Progressives like Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) argue that internet acess is a human right. Matsui has proposed legislation to provide internet access to low-income families.
"No doubt Internet access offers a great many benefits, but there are many problems with this claim. Aside from the theoretical question of whether any consumer product can be a 'right,' there is no evidence that government subsidization is the best means to ensure wider access. Matsui’s website reports that as of 2010, '28 million Americans do not subscribe to broadband services because of affordability barriers.' This does not take into account accessibility barriers. If Internet access is a right, then why isn’t the government subsidizing computers and smart phones for these Americans as well?"
In the latest CEI Podcast, Lee Doren explains why ATMs do not "kill jobs," contrary to the claims of President Obama.
Lessons in Entrepreneurship
Montgomery County recently shut down a lemonade stand run by children, who planned to donate the proceeds to charity.
"It’s good that these children are learning about entrepreneurship and running a business at such a young age. One worries, though, about the lessons Montgomery County is teaching them."