Democracy & Technology Blog “The Obama Slide”

This observation by David Brooks in today’s New York Times

By force of circumstances and by design, the president has promoted one policy after another that increases spending and centralizes power in Washington.
The result is the Obama slide, the most important feature of the current moment. The number of Americans who trust President Obama to make the right decisions has fallen by roughly 17 percentage points. Obama’s job approval is down to about 50 percent. All presidents fall from their honeymoon highs, but in the history of polling, no newly elected American president has fallen this far this fast.

reminded me of the National Broadband Strategy the FCC is working to complete by February.
I doubt it will be any different from health care reform in terms of increasing spending (e.g., by expanding Universal Service to include broadband) and centralizing more power in Washington (e.g., allowing the FCC to micromanage the broadband market in the name of “network neutrality”). And like the stimulus program, cap and trade climate legislation and a health care takeover, a government-led National Broadband Strategy will do little if anything to to revive the economy.

Hance Haney

Director and Senior Fellow of the Technology & Democracy Project
Hance Haney served as Director and Senior Fellow of the Technology & Democracy Project at the Discovery Institute, in Washington, D.C. Haney spent ten years as an aide to former Senator Bob Packwood (OR), and advised him in his capacity as chairman of the Senate Communications Subcommittee during the deliberations leading to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He subsequently held various positions with the United States Telecom Association and Qwest Communications. He earned a B.A. in history from Willamette University and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.