Episode 91 – Understanding The Reversal Of California’s Gay Marriage Ban; Google Threatens Net Neutrality

Supporting the reversal of California’s Gay Marriage Ban (Proposition 8) is actually the “conservative” thing to do, argues co-hosts Glenn Gaudet and Jeff Kimball. Marriage is about two individuals who love each other, and the government’s involvement should only be to acknowledge that from a legal and tax perspective. They explain how the politics of this ruling will play out at a federal and state level, and how President’ Obama’s position isn’t likely to win him votes from his Democratic base. If the Supreme Court decides to take this case (and those in favor of the reversal should hope they don’t), they caution listeners that this is not a slam dunk case, and that Kagan and Kennedy could very well be the swing votes. At around the 37 minute mark, Glenn explains why Net Neutrality is threatened by a potential Google-Verizon alliance. At the 48 minute mark, they close the show by talking about some Congressional races, including Sharon Angle, and races in Illinois, California and Pennsylvania.

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2 responses to “Episode 91 – Understanding The Reversal Of California’s Gay Marriage Ban; Google Threatens Net Neutrality

  1. I just wanted to let you guys know how I listen to you! I use the Google Listen application on my Android phone to download your podcast! I listen to it in my car mostly, and I am leaving this comment also from my Android phone.

  2. I’m a big fan of the show, but I have to say that the discussion on Net Neutrality was a little disappointing. Maybe you guys should look into doing a show focusing more on the topic because I feel like your comments on a few things were way off the mark.

    First, right now the internet is basically unregulated. That is a good thing, in my opinion, and has led to a huge explosion of innovation and commerce in that medium. If the government steps in and says that “you have to do this” or “you cannot do this”, which is what net neutrality is, then we ARE regulating the internet, not preventing regulation. Net neutrality legislation IS regulation. Personally, I don’t want the internet regulated, so I’m no in support of net neutrality.

    Second, you called the internet “free”. It is definitely not free. All the infrastructure, servers, cables, electricity, etc. costs an awful lot of money. Up until now ISPs tended to charge a flat amount for data. That doesn’t mean data was free, it just means that their pricing structure didn’t reflect actual data costs. Saying it was free is like saying an all-you-can-eat buffet is free because they don’t charge you for pie. Now the ISPs are considering modifying their pricing structures to better reflect their costs. I don’t have a problem with that, as long as I can leave if their service gets terrible.

    Just a couple of my own points. I think you guys should really look into researching the topic more and doing a show on this topic because I feel like there is a lot of bad information out there, mostly on the pro-net neutrality side.

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