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Bush Says Americans 'Ought to Have' Broadband and a Pony by 2007

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the make-mine-a-unicorn dept.

The Internet 1078

wrttnwrd writes "George Bush is calling for universal broadband by 2007. He doesn't say how, or who's going to pay for it, or who's going to build it, but hey, isn't almost good enough? (for all of you Boondocks readers out there)" First step to universal broadband: don't have your Justice Department argue against communities providing their own broadband service. And don't forget the pony!

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1078 comments

George W. Bush (-1, Troll)

Klerck (213193) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697429)

George W. Bush. What's he all about? Is he good, or is he whack?

THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING ! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697435)

Hello, and THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING

Yes that's right, THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING. Why you might ask? Well it's simple!

Your brain usually takes care of breathing FOR you, but whenever you remember this, YOU MUST MANUALLY BREATH! If you don't you will DIE.

There are also MANY variations of this. For example, think about:

  1. BLINKING!

  1. SWALLOWING SALIVA!

  1. HOW YOUR FEET FEEL IN YOUR SOCKS!



In conclusion, the THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING troll is simply unbeatable.These 4 words can be thrown randomly into article text trolls, into sigs, into anything, and once seen, WILL FORCE THE VICTIM TO TAKE CARE OF HIS BREATHING MANUALLY! This goes far beyond the simple annoying or insulting trolls of yesteryear.

In fact, by EVEN RESPONDING to this troll, you are proving that IT HAS CLAIMED ANOTHER VICTIM -- YOU!

Re:THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING ! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697544)

LMAO I'm in tears laughing at this....

You are god...

Re:THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697569)

Your brain usually takes care of breathing FOR you, but whenever you remember this, YOU MUST MANUALLY BREATH! If you don't you will DIE.

Negative. If you don't breathe you will pass out, and while passed out your brain will start breathing again. Stupid troll.

Re:THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697575)

I found it funny.

Re:THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING ! (1)

trmj (579410) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697609)

i'm not wearing socks, you insensitive clod.

Re:George W. Bush (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697474)

You should put up a proper poll if you're going to ask that.

George W. Bush: Good, or whack?

Good [calcgames.org]
Whack [calcgames.org]

Re:George W. Bush (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697491)

Good idea, but I wouldn't have been able to do it in time to fp :(

Re:George W. Bush (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697505)

YOU didn't get an fp. I WAS THE ONE for got FP, you fairy princess piece of credit-stealing shit.

HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN! FUCK AMERICA! FRANCE RULES! (-1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697431)

HOWTO: Be an American

America, eh folks? It's a pretty screwed up place. Unfortunately, but not indefinitely, the USA's weapons of mass destruction make it the most powerful country in the world (militarily). As a result, it helps to be aware of American society and fit into it, and our quick 8-step guide should have you on the path to burger-munching enlightenment.

1 - Buy yourself a gun
To become a fully-fledged Yank, you'll need to get a weapon. Americans think that having more killing machines magically makes their country safer, and it helps them to walk around saying "I'll put a cap in your ass". Even though the concept of "no guns = no gun-related crimes" is alien to the average Yank, it'll give you a false sense of security in this country with the highest crime rates in the developed world.

2 - Put on at least 25 stone
Skinny? Medium? Chubby? That won't cut it in the good ol' US of A. Because America has the highest obesty levels on the planet, you'll need to get those rolls of flab built up. Eating 18 waffles with Maple syrup for breakfast (and visiting Burger King five times in a day) is all natural when much of the world is suffering massive poverty. Get fat and fit in.

3 - Learn the lingo
We've talked about issues affecting society, but on a personal level you'll need more knowledge (or ignorance as it may be) to fit in. First, forget proper English. Confuse "your" with "you're". Say "must of" instead of "must have". Whenever anything interesting occurs, say "shucks" repeatedly. Instead of clever spontaneity or witty insults, call people "asswipes". It's funny!

4 - Throw away all maps, history books etc.
To really feel a part of American society, you must lose all knowledge of the world. Forget where Poland is. Scrap your knowledge of the lengthy Chinese history. Make cretinous remarks like "India? Is that in Africa?". Because ALL that matters is America, and it doesn't matter how pathetic you look to educated people the world over.

5 - Become totally irrational and nonsensical
Spout on about the Constitution, and then make drastic changes to it. Talk about "freedom of speech" and watch TV programmes about the Ku Klux Klan. Rant on about market freedom, and sit back as companies run riot and destroy the economy with their anti-competitive practices. Essentially, act idiotic at all times.

