My First Take On The McCain Tech Policy
My blog reaction to the McCain Tech Policy. I expect to have a more substantive rebuttal later. But it was simply too lame to avoid focusing on its lameness. For a guy who headed up the Energy and Commerce Committee, he is really doing a poor job of articulating his positions.http://www.wetmachine.com/totsf/item/1275
When you show up as the butt of a joke on the Colbert Report, you should know you're in trouble. And when, by merry coincidence, Stephen Colbert does a piece on your self-professed computer illiteracy
the night before you release your long awaited technology policy
, you are in real trouble. Especially after your campaign gets repeatedly nailed in debates in tech policy fora (such as my employer's Innovation '08
) for not even having
a tech policy, when Barak Obama had a fully developed tech policy and functioning advisory team way back in the beginning of the primary
, and after former FCC Chairman and campaign surrogate Michael Powell goes into virtual seclusion for a month to develop your tech plan, you know it had better be Goddamn Frickin' Awesome. Even if you have already signaled
it is going to be an extension of the same "the market solves all our problems and even thinking
about regulation angers the terrible market gods, scares away the happy competition fairies, and brings a plague of liberal command and control locust 'oer the land" nonsense that marked Powell's FCC tenure and has plunged our telecommunications sector -- nay, our entire economy -- into the crapper, it should at least be a well written and engaging song of praise to the gods of the market place
No such luck. It reads like some crotchety technophobe knocked over the bumper sticker wrack at an Ayn Rand Reading Revival and tried to rearrange them so it made a policy. Half of it isn't even particularly tech specific. For example, I don't find it a coincidence that the first six
bullet points are just variations on McCain's standard "I hate taxes" theme. They could have easily have applied to his agriculture policy, if you substituted "no new taxes on wireless services" for "no new taxes on sorghum." Nor am I aware of a serious mass movement to tax wireless services (or sorghum).
As for the rest, well, see below. . . .