April 16th, 2015: Time Magazine Anoints Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Planet Earth’s Most Influential Married Couple

Twitch, snort, LOL. Planet Earth is home to 7,251,940 ,000 people and counting. Of the nearly 7.3 billion global citizens, the intellectual juggernaut that is Time Magazine, just claimed that a hip-hop rap artist and a woman whose multi-million dollar job is to do nothing useful are among the globe’s 100 most influential people. Time had over seven billion people to choose from, and this is the best they could do.

West is definitely the more productive member of the marriage. Like Billy Mays, he is a master of marketing and self-promotion. I am no fan of rap music, but I am willing to withhold my judgment that West is not a musician of the caliber of B.B. King, Paul McCartney or Gordon Lightfoot. If he can pick up a 12-string guitar and sing Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” without auto-tuning and not sound like an amorous feline, I will give him credit for talent. Otherwise, in my mind, regardless of his awards he remains a 2nd class musician. West is a great entertainer for his fans, for sure, and a tremendous force of ego, but not a great musician.

West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, has turned being wealthy, beautiful and popular into a career. She has little education and few skills, yet earns millions every year by merely existing. I applaud her success, as well as her husband’s. Well done, Kanye and Kim. You have turned ego and vanity into extraordinary wealth and success.

What I do not understand is how they positioned themselves to be the most influential married couple on Earth. According to Time Magazine, they are more influential than Bill and Hillary Clinton, and could hold their own against the combined forces of Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin. They have the power of the Titans of old, with great strength, intellect and importance. Billions of people hang on their every word and are subject to their wisdom. Whether loved or despised, their great power is always respected. According to Time Magazine.

This means that world leaders and entertainment moguls are lining up to hear Kim Kardashian’s sage thoughts, while bluegrass, country and folk musicians are begging Kanye West for ideas. Really? Dear Time Magazine, are you sure? While Vladimir Putin and Hillary Clinton have significant influence on my life as well as the lives of billions of people, I do not know anyone who gives a rip what Kanye West and Kim Kardashian think, say or do. No one at all. To the vast majority of people on Earth, Kanye and Kim are the punch-line of the Fish-stick joke. They make most folk roll their eyes and snort with a mixture of laughter and disgust. Kanye West is simply a spoiled little boy who throws temper tantrums when he does not get what he wants. Not even the 9th Circuit Court would dare equate West to influential. As for Kim Kardashian, there isn’t anyone who can even explain why she is famous in the first place, let alone name anything productive she brings to the table.

What if Time Magazine is right? What if Kanye and Kim really do sway the masses? That is a good question, and it’s answer lies the movie Idiocracy. That is the only world where these two are really important.

Does Raising the Minimum Wage Cause an Increase in Unemployment?

Between 1950 and 2012 America’s unemployment rate has been between a low of 2.9% in 1953 and a high of 10.4% in 1983, with a median of 5.7%. The Federal minimum wage, adjusted for inflation (2013 dollars), has ranged from a low of $5.95 in 2006 to a high of $10.70 in 1968, with a median of $7.47. The government has increased the minimum wage 14 times between 1950 and 2012. According to many right-wing, capitalist voices, such as radio journalist Lars Larson, every time we raise the minimum wage, unemployment rates will rise and businesses will fail as a result. Is it true?

The quick answer is no, but that is not necessarily a justification to raise the minimum wage beyond small adjustments for inflation.

Between 1950 and 2013 the government raised the minimum wage 14 times. Unemployment rates actually fell 8 out of 14 times.

Between 1950 and 2013 the government raised the minimum wage 14 times. Unemployment rates actually fell 8 out of 14 times.

Originally, our government enacted a minimum wage standard to stop wealthy industrialists from raping the American worker. Today the purpose of a minimum wage is to provide a young kid with no skills, or a disabled worker, a base wage that gives them a sliver of human dignity. It is a place to start, not a long-term survival strategy.

The national rate of unemployment does not seem to respond to raising or lowering the minimum wage.

The national rate of unemployment does not seem to respond to raising or lowering the minimum wage.

Adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage today is about the same as it was in 1950, the buying power of about $7.25/hour. Between 1950 and 1969 America’s full time, minimum wage was about 95% of the median wage. That means, for those two decades, almost 50% of jobs in America were essentially minimum wage jobs.

While it does not reflect increases in worker productivity, and has not kept pace with the raises the top 1% have afforded themselves, since 1980 the gap between minimum and median wage has steadily grown.