6 - Sue everyone you ever meet
The USA doesn't produce many decent quality products, so the society is crumbling into a litigation-happy joke. With so many jobs going overseas to talented workers, your only option left is to start legal proceedings. About anything. Someone step on your toe? Get some hotshot downtown lawyer to sue their ass!

7 - Get a "shrink"
Americans have a hard time dealing with their own problems in a mature manner, and prefer to spend hundreds of dollars sitting in front of someone and whinging. However trivial your problems may be, blast them out like a baby!

8 - Watch abysmal TV
Forget educational programmes and incisive documentaries. Your ideal night in is with your gun, six cheeseburgers and a Friends box set. Watch as some over-paid talentless "actor" enters the scene, and whoop and scream hysterically as he delivers some ridiculously poor wisecrack.

So there you have it! Those 8 steps should have you killing innocent people, piling on pounds and acting like a moron in no time. America awaits you, brave hero! Just get out before it collapses in disarray.

Re:HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN! FUCK AMERICA! FRANCE RUL (-1, Offtopic)

STiNGEREGNiTS (601786) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697486)

9 - Feel free to track down a poster on slashdot, murder him, hire the best lawyers, and get off.

Re:HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN! FUCK AMERICA! FRANCE RUL (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697546)

Fuck off you Eurotrash shithead. The French are a bunch of fucking cowards and rely on Brits to save their asses.

Re:HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN! FUCK AMERICA! FRANCE RUL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697594)

9 - The WW2 excuse

Anytime you encounter a person from Europe (or from another country which you can't find on a world map) who doesn't share your opinion on something, tell him to shut up because you personally saved his ass in WW2. Completely ignore the fact that the Russians did much more than the US in WW2 and that the US wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the French.

Re:HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN! FUCK AMERICA! FRANCE RUL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697612)

No, asshat, but I've personally served in Iraq and saved his sorry ass from Saddam Hussein.

Now stfu and go back in your hole.

Oh, btw, I'm British, not American. I just hate French assclowns like you.

Re:HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN! FUCK AMERICA! FRANCE RUL (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697630)

I've personally served in Iraq

AHAHAHAHAHAHHA. WHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. HUHUHUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Oh my god, I can't stop laughing!

He demands respect because he spent his government paid vacation in Iraq!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Re:HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN! FUCK AMERICA! FRANCE RUL (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697561)

or be a moron like the parent poster and spell whining as "whinging".

Re:HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN! FUCK AMERICA! FRANCE RUL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697614)

to whinge actually is a real word which fits in this context. way to go, eurotrash.

STFU SURRENDER MONKEY (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697572)

Re:HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN! FUCK AMERICA! FRANCE RUL (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697580)

Even though the concept of "no guns = no gun-related crimes" is alien to the average Yank, it'll give you a false sense of security in this country with the highest crime rates in the developed world.

The concept of "no guns = no gun-related crimes" isn't alien. It's painfully obvious. However, that first condition of the statement, "no guns", is not realistically possible in a world where people are going to get guns one way or another.

And you can't really say "few guns = few gun-related crimes", since it's highly dependent on who owns those guns (e.g. criminals, law enforcement officers, law abiding trained citizens, children).

Re:HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN! FUCK AMERICA! FRANCE RUL (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697637)

Don't forget, America keeps funding Microsoft, their buggy software, and illegal business practices which harm the entire world. Europe brings open source software like Linux. America refuses to penalize Microsoft for their abuses.

Mod parent up. Fuck America.

Michael is a dick loving sack of shit!!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697433)

A pony indeed (5, Funny)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697441)

Fetch the man his coffee, post haste!

Some Americans have yet to receive their forty acres and mules.

Re:A pony indeed (1)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697503)

why don't you go read Snopes...that is an urban legend.

Re:A pony indeed (5, Funny)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697529)

Actually I was trying to link directly to a funny Onion headline but slashcode wouldn't let me. Here's a link [theonion.com] that doesn't try to go straight to the pdf.

Re:A pony indeed (1)

vwjeff (709903) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697588)

"Some Americans have yet to receive their forty acres and mules."

This is not recorded anywhere in any historical document. This is a legend that has been passed on over the years.

Re:A pony indeed (5, Funny)

morganjharvey (638479) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697635)

Some Americans have yet to receive their forty acres and mules.

