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« on: December 21, 2010, 09:35:03 PM »

in case you were off planet, the FCC took the first steps today to regulate the internet.  this, even after a federal court told them a few months ago that they did not have the authority to mess with the internet.

who was behind it?  bet you can guess before you even read this, but read it anyway.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703886904576031512110086694.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop=

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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2010, 09:45:41 PM »

Ya I know who is behind it.  And after they control all media, they will remove all private ownership of most everything.  Then we will depend on big brother for all.
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2010, 05:00:09 PM »

 I copied a small part of the article Of course its the dirty Liar in the white house shoving more things down the throats of Citizens of the USA
 I Pray they find something on him to Rid us of anymore of his destruction of this Great Country

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Over 300 House and Senate members have signed a letter opposing FCC Internet regulation, and there will undoubtedly be even less support in the next Congress.

 The FCC has approved rules that would give the federal government authority to regulate Internet traffic and prevent broadband providers from selectively blocking web traffic. WSJ's Amy Schatz explains what the new rules really mean.
.Yet President Obama, long an ardent backer of net neutrality, is ignoring both Congress and adverse court rulings, especially by a federal appeals court in April that the agency doesn't have the power to enforce net neutrality. He is seeking to impose his will on the Internet through the executive branch. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a former law school friend of Mr. Obama, has worked closely with the White House on the issue. Official visitor logs show he's had at least 11 personal meetings with the president
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2010, 05:59:13 PM »

Interestingly I read the same title in your post as I did the Washington Post today ) yes... Beemaster gets RSS feeds from several sites) and it's getting old having the USA acting like it is not only the world police, but the big scary guy that is allowed to take what he wants from the buffet before everyone else can eat.

I mentioned this a long time ago, but it again applies: we need to dress all of Congress in Jackets like Nascar Drivers, showing off where all their interests really lie. And I mean the more a company contributes, the bigger the letters or logos. The prime spot in sports apparel is the full back of the jacket - that is where the EXXONs and CITIBANKS of Congress should be displayed.

We need to stop the madness, the US has to stop thinking it can make it's own rules to fit its own purpose. China doesn't allow Facebook and our government calls them Socialists (well maybe a bad example - lol) but we are running right toward Imperialism with our mad ideas of how we not only own the toys but no one else gets to play with them until we are tired of them.

I never fully agreed with the following, cause getting a politician that is as good for the people as he/she is for themselves is a rare thing, but: The only way to stop History from repeating itself is to vote everyone out and that means every time an election comes up, not when their term limits (if applicable) requires.

I guess Al Gore did invent the Internet and the patent belongs to the US - American thinking is that we are Blessed and we are, but it does not give us the right to dictate how something as marvelous as the Internet can be shared, used and divided. Sorry, get these bums out of office, starting with the lead bum in 2012.
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2010, 06:54:12 PM »

the problem is that these alphabet agencies regulate, rather than legislate.  they are not accountable to congress or the people.  congress only has the power of funding.
because the members of these agencies are appointed by the president, they become an agent of his agenda.  he doesn't need to do anything as blatant as use executive power to have his way.  he only needs to appoint those who have the same agenda and his will is done. 

that's why thing like the health care bill, while passed by congress,  will be fully written and implemented by HHS.  HHS can pretty much do as it pleases because so much of the bill was TBD and the implementation was not written into the bill.  same with energy policy left in the hands of the EPA a DOE, etc. 

the best thing we could do for accountability and to reign in cost, would be to get rid of every one of these agencies.  if congress feels the need for these things, let them face the people with legislation.
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2010, 09:49:07 PM »

Who is John Galt?  rolleyes
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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2010, 10:00:36 PM »

Yup.  Just about time for the producers to head for the hills.
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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2010, 09:01:53 AM »

in case you were off planet, the FCC took the first steps today to regulate the internet.


I mentioned this a long time ago, but it again applies: we need to dress all of Congress in Jackets like Nascar Drivers, showing off where all their interests really lie. And I mean the more a company contributes, the bigger the letters or logos. The prime spot in sports apparel is the full back of the jacket - that is where the EXXONs and CITIBANKS of Congress should be displayed.


So who do you think will be running the internet if the government does not?  Big corporations are not your friend and you have much more control of government than you do of those companies.  At least you CAN vote out the guys in government.

