Well, following President Obama publicly putting his support behind keeping net neutrality and preventing giant internet providers from screwing over tens of millions of Americans, Ted Cruz decided to take to Twitter to claim that net neutrality is the “Obamacare” of the internet.
Here’s the tweet:
To be honest, I have no idea how to respond to that. Net neutrality literally has nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act, nor does it really have anything to do with the government at all. If anything, President Obama put his support behind a push that would ensure that the internet remains what it has been essentially since it went mainstream.
Pretty much the way you’ve been using the internet now is how it’s always been. You connect some kind of device to the internet and you’re able to access nearly all of the content that exists on the World Wide Web.
But if Ted Cruz’s comments here are to be taken at their word, then he wants to put an end to that. He supports the right for companies like Comcast to charge you for a certain speed of internet access – while also being allowed to throttle the access to websites you might want to visit if those particular sites don’t pay premiums to these internet providers.
In theory, if we killed net neutrality and no websites paid for this premium access, a company like Comcast could charge consumers for 30 mbps speeds at $50 per month, while throttling access to every website on the internet down to dialup speeds because none of these websites chose to pay the fees Comcast demanded.
In other words, you’d be paying $50 per month for 30 mbps access to websites that were only coming to you at speeds most people haven’t experienced since the days of dialup internet, because Comcast wants these websites to pay for access to these higher speeds.
And that’s what Ted Cruz wants.
But what Cruz is really doing is trying to use the hatred conservatives have for “Obamacare” to channel that toward net neutrality, because I can pretty much guarantee that the vast majority of people who read that tweet and agree with it have no damn clue what net neutrality is.
All they now know is:
Barack Hussein Obama wants more government with this liberal net neutrality Obamacare nonsense? It must be anti-American! Kill net neutrality! Oppose the Obama agenda!
That’s if Cruz even knows what it is. For all I know, his biggest issue with net neutrality is that President Obama came out in support of it.
But no matter why he said what he did, there’s one thing that’s for certain: He absolutely embarrassed himself making such an asinine comment.