Really? Then explain why there are so many asses everywhere.

SO? (2, Insightful)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697442)

This is the same group of people that think it would be a 'good idea' to reclassify fastfood workers as manufacturers because they 'make things'.

This, much like the Bush anti-terror policies are all about getting Bush a win in 2004. They are not about solving they problems at hand.

Re:SO? (-1, Troll)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697608)

I love politically inspired modding... (Score: 3, Flamebait)

Re:SO? (-1, Troll)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697613)

Yes, don't respond to any of the points I made, just mode me down!

Cowards.

Hmmm (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697444)

1. Anger most of the population
2. Attempt to win them over with cheap internet
3. ???
4. Pro...Re-election!

In other news (1)

PepsiProgrammer (545828) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697586)

Bush proclaims that 'americans should also experience world peace by 2007'

Grandiose vision (to be forgotten after Nov. 2) (3, Insightful)

Texas Rose on Lava L (712928) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697447)

Bush will have broadband in everyone's home about the same time he lands humans on Mars.

Re:Grandiose vision (to be forgotten after Nov. 2) (3, Funny)

Cidtek (632990) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697540)

I think he meant to say invade mars :-)

Re:Grandiose vision (to be forgotten after Nov. 2) (5, Funny)

cperciva (102828) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697591)

Don't you mean liberate mars?

Re:Grandiose vision (to be forgotten after Nov. 2) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697573)

Or maybe he'll have broadband ON MARS!

Re:Grandiose vision (to be forgotten after Nov. 2) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697598)

We are discovering Mr Bush has excellent ideas... he just had them a little to late ... while ending his government.. and he's proposing they'll come up when he will not be president anymore.. i wonder how many voters will fall :-P

Ohh Great.. (0)

freaksta (524994) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697452)

And once its provided to you, TIA takes effect.
If its a government supplied service, you can bet your ass Echilon/Carnivore will be in full gear.

Re:Ohh Great.. (1)

blankmange (571591) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697508)

Got news for you -- it already is in full gear... We are listening to you -- NOW.....

Yes, this fits in well with (2, Funny)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697454)

homeland security plans.

When everyone has XP and DRM and ABC and DEF and CIA, then braodband to boot, no amount of tinfoil on earth will cloak your activities from BB...

Of what a joyous future ahead...

Re:Yes, this fits in well with (1)

Slack3r78 (596506) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697604)


When everyone has XP and DRM and ABC and DEF and CIA, then braodband to boot, no amount of tinfoil on earth will cloak your activities from BB...


Wow, I always thought Best Buy was a type of evil corporation, but I had no clue they took things this far! Thanks for the warning, Brother, see you on the front lines!!

In other news... (3, Funny)

gatorflux (759239) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697456)

Presidential candidates say absolutely anything to get themselves elected. More on this at 10:00pm...

Re:In other news... (1)

nametaken (610866) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697592)

Yeah, kinda like saying you invented the internet?

Re:In other news... (1)

HeghmoH (13204) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697639)

OT, but one of my favorites:

Russian tanks steamrolling across New Jersey!

Details at 11!

I've got one thing to say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697457)

Hell. Yeah. I've already got comcast cable, but it would be very nice to raise the bar for commoners.

Whoop-tee-doo. (5, Insightful)

Kronovohr (145646) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697459)

Is this anything like a certain other organization stating that everyone "ought to have" universal health care, without saying how, or who's going to pay for it, etc? This is a normal function of politicians, folks, nothing to see here.

Re:Whoop-tee-doo. (5, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697512)

Is this anything like a certain other organization stating that everyone "ought to have" universal health care, without saying how, or who's going to pay for it, etc? This is a normal function of politicians, folks, nothing to see here.

Exactly. There's a big difference between a "policy" and a "plan" coming out of a political type. Saying that you'd like to see something doesn't quite get as much done as proposing a specific law that would cause that something to get done.

And this is an equal opportunity problem that afflicts the left and right equally...

With the help of jesus christ (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697461)

We, one nation under god, can share in the bounty of a being a prosporous nation.

If we continue to allow secular influences run rampant in our schools and our judicary however, we will end up like canaan.

our choice is clear

Jesus or satan?

New Jerusalem, or New Gomorrah?

Spreading god's word, or spreading GNAA filth?

chose wisely.