Oh, and although Gore did not actually claim to have invented the internet (http://www.snopes.com/quotes/internet.asp)

he did lead the legislative changes that made it possible in the beginning.  In 1988 he sponsored legislation that set up inter-university computer networks that eventually grew into the internet.  In 1992 he sponsored legislation that opened the internet to commercial use outside of universities.  That second law is what made the internet explode worldwide.  Private industry did not and never could have created the internet, because it was not just a matter of technology but a matter of massive scale cooperation.  Companies are too short sighted and too dedicated to controlling stuff to ever cooperate like that.

I remember when Steve Ballmer (CEO of Microsoft) recounted a discussion with his mother about the internet.  When he explained it to her, the first question she asked was "who owns it?"  That's the world Baller grew up in.  That's how companies think.  Everything has to be owned.

The internet, and especially the wireless internet, is a common carrier.  Companies use the public airwaves to send information.  Those public airwaves are and have to be controlled by government.  Corporatism is far worse than socialism, capitalism, or any other ism you can think up.
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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2010, 11:17:14 AM »

the internet is the only truly free and free market thing going.  none of the things that the FCC claims to be worried about have happened....by their own admission.  however, they have made this power grab because they say this stuff MIGHT happen.

the "big corporation" argument is one of the  most stupid arguments ever and wholly invented by the left to deflect from government power grabs.  it is far easier to influence business with our pocketbooks than to do anything about government "regulation" once they have gotten their paws on something.

it is a source of constant amazement to me, that so many are so willing to freely turn everything over to to the whims of the government, which we know to be repressive and power-hungry, because of the phantom "big corporation" argument.

look at the people involved and their history.  they have  wanted this for a very long time.  it's not even about money for them.  it's about control. 
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the "big corporation" argument is one of the  most stupid arguments ever and wholly invented by the left to deflect from government power grabs. 
Funny.  I thought the "big government" argument was invented by the right to deflect from corporate power grabs.  But that's just me.   grin
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« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2010, 07:06:36 AM »

Hmm,
In have been on the internet since 1994. It has changed tremendously(for the better the most part) as far as quality of service,content available,and business being transacted.If this is what happens when government stays out of it,I am all for it.
 There is not an argument to be made that only the rich can afford internet service.There is not an argument that internet service is a "necessity" in every home.There is no argument that a home has to have 6gig or better download speeds for educational needs. Most educational data can be transmitted over a standard dialup,and I think every school library has computer access for student work.
 It is not in commerce' best interest to make the internet too expensive,as it will directly limit access to a market that they can sell to.
 I no more think you should limit someones broadband access than you should be able to dictate wattage of the light bulb over the reading desk.
  I live in area that had a phone company subsidized with federal dollars. The phone equipment was so poor that i was not able to maintain a connection to my internet provider. I am not sure what the money went for,but it sure wasn't equipment modernization.
Fortunately for me,comcast invested in infrastructure and was able to provide me with an internet service that puts me on the information highway instead of the old dead end back road I was on.
  Should comcast have to hand over some of their profits to help that old phone company compete with them,or at least downgrade the  service to the least common denominator?  Sure thats what I would like to see happen!! NOT
 And this is the kind of thing you get with government intervention.
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« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2010, 07:15:09 AM »

Who has ever been voted out of the EPA,FCC,DOE. These are all appointments. They are all pretty much self regulated.
You have a choice not to buy a companies products. You can make this choice every day.
 You can only vote for big office every couple years.
If a large group of people would boycott a company for two weeks,it would bring a radical change in a hurry.
This is what actually happened to car makers.They brought products to market at the price people did not want to pay. The market corrected itself,except for the fact Uncle Sam stepped in.
So who do you think is really standing for big corporations?The government can not tolerate pain in the market place as it directly affects the flow of cash into the government trough.
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« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2010, 11:33:03 AM »

FRAME, there's an easy test to see who is right....besides knowing the history of this government takeover....which would be nice for you to learn,,,,

if you don't want to do that, look at results.  who ends up with the power?  it doesn't matter whether a company ends up in bed with the government by choice (insurance companies) or is forced (banking-loans), the end result is the same.  government gets the power.

why would a corporation even want to do business in this country anymore?  we have the 2nd highest corporate tax.  we have high labor costs.  we have prohibitive regulations.  add to that, if congress doesn't like you, you end up in front of them with some Marxist *itch threatening to uh-uh- (hint from another) nationalize your business. we used to have skilled labor going for us, but we don't have that anymore and our kids can't keep up in science  and math with the rest of the world.

every time the government gets involved in something to "help us" we get screwed and the government gets more power so that they can fix  what they screwed up.  the best current example would be the housing market.
government demands that risky loans must be made and underwrites the risk.  eventually, it all falls apart....who'd a thunk it?  and the end result is the under the guise of saving the industry, the government takes more power not only by regulation, but by taking part of the business of  banking away from them and dictating business practices.....which worked oh so well in the past.....

