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27 April 1999
1999 Ron Paul 32:1
Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, today we are faced with an unfortunate and false choice between two evils. The false choice is whether the government should ban voluntary exchange or regulate it — as though these were the only two options. More specifically, todays choice is whether government should continue to maintain its ban on satellite provision of network programming to television consumers or replace that ban by expanding an
1999 Ron Paul 32:2
H.R. 1554, the Satellite Copyright, Competition, and Consumer Protection Act of 1999, the bill before us today, repeals the strict prohibition of local network programming via satellite to local subscribers BUT in so doing is chock full of private sector mandates and bureaucracy expanding provisions. H.R. 1554, for example, requires Satellite carriers to divulge to networks lists of subscribers, expands the current arbitrary, anti-market, government royalty scheme to network broadcast programming, undermines existing contracts between cable companies and network program owners, violates freedom of contract principles, imposes
1999 Ron Paul 32:3
This bills title includes the word competition but ignores the market processes inherent and fundamental cornerstones of property rights (to include intellectual property rights) and voluntary exchange unfettered by government technocrats. Instead, we have a
1999 Ron Paul 32:4
Unfortunately, this bill expands the governments role to set the
1999 Ron Paul 32:5
While it is within the Constitutionally enumerated powers of Congress to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries, operating a clearinghouse for the subsequent transfer of such property rights in the name of setting a just price or instilling competition seems not to be an economically prudent nor justifiable action under this enumerated power. This can only be achieved within the market process itself.
1999 Ron Paul 32:6
I introduced what I believe is the most
1999 Ron Paul 32:7
Genuine competition is a market process and, in a world of scarce resources, it alone best protects the consumer. It is unfortunate that this bill ignores that option. It is also unfortunate that our only choice with H.R. 1554 is to trade one form of government intervention for another — ban voluntarily exchange or bureaucratically regulate it? Unfortunate, indeed.
1999 Ron Paul 32:2 bureaucracy expanding provisions probably should be hyphenated: bureaucracy-expanding provisions.
1999 Ron Paul 32:2 requires Satellite carriers probably should not be capitalized: requires satellite carriers.