May 10, 2006
Kowtowing to Their Corporate Masters

Atrios links to a Roll Call [subscription required] article indicating that some members of the Democratic party are kowtowing to the interests of their corporate masters on the substantial issue of net neutrality. Perhaps Pelosi is kowtowing to her corporate masters as well but I’m in favor of net neutrality and I’m just a small time consumer. Anyone know who the offending Democrats are?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is drawing the ire of telecommunications giants after she came out against them in a fight between corporate titans of long-standing importance to Democrats — and encouraged her party colleagues to fall in line behind her.

The battle — over the relatively obscure issue of “net neutrality,” which concerns whether and how the federal government should regulate the Internet — pits cable and phone industry giants against tech heavies such as Google, which is based in Pelosi’s home turf of the Bay Area, as well as an array of consumer groups.

That the debate has turned partisan is angering cable and phone-friendly Democrats, who accuse Pelosi of trying to impose her personal views on the party.

“She’s taking this bill personally. It’s a constituent issue for her, and she’s generalized it into a Caucus issue,” said a senior aide to a Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

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Posted by Buck Batard at May 10, 2006 11:24 AM
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Sure, it's clear who the offended so-called Democrats are: the DLC.

These are the same folks who want the Democrats to be more muscular, to use their word, in discussing foreign policy. Their theory appears to be that the Democrats need to be just as war-mongering as the Publicans. Which isn't surprising, given that the DLC is in the pockets of the same sorts of corporations as the Publicans.

A wish from their corporate masters is the DLC's command.

Support net neutrality.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree (Belisarius) on May 10, 2006 10:27 PM
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