BTW did you know that another of the goals of the same people who are trying to get control of all communications, is to have a national banking system? 
they didn't quite  manage to get the "fairness doctrine" back in, but they are not going to control our one, free, form of communication....

another question:  if the court had ordered that DADT be immediately done away with by the military, and the military had ignored the court, what would you have thought of that?



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they didn't quite  manage to get the "fairness doctrine" back in, but they are not going to control our one, free, form of communication....
Kathy, I probably agree with you on the fairness doctrine.  I don't want the government in the business of regulating free speech.  But that's not what I see as the central issue in net neutrality.  What I'm concerned about is that carriers will regulate speech of others on their networks.  These companies did not create the internet and they don't own the airwaves.  Net neutrality means (to me at least) that carriers can't choose who gets access to the bandwidth and who does not. 
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another question:  if the court had ordered that DADT be immediately done away with by the military, and the military had ignored the court, what would you have thought of that?
Non-sequitur?  Not sure what your point is.  The President must enforce the law as decided by the courts.  If the military ignores the President, that means courts martial from the top down. However, I never expected the courts to order immediate canceling of DADT.  Are you saying something else? 

Our troops have been serving in Afghanistan side by side with openly gay soldiers from many countries.  Haven't been any problems, as far as I know.  I think ending DADT is going to be a non-story.  No big deal.
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the "big corporation" argument is one of the  most stupid arguments ever and wholly invented by the left to deflect from government power grabs. 
Funny.  I thought the "big government" argument was invented by the right to deflect from corporate power grabs.  But that's just me.   grin
Actually neither is correct, and both are bad. Corporations are just fictional entities that the government treats as "people" - in truth they are just "mini-governments" in themselves - so Big-Corp is just a smaller version of Big-Gov - neither of which give much of a rats patootie for the rights of "mere" individuals.
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So.... do you know anything about Marcus Aurelius?  grin
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So.... do you know anything about Marcus Aurelius?  grin
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« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2011, 11:35:38 AM »

FRAME, the court ruled that the FCC had no authority over the internet.  that was the point of  my DADT question. 

do you really think it's a good idea for the govt to interfere in something that is, and has been, working very well, because something MIGHT happen? 

we also now have the UN wanting to regulate the internet.  if we have a government that believes nothing should exist without government regulation, and a UN that wants to jump in a regulate also, just where do you think this will end?  it will end with this one free thing, gone.

the government does not fix things.  it regulates and then spends the rest of time writing new regulations to fix the things screwed up by the old regulations.  regulation drives up cost and stifles innovation.  then there is this pesky thing about the FCC legislating by regulating.  they are not voted in.  they are appointed.  they are an arm of whatever the exec. branch wants done. 

regulation of communications has been a wet dream of the far left forever.  they openly talk about it at socialist and communist conferences. that's why getting the fairness doctrine back was at the top of their list.  they are still talking about regulating talk radio.   what was out of their reach?  the internet.  it was not under the FCC.  the court  verified that the FCC did not have authority.  by what authority  have they done this?  is this not what dictators do?

vibe is correct about corporations.  my point is about the evil corporation argument.  substitute bourgeoisie for evil corporation and you have the same argument.  the same argument with the same goal.  that is, to redirect the masses toward a created enemy as the government takes more and more power.  if government can convince you that everything they do is for your own good, you will not care what they do..

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FRAME, the court ruled that the FCC had no authority over the internet.  that was the point of  my DADT question. 

do you really think it's a good idea for the govt to interfere in something that is, and has been, working very well, because something MIGHT happen? 

Ah, sorry I was a little slow to pick up your intent.  I'm not sure that's what the court actually said, but if so, the FCC ruling will be challenged again in court.  These things go back and forth for awhile.