While it does not reflect increases in worker productivity, and has not kept pace with the raises the top 1% have afforded themselves, since 1980 the gap between minimum and median wage has steadily grown.

Today’s median American income is the same as a full-time, $13.00/hour job. That is $3.50/hour better than the nation’s highest minimum wage, Washington D.C.’s rate of $9.50/hour. Only 4.3% of American workers are paid the federal minimum. Once you factor in the cost of non-wage compensation, things like employer subsidized health insurance, today’s yearly wages and benefits are significantly better for 96% of Americans than in 1950. That is why America’s “poor” can usually afford lattes, smart-phones, high-speed internet, Xbox and Netflix, in addition to the traditional beer and cigarettes.

While wages certainly have not increased at the same rate as worker productivity, and the wealth gap between the top 1% and the rest of us has become vast chasm fueled by extreme greed, no one can rationally say that America’s working poor, as a group, are not better off today than 30 or 60 years ago. All that time, the minimum wage, adjusted for inflation, has essentially been flat.

Plenty of states with high minimum wages have low unemployment while plenty of states who use the federal minimum wage have high unemployment.

Plenty of states with high minimum wages have low unemployment while plenty of states who use the federal minimum wage have high unemployment.

In today’s America, most minimum wage jobs are found in small, Mom & Pop operations run by your next-door neighbor, like restaurants, landscaping services, small retailers, family farms and the like. These businesses often run on very thin profit margins, and their owners are rarely fabulously wealthy. These are the businesses most affected by increases in the minimum wage. They can handle inflationary increases, but if you think a small, independent business can suddenly absorb the difference between $8.00/hour and $15.00/hour, think again. Unfortunately, when they go out of business, they hardly make a statistical ripple in the economy. While their existence is important to the spirit of America, they do not mean spit to our GDP.

Years with low unemployment rates have the same affective minimum wages as year with high unemployment.

Years with low unemployment rates have the same affective minimum wages as year with high unemployment.

And that is why raising the minimum wage does not now, nor has it in the past had a statistically significant impact on unemployment and business failures in America. No one in their right mind can pin any economic bust on the wages of the least among us. It is the captains of industry and banking, along with political spendthrifts, who are responsible for all our busts, not some kid stocking shelves at the local market.

BBC News – Are murderers born or made?

BBC News – Are murderers born or made?

Well, well. It looks like firearms aren’t the culprit after all. They do not cause depression. They do not suggest suicide. They do not make murderers. Considering their ubiquitous presence in our society, and how our crime, violence, and suicide rates are far better than the global averages, exercising our 2nd Amendment Rights seems to statistically have no negative impact at all. It makes me wonder about “Marijuana” Earl Blumenauer’s real agenda. Why, exactly, is he promoting recreational drug use and the abridgment of our Constitutional rights instead of focusing on strengthening the moral core of America’s families and preventing the generational cycle of child abuse?

Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Top 12 Reasons for Restricting Gun Rights

On February 11, 2015, Congressman Earl Blumenauer sent his constituents an open letter about his coming plan to undermine America’s 2nd Amendment rights. While I have paraphrased, I believe I am accurately recounting his 12 fundamental reasons America needs further restrictions on gun ownership.

  1. People do not kill people, guns kill people. Enough is enough! Murders and suicides committed with guns would never happen if it were not for those damn guns. Just look at all the countries around the world where citizens do not have the right to bear arms. They are happy and safe!

    There are 17 nations where the rate of lawful gun ownership exceeds 25 firearms per 100 in population. The average rate of violent death and suicide in these countries is 2.2 per 100,000 and 9.9 per 100,000 respectively. The US rates are 6.4 and 10.3 respectively. For "disarmed" nations, those below 25 lawfully owned firearms per 100 in population, the average risk of violent death rises to 13.1 per 100,000, while suicides remain flat at 9.4 per 100,000. The presence of lawfully owned firearms appears to have a chilling effect on global violence and no affect on global suicide rates.

    There are 17 nations where the rate of lawful gun ownership exceeds 25 firearms per 100 in population. The average rate of violent death and suicide in these countries is 2.2 per 100,000 and 9.9 per 100,000 respectively. The US rates are 6.4 and 10.3 respectively.
    For “disarmed” nations, those below 25 lawfully owned firearms per 100 in population, the average risk of violent death rises to 13.1 per 100,000, while suicides remain flat at 9.4 per 100,000. The presence of lawfully owned firearms appears to have a chilling effect on global violence and no affect on global suicide rates.

