I have a column in the Washington Times called Draconian copyright laws protect special interests. Here’s an excerpt from the column.
With the swearing in of the 113th Congress, the media has been proclaiming the death of the Tea Party’s influence in Washington. This narrative is certainly not accurate, though is true that the establishment has garnered more sway since Election Day than it has had after the 2010 elections.
One primary example of this took place in the Republican Study Committee (RSC). One of the finest groups of Republicans in the House, the committee recently put out an innovative proposal to change this country’s outdated and draconian copyright laws. The proposal met with rave reviews from savvy right-wingers and online technology magazines alike. Here, we finally had a group of Republicans embracing fresh thinking, reaching out to a new demographic and appealing to younger voters. Unfortunately, the applause turned to shock when the RSC pulled the memo the very next day.
Americans boast that our country is better than the corrupt nations in South America. Sadly, this is increasingly inaccurate when one looks at the laws under which all Americans live. Take the “fiscal cliff” deal, for example. Democrats proudly stated taxes went up on the rich. Republicans proudly stated they prevented tax increases on most Americans. Yet what was mostly ignored in careful media releases were the billions in special tax credits and loopholes reinstated by the law for NASCAR, Hollywood, Goldman Sachs, the wind industry and many other connected special interests.
Once again, you can read it all here.