Monday, August 19, 2013

Free Internet for students? Blasphemy! And we're not too thrilled about that free electricity and water either!

I think the idea of equipping all school classrooms in the United States with high-speed Internet access would be a huge benefit to our children. It would enhance the possibilities for research, communications and presentations. Seems like something we could all get behind, especially when it would only cost $4 per person with a cell phone annually for the next three years, as proposed by the FCC. Plus, since it’s just an increase of an existing fee, the idea doesn’t need Congressional approval.

Of course, in the Republican Party, the idea is so bad, that our founding fathers are violating Newton’s First Law from the great beyond . . .
That does not sit well with Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY):

“He [President Obama] has an agenda and he’s going to do whatever he has to do to pass that agenda, regardless of the Constitution,” Grimm said. “I mean, I think our founding fathers are turning over in the graves right now because he’s just so blatant in his— the administrators, the people he puts in charge of these agencies are bold and brazen about saying, ‘yes, we’re going to make an end run around Congress.’”
I’m pretty sure that the founding fathers, if they could be contacted, would have no opinion on the subject as they wouldn’t have any idea what “Internet access” even means, but then I don’t see significant public infrastructure improvements as the road to Armageddon. I also don’t believe that the opinion of the founding fathers matters since they no longer exist and haven’t for 200 years. But then again, that’s me.

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