  2. In the last 20 years American gun ownership has risen 50% while America’s murder rate has dropped 50%. Enough is enough! Guns are the problem!

    As you can see, there is no correlation between rate of gun ownership and murder rates in America. Weapons are not the underlying cause of violence in our society.

    As you can see, there is no correlation between rate of gun ownership and murder rates in America. Weapons are not the underlying cause of violence in our society.

  3. Self-strangulation – suicide by hanging – is by far the most popular and effective method of suicide for the rest of world. Why not in America? Enough is enough! Now that marijuana is legal, let’s make more rope!

    Of the five most populated nations on Earth, only China has a combined violent death/suicide rate lower than America's

    Of the five most populated nations on Earth, only China has a combined violent death/suicide rate lower than America’s

  4. Guns account for 0.043% (548 of 127,792) of accidental deaths in the United States in 2012. Enough is enough! 548 “accidents” for 300,000,000 guns is just too much! Guns are much worse than automobiles and tobacco when it comes to safety! You have never heard of tobaccular homicide or tobaccular suicide, have you? No you haven’t! Therefore guns are bad!
  5. The sum total of all gun deaths (suicide, murder, accidental) does not make America’s Top 10 leading causes of death. Enough is enough! Guns are not a leading cause of death in America, and I look like a total idiot for publicly saying they are!
  6. The NRA is preventing Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies from enforcing current laws. How they physically stop the D.C. police remains a mystery, but D.C. has the highest murder rate and lowest gun ownership rate in America. It is a vast, right-wing conspiracy to embarrass D.C. politicians for making it illegal to carry empty brass shell casings in the District of Columbia, and the NRA is behind it all. Enough is enough! We need more laws and restrictions so that current laws can finally be enforced. Get the NRA out of politics!
  7. A father should never be able to pass an heirloom firearm down to his son without first doing a criminal background check. Enough is enough! My dad took me fishing, and that was good enough for me! Beat that rifle into a plowshare and go tie flies!
  8. If we close the “private sale loophole,” criminals will stop illegally selling guns to other criminals. Enough is enough! My proposed legislation will, for the first time in American history, make it illegal for criminals to break the law! Especially those crazy, right-wing, extremist D.C. politicians who defend the Constitution and still believe in the Balance of Powers therein!
  9. As a society, we have decided to let the mentally ill roam free and unchecked, and they account for over 60% of total gun-related deaths. That is 25% of Americans responsible for 60% of gun deaths. Enough is enough! Get rid of guns so the mentally ill can remain free-range!
  10. Of America’s 15 major trading partners, only 5 have a combined suicide/violent death rate worse than America’s. Enough is enough! If we cannot beat the pants off all of our trading partners when it comes to violence and suicide, we do not deserve to be the globe’s #1 economic power!
  11. Of 192 countries around the world, America ranks 92 for its violent death rate at 6.5 violent deaths per 100,000 in population. For 2014,Guatemala was #1 with 74.9 deaths per 100,000. Bahrain was #192 with no violent deaths per capita. Enough is enough! America is the greatest country on Earth and we need to have a zero violence rate, just like Bahrain and the Roman Catholic Holy See!

    Pick where you want to live. For me, there is no place like home.

    Pick where you want to live. For me, there is no place like home.

  12. Some guns, like fully automatic weapons, heavy artillery, tanks, missiles and bombs, are just not safe for public spaces. Enough is enough! We need to get military grade weaponry out of our schools and malls. Weapons like semi-automatic 22LR squirrel guns.

My fellow Americans, guns are the problem, not violence. Guns are the problem, not suicide. Rape, domestic abuse, child abuse, sex-slavery, beatings, muggings, drug addiction and stabbings all pale when compared to the problems America suffers because of its 300,000,000 lawfully, responsibly, privately owned guns.

Please see Congressman Blumenauer’s plan to curb the evilry of guns by clicking this link.

IF YOU ARE: for Recreational Marijuana, against Fiscal Responsibility, against Constitutional Freedoms, and against Government Accountability, THEN Vote for Earl Blumenauer.

