I keep hearing from people that they want fewer regulations from the government. I think the converse is even more frightening. Giving more power to corporations is a complete failure by American citizens. We need a government designed to keep large corporations from undermining U.S. citizens. At least when a government oversteps its bounds, there is always a proper recourse (voting, protesting and revolution). "Voting with your dollar" is complete shit, especially if a corporation dominates its market. I will agree there needs to be clean up from national to state and local governments, but not by giving the country to non-elected corporations. Our government isn't some abstract system of arbitration and regulations are needed to protect our way of life. The key is to provide adequate service to U.S. citizens with proper controls that leave business and government near equilibrium in terms of control.
I'm more in favor of less regulations on smaller businesses and industry. If this were to happen, those businesses would have a better chance of surviving the bad economy and growing due to the fact that the owners have extra money to play around with. I support this because it would in effect put less financial stress on the private sector, which would allow for more job growth.
My reason for not wanting to give even more power to the government is because I think a lot of their services are very mismanaged and sub-par. A lot of public workers in my area seem to have this mentality that they're the only ones that are allowed do the job, so it doesn't matter how it's done. As a result, mediocrity follows. Before giving them even more to take care of, I'd like to see them do a higher-quality job taking care of what they already have.
I fully agree that we need regulation to protect our way of life as freedom is impossible without it. However, I think the government of today is over-regulating to keep the bloated system going.
And you're right. It's all about the balance of power. I just wish that the power could be balanced between people equally competent on both sides. Perhaps our country would be a little more harmonious if this were already the case.
The Tea Party should put its money where its mouth is. Stop standing on the sidelines and form as an actual political party. If it really supports this country, it should use the proper methods of our democracy and stop feeding trolls like Sarah Palin. I won't dismiss all of the Tea Party's ideas because I'm a drugged-out hippie liberal, but when reports claim that more than 75% of Tea Party members identify themselves as Republicans (in terms of elections), I get antsy. The last thing the U.S. needs is more retarded neo-con, white bread regulation that leaves its citizens high and dry.
I agree with this completely. The higher-ups of the Tea Party really seem to enjoy complaining about the direction that the Republican Party has headed in, yet they vote Republican anyway. I don't know if they're trying to bring the Republicans back to true conservatism or if they're trying to gain momentum from the bigger party to get their own individual party going.
I don't dismiss any specific party's ideas, myself. I look at all sides opinions with the same attitude: skepticism. As a drugged-up hippie conservative who likes business, I have no single party that I could possibly side with.
will probably crush smaller ISPs over time
The RBOCs and cable companies pretty much already did that, unless you want dialup or spotty wi-fi that only covers a handful of neighborhoods. Various smaller ISPs still exist, but very few of them actually offer any form of residential broadband that isn't just reselling the local RBOC or cable company service.
I suppose a lot of them have been crushed by larger cable companies like Comcast, but the pure and simple fact is that there's still room for competition. Any investment could turn that spotty and small ISP into a more prosperous and innovative one. I simply fear that it will be harder to do things like that if we allow these companies to be regulated.