Tag: buying influence from democrats

We want to limit your stinking data!

If you own any kind of mobile device, you know that service providers are trying real hard to cap data usage even when you are fine paying their exorbitant prices, and basically claim that’s needed because it affects their infrastructure negatively. While some might actually think this makes sense, hard analysis says otherwise:

I won’t argue that data caps have no positive impact on wireless networks—they can prevent the most egregious overuse of what is a limited resource. But it’s a crude tool at best, targeting monthly averages with no regard for whether the network is congested at a particular time or place.

Recent actions and statements from carriers suggest this is the case: data caps are largely a profit play, not an efficient means of preventing network problems. After Sprint offered “double the high-speed data” on its network, 20GB per month for family plans, AT&T responded by doubling data, too, through shared plans of 30GB to 100GB a month. Verizon doubled its own customers’ data, while Sprint offered yet another doubling to stay ahead of AT&T and Verizon. Suddenly, network constraints had apparently disappeared.

Where did all this extra capacity come from? The carriers’ networks didn’t double in size overnight. The capacity was always there—carriers just weren’t allowing customers to use it until one decided to boost data and the others followed. Behavior like this helps explain why federal regulators have blocked mergers that would reduce the number of nationwide carriers from four to three.

Yeah, well, big government is in bed with these monopolies, and that’s why they do this sort of shit. These caps are not about protecting the network and assuring equal access, and have everything to do with profitability without having to be competitive. In short, monopolies, and then, the kind of monopolies a big fat cat can buy from government types always ready to sell the people out to line their own pockets.F rom the article:

It probably wouldn’t be smart for carriers to promise everyone limitless data, because there are real capacity constraints in wireless networks. But the specific limits imposed on consumers are chosen not to prevent congestion but to maximize profit.

I have nothing against profits. I just want you to make them because you are selling a great product people want and beat the competition fair and square. This always benefits the consumer. I have a huge problem when you want your profitability to come at the expense of the consumer, and then, because of some shitty monopoly you bought from politicians that love the idea they get to pick winners and losers. For a fee, of course.

It gets better!

As if what I hat told you in this post about how the commies where doubling down on the very policies that caused the housing and lending crisis wasn’t enough, now I find out that our DOJ is taking a large chunk of that $335 million fine that government is punishing Bank of America with for not following along with their social engineering plans, and giving it to connected lefty organizations:

The untold story of the Obama Administration’s widely reported, $335 million discrimination settlement with Countrywide Financial Corporation is that, under a secret Justice Department program, a chunk of the money won’t go to the “victims” but rather leftist groups not connected to the lawsuit.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will determine which “qualified organizations” get leftover settlement cash and Democrat-tied groups like the scandal-plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and the open-borders National Council of La Raza (NCLR) stand to get large sums based on the hastily arranged deal which got court approval in just a few days.

The damned mafia is less criminal in its endevours than these crooks. They have no shame. They of course expect the LSM not to report this either, or spin it to make them look good. Of course, the problem is with us dumb “Fox News” types for not figuring out this is all good stuff. You think this money will help these connected organizations like ACORN, or whatever they call themselves these days, buy or steal some votes for them? The end justifies the means, and the devil is in the details. By this point it should be obvious that we would get a fairer shake from scumbags like Putin than we do from these demcorats.

It pays to be connected..

I have not felt any desire whatesoever to post on the entitled assholes protesting the fact that they have to pay back money they borrowed or spent, so I am glad I finally found something that I think was obvious to most of us but still worth bringing up, and that is that as usual, it is the left that is the easiest to buy favors from:

The group of private-sector business leaders advising President Obama on how to create jobs and grow the economy is full of deep-pocket Democratic donors and high-profile financiers of Obama’s re-election campaign, a review of Federal Election Commission data shows.

At least 10 members of the Obama-appointed Council on Jobs and Competitiveness gave the legal maximum contribution — $4,600 — to help get Obama elected in 2008, and they continue to write checks for the president in 2012. Several also serve as Obama campaign bundlers, top fundraisers who collect millions of dollars from their networks of well-to-do colleagues and friends to aid his re-election bid.

The bundlers — Mark Gallogy, co-founder of investment firm Centerbridge Partners, Penny Prtizker, president and CEO of Pritzker Realty Group, and Robert Wolf, chairman of UBS Americas — have raised as much as $2.7 million for Obama in 2008 and 2012 combined, according to estimates provided by the Obama campaign.

It pays to donate personally, and it pays even better to bundle for democrats. But of course, republicans are the only ones that are evil or influenced by “Wall Street” money when they deal with these types. And it pays even better to have the union bosses larding you with their membership’s money too…