 

Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer Says That Only By Increasing the National Debt Can We Save America

Despite maintaining a personal appearance similar to Bill Nye the Science Guy, Congressman Earl Blumenauer is Oregon’s most progressive, left-leaning D.C. politician. In an open letter to his constituents February 2nd, 2015, America’s favorite marijuana advocate railed against our government’s failures over the past six years. Corporate profits have doubled and America’s top 1% have given themselves hefty raises every year since President Obama took office. Technological developments are up, worker productivity is up, and profits are up, yet middle-income wages are stagnant or in decline. Student debt is crushing our young generation. Our highway infrastructure is crumbling. The Social Security Trust Fund is rapidly approaching insolvency. Our tax code is in disarray. Our government is an inefficient bureaucracy. Blumenauer thinks he knows how this happened.

We’ve created more jobs since 2009 than throughout the entirety of the previous 8 years. The Obama Administration did this despite inheriting an economy in free fall, shedding one to two hundred thousand jobs a week and despite Congress making a foolish decision to ramp back spending in the government sector which virtually all independent experts agree would have speeded the recovery.” EB

That is right folks, Congressman “Marijuana” Earl says that our left-wing, progressive legislators and our left-wing, progressive president, a group that added nearly $8 trillion to our national debt in six years, did not “borrow and spend” enough to properly get this great country back on track. Fiscal responsibility is the problem and debt in the answer. I am here to tell you his bow tie is too tight, and this squirrelly loon’s brain is oxygen deprived. Our growing Federal debt is the root system that is feeding America’s demise.

While our National Debt has increased nearly 18 fold over the last 34 years, our per capita interest payment on that debt has remained virtually flat.

While our National Debt has increased nearly 18 fold over the last 34 years, our per capita interest payment on that debt has remained virtually flat. Today every man, woman and child in America owns a $56,000 share in our National Debt.

This is the reality of our Federal Debt. The 2014 median income for an American household is about $51,000. The Federal Debt per household about $141,500 – almost three years wages. In 1980 the median household income was $16,354. The Federal Debt per household was $10,000 – less than 8 months wages. That money is owed and that money has to be paid back. The problem is that the Federal Government currently only makes interest payments. It never pays down principal. Without a plan to pay off this debt, the only other way to get it off the books is to devalue our currency with inflation. For instance, $1 trillion of 1981 money bought $1 trillion of 1981 goods. Fast forward to 2014, and that same $1 trillion only buys $380 billion of 1981 goods. Through the use of inflation the U.S. Government effectively paid off $620 billion of debt without actually paying a dime of principal.

Our Federal Debt is made of Treasury Securities (notes, bills & bonds) that people purchase at a guaranteed interest rate. In essence, people around the world lend the U.S. Government money at a certain interest rate. As long as the rate of return on Treasury Securities exceeds inflation, they are a very secure way to grow your money. The Government has to pay the interest on the note for its duration and then return the loan when the note is due. It is the annual interest payments that are the immediate problem for our Government. The Government cannot afford ever-increasing interest payments on an ever-increasing debt. The historic solution has been to cut interest rates as the debt grows to make the payments manageable. As a matter of fact, if we present the National Debt in 1981 dollars for the last 34 years, every time our National Debt doubles, the rate on 10 Treasury Notes has been halved.

In terms of inflation adjusted 1981 dollars, the rising National Debt and falling rates on 10 year Treasury Notes are inversely proportional. This keeps the cost of servicing an ever increasing Federal Debt affordable for a government that is having increasing cash flow problems.

In terms of inflation adjusted 1981 dollars, the rising National Debt and falling rates on 10 year Treasury Notes are inversely proportional. This keeps the cost of servicing an ever-increasing Federal Debt affordable for a government that is having increasing cash flow problems.

There are only so many times you can cut interest rates before the rates fall below the inflation rate. Once interest rates fall below the rate of inflation, loaning money to the U.S. Government actually becomes a money loser. Right now the rate on 10 year Treasury Notes is about 2%. If the rate of inflation is higher than 2%, then whoever owns that note is actually losing money in terms of its buying power.

This why the Government spends so much time tweaking the Consumer Price Index. Regardless of what the real inflation rate is, they have to come up with a reportable inflation rate lower than the rate on 10 year Treasury Notes. The trouble with this is that by the early 1990s our National Debt had grown to such a point that the reported inflation rate was higher than the return on 10 year Treasury Notes. So the Fed created a new way of calculating the Consumer Price Index. Instead of comparing the price of prime-rib from year to year and coming up with the rate of inflation for prime-rib, the Fed decided to compare the price of prime-rib to hamburger. If prime-rib gets too expensive, consumers are supposed to switch to hamburger. If hamburger gets too expensive, consumers are expected to switch to fried dough. As long as there exists a cheaper alternative, inflation does not exist until such time as the cost of fried dough exceeds the cost of prime-rib. Call it a Means-Tested rate of inflation. If you are poor, and never had the money to buy prime-rib in the first place, your inflation rate is higher than the inflation rate for the rich, who can switch from prime-rib to hamburger to save money.

