05 June 2010

Subsidizing Failure, Controlling Information

The government, in it's ever constant effort to interfere in the marketplace, micro-manage our lives, and screw things up, wants to tax successful new media outlets in order to subsidize the failing, statist news organizations:

"According to a May 28 draft proposal, the agency thinks government should be at the center of a media overhaul. The bureaucracy sees it as a problem that the Internet has introduced a wealth of information options to consumers . . . The ideas being batted around to save the industry share a common theme: They are designed to empower bureaucrats, not consumers."

More here.

By the way, in a somewhat related thought, I've read a growing number of comments in the blogosphere and on discussion boards that the Confederate government was much more intrusive and centralized than was the Federal government during the WBTS. Does that mean that as our National government has become more and more centralized in recent years that they are becoming more like the Confederacy?

1 comment:

martin said...

This WSJ article barely skims the surface of what's in these proposals.

- outright subsidy
- re-defining anti-trust laws
- Americorp journalism jobs
- Tracking mechanisms for apportioning funding
- non-profit status for media
- tax breaks for hiring journalists
- Tax on every ISP subscriber
- licensing news

It's amazing.