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  •  I don't think it's that simple. Even you phrase (0+ / 0-)

    the complaints with the bill in a way that misses the points raised by critics. ((There have been a number of great vids and diaries on the subject so I won't go through it again. Suffice it to say: the bill wouldn't do what it promised and would unduly burden internet carriers (which some think is the whole point of the bill). It's one (old) industry model vs another.))

    Like many pols, Franken took cues completely from those whom the party is indebted to, and refused to address the bill's poor architecture.  The letter gives us a soft peddled tut-tut  "some people thought we're shutting down YouTube". This man is too smart by half, his staff I imagine is quite sharp as well. The lobbying/fundraising system trapped pols like Franken who thought this was an "all good" easy bill to pass. Both parties, but especially Democrats, voluntarily blindfolded themselves to the issues at hand.

    “The first principle [in science] is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” Richard Feynman

    by the fan man on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 07:52:31 AM PST

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