With the Obama administration’s attempts to impose Net Neutrality (tantamount to a “Fairness Doctrine” for the Internet) via the Federal Communications Commission bogging down, it appears those in the White House who want to regulate the Internet are looking for new ways to do so.
In a speech in late January, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton focused on the issue of free speech in China and elsewhere and the need for the Internet to be “open” and protected by those governments that value free speech.
“That speech was the opening salvo for what we hope will lead to a kind of Internet treaty negotiated some of the global institutions we have in place,” says a U.S. State Department source. “It could actually be negotiated through the U.S. Trade Representative or through State and Commerce Departments.”
As envisioned by the Obama administration, an Internet treaty would include a regulatory component. “Someone has to monitor the Internet and make sure that what happened in Iran during the protests or in China with the hacking doesn’t happen,” says the State Department source, who would not guess where the regulatory body would reside.
While Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels denies any interest, there continue to be whispers in Washinton that some Republicans are hoping to persuade the two-term Hoosier governor to consider a race for the Republican presidential nomination. Daniels, who has kept Indiana on solid budget footing while most other states struggled, and who was able to get a true health insurance reform plan through the legislature, has cited his wife’s lack of interest to see him pursue national office. Likewise, he has thus far declined to consider challenging Sen. Evan Bayh during the 2010 cycle, largely due to concerns about the Indiana economy.
With all the talk about circular firing squads inside the Obama White House, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some senior White House officials with strong ties to President Obama believe that chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is badmouthing his colleagues while speaking to reporters on deep background or off the record.
“We know he talks to a lot of the national press, and it just seems there are some fairly high ranking White House officials tearing us down,” says a current White House aide. “[Rahm] isn’t necessarily an Obama guy, and that’s where the rumors are starting.”
An Obama Foursome
Apparently, if you want to cheat on your wife or spurn the mother of your unborn child, easily settle your institution’s criminal efforts to aid Americans from paying their federal income taxes, or just avoid paying your own fair share, the place to be is on President Barack Obama’s economic recovery advisory board. Because that’s where Robert Wolf, chief executive of UBS Group Americas, the U.S. arm of one of Switzerland’s largest banks, UBS AG, sits, as do Charles E. Phillips, president of Oracle Corporation, Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Maybe they like to get together to compare notes.
Roberts’ parent bank, UBS AG, agreed last year to pay the U.S. government $780 million to settle accusations that it helped more than 52,000 American clients to defraud the Internal Revenue Service by hiding their wealth overseas to avoid paying income taxes. The White House claims that it determined that Wolf’s wing of the company was not involved, but according to a former Obama White House Counsel staffer, internal White House research determined that just about every client involved in this scam at one time or another was a client of UBS Group America.
Philips became an instant celebrity in January when his former
mistress paid for billboards highlighting his philandering ways in
San Francisco, Atlanta, and New York. Philips, who reportedly has
his wife, kept his mistress housed in an $11 million estate near his corporate headquarters in the
Bay Area, and bought the estate through the use of shell corporations in Nevada.
Orszag recently dumped his pregnant girlfriend to become engaged with an ABC News reporter he recently met at a Washington dinner. And, lastly, Geithner famously was found not to have properly paid his federal incomes taxes prior to his confirmation to the Cabinet.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?