Saturday, January 14, 2012
Which sucks worse, SOPA or PIPA?
My eyes bleed from reading so much on SOPA and PIPA. Given that one is a House bill and the other is a Senate bill, it may even be possible to rephrase, “Which party sucks more, Republicans or Democrats?” To be more polite, let us simply ask which political party favors bigger government and special interests? It is hard for me to come up with an answer other than “Both major political parties, equally.” I have heard arguments both ways, but remain unconvinced that one party is more righteous than the other.
Are there are enough laws on the books to do most of what the advocates want from SOPA and PIPA? Possibly, but my humble impression is that the existing laws do not offer raw expediency; Napster was not resolved overnight. It is (again) my ever humble opinion that issues NOT COVERED BY EXISTING LAWS should be the ONLY things being considered in either bill.
The sitting POTUS is missing a cherry-pie election-year opportunity on this debacle by not forcefully waving his veto pen at both major political parties.
TIMELY UPDATE: VIA INSTAPUNDIT WE LEARN THAT SOPA HAS BEEN SHELVED