companies (say) the files CWA could not open were in formats -- shapefiles and tables -- specifically requested by the FCC and for which there were free viewers available for CWA to use.

Is it these technology companies’ fault that their anti-free market opponents are this technologically incompetent?

And if these anti-free market opponents are this technologically incompetent - why on Earth is the Obama FCC listening to them on anything having anything to do with technology policy?

Because nothing is too small for Big Government.  Not even the tiny capabilities of Big Government’s Leftist allies.

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Comment by janet barks on May 4, 2012 at 1:22am

Carolyn, I am not being disrespectful, but we waited for someone in Washington to step up to the plate. If they haven't yet, I wouldn't hold my breath. To much power behind this machine. No one in Washington will do much.

Debrajoe, I am all for supporting Romney, as we have no choice, but I do not see him making any big changes to turn this country around. Just the problem of the enemy being in so many government run organizations is not going to change. I hate to be so pessimistic, but we are literally being run in the ground. This article makes me want to run down the street screaming. OB knows now that he can kick our @ss's anyway he wants to, and it makes me sick and angry at the same time. Romney is meeting with a group of homosexual republicans. I guess they will be part of his help in the campaign or even in his cabinet if elected. I guess they could sway the little wishy washy simpleton to support same sex marriage. I am just disheartened about our entire country. I choose to keep my eye on the prize (our only real hope). In another year we may not recognize this country. Don't get me wrong. We can't quit fighting. If I go down, I will go fighting.

Comment by Charles F Nichols on May 3, 2012 at 7:23pm

Oh my I am shocked. Or translated. Please tell me this is not new to anyone. So what telegraphed the micro managing to the world? One word. CZARS! He uses them to keep tabs on everything. What self respecting narcissist would allow anyone other than himself to make the decisions? Hell even holder does not do anything without approval from above. The new black panther debacle was caused by obama and he did it for political capital. Win lose or draw,make no mistake obama did it all alone and his way!

Comment by william e zimmerman on May 3, 2012 at 5:30pm

nice people that "let's just get along" like john sissy boy boehner did not build america

 we need true americans like allen west, newt, sarah palin, bachmann

 that will say what they mean and mean what they say

 "nice" people sit back and let us do the fighting,

then they come in and get the benefits

Comment by Norman Zink on May 3, 2012 at 4:32pm

When 0 loses watch for a flood of 'exit' legislation and executive orders which will stifle the economy.  Sort of a good bye kiss from 0.

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on May 3, 2012 at 4:18pm

William I am getting impatient. I want con man Obama GONE NOW!!!!

Comment by William T. Olson on May 3, 2012 at 4:15pm

New sheriff coming to town soon.  Hang in there, folks.

Comment by Carolyn Hamilton on May 3, 2012 at 4:12pm

I couldn't agree more Deb..

When you all make comments about Fema Camps etc., with all of these ex. orders, we best get

ready, its  coming..

We will all be complaining, yakking, typing, when it happens..Better get behind Romney.

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on May 3, 2012 at 3:57pm

William I seriously doubt that Romney would call Obama names, that is not his personality. Romney is an astute Business man, a solid family man, and he has the ability to turn America around, if there is an America left by November 2012, which I am beginning to doubt, because Obama has signed EX turning America over to the international Community. so instead of attacking Romney attack Obama, where the blame lies.

Comment by william e zimmerman on May 3, 2012 at 3:54pm

let us all just get along on our trip

to the Fema camps to be eliminated by a firing squad

Comment by william e zimmerman on May 3, 2012 at 3:51pm

romney says that obama is a nice guy

 romney just does not agree with all that the fag0t does

  romney is a liar and dumb a**, what a person does IS who he is

  romney's father was born in Mexico, so kick this ineligible b****** out NOW

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