Of wireless Internet bandwidth hogs, that is.
We have for months been odiferously awash in word of the Occupy Wall Street (#OWS) Ã¢â‚¬Å“movement.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Intellectually and ideologically sloven, these gathered gaggles have been commandeering sporadic public spaces (and some private ones)Ã‚Â all across the fruited plain.
The only semi-comprehensible – but still factually vacuous – thing to emanate from the whole mess is the 1% – 99% nonsense.
That being the #OWS-ers saying that the upper 1% of Americans control most of the money and power and thusly must be…destroyed?Ã‚Â Certainly taxed and regulated into utter oblivion.
In an always-and-forever failed effort to Ã¢â‚¬Å“spread the wealth aroundÃ¢â‚¬Â – misery being the only thing that ever ends up equally distributed.
Work, work ethic and talent never enter the #OWS equation – but then again, why should they?
Nearly everyone on the Left has at one time or another expressed solidarity with the #OWS-ers.Ã‚Â That includes many amongst the uber-pro-government-Internet-regulationÃ‚Â Media Marxists.
Which brings us to what the doubtable New York Times recently gave us:
Top 1% of Mobile Users Consume Half of WorldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bandwidth, and Gap Is Growing
The gap between extreme users and the rest of the population is widening, according to Arieso. In 2009, the top 3 percent of heavy users generated 40 percent of network traffic. Now, Arieso said, these users pump out 70 percent of the traffic.
But wait – thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the exact argument the #OWS-ers make against the 1% – and capitalism.
This makes the Media Marxist Leftist life-work of unlawfully shoving the Huge Government, all-encompassing regulatory Internet assault that is Network Neutrality down our throats – more than a little schizophrenic.
Net Neutrality – amongst other terrible things – allows bandwidth hogs like Google, Netflix and Amazon to shift the costs of their gi-normous bandwidth use to the likes of grandmothers who do little more than email their grandchildren.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“fair,Ã¢â‚¬Â right?Ã‚Â ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s #OWS-compliant, right?
Net Neutrality allows The Internet Rich to get richer, while giving everyone else the shaft. Ã‚Â Why then are the Media Marxists and the broader Left ram-rodding it – and myriad other policies – through that do nothing but further widen the 1% – 99% gap?
Could it be that these arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Ã¢â‚¬Å“public interestÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“consumer interestÃ¢â‚¬Â groups – but government interest groups instead?
In Reality, this Leftist policy disconnect happens with cringe-inducing regularity.Ã‚Â They push proposals that will have the exact opposite effect of their desired intent – and yet onward they press.
Oft it is unintentional – sometimes it is not.Ã‚Â Then soon-to-be President Barack Obama admitted that the inheritance (death) tax costs more to implement than it collects – but that he favored it anyway, in the interest of Ã¢â‚¬Å“fairness.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Spread the misery around.
In Reality, bigger government and more regulations – which the Left (say they) implement to reduce the gap between rich and poor – actually widen it.
It goes like this:
Say we increase all regulations by a cumulative 50%.Ã‚Â The Rich, Big Companies have the money to absorb the abusive costs and keep going.Ã‚Â The up-and-comers do not. Ã‚Â The Rich, Big Companies hold on – the little ones go under.
So you end up with a few wealthy joints, and everyone else starving – the gap between widens.
Say we raise taxes to 50% of income.Ã‚Â The likes of Warren Buffett can afford it – theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re already rich.Ã‚Â But it dramatically damages the chances of people like us – the up-and-comers – from becoming rich.
So you end up with a few wealthy individuals, and everyone else starving – the gap between widens.
In short: The bigger the government – the bigger the taxes, the more the regs – the bigger the gap between rich and poor.
The outcome the Left with their policies seek to ameliorate – they instead exacerbate.
We have long had an incessantly growing Leviathan in Washington – meteorically so in the Age of Obama.Ã‚Â The government impediments to individual and business advancement have grown ever larger and ever more numerous.
And the wealth divide between the 1% and the rest of us – which the Left decries – has grown right along with it.
The lesson lost on the Media Marxists and all Leftists is:
The solution to government isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t – more government.