POLITICAL: Congress shall make no law …

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/67260.html

FCC cracks down on religious broadcasters
By BROOKS BOLIEK | 10/31/11 3:29 PM EDT

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While the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau used the Anglers Order as the model to grant at least 298 other exemptions, the full commission overturned that decision Oct. 20 after objections were raised from a coalition of organizations for the deaf and hard of hearing.

The churches may still be eligible to win an exemption from the rules if they can prove they can’t afford closed captioning, but they now have to make their case individually.

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I think the headline writer has it exactly right.

If the FCC can demand that they do this, why not that?

What’s next? Mandatory Spanish Language. Non-discrimintation against pro-choice, homosexual, LGT, … politicians?

Argh!

Lay down with the Devil; wake up with fleas.

Or something like that.

These churches should have said on day one, “Excuse me, First Amendment, remember that? We ain’t even talking to youse bureaucrats. And, I’m calling my Uncle Vinny, … “.

Referring to a blogger or maybe an old reporter! Whatever did you think I meant?

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POLITICAL: Cut the nonsense about “independent” agency or regulator

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/random-thoughts-on-obamas-new-mortgage-plan/

Random Thoughts on Obama’s New Mortgage Plan
Posted by Mark A. Calabria

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In case you missed it, President Obama gave a big speech out in Las Vegas about both his “jobs” plan and a new plan to help underwater borrowers re-finance their mortgage. First, let’s recognize that it is not really “his” plan. The proposal is being issued by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), an independent regulator that the President is supposed to have no control over. Frankly, I find it troubling for a president to be so involved with an independent agency. If a president was out giving speeches when the Federal Reserve changed interest rates, we would all call that bizarre. It is no different here. As someone involved in drafting the law that created FHFA, I can say Congress considered, and rejected, the option of having this agency accountable to the president.

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Argh!

Regulators that don’t really regulate. “Independents” that aren’t.

Let’s just drop the farce.

Argh!

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