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Image of the Day: U.S. Internet Speeds Skyrocketed After Ending Failed Title II "Net Neutrality" Experiment

CFIF often highlights how the Biden Administration's bizarre decision to resurrect failed Title II "Net Neutrality" internet regulation, which caused private broadband investment to decline for the first time ever outside of a recession during its brief experiment at the end of the Obama Administration, is a terrible idea that will only punish consumers if allowed to take effect.

Here's what happened after that brief experiment was repealed under the Trump Administration and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai - internet speeds skyrocketed despite late-night comedians' and left-wing activists' warnings that the internet was doomed:

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Internet Speeds Post-"Net Neutrality"[/caption]

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151 John Roberts' Travesty, Point by Point

There is a good reason why not even most liberal commentators are applauding the actual legal reasoning Chief Justice John Roberts used to avoid striking down the ObamaCare law: The “reasoning” is thinner than unleavened bread, and crumbles to dust not just upon gentle handling, but merely under the weight of a piercing gaze. Let us count…

152 ObamaCare Takeaway: A Net Win Constitutionally

Years from now, here is the proposition for which law students will study this week’s Supreme Court ObamaCare decision:  Federal power is not unlimited under the commerce clause after all.  Granted, the United States Supreme Court engaged in a contortion worthy of Cirque de Soleil in upholding ObamaCare’s individual mandate as…

153 Obama Administration: Leak Vital Military Secrets, but Conceal Relevant “Fast & Furious” Documents

“Our son lost his life protecting this nation, and it is very disappointing that we are now faced with an administration that seems more concerned with protecting themselves rather than revealing the truth behind Operation Fast and Furious.”  ~Josephine Terry and Kent Terry, Sr.  The question is simple:  What is the Obama…

154 Notre Dame’s Gerard Bradley on Catholic-HHS Contraception Lawsuit

Monday, May 21, 2012, signaled a new round in the fight between Catholic institutions and the federal Department of Health and Human Services over HHS’s controversial contraception mandate.  In a coordinated effort, 43 separate Catholic entities – churches, hospitals, schools and other charities – filed lawsuits in every relevant…

155 For Voting Rights, Don’t Keep Section 5 Alive

In important court cases, it is the rarely the dissenting opinion that becomes a benchmark. In a case decided last Friday by the D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, however, Judge Stephen Williams issued a tour de force of a dissent, explaining why the federal government should not (in effect) hold entire states guilty of racial discrimination without…

156 Why We Should Hate “Hate Crimes”

Hate may be a terrible sin, but is it really a crime? A horrible incident in Mobile, Alabama, April 21 earned well-intentioned pleas for it to be investigated as a “hate crime,” as did the now-infamous Trayvon Martin case in Florida and, unfortunately, a growing raft of allegedly race-motivated crimes. No matter whether the perpetrators…

157 Obama Racialism, Fired Up in Jacksonville

Corrupt Attorney General Eric Holder’s war on white people continues. In its latest installment, the Justice Department on Monday sued the city of Jacksonville, FL, to force the city to jettison the written promotion exams in its fire department. According to Holder and his leading racialist instigator, civil rights division chief Thomas Perez…

158 And Now, Miguel

Democrats may rue the day, now nine years ago, they violated the Constitution’s spirit by filibustering to kill the nomination of brilliant attorney Miguel Estrada for a federal appeals judgeship. Senate Republicans now have retained Estrada to plead their case against several “recess” appointments made by President Barack Obama…

159 Against Foreign Abuses in American Courts

The Legislature in Alabama, the home state of perhaps the single most prominent American-born jihadi, is poised to become the latest in a line of states outlawing the application of foreign laws in American courts if those laws violate American constitutional rights. The laws are desperately needed: Confused American trial court judges are surprisingly…

160 Overturning ObamaCare Wouldn’t Constitute “Judicial Activism”

This week, it suddenly dawned on bewildered liberals that ObamaCare’s legality was dubious after all.  Behold New York Times bubble-dweller Linda Greenhouse, prior to this week’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court:  “The notion that Congress somehow lacks the power to regulate, restructure or basically do whatever…

161 Holder’s Endless Affirmative (Discrimin)Action

At National Review Online on Tuesday, columnist John Fund blasted Attorney General Eric Holder for advocating permanent racial discrimination in favor of black Americans. His column is “must” reading. Holder’s position is mind-boggling. It pushes the extreme edges of racialism. Anything approaching those far edges is immoral.…

162 Second Amendment: Detroit Chaos Proves Once Again It’s No Anachronism

Second Amendment antagonists claim that the individual right to keep and bear arms is some sort of anachronism, no longer important since the days of the Redcoat.  Decades of sociological research refute that allegation, of course, demonstrating to the contrary that greater firearm possession by law-abiding citizens correlates with lower crime…

163 ObamaCare’s Newest Casualty: Freedom of Conscience

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”  --Amendment I, United States Constitution  Freedom of religion is a Constitutional right.  Indeed, it is our nation’s most foundational right.  In contrast, the convenience of government-…

164 Supreme Court Saves Religious Liberty from Obama

In a devastating smackdown of the Obama administration’s extremist, anti-religious legal philosophy, a unanimous – repeat, unanimous – Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled anew that government usually may not interfere with a religious institution’s hiring and firing practices. The victory for First Amendment religious freedom is…

