Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ripped the principle of net neutrality with a completely nonsensical Obamacare analogy on Monday, after President Barack Obama urged the Federal Communications Commission to adopt robust rules prohibiting Internet service providers from granting special access to or punishing some content providers.
The president called on the FCC to prohibit Internet service providers from blocking content, speeding up or slowing down service for some content, and cutting deals with content providers to give them a speed edge over others. Cruz, a Tea Party favorite who fancies himself the president's successor, lashed out on Twitter, calling net neutrality "Obamacare for the Internet":
Of course, net neutrality isn't about slowing down the Internet -- it would ban evil cable companies from slowing down content just because content providers hadn't paid exorbitant sums of money to the cable company to speed up service. But lest we get bogged down with the reality-based community's facts, let's focus on the bottom line: Ted Cruz hates net neutrality, and he really hates Obamacare, so net neutrality is basically Obamacare of the Internet. Kind of how a pathway to citizenship reform is the Obamacare of immigration policy, Common Core is the Obamacare of education, and same-sex nuptials are the Obamacare of marriage.