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Monday, January 23, 2012

Memo To Bob Goodlatte (7)

You don't need to reinvent the wheel.  And you sure don't need to hand Janet Napolitano the ability to stifle the free flow of ideas on the internet.

So go to Plan B.  And focus on the problem:

"Copyright violators should be punished, but not by turning over the Web to Washington."

Bob, what with the Solyndra and ObamaCare waiver scandals, do you honestly think the president wouldn't have taken your legislation and started picking winners and losers - friends and enemies, donors and non-donors - on the internet?  "Fair use"?  Goodbye.  A weblogger like me - an outspoken critic of our socialist-in-chief - would be shut down in a heartbeat.

It's called the law of unintended consequences that would take your handiwork and turn it into a cudgel.

Dude, your SOPA legislation was completely over the top.  So start over.  And, more than anything else ...

... KISS.