Re:With the help of jesus christ (0, Funny)

black88 (559855) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697535)

Oh Goody,
a pop quiz!!!
Here are my answers:
a)satan
b)New Gomorrah (Though, where's Sodom?!!)
c)GNAA filth (I think? wtf is GNAA anyway?

HAIL SATAN!!!

nice try (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697462)

As much I would like to have cheap broadband. This is obviously a last ditch effort to get the /.er's vote.

George Bush? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697465)

You mean George "Enemy of Muslims" [bbc.co.uk] Bush wants to promote yet another "technology thing?" What happened hydrogen cars and mission to Mars? Oh well, whatever that gives a nice soundbite to conservative voters...

Such an unbiased article summary (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697466)

I'm glad Slashdot editors are doing such a fine job treating subjects fairly!

Re:Such an unbiased article summary (2, Insightful)

aceat64 (706106) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697536)

I'm sorry, but I read slash dot for tech news. Not political opinions, if I want to read that I'll check out the opinion page of my local news paper. I think it's disgraceful for the slashdot editors to allow this story be posted.

Re:Such an unbiased article summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697570)

What he said. Idiotic and unneccesary editorializing.

Re:Such an unbiased article summary (0, Offtopic)

nametaken (610866) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697621)

Amen. Next time try to obfuscate your personal polical opinions a little better, eh? Go create a slashdem, news for democrats.

Only a coincedence... (4, Insightful)

blankmange (571591) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697469)

that this is an election year, right? Unemployment and gas prices are up, we are still killing off our soldiers in the Middle East, we are trying to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriages, we can't educate or feed our children....

But hey, wouldn't universal broadband be kewl!!!!????

Re:Only a coincedence... (2, Insightful)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697533)

yeah...just look at the thousands of body bags being pulled off the planes...

dude...you need some perspective here...

Vietnam....56,000 dead americans....

Iraq....550 dead americans....

so stop being over dramatic, it hurts your argument.

Re:Only a coincedence... (2, Insightful)

MicktheMech (697533) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697616)

Vietnam....56,000 dead americans....


Iraq....550 dead americans....

so stop being over dramatic, it hurts your argument.

Even one is too many. Just because it isn't as bad as vietnam doesn't mean it isn't really bad.

Re:Only a coincedence... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697552)

that this is an election year, right?

Don't blame your liberal cynicism on Bush

Unemployment and gas prices are up, we are still killing off our soldiers in the Middle East, we are trying to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriages, we can't educate or feed our children....

What you mean is the lazy still won't work, the market is dictating the price of fuels which is in line with the extra capital required for the mid-east conflicts (in an attempt to SECURE our country. Would you prefer nobody fought for us?) We're protecting the family and wrt education, children refusing to be educated is merely a symptom of the 70s and 80s liberal agenda finally coming to a head when parenting skills that have been refined over hundreds of years were washed away in a wave of "feel good" liberalism. Reap what you sow, you know.

I know who I'm voting for. Broadband or not, it's Bush

Re:Only a coincedence... (4, Insightful)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697628)

While I will respectfully disagree with most of your opinions there and leave it at that, I'd like to see the reasoning that states preventing two loving people from gaining the social and legal rights equal to two other loving people is protecting the family. I'm genuinely interested as to why so many people think this way, so any sensible replys would be helpful.

Read my lips, no slow connections? (5, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697470)

If we're going to have "Universial Service" for Internet access, we first need to determine what level of service is going to be considered the universial level.

For example, lets consider phones... The USF for telephone service assures that everybody can get access to POTS. But, it's exactly Plain Old Telephone Service, a dialtone. Any advanced services are not included in the subsidized rates, so customers are on their own if they want Caller ID, Call Waiting, or Three Way Calling to work. Cellular customers have to pay into the USF fund because they are connecting to the phone network, but they get no subsidies out because cell service is most definitely above the universial level of service. However, this also means that cell network operators are not responsible for getting their networks extended into areas where they don't think it would be profitable to operate.

The other key thing about phone service is that it only costs about $5 to get the hardware you need to fully enjoy all of the features of Plain Old Telephone Service. Sure, there are more expensive telephones are the market, but those all ofter additional features beyond what it takes to interface with the telephone network. It's not an unfair burden to expect somebody to be able to afford to buy their own phone hardware. But, just what is the minimum feature set of a computer to enjoy the Internet? Is Lynx a good enough browser, or do we have to assure that the subsidized level of service can deliver Mozilla?

