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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sorry Carly, you just lost us

Carly Fiorina wants to run against Barbara Boxer in 2010. We believed she might be a good candidate, and one who could take out Boxer. However given her recent comments regarding Internet regulation she has lost any support we might have given her between now and next year. (We have contributed to Chuck DeVore already, and we will send him another contribution in the coming weeks.) HT to Captain Ed.

She mentioned that politicians should be held accountable just the way that business managers and board members are, and that the U.S. government cannot continue to spend money without dealing with entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security. Fiorina criticized Boxer for successfully sponsoring only three relatively insignificant bills in her 18 years in the Senate.

“I don’t think that’s good enough,” she said.

Asked what she thought about regulation of the web, she said it was inevitable that there would be more regulation of it. Why, for instance, is there no protection of women and children on the Internet, when there is plenty in real life. She said this duality — where anything goes on the wild wild west of the Internet — would have to end.

Um, since when can the Internet rape or mug a woman? It doesn't, and there are plenty of protections available to keep anyone from seeing things on the Internet. Plenty of companies offer software for purchase -- some even with a free download -- to block access to certain websites that can be conceived as "harmful" or "dangerous" to 'Net users.

Which brings us to the kids. I don't know about our readers, but frankly we're getting sick of politicians (or would-be ones) constantly citing kids as a reason for more government intervention. If you have a kid, and you let them go on the Internet, it's your job as a parent to supervise their use of the Internet. It's not the government's job to do it. For all the time McCain compared himself to Reagan it appears that he, and his adviser, Ms. Fiorina, forgot one of Reagan's best quotes.

"Government is not the solution to the problem; government IS the problem."

The Internet is a tool, nothing more. If you use your tool to surf porn sites, or hit the fever-swamp conspiracy sites, that's your business. But I'm betting a majority of people don't use the 'Net for things like that. they use it for business, shopping, getting up-to-date news, or what have you. Most important is that the 'Net is a vehicle for free speech. The exact sort of free speech our readers enjoy when they come here, or go to Hot Air, or to Hugh Hewitt's site, or even National Review.

The government has already offered up an idea to further regulate the 'Net, and it's a ridiculous idea. You simply can't do it. It's too big a medium to truly regulate, and there are those out there that no matter how many roadblocks you put up, they'll get around them. One only needs to do a quick web search to see how many times our government's secure web servers have been hacked.

We don't need a bunch of Nanny-Staters telling us what is and isn't appropo on the Internet. And we sure as Hell don't need a Boxer-lite taking Boxer's seat. While I know Ms. Fiorina is a good and decent woman, she lacks the common sense that needs to return to Congress.

Publius II


Blogger Chuck DeVore said...

Great comments. Long live the Constitution! Long live the Bill of Rights!

October 21, 2009 at 4:27 PM  
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October 21, 2009 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger ZZMike said...

As I remember. she didn't do all that well running H-P - at least, not at the end.

Meg Whitman is not that impressive, either.

October 22, 2009 at 1:04 PM  

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