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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Boehner decries net neutrality, debt auctions in speech to broadcasters

By Hayley Tsukayama

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) touched on several tech points in his speech to the National Association of Religious Broadcasters and spoke out against the idea of auctioning the national debt.

“For a small business, for entrepreneurs like yourselves, borrowing is a life-and-death decision. The kids, the vendors, the customers, the bank – you calculate all the angles. You go the second mile," Boehner said. “Well, the government auctions off our debt on about a weekly basis downtown at the Treasury Department. You can go on your iPad ahead of time, call up all the information online. Everything’s automated, mostly done through conference calls and online interfaces."

He added that it was a "cold and unfeeling" procedure.

The speaker also came out swinging against the FCC and net neutrality, promising to fight a government takeover of the Internet. He echoed the assertion of Republican colleague Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) that net neutrality is a version of the Fairness Doctrine for the online era.

“Now, you know the old saying: ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.’ Well in Washington, it’s more like, ‘If you can’t beat ’em, tax ’em and regulate ’em," Boehner said in his speech. “So, some members of Congress and the federal bureaucracy are still trying to reinstate – and even expand – the Fairness Doctrine. To them, it’s fair to silence ideas and voices they don’t agree with, and use the tools of government to do it. "

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 28, 2011; 12:24 PM ET
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So Treasury Bills should be sold by solicitous sales agents?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 28, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

"To them, it’s fair to silence ideas and voices they don’t agree with, and use the tools of government to do it. "
This quote from Boehner shows what hypocrisy Republicans use to misinform those who pay attention to them. It is the corporations who wish to control who has access to the net, not the government. Every utterance from Republicans is Orwellian, in that they distort the truth by claiming exactly the opposite of what is true. I guess that is what they are paid to do.

Posted by: mrwyllys | March 1, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Typical Republican - advocating for corporations over the little people.
But the saddest part is Righties brainwashed by Fox & Frightwing radio and rightwing sites to believe Net Neutrality is bad for the little people - when it's just the opposite!

Posted by: angie12106 | March 1, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

After watching the peaceful, purposeful and mindful revolution of Tunisia, Egypt and very soon in Libya and many other middle-east countries by their youth and masses, I am of the opinion that we Americans also need an another more democratic revolution where we all citizen can have our says rather than few billionaires and their surrogates and puppets. Obama was elected by the majority of the poor and middle class Americans but soon he became a stooge of the hard core right wing goons who have already pocketed more than 780 billion dollar tax cuts from the coward Obama and now asking him to cut almost all the programs of poor and middle class Americans. Obama and his goons have no bones to ask them to place that 780 billion dollar on table but will surrender timidly looking for the prospects of 2012 election rather than the sufferings of the poor people. We need a revolution to change our Constitution to have one vote for each Americans and no special interest goons can enter any government building, no business or corporation or labor union can donate a single penny to the politicians. Hope, Americans will unite and start marching to their capitals and start voicing their demands otherwise we will have to plead to these Arabs masses to provide us moral help and courage to change our freedom and democracy.

Posted by: citysoilverizonnet | March 1, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Net nuetrality is like the fairness doctrine? The Republicans' constituents will no doubt eat that lie up.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | March 1, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Why does Marsha Want Congress to Regulate the Internet? Why not just say NO FEDERAL branch (the FCC and congress and the federal courts included) has any authority to decide or rule on any aspect concerning the Internet?

BUT Marsha Blackburn did Vote FOR: Patriot Act Reauthorization, Electronic Surveillance, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extension; and only NOW she is worried about free speech, privacy, and government take over of the internet?

Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
See her “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at :

Posted by: mickey1956 | March 2, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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