This is why some people at The Economist very cleverly came up with the “Big Mac Index” as a way to monitor real inflation. The price of a Big Mac sandwich at McDonalds represents a composite of the cost of wages, energy, transportation, basic food stuffs, productivity and profits. Since 1990, the average annual inflation rate of the Big Mac sandwich has been 3.45%. The pre-1990 CPI calculation method says the average annual inflation rate since 1990 has been 6.0%. The Federal Government, using their new Means-Tested CPI  has reported an average annual inflation rate since 1990 of 2.63%. The average return on a 10 Treasury Note since 1990 is 4.86%. It appears as though the Government is intentionally under-reporting inflation, so I decided to average the new Means-Tested CPI, the pre-1990 CPI, and the Big Mac Index and come up with a “more accurate” estimate of inflation. For the last ten years the rates on 10 year Treasury Notes have been lower than this “averaged” rate of inflation. That is really bad news. If the government continues to deficit spend, the rate on Treasury Notes will have to continue to decrease if this game of smoke and mirrors is to continue. Unfortunately, you cannot go much lower than 2% interest, so there is little room to drop Treasury Note interest rates. If interest rates start to rise, then the cost of servicing the debt will bankrupt the country. This, folks, is the trouble with “Marijuana” Earl’s solution of spend, spend, spend.

In 2005 the rate of return on 10 year Treasury Notes fell below the real rate of inflation. The same goes for 5 year CD rates. The LIBOR rates fell below the rate of inflation when President Obama took office.

In 2005 the rate of return on 10 year Treasury Notes fell below the real rate of inflation. The same goes for 5 year CD rates. The LIBOR rates fell below the rate of inflation when President Obama took office.

The really bad news is that chronically suppressed interest rates royally screw the middle-class. Big Business is using this unprecedented access to cheap loans to further automate their businesses because low interest capital is cheaper than labor. This drives wages down as people desperately attempt to compete with machines for jobs, while driving corporate profits up. Ronald Reagan was wrong and George Bush was right. Trickle-down economics really is Voodoo economics because greed rules the world. The super-wealthy simply are not sharing these massive profits with the common man. Since Obama and his left-wing cronies took power in 2009, the wealthiest 1% of Americans have increased their wealth from 34.6% of America’s total wealth to 40% of America’s wealth, creating the greatest wealth gap since 1929. This means that new college grads, kids with massive debt at ridiculous interest rates by today’s standards, will not be able to find a good paying job courtesy of our massive National Debt.

Thanks to the National Debt, there are no “safe” ways for the middle-class to grow their money in retirement. While the super-wealthy can afford to lose risk capital, most of America’s middle-class cannot, and few middle-class Americans have the kind of investment savvy required to take investment risks after retirement. For every retired investor winner there will be a slew of retired losers. With 10,000 Baby-boomers retiring every day, how do you think their collective future is going to look from an investment perspective?

While “Marijuana” Earl accurately identifies many critical problems facing today’s America, his “deficit spending” solution is simply not viable. Perhaps the reason Congressman Blumenauer is such a strong marijuana advocate is he is counting on the drug’s ability to neutralize critical thinking skills. Perhaps he is hoping Oregonians will be too stoned to notice just how far left he has drifted.

Oddly enough, John Kitzhaber is not really to blame

The State of Oregon is one of the few states in America that has a citizen initiative process. This means that Oregon voters can enact or repeal laws when their elected representatives fail to respect the will of the citizens. The political elite, like former Governor John Kitzhaber, hate the initiative process with a passion. They are the shepherds and we are the sheep, so how dare we dictate to them!

In 1978 Oregon voters, through the initiative process, enacted the death penalty in a landslide vote. In 1981 the Oregon Supreme Court overturned the 1978 law. In 1984 Oregon voters rebuked the Supreme Court, and reenacted the death penalty by a solid margin. In the following 30 years, no ballot initiative or bill has successfully overturned Oregon’s death penalty laws. Like it or not, it is our law, and there is only one legal process by which it should be repealed – a vote of the people. At least in a democracy, that is the way it is.

