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Steve Forbes: US can beat China in 5G without becoming like China

China’s aggressive push to dominate 5G wireless technology has given rise to calls for the U.S. government to take over the development of a national 5G network. In fact, there is no reason to panic. American companies are rising to the 5G challenge. Socialism and crony capitalism will only undermine U.S. progress in the race to 5G. The success of tech companies like Apple and Microsoft is emblematic of what American innovation and its competitive spirit can accomplish. The companies that have changed the world and kept America at the cutting edge have rarely if ever been the spawn of government. When politicians in Washington team up with special interests, it generally distorts competition and impedes groundbreaking innovation. Fifth generation, or 5G, wireless technology is of cosmic importance and is one of the most significant high-tech breakthroughs ever. It is elemental to what some see as the Fourth Industrial Revolution – not merely upgrading current technology, but enabling a revolution with new technology. The speed and processing power of 5G wireless technology will turn the futuristic visions of smart cities, smart agriculture, telemedicine, autonomous vehicles, and so much more into reality. Within the coming decade, businesses small and large will essentially have to have 5G access to compete and succeed. With the stakes so high, President Trump is hearing calls from aides and outside interests to push for more government control in building out our 5G network. Some Trump administration officials are counseling that beating China to the punch in 5G leadership is so crucial that the federal government should build a nationwide wholesale 5G network. In essence, they are saying that in order to beat China we have to become like China. This myopic and misbegotten advice ignores a rather crucial fact: Private sector wireless providers are already investing in and creating the national 5G network. America’s pre-eminent high-tech network construction leaders, Verizon and AT&T, already have 5G projects underway across the country. U.S. wireless providers, who won the race to 4G without government assistance, ask only that they be allowed to invest and innovate under free-market policies that minimize regulatory red tape and expense. Bringing politicians and bureaucrats into the mix is a surefire way to gum up the process of deploying 5G. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai agrees. He said: “The main lesson to draw from the wireless sector’s development over the past three decades – including American leadership in 4G – is that the market, not government, is best positioned to drive innovation and investment. Any federal effort to construct a nationalized 5G network would be a costly and counterproductive distraction from the policies we need to help the United States win the 5G future.” Advocates of government keeping a huge portion of the spectrum to itself to jumpstart construction of a national 5G network naively believe this would be a limited, light-handed intervention. Their terrible proposal ignores reality. One of the scientific properties of a gas is that it expands to fill the space it’s in; government is not much different. People calling for a national wholesale network may like to believe it will be neutral and immune to interference. But once we start down that road, who knows where we’ll end up? It’s completely possible that at some point in the future, as political tides shift, we could see the government controlling the 5G network, followed by control of messages on that network. In private hands the 5G network is a liberating force. In government hands it would look more like George Orwell’s Big Brother. In the quest for 5G, government at all levels should not supplant but instead should empower the private sector. The FCC has already rewritten some regulations to begin streamlining and standardizing the permitting rules for 5G infrastructure. The FCC should continue to step up the pace for transferring commercially useful spectrum to the private sector to use to develop 5G and even stipulate it be used for that purpose. Some state legislatures and municipal governments have rid themselves of antiquated regulations that stand in the way of small cell antenna placement and taken other steps forward in the 5G process. Preventing greedy local politicians from holding 5G hostage will ensure that we have the universal network deployment necessary to make 5G work for all U.S. families, employers and public institutions. If the Trump administration is serious about winning the global race to 5G and staying ahead of China it will ignore calls for a government takeover or a nationalized 5G network and continue to support policies that allow private sector investment to lead the way. The faster the administration gives American companies the tools, the faster they will finish the job. Have faith in free markets!