And, just what technical definition of "broadband" will the subsidized service use? Afterall, DSL and Cable Models come in various speeds of upload and download last-mile links, and how congested the network is after you get off the last mile is also variable and hard-to-quantify. The debate as to what would be defined as "Plain Old Broadband Internet Service" is far from settled.

Bush is giving off a nice thought for an election year proposal... but it seems like this is so lacking in details it can't exactly be taken seriously yet.

Re:Read my lips, no slow connections? (3, Insightful)

Valar (167606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697610)

Well, even though the article title and the /. write up say broadband, the only actual statement they provide from GWB is for 'high speed internet' (unless I missed something). Keep in mind that earthlink considers themselves high speed internet. Heck, I think even some aol commercials boast being high speed.

I haven't read the actual speech, so I could be wrong, but I think he called for something even more loosely defined than 'broadband'. He could just be talking about some kind of nationwide 56k dialup scheme. It is unlikely he actually knows, or that any of the people adivising him actually know (and I'm not just saying that because it is Bush-- there are very few technically saavy politicians at all). They probably just took a poll and said, "Gee, people want faster internet. I wonder how we can make this work for us."

I advise all slashdot readers (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697471)

I advise all slashdot readers to vote for this patriot on the upcoming election!

Bush is all about freedom, has been and always will be.

This man knows every american has a universal right; and that is to download pornography at high speeds.

no no (4, Insightful)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697472)

the reason the Justice department is arguing against co-op broadband systems is then his big business buddies in the telecom and cable industry don't get paid....see, he wants to get a spending bill passed that will subsidize the expansion of DSL and Cable, but if co-ops form, that means less money for his porky friends.

The much despised "tax and spend" policy... (5, Insightful)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697475)


...has been replaced by a bold new "don't tax, and spend" policy.

Uhhh... he was... a terrorist! Anyone else want to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697478)

It's so much easier to track terrorists' (I mean people's) activities online vs. the real, physical world. Especially once you provide their Internet access.

Broads Banned (5, Funny)

xarak (458209) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697487)

What he meant is that he wants broads banned, universally.

What a sexist pig!

Impact of universal broadband (4, Interesting)

G4from128k (686170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697497)

Although I am in favor of broader adoption of broadband, I do see a couple of downsides:

1. More telecom taxes to support universal service (including taxes on VoIP)
2. more zombie boxen and virus datastorms from clueless broadband users

We shall see if universal service improves the economies of scale enough to cover the increased costs of taxes and AV/firewall.

We have universal phone service (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697499)

Why shouldn't we have universal broadband internet service? The idea in this day and age that someone couldn't get a phone is laughable, but it wasn't that long ago that it was a harsh reality.

Internet a Utility? (1)

Fiz Ocelot (642698) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697504)

I know the idea of having the internet being a government regulated utility has been around. Should it be like water and power? I think it would be a very bad idea myself.

Porn for the people (4, Funny)

sien (35268) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697506)

Has there ever been a stronger cause for Americans to unite behind?

Bah who needs broadband (5, Funny)

skizrule (701743) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697509)

Who needs broadband when you have AOL with TOPSPEED technology?

oh wait...

That's just wrong (5, Insightful)

falsification (644190) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697511)

GWB did not propose spending one dime on universal broadband. All he said is that all Americans "ought to have it."

I agree. All Americans ought to have it.

When GWB proposes spending government money on this, please get back to me.

Re:That's just wrong (5, Funny)

Roger Keith Barrett (712843) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697558)

GWB did not propose spending one dime on universal broadband. All he said is that all Americans "ought to have it."

To paraphrase, when it comes to jobs all Americans "ought to have one" too.

He has the exact same plan for that too, thas is do nothing at all.

I guess that is what he means by "strong leadership."

Re:That's just wrong (3, Insightful)

rayvd (155635) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697595)

Exactly. Why do people try to paint this as some huge govt spending project? Oh yeah, they blindly hate Bush... BTW, Kerry has criticized Bush for not implementing a broadband for all policy... of course, the fact that Kerry wants one doesn't make him a moron right? :-)

Good plan. really. (3, Insightful)

User 956 (568564) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697520)

Ok, great. so he's proposing all these programs, like hte Mars mission, ubiquitous broadband-- the thing is, he doesn't actually plan on coming through on any of them. It's called "starving the beast".

In bold print on the first page of the long-term conservative playbook is a tactic called "Starving The Beast". It goes like this:

* lower taxes (especially for your friends) to the point where a fiscal train wreck finally ensues.