Proud of the fact that he “has made a career of doing things his own way,” one of Governor John Kitzhaber’s first major decrees following his win in the Oregon 2010 gubernatorial race was to illegally suspend Oregon’s death penalty. In November of 2011 he announced that, “I refuse to be a part of this compromised and inequitable system any longer; and I will not allow further executions while I am Governor.” He took this action without a bill or  initiative or vote of the legislature or vote of the people, as though he believed that being a duly elected by people gave him divine authority.

With this 2011 decree Governor Kitzhaber put every controlling legal authority in Oregon on notice that he intended to violate Oregon law whenever he pleased, however he pleased. He then sat back and waited for someone to stop him. No one did. Not Attorney General Ellen “I ignore the Constitution” Rosenblum. Not Senate President Peter Courtney. Not House Speaker Tina Kotek. Not Secretary of State Kate Brown. Not Treasurer Ted Wheeler. Not Oregonian editor Peter Bhatia. And in a 4-3 decision in favor of Kitzhaber, not the Oregon Supreme Court. Not even the citizens of Multnomah County, who repeatedly elected Kitzhaber to office, cared about his blatant disregard for the Rule of Law. For the first time in his political career, instead of chaffing under the law, John Kitzhaber felt elevated above the law, and rightly so. His allies had made him emperor for a day. He would still be emperor today if it were not for Oregon’s lone journalist, Nigel Jaquiss, who doggedly pursued Kitzhaber’s corrupt activities and then force fed the facts to Oregon’s political elites.

While we may never know all the wrongdoings of the former governor and his first lady, Cylvia Hayes, Oregonians and the citizens of Multnomah County know the gist of the situation. Kitzhaber and Hayes had big plans for themselves and for Oregon. Plans so big and so important that they ought not be subject to or scrutinized by something as insignificant as the Rule of Law. They lived this mantra. They won elections with this mantra. And they unrepentantly ended their political careers with this mantra.

Had Oregon’s legislative branch and judicial branch of government done their sworn duty back in 2011, and reigned in Governor Kitzhaber when he unilaterally voided Oregon law, we would not be where we are today. Instead they chose to ignore their legal duties and the Rule of Law, and now my state is in complete political disarray. Had they stood up to the governor in 2011, they would not be forcing him to resign today. There is a lesson to be learned here. When you cut a swath through the law to get at your perceived devil, that devil will always turn on you. Oregon’s political establishment brought this mess on themselves. They deserve every bit of suffering and every sleepless night, for they failed us all. I only hope they learn that exempting themselves from the Rule of Law is bad policy.

My predictions are these:

  • Instead of learning from their mistakes, Kitzhaber’s allies will bend over backwards to rehabilitate his public image with sympathetic anecdotes, editorials and photo montages.
  • The engagement of former Governor John Kitzhaber to former First Lady Cylvia Hayes will shortly be broken.
  • Neither Kitzhaber nor Hayes will go to jail.
  • Whoever Multnomah County elects to replace Kitzhaber in 2016 will be just as bad as the last four people to hold the office.

Why You Should Support the Net Neutrality Legislation

The Internet is a digital world. You can buy, sell, travel, communicate, work, and play. When you sign up with an Internet service provider, in essence you are purchasing a piece of virtual property in the digital world. The size of that property, its “speed,” depends on how much you want to pay your ISP, but it is your property. You use it however you want. You can purchase a domain name and create a website or blog, and you can hire contractors, like Netflix or Hulu, to bring content to your property. How much you can do simply depends on the size of the property you bought from your ISP.

The reason for needing Net Neutrality is simple. Companies like Comcast want to make lots of money. Once they sell you your piece of Internet property, Comcast then wants to resell your property to anyone else who steps foot on your property. For example, the piece of property I bought from my ISP is big enough for me to hire Netflix and stream movies. I bought the IP address and enough speed to stream movies to three devices. Then I hired Netflix to deliver content to me.

What companies like Comcast want is to sell me Internet speed, then resell that same Internet speed to Netflix. They just sold the same piece of property twice. If they get their way, no matter how much I spend for Internet service and speed, Netflix will never work unless Netflix pays the ISP for the Internet speed I already purchased. That is why your support of Net Neutrality is important. ISPs have no more the right to pick where you can go and what you do on the Internet than VISA or MasterCard have the right to pick where you drive and where you eat.