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DetectableNinja
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12/9/2011 6:22:21 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Full text here (it's short, don't worry): http://www.opencongress.org...

What do you make of it? I believe it's good, but there is at least one glaring problem: Section 2, line 7.

"(7) ensure that small businesses and households in the United States have access to high-speed broadband;"
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logicrules
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12/10/2011 7:47:03 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/9/2011 6:22:21 PM, DetectableNinja wrote:
Full text here (it's short, don't worry): http://www.opencongress.org...

What do you make of it? I believe it's good, but there is at least one glaring problem: Section 2, line 7.

"(7) ensure that small businesses and households in the United States have access to high-speed broadband;"

A first reading indicates it is "feel good" legislation. eg Eliminate tax loopholes...sounds good but then they qualify it with...that ecourage outsourcing. It isn't the loopholes that encourage outsourcing, its the taxes. broadband is available, typical government nonsense, we need fiber optic, they offer broadband. Small business and small households? Looks like election year BS (Bovine scatology) to me.
Chrysippus
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12/10/2011 9:13:32 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/9/2011 6:22:21 PM, DetectableNinja wrote:
Full text here (it's short, don't worry): http://www.opencongress.org...

What do you make of it? I believe it's good, but there is at least one glaring problem: Section 2, line 7.

"(7) ensure that small businesses and households in the United States have access to high-speed broadband;"

It's utter nonsense, and appears to be penned for the sole purpose of giving someone talking points with their constituents.

The wording is very vague, the measures infringe on currently running projects and the domains of already-existing departments; there is no funding attached, nor is there any specifics on how the liberal wet-dream is to be accomplished.
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Chrysippus
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12/10/2011 9:38:43 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
(1) eliminate tax loopholes that encourage companies to ship American jobs overseas;

It isn't the loopholes in the tax code that encourages outsourcing, it's the draconian tax code itself. Eliminating loopholes in the code will force the companies to pay more taxes if they stay, driving even more of them offshore. The multi-national corporation is here to stay; that ship has sailed. Eliminating corporate taxation would do much more for keeping and returning jobs to the US.

(2) expand markets for United States exports by enforcing trade laws, stopping unfair currency manipulation, and opening up new markets for products made in the United States;


Stopping unfair currency manipulation. Sounds like they want to get rid of the entire money-trading market.

Also, this section is redundant. "Expand markets...by opening up new markets." Yes, thank you for being specific there. Never mind the fact that this section could close down a very large trading market.

(3) promote the development of new, innovative products bearing the inscription ‘Made in America' by creating tax incentives to support United States industries and funding research and education programs to support and train workers in those newly developed areas;

Tax incentives and training. We are already doing this.

(4) modernize and improve the highways, bridges, and transit systems of the United States to reduce congestion and the negative impacts of congestion on productivity and the communities of the United States;

Department of Transportation. Look it up.

(5) modernize and upgrade the rail, levees, dams, and ports of the United States to get commerce flowing farther and faster;


Department of Energy, Transportation, and Commerce. People already take care of this.

(6) place computers in classrooms to ensure that all children in the United States have the tools they need to be the innovators of tomorrow;

Been done already. Didn't have that great of results before, either.

(7) ensure that small businesses and households in the United States have access to high-speed broadband;


Stupid waste of money. Not the government's job. Try driving the telecom businesses into bankruptcy, why don't you?

(8) invest in critical new infrastructure, such as a national energy grid, to reduce energy waste and promote the use of renewable energy sources; and

Renewable energy sources are already promoted beyond their value, mostly because the congressmen involved are directly obligated to and supported by that industry. A national power grid isn't too different from the three grids that we have, except it would be less efficient, not more. Transmitting power over long distances incurs losses due to resistance; on a national level, that means it is more efficient to generate power locally than to import it from half-way across the country. We don't need a unified power grid.

(9) streamline regulatory policies that unnecessarily put the United States at a competitive disadvantage.

If it were clear what they were talking about, this would be the only part of this I'd agree with. Elimination of regulations and regulatory bodies is a good thing in 99% of cases. A pity this bill wasn't brave enough to point out specific areas of code to cut.
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