165 Why Supremes Will Nix ObamaCare

The Supreme Court’s agreement to consider four separate issues regarding ObamaCare has given rise to fears, mine included, that the court would produce some sort of unsatisfyingly fractured ruling that leaves defenders of liberty sputtering in frustration. The unfortunate model would be the abortion decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which…

166 Wicked Wickard v. Filburn Does Not Immunize ObamaCare

If the 1942 decision Wickard v. Filburn doesn’t ring a bell, that’s certainly understandable.  Even informed adults at the time were preoccupied by slightly more immediate threats to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness than Wickard.  Nevertheless, it’s poetically appropriate that “Wickard” rhymes with…

167 Many Legal Permutations in ObamaCare Case

[Part one of two] The broad scope of the Supreme Court’s decision to consider the constitutionality of ObamaCare makes it more possible for the court to invalidate at least part of the law, although that same broad scope also increases the possibility for a confusing and fractured ruling that punts the biggest legal issues to a future date.…

168 This Week’s Sloppy, Shameful ObamaCare Ruling Provides Wake-Up Call to American Voters

“The right to be free from federal regulation is not absolute, and yields to the imperative that Congress be free to forge national solutions to national problems…”  Somehow, that absurdity masquerading as legal reasoning actually survived the editing process, and maintained its prominence within the written opinion of Judge…

169 Tea Partiers, Conservatives Should Embrace Congressional Anti-Piracy Legislation

Here’s a reliable rule of thumb:  If Senator Marco Rubio (R – Florida) and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R – Tennessee) support proposed legislation, it’s likely an excellent idea.  Here’s corollary rule of thumb:  If the self-described Marxist organization Free Press fiercely opposes proposed legislation…

170 Free to Lie, but not to Opine?

Imagine a country where outside groups could be punished for offering their opinion about the effects of a government official’s actions, while the government itself could knowingly lie with impunity about whether a document even exists. We would see a political opinion punished as a lie while something that is indisputably a lie would be protected…

171 Lawless Obama Courts Defeat

On subjects ranging from Black Panthers to black gold, the Obama administration is having a very bad time in courts these days, and rightly so. Again and again the Obamites try to abuse their authority without regard to constitutional or statutory limits. Fortunately, judges shot down Obamite overreach in three important cases within days of each other…

172 Supreme Court Balance Could Pivot on 2012 Election

The United States Supreme Court just finished another term, and conservatives can again take comfort in its overall performance.  How long that remains the case, however, may depend upon the 2012 presidential election.  Among the most consequential rulings of the recent term, the Court held by a 5-4 margin in Arizona Free Enterprise Club…

173 For Obama, Foreign Law Trumps Vicious Rape

It was bad enough that President Obama last week asked the Supreme Court to apply a law that has not even been enacted. It was worse that four of the Left’s lackeys on the Supreme Court, one short of a majority, were willing to do it. Obama’s attempted intervention to stop the execution of brutal rapist-murderer Humberto Leal Garcia (henceforth…

174 Clarence Thomas, for the Parents

One reason Supreme Court watching can be a fascinating enterprise is because diametrically opposing sides of a case sometimes both can be, in a supra-legal sense, correct. One such decision occurred this week in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants, when a 7-2 majority ruled unconstitutional a California law banning the sale or rental of “violent…

175 “Operation Fast and Furious” – Obama Administration Endorses Guns for Mexican Drug Runners, But Not Lawful Americans

Professor John Lott, economic scholar and foremost authority on the deadly real-world consequences of gun “control” laws across the globe, labeled Barack Obama “undoubtedly the most anti-gun candidate ever nominated by a major party for President.”  Well, that apparently depends on who possesses the gun.  If you…

176 Obama and the New Incrementalism: Thumbing His Nose at the Law

The Obama Administration’s attitude toward the American court system is reminiscent of every schoolyard bully: Heads I win; tails you lose.  From healthcare to the environment to jobs, liberal legal elites pay lip service to the rule of law while their friends in the bureaucracy race to entrench liberal policies.  Welcome to the New…

177 Utah Congressional Candidate Morgan Philpot: Pushing Back Against Federal Restrictions on Land Use

Many politicians claim to know the difference between the U.S. Constitution and “The Communist Manifesto,” but very few take the time to judge legislation by whether it moves society closer to one or the other.  Morgan Philpot is one of the latter.  As a state legislator in Utah, Philpot earned attention by holding up a copy…

178 John Lott: More Guns, Still Less Crime

“I would ask gun control advocates one question:  name a single place in the entire world where murder rates fell after gun control laws were passed.” That is the powerful challenge from economist Dr. John Lott, Jr., who was kind enough to discuss with CFIF the third edition release of his tectonic book More Guns, Less Crime. …

179 If Liberals Ban Capital Punishment, Next They’ll Target Life Imprisonment

Capital punishment’s righteous opponents often disingenuously offer the supposed “certainty” of life imprisonment without parole as a bogus alternative to execution.  On the one hand, such activists decry the “cruelty” of execution.  On their other hand, they contradict that purported humanism by assuring us…

180 "Guns Is Not the Answer" – Shoot an Armed Home Invader, Invite the Wrath of Chicago’s Mayor?

Imagine the following terrifying home invasion scenario:  You live in Chicago’s west side Garfield Park community, a neighborhood in which armed home invasions are “all too frequent,” according to news media.  It’s still dark in the pre-dawn hour of 5:20 a.m.  Few people will be awake to hear your pleas for…

 
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