David Karp, Tumblr CEO, intellectually tumbles down mine shaft during Net Neutrality debate

David Krap clueless net neutralityTumblr CEO David Karp is one of a small group of individuals who has influenced the Obama administration behind the scenes on Net Neutrality. On Feb. 24th he appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box to talk about the White House’s plan to treat broadband services like a public utility. The segment featured him tumbling down an intellectual mine shaft after the least bit of push-back from the panel.

Please — I urge you — watch as the guy who runs a digital playground for socialist kids everywhere shows why the self-appointed masters of the universe should have no say in how to “fix” the Internet (that was never broken to begin with).

Rebecca Quick: If you talk to someone like AT&T — Randal Stevenson — he will say right now they have more capital expenditures than any company in America. They have invested heavily to build their network. And that if you turn it into a utility it will not be profitable to continue investing like that. And that as a result things will slow down.

David Karp: It’s just not true. It’s just been disproven.

Rebecca Quick: How’s it been disproven?

David Karp: It’s disproven too by the the tech end of it, too. There’s a tremendous amount of artificial throttling right now. They have the bandwidth to deliver this. Look, if we could move further in breaking down the near-monopoly situation we have right now, we would hopefully see more competition.

Rebecca Quick: You have a monopoly because it’s really expensive to build the pipes. And so you have not had multiple people who will build the pipes to the door.

David Karp: **Awkward silence** Ummm. Ahhh. I cc-confess, not my area of expertise. …

Joe Kernen: In general, do you think heavy-handed government regulation is a good thing or a bad thing for an industry?

David Karp: I think a bright line rule that spells out these sort of foundational principles we believe in — I think the Bill of Rights is a good thing. …

Joe Kernen: I don’t see how that’s an answer at all, comparing this to the Bill — I understand the Bill of Rights.

Notice how Mr. Karp looks like a small child who just had a handful of quarters magically pulled from his ear by his grandfather. It’s obvious that he’s never heard decent arguments against Net Neutrality, probably because he spends a lot of time reading the Tumblr feeds of clueless kids and attending Democratic fundraisers.

The Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 4:

Mr. Karp told Mr. Obama [at a New York fundraiser] about his concerns with the net-neutrality plan backed by Mr. Wheeler, according to people familiar with the conversation. Those objections were relayed to the White House aides secretly working on an alternative.

How ironic is it that the CEO of a company that theoretically works in the free exchange of ideas isolated himself inside an ideological bubble, which then broke the moment it was nudged by Joe Kernen and Rebecca Quick? David Karp Intellectual Bubbles: impervious to an Obama fist-bump, but prone to popping with a Rebecca Quick mind-prick.

David KarpMr. Karp seems completely oblivious to the unintended consequences of letting the federal government upend an entire industry, which is odd given that unintended consequences of Obamacare are impossible to ignore.

If you get a chance, I again urge you to watch as a man who has helped shape Mr. Obama’s opinions on Net Neutrality crumbles on live television.

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Listen to Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber and then think about Obama’s call for Net Neutrality

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Most people by now have seen one of Obamacare’s key architects, Jonathan Gruber, admitting on video that the bill was written with as little transparency as possible so that the “stupidity of the American voter” would produce the political cover necessary to pass it (late at night on Sunday, March 21, 2010).

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. So it’s written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are going to pay in — it made explicit the healthy pay in and the and sick people get money — it would not have passed. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”

Watch the sick smile on his face as Mr. Gruber discusses the way the Obama administration and its Democratic allies in Congress were able to force a bill upon the American people (with the help of the media) that would have never passed had they actually been honest about its contents. Look at the zeal with which he talks of the deception employed and the Democrats’ contempt for their own voters.

Now, take a step back and think about Mr. Obama’s desire for these very same people — unscrupulous liars — to have more control over the Internet.

CNet reported November 10:

In a statement released Monday, Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the principle of treating all Internet traffic the same way, known in shorthand as Net neutrality. That means treating broadband services like utilities, the president said, so that Internet service providers would be unable “to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.” …

Proponents argue that Title II regulation would ensure the free and fair flow of traffic across the Internet. Opponents, however, believe the reorientation would mean onerous rules that would limit investment in the infrastructure and in new services, and that toll roads of sorts would provide better service to companies that can support their higher traffic volumes.

Plenty of talking heads on television are already doing their part to sell Net Neutrality to the American people just like they did with Obamacare. It remains to be seen whether or not Millennials have learned their lesson, or whether they will continue to trust the same sort of people who mock them behind closed doors.

Do you remember the old “If you like your healthcare you can keep it” promise? Perhaps this time around Mr. Obama will come out with, “If you like your Internet, you can keep it.”

Most Americans are not stupid. Mr. Gruber’s comments make clear that an overwhelming majority of Americans would not have been in favor of Obamacare if the administration was honest with them. Town hall meetings were packed with conservatives and libertarians who knew exactly what was happening.

It is actually quite amazing that America has been able to survive a modern education system that seeks to create Statist drones, an entertainment industry that encourages the population to place more attention on Kim Kardashian’s butt instead of the erosion of civil liberties, and media personalities who seek to win favor with politicians instead of holding them accountable for their misdeeds.

Net Neutrality Peoples CubeDear Millennials: There are many Jonathan Grubers in Hollywood, on cable news, in Congress, on college campuses, and in the White House. They all think that you are stupid. Will you prove them right, or will you adopt a worldview that seeks to limit their power? The choice is yours.