*declare that "raising" taxes (returning them to a prior level) would destroy the economy, and that the only solution is to gut Social Security and other unwanted New Deal programs.

"Starving the beast" is no longer a hypothetical scenario -- it's happening as we speak. For decades, conservatives have sought tax cuts, not because they're affordable, but because they aren't. Tax cuts lead to budget deficits, and deficits offer an excuse to squeeze government spending.

Second, squeezing spending doesn't mean cutting back on wasteful programs nobody wants, like missile defense.

Finally, the right-wing corruption of our government system -- the partisan takeover of institutions that are supposed to be nonpolitical -- continues, and even extends to the Federal Reserve.

But yeah, ubiquitous broadband is a great idea, if he actually meant it.

You're no FDR (5, Insightful)

amichalo (132545) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697525)

I am sorry, but broadband in the household is not like FDR's Public Works Proejcts [nps.gov] of the 1930's. Roosevelt used such initiatives to give work to those hammered by the Great Depression while simultaneously modernizing the US infrastructure - electricity for rural communities and the like.

I agree people should have broadband, but Bush needs to let ECONOMICS drive that, not legislation. When demand is high enough, providers will answer. Until then, there are plenty of other issues our government needs to take a look at.

Here's a hint, turn your head East.

Re:You're no FDR (4, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697583)

Bush is complaining about a lack of jobs, but he's failing to connect the homeland issues that are painfully understaffed to the funding that allows peopel to be hired. For example, more effective security barriers could be built along the Mexican border to help make sure everybody who wants to enter the USA is going through a checkpoint like they're supposed to, but Bush doesn't exactly seem like he's interested in even trying to solve that issue. In fact, MSNBC reported last week that the all three parts of the Dept. of Homeland Security are presently in a hiring freeze... it's not like there's a lack of work in that department, just a lack of funding to pay people to do that work.

If the Iraq war is the only government-funded project he can come up with, we've got a serious problem...

prez misspoke again... (1)

0WaitState (231806) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697528)

What President Bush meant to say was that we'll have broadband on mars so those lonely astronauts won't get bored. In further news, Halliburton annouced the formation of a new division specializing in the provisioning of broadband. Can I have my pony now, and skip the 2007 broadband?

Taking Credit? (1)

DarkkOne (741046) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697537)

Lessee... GNU/Linux, and FOSS in general is all about standards, as is the internet. Since Microsoft is about proprietary software in general, they're in the way of spreading the internet... Now if only someone were to mention to Bush they *might* have WOMD...

On a more serious note, what's to stop this from happening anyway. I mean, not necessarily by 2007, but if you look at the rate that broadband access has spread throughout the US, and where prices tend to be in the areas where it is widespread, there's a decent chance it'll be very available throughout the US without his help. It's entirely possible he's just saying it now, so he can take credit for it later.

No pony for me thanks. Just credit it towards my ISP bills.

cf Rural Electrification Administration (2, Insightful)

use_compress (627082) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697538)

Bush is probably looking to propose a plan comparable to FDR's REA (Rural Electrification Administration) which funded power lines to rural developments and encouraged rural businesses to adopt newer technologies. I hope Bush will take a lesson from FDR and not only extend BB access to rural homes and businesses but to give funding to poorer families and rural businesses to help close the "digital divide". For more information on the REA, see http://history.sandiego.edu/gen/20th/1930s/newdeal .html

Mod -1 Redundant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697541)

Bush says cockimamy(sp?) thing.

Yeah, so?

Why not change the name to LeftDot instead? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697549)

Hey, moderators: if I want to read snarky left-wing opinions, I'll go to a different site. Save the frustrated Howard Dean shrieking for your personal weblogs and stick to the technology. You actually know what you're talking about in that arena.

Phone service first (4, Insightful)

Nomihn0 (739701) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697553)

Before we get all excited about universal broadband, we should consider parts of the country that haven't even received narrow-band telephone lines.

the way politics work (1)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697554)

1)call for something to happen that is a popular idea
2)???
3)re-election!!!

I'm gonna get this out of the way. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697557)

He's full of shit. Lots and lots of shit. And you've tasted like... 2 grams out of the many many kilos of shit that he is full of. Trust me, you're not the first to eat the shit he is full of, and you will not be the last. The only thing for sure is that he wants us all to eat shit and die.

No Blood For Broadband!111!!!! (0)

Bon bons (734068) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697563)

Lighten up you guys, and for JUST A MINUTE take off that "NO BLOOD FOR OIL!!11!" hat that always leads you to bash Bush with every last breath you have.

