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Comment: Re: Above Congress? (Score 5, Insightful) 155 155

"The total resources of 300 million people is taxed and at the disposal of under 1000 elected people..."

...at the Federal level.

And that's the fundamental problem - the government which should have the most influence, and over which the electorate should have the most control, should start at the local level.

We're supposed to be the United States, but the Feds have used the supremacy clause to take over almost everything with real significance, ignoring the 9th and 10th Amendments, which are treated as an inconvenient speed bump.

IMHO, the biggest problem with the Constitution is that the Supremes should really be under the direct control of the States, instead of the Feds deciding what the Feds can do.

Comment: The founding documents present a path... (Score 5, Insightful) 155 155

"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, â" That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,"

Comment: Presents... (Score 5, Interesting) 288 288

"Apple is like Santa Claus, descending yearly to give us some much-anticipated presents, with no forewarning about which of our wishes he'll grant this year."

Here's a lump of coal. You'll like it. We'll send you the bill later.

(Apple has always been like that - they Think Different)

Comment: Re:TNSTAAFL (Score 1) 272 272

The infrastructure is built upon right-of-way and spectrum which belongs to the public. It is not a free market, and the invisible hand cannot operate effectively. Hence the need for a regulated market.

If you want to change that so the companies must negotiate rights-of-way with every property owner whose land they cross, then you can argue that regulation isn't proper. But until then, regulation protects the public's interest in seeing that its resources are used efficiently.

Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules. Corollary: Following the rules will not get the job done.

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