Agreed!!!  And well said, Steve!!  Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media. His latest book, “Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code, and Reforming the Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity”.   🙂

Southern Poverty Law Center hints at ‘internal climate’ in firing founder

The Southern Poverty Law Center fired its founder and former chief litigator Morris Dees this week. In a statement Thursday, the group’s current president gave no specific reason for Mr. Dees‘ “termination” but hinted that it had something to do with charges inconsistent with the group’s public face and stated mission. “As a civil rights organization, the SPLC is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world,” the group’s current president Richard Cohen said in an emailed statement, according to the Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama. “When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action.” The Advertiser reported that Mr. Dees‘ biography had apparently been scrubbed from the group’s website. Mr. Cohen’s statement also implied that dismissing Mr. Dees will result in changes in the work environment at the SPLC, a self-styled tracker of “hate groups” that had increasingly turned its guns on mainstream conservatism. “Today we announced a number of immediate, concrete next steps we’re taking, including bringing in an outside organization to conduct a comprehensive assessment of our internal climate and workplace practices, to ensure that our talented staff is working in the environment that they deserve – one in which all voices are heard and all staff members are respected,” Mr. Cohen wrote. The termination of the 82-year-old Mr. Dees, who founded the SPLC in 1971, was effective Wednesday, the Advertiser reported.

Morris Dees, and the SPLC in general, have been truly discredited over the last couple years.  While their history includes going after groups like the KKIK, they have failed to go after modern day hate groups like the New Black Panther Party, while instead going after pro-life groups like Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs…which resulted in some lunatic shooting up their offices.  Nowadays, the SPLC is just another agenda-driven, extreme liberal advocacy group, and it has been thoroughly discredited.  That said, it’s interesting that they fired Morris..

Marie-Kondo effect: Goodwill doesn’t want your junk

For some Goodwill and thrift stores Opens a New Window. across the country the “Marie-Kondo effect,” or the uptick in donations seen after the launch of the Netflix Opens a New Window. reality series on decluttering, has become somewhat problematic. Since the show launched, many secondhand shops are receiving mass quantities of unsellable stuff — from moth-infested clothing to broken appliances and toys. In “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” which made its Netflix debut in January, Japanese home organization guru Kondo teaches viewers how to rid their lives of clutter by parting with things that, as she puts it, no longer “spark joy.” A number of Goodwill markets saw a year-over-year spike in donations that they attribute directly to the show, says Lauren Lawson-Zilai, senior director of public relations at Goodwill Industries International. “The Houston market was up 22 percent; donations in Roanoke, Virginia, rose 20 percent, Washington, D.C. was up 30 percent; and Grand Rapids, Michigan went up nearly 20 percent,” Lawson-Zilai says. But many Goodwill and second-hand shops say the increased volume has brought with it more headaches and extra work, as people are donating things that nobody would want. “If someone gives us something that we can’t use, like a broken refrigerator that we have to take to the landfill, or a stroller that’s been recalled, or shredded or ripped clothing, we do our best to educate them about the transaction, but they can get testy,” says Salvation Army’s national spokesperson Lt. Col. Ward Matthews. A spokesperson for Netflix did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment. Getting ready to do your own spring cleaning? Should you donate, sell or toss it? Click here for some expert advice on how to know what could be another man’s treasure, vs. what belongs on the curb.

Thousands of Islamic State Militants Surrender as Group Nears Total Defeat

Thousands of Islamic State militants have surrendered to the U.S.-Syrian Democratic Forces as the caliphate nears complete defeat, according to the group’s spokesman. “Number of Daesh (ISIS) members surrendered to us since yesterday evening has risen to 3,000,’ Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted in English on Tuesday evening. “[Three] Yazidi women and [four] children were rescued, too.” Bali added that the “decisive moment is closer than ever before,” following heavy fighting in the Syrian town of Baghouz, the final stretch of territory in Syria and Iraq still held by the Islamic State. However, the group has not provided a timeline for when the group will be completely defeated. The operation to completely expel the caliphate from the Euphrates Valley has taken far longer than expected, having begun nearly six months ago. On January 25th, the SDF’s commander-in-chief Mazloum Kobani declared that the caliphate would be fully defeated within a month, a target the forces have not achieved. Meanwhile, U.S.-led coalition has previously explained that Baghouz had been “more crowded with both civilians and fighters than expected,” requiring troops to evacuate around 40,000 civilians from the area. “The overflow during the lull in battle has been difficult for the SDF and they have responded to everything well,” said coalition spokesman Colonel Sean Ryan last month.