It's not a "might happen"  There are already instances of flow control on broadband networks.  Comcast etc are testing the waters to see if they can get away with censoring your speech.  The answer should be no.  Right now they are claiming they want to limit the big users.  If that's true, they could just introduce metered charges.  No, they want to pick WHO gets to say WHAT on their network.  And the problem is that it is almost invisible.  They don't tell you they are blocking you.  They just do it and you have no idea why your stuff is not getting through.  And when they were caught, they at first denied they were doing it at all.  Then they claimed they had a right to do it.  Sneaky guys.

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And you've been to these conferences have you.  grin  Do they talk about the secret "gay agenda" too?  Oh Kathy, you are too much.   grin
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« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2011, 12:53:36 AM »

you can do your own youtube searches and look at the socialist USA and communist USA sites.  they are pretty open about what they are doing and about working with the democrat party to do it.

if you looked at the people and organizations that were behind this FCC thing, (they are in the article) you see that they are all progressive groups with the usual suspects behind them.  soros being perhaps the most notable, not just because of this, but because he's also buying into various media outlets. 

you seem like an intelligent person yet you give the  impression that you feel you need the government to look out for you.  some evil profit seeking company might take advantage of you if your beneficent government doesn't step in a act in your best interest?  do you really believe the government acts in the best interest of the individual?  our founders sure didn't.  that's why they wrote a constitution designed to LIMIT government and protect people from it.
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you can do your own youtube searches and look at the socialist USA and communist USA sites.  they are pretty open about what they are doing and about working with the democrat party to do it.
I suspect they are engaging in a little ego boosting.  They would like to think they are on the inside of a powerful party.  I don't think that's true these days.  The only time I saw real socialists inside the Democratic Party was when McGovern won the nomination.  Those guys really were socialists and very dangerous but they didn't win because of the choice of members of the Party.  McGovern was in charge of the rules for delegate selection and he was the only one who actually understood the very complex rules.  So he used those rules to win against the wishes of the majority of Democrats.  Which of course is why he only carried Massachusetts. Look, there are neo-Nazis who brag about how their tea party Republican candidate will send the blacks back to Africa.  That does not mean thats the platform of the Republican Party.
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if you looked at the people and organizations that were behind this FCC thing, (they are in the article) you see that they are all progressive groups with the usual suspects behind them.  soros being perhaps the most notable, not just because of this, but because he's also buying into various media outlets.  
What I look at is Slashdot.org.  There are some people there who really understand what is going on with broadband "shaping".... the use of selective blocking of packets to control who gets theirs through.  Those guys are very smart and very much in favor of free speech.  And they are in favor of net neutrality... IF you define it as requiring carriers not to discriminate based on who is sending the packets.  Now I agree with you that tacking on a bunch of other rules is a bad idea.  But if packet discrimination is allowed, that alone will destroy free speech on the internet because at some point that power will be used for political as well as economic purposes.
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you seem like an intelligent person yet you give the  impression that you feel you need the government to look out for you.  some evil profit seeking company might take advantage of you if your beneficent government doesn't step in a act in your best interest?  do you really believe the government acts in the best interest of the individual?  our founders sure didn't.  that's why they wrote a constitution designed to LIMIT government and protect people from it.
As bad as government sometimes is, it is still much more transparent and influenced by the public will than large corporations are.  Yes, I think that I as an individual need government protection from the unethical practices of some companies.  Ask the Enron employees who had their 401ks locked while the top management sold their shares.   Ask the people (including my daughter) who got salmonella poisoning because some factory manager in Georgia decided he didn't really need to keep rats out of the peanut butter processing vats. Etc, etc, etc.

Companies have money as their chief moral good.  That is a useful motivation for free market efficiency, but requires a layer of government regulation for protection of the public.  Yes, I want to see competition in the internet carrier business, but I don't want to see those companies regulating who can say what.
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« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2011, 12:48:54 PM »

lets say i accept your reason for the FCC getting into the internet.  what happens whenever government gets involved in any free market thing?  does government ever limit it's involvement, or does it continually expand regulation and control?

go back and look at McGovern and the people who supported him.  look at policy.  very little difference in stated intent, and where there is a difference, the mcgovernites were more conservative.  might explain why GM was such an obama supporter?  additionally, if you look at congress as a whole, even the liberal wing was far more conservative than most of the left of congress are now.