Frankly, I think he should have sprung for wide wi-fi hotspots throughout the country; the technological benefits for that are much better.

We could start by (4, Funny)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697564)

He doesn't say how, or who's going to pay for it, or who's going to build it

massmailing free AOL for Broadband [aol.com] CDs to every known address in the US.

AOL for broadband - It's faster! It's smarter! It's included!
On dial-up surf the web upto 5x times faster than a standard dial-up connection with AOL TopSpeed(TM) technology all through your existing phone jack at no additional charge!

That could work.

Get some priorites (1, Troll)

focitrixilous P (690813) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697565)

You can gain the nerd vote a lot easier by getting out of Iraq then try to appease us with wiretapped broadband. Broadband is good, but I think little things like not having a trillion dollar debt would be a good idea to take care of first.

Bush asked for - we'll get it! (1)

victorvodka (597971) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697574)

Bush has proven track record on getting things he publicly says he wants but privately doesn't really care about one way or the other.

Witnesseth:
1. AIDS in Africa is being brought under control by his jihad against the virus that causes it (using the proven method of abstinence)
2. Osama is in fact "either dead or alive"
3. The Hubble is being scrapped as the first step to landing a Man on Mars
4.Global warming is behind us (because there need to be more studies)

Mr. Bush, what have you done with your time? (0, Insightful)

Jerk City Troll (661616) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697581)

<rant mode="troll">Mr. Bush, I'd like to point out that you've had nearly four years to involve yourself in such domestic progress. You've spent hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars on war and completely forgotten us. Those resources could have sent us to Mars. Those resources could have improved our nation's quality of life by providing services like broadband. There's so much that could have been done, yet the emphasis was purely on destruction.

Frankly, Mr. Bush, you need to can it. A pile of false promises that could have been done will not win the American people. You've already lost. You, sir, are a miserable failure.</rant>

Buzzwords (1)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697582)

Seems the guy needs some buzzwords (other than 'we fly to Mars, teee-heeeee') to cover up for the politics busied a few months ago.

Anyone ever noticed how much Bush has been talking about Spain's bombing lately ?

big government (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697590)

Funny, I always thought that republicans wanted less government intervention.

RIAA will be happy (2, Insightful)

melikamp (631205) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697599)

Broadband for everyone? That's just what RIAA needs to stop the music pirates. I heard that 50 million figures for p2p networks are way overblown, but with the help of W they will become a reality.

I say, kudos to the president Bush.

Priorities... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697601)

George Bush is calling for universal broadband by 2007

Maybe he should find a place for all homeless citizens to live in first. :-P

I Don't Get It (4, Insightful)

Pave Low (566880) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697611)

Bush doesn't mention a Pony in the article or anywhere else I've seen this article. Where did michael get that information from?

I mean, this is a news site, right? We just wouldn't make things up out of thin air to push our agenda here, would we?

I ask this because the Pony part seems unbelievable to me.

Why do I suspect that if... (5, Insightful)

HarryCaul (25943) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697624)


Howard Dean had proposed this, we'd be seeing tons of posts on how visionary it was.

I loved "independent" thinkers.

I have good news and bad news... (1)

azaris (699901) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697626)

Good news: There'll be broadband Internet for everyone.

Bad news: There won't be any porn or P2P.

Has anyone guessed (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8697631)

yet that Michael is a democrat? Its nice how he can use this entire website as a big ad for the democrats. Perhaps the other /. editors should think about replacing him and bringing a shred of dignity back to this site.

This is as out there as the Mars plan (3, Insightful)

saskboy (600063) | more than 10 years ago | (#8697632)

This is just nuts, both technologically, and unprofitable wise, as going to Mars by 2020.

The amount of switches needed to put everyone on ground based broadband is nuts. I live out in an area where there is no cable TV, and a sparse population, so there is no highspeed option. And you can't consider Satellite an option yet, because 2 way is too expensive for a single household, and one way you still need the expensive dialup account.

Canada promised to give highspeed access to everyone by about this time, and the project just needs technology to catch up with consumer will.

I also don't think it is a good idea to give everyone and their dog access to highspeed Internet. With the inherent insecurities in the Internet's design, it is stupid to give attack capabilities to people who are unable and unwilling to keep their computers free of worms and trojans. The very safety of the Internet relies on some people not having quick service to the net.
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