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Senator Ted Cruz — The Republicans' Modern Day Joe McCarthy — Calls Net Neutrality 'Obamacare for the Internet’

Ted Cruz's tweets suggests he doesn't have the slightest idea of what net neutrality is.

Joe McCarthy (left): McCarthy is the thoroughly discredited senator who terrorized
America with his "communists are everywhere" delusions. Ted Cruz: He not only
looks like McCarthy, but acts as strange and uninformed as McCarthy. (Adapted by
from Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore)

By Jane C. Timm
President Obama on Monday came out with a full-throated defense of so-called net neutrality, advocating for new rules that would keep the Internet free from the influence of broadband companies seeking to control customers’ speed and access. But not everyone is a fan of Obama’s stand.

“ ‘Net Neutrality’ is Obamacare for the Internet,” Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted Monday in response to the president’s announcement. “The Internet should not operate at the speed of government.”

The Texas Republican’s tweeted criticism seems to betray an inherent misunderstanding of what net neutrality is. ”He’s searching desperately for a talking point,” says Free Press spokesman Timothy Karr. “He swung and he missed.”

Net neutrality advocates, meanwhile, were thrilled that Obama finally found his voice on an issue he has long pledged to support. ”The president who promised to take a back seat to no one on Net Neutrality has finally gotten in the driver’s seat. And he may have saved the Internet at the moment it was in the greatest jeopardy,” said Craig Aaron, president and CEO of the pro-net neutrality advocacy group Free Press, in a statement.

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