 

President Trump Flips Control of First Federal Appeals Court

President Donald Trump flipped the first federal appeals court to a Republican majority on Tuesday, when the Senate confirmed Judge Paul Matey to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. America is geographically divided into 13 federal appeals courts. For example, the Third Circuit includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Puerto Rico. The Senate confirmed Matey by a vote of 54-46. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) was the sole Democrat to join all Republicans in supporting Matey’s nomination. Of the nation’s 179 federal appellate judgeships, the Philadelphia-based Third Circuit has 14 seats. President Trump has now appointed judges to three of those seats, with one more vacancy to fill. Consequently, seven of the current 13 judges were appointed by Republicans. Conservatives are quick to point out that a Republican majority does not mean a conservative majority, but see it as a step in the right direction. Several appeals courts already had a Republican majority at the outset of the Trump presidency. But January 2021, it is very possible that all federal appeals courts except three – the Fourth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits – could have Republican majorities. Given that President Trump has consistently nominated originalists and textualists to the bench, the president’s supporters are hopeful that several of circuit courts will have reliable constitutionalist majorities by Election Day 2020, giving President Trump a major achievement to tout to voters.

This is great news!!  Even though Trump’s legislative agenda is currently dead, thanks to the Dems’ control of the House, he is still able to have these outstanding judicial nominees approved by the Senate.

Trump says wall needed to stem drugs, too

President Trump said Wednesday the sheer amount of drugs flowing across the border — from meth to cocaine to deadly fentanyl — bolsters his case for declaring an emergency at the border, as Congress prepares to complete its rebuke of his decision to go around lawmakers for funding. “We’ve got to get the wall up, otherwise it all doesn’t work,” Mr. Trump said. The administration is building the case for his wall — a core 2016 campaign promise — ahead of a Senate vote Thursday to disapprove of the emergency Mr. Trump declared to tap Pentagon funds for the project. The House already passed a resolution to overturn the declaration, and enough Republicans appear ready to join Democrats in the Senate to approve it, though not enough to override Mr. Trump’s expected veto. “We’ll see whether or not I have to do the veto,” Mr. Trump said. The president also downplayed his decision’s impact on Republicans, who’ve been forced to choose between supporting the White House and defending Congress’ power over the nation’s purse strings. “Nobody’s beaten up. I said, ‘Use your own discretion,’” he said. The president would prefer to avoid the embarrassing rebuke, however. He said Republican senators are “overthinking” the vote and should see it as a simple choice to bolster border security and prevent crime. “This is a vote on border security and drugs and trafficking and all of that,” Mr. Trump said. “I think most Republican senators fully understand that.” Also Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence visited a Customs and Border Protection training facility in West Virginia to build the case for the wall. “Despite the extraordinary work of all of you and those you represent in law enforcement, drug cartels and smugglers are exploiting this crisis to flood drugs into our country, tearing apart our families, claiming American lives,” he told officers.

Venezuela sinks into sewer socialism: Citizens turn to drainage pipes in search of water

Venezuela’s massive power blackout has left some residents so desperate for water that they’ve turned to drainage pipes. Citizens along the Guaire River in Caracas are filling buckets with clear — but unsanitary — water exiting a sewage pipe in the latest calamity to hit the socialist nation. What they can collect and carry is used to flush toilets and scrub floors. “I’ve never even seen this before. It’s horrible, horrible,” Lilibeth Tejedor, 28, said Monday, Reuters reported. “The ones that are most affected are the children, because how do you tell a child that there’s no water?” “They’re killing us with hunger and thirst,” added 52-year-old Gladys Martinez. Children playing near the drainage pipes were scolded for putting themselves at risk for illness and disease. “That water’s dirty! Don’t start playing around because remember there’s no medicine,” one woman shouted, Reuters reported.

And this is but one of many stories coming out of Venezuela..thanks to the failed socialism imposed on the people there by President Maduro.  People are eating grass and their own pets…or starving.  THESE are the stories that need to be shared with millennials who think AOC or Bernie are so great…and who think we need socialism here in America.  No, we don’t.  If anything, we need LESS government; not more.