look at the policy issues that are embraced on those US socialist and US communist pages.  how many have been implemented in full or in part, and how many have been brought up in congress?  do you consider that to be a coincidence?  why has this whitehouse had so much personal interaction with the unions and union bosses?

transparent government?  surely you jest?  you won't have to worry about companies regulating who can say what...and where has that happened?  you will have to worry about the government saying who can say what. the same people who are saying that certain kinds  of speech should be regulated as hate speech, or that every site should be required to air all sides of an argument. 

 i choose the market to control business, because as you say, profit motivates and if they piss people off they lose profit.  does government have any motivator?  no....other than control.  do they care if they piss people off?  no...and you can't vote the FCC out.  it's not accountable to anyone.

i don't think that they will be able to jump right to limiting speech, but i predict that they will float the idea of something like  requiring licenses for all sites soon.  it will not end with the phantom "neutrality".
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« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2011, 04:55:35 PM »

 It's not what McGovern said publicly that bothered me.  I was in college when McGovern was running.  His campaign manager came to one of my classes.  He was very clear that he and McGovern were socialists.  Yes, he used that word.  He was very ideological and was a total Marxist.  Obama is not that at all, as far as I can tell.  

You are worried that the FCC will go beyond neutrality and regulate content on the net.  I will join you in opposing that.  But the fact that they might eventually try that is not a reason to back off from net neutrality.  

Yes I think government is more transparent that business.  There is the Freedom of Information Act, which has screwed up many a power hungry bureaucrat.  If the FCC tries to register websites, you will know about it.  If Comcast blocks your email message because they don't like your politics, you will never know.  That's why I say that government is more transparent.
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« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2011, 05:37:12 PM »

obama sure likes to surround himself with Marxists.  maybe they just make him feel all warm and fuzzy.  not sure how you can look at policy and policy wish list and not call him a Marxist.  we have never had a president closer to Karl than this one! 

you might have missed this as the media pretty much ignored it.  you can google for more info.  the actual doc seems not to be available anymore from this site, but when i have time i search around for it on the UN site.  they have a habit of leaving docs floating around even when they don't really want them out. 

http://www.thinkatheist.com/forum/topics/obama-administration-has?page=4&commentId=1982180%3AComment%3A157009&x=1

we shall see.  history is on my side with this.  i think we will all live to regret it.  if nothing else, it will cost those of us who are heavy internet users more money.  sure to do in some companies like netflix and now the game console manufacturers have all adapted for streaming.  how about things like vonage.....
but hey....it's all good.  government  will protect us.
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« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2011, 05:58:33 PM »

http://www.osce.org/fom/documents/26169

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eugene-volokh/is-the-obama-administrati_b_307132.html

these two will cross your eyes, but there are many  more if you want them.  if you want to know how this "protection" by governments works, look at Canada and many European countries.  what do they have in common?  well, besides no free speech, which they are not really guaranteed anyway, they all require that the government be able to control and regulate communications....including the internet. 

and from the site you like...although the poster seems to have entirely missed the point....

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/12/17/1258230/UN-Considering-Control-of-the-Internet

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/242051,un-mulls-internet-regulation-options.aspx
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« Reply #26 on: January 03, 2011, 11:18:25 PM »

Kathyp and Glenn Beck, my heroes. 

Read some of the stuff being put out by those Obama has surrounded himself with, read their books, the op-eds, speeches, etc.  If that doesn't sound socialist (at the least) then I guess I'd better get the lens on my glasses painted black because I must be blind.

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never been huge Glenn Beck fan, but i give him huge credit for the background stuff he did on admin people and others around obama.  something that the rest of the media chose not to do.  he doesn't seem to be afraid to take on the big boys.

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« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2011, 06:21:58 PM »



Could Congress shut down YouTube with Internet-blacklist bill?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20110106/cm_csm/354566
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« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2011, 06:26:08 PM »

They would not shut it down, just place enough fines (tax) on them to make it worth it for each violation they could fine.
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« Reply #30 on: January 10, 2011, 11:41:34 PM »

... the best current example would be the housing market.  government demands that risky loans must be made and underwrites the risk.  eventually, it all falls apart....who'd a thunk it?...

Just before he took over the House Committee in charge of housing and banking four years ago, Democrat Congressman Barnet Frank said this,

“Homes that are occupied may see an ebb and flow in the price…but you’re not going to see the collapse that you see when people talk a bubble.”

Please tell us what you meant by that, Congressman Frank. 

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