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Posted 1/17/15 , edited 1/17/15
Local elections should always be taken more seriously to prevent regulatory capture and lobbyists from swaying incompetent (more likely than corrupt) officials from passing stupid laws.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-21-laws-states-use-to-crush-broadband-competition

Also sometimes we must embrace government intervention to undo stupid policies (see above) of administrations past... even if this means violating state power from a federal level.

http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/01/obama-and-big-cable-spar-over-government-run-broadband-networks/

...and no matter who you personally support sometimes they just don't quite grasp the situation or the implications of proposed changes (which were likely crafted behind the scenes by someone else)

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/01/15/obamas-proposed-hacking-law-unwittingly-make-criminal/

When a group of corporations (some of which are rated as the most hated in the world) start kicking and screaming about a change spurred by their own bad practices they may resort to fabricating BS by misusing statistics and other means... it may even resemble some hilariously bad war propaganda.

https://www.ncta.com/TitleII

Don't be swayed by hilariously bad war propaganda.


Seriously though, they will claim they want to protect a free market but then they go and lobby for laws like in the first link.
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ah the vote. the opium of the people.
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nemoskull wrote:

ah the vote. the opium of the people.


why don't they just give us all opium, it would be much cheaper
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Too much bureaucracy is the root of the problems for most developed countries. For instance, America has too much now to get anything done with straight up honesty i.e. the so called affordable care act passed when nobody knew provisions in the bill before it was voted on. Bureaucracy can give the wrong companies and departments of government power where they shouldn't have it. Bills should not to be thousands of pages of amendments and provisions, it would make things far more efficient than they are now.
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archersea9 wrote:

Too much bureaucracy is the root of the problems for most developed countries. For instance, America has too much now to get anything done with straight up honesty i.e. the so called affordable care act passed when nobody knew provisions in the bill before it was voted on. Bureaucracy can give the wrong companies and departments of government power where they shouldn't have it. Bills should not to be thousands of page of amendments and provisions, it would make things far more efficient than they are now.


Exactly, they are usually worded in the most vague ways possible and written to be as long and obnoxious as possible to sneak in unfavorable clauses. This way they grant the most power to abuse.

The local level often ends up being the most under the radar and least scrutinized and that's how we end up with so many low-level anti-competitive laws. Whenever you try to overturn those laws they will cry intervention but they sure as hell didn't mind when it was in their favor. To brute-force these laws in with their vague wording they just repeatedly submit them until it somehow passes. CISPA is alive again... they didn't even change the wording.

The affordable care act itself attempted to fix a legitimate problem but due to provisions that were snuck in there and a fundamental lack of economic knowledge by the ones endorsing it they managed to make things worse.

Where does the insanity end? We need smart people in the right places, ones who know well what they are supporting. The root of corruption is rarely malice but rather incompetence.
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