I'm tired of hearing all this whining about Michael Powell. First of all, he's only the chairman of the commission, the five members of which actually vote on what actions to take. He's not doing any of it alone. He can't.

Second, all the FCC really did under Powell's chairmanship was enforce the rules that have been in place for years. Those huge dollar amounts of fines you keep hearing about in the media are the result of more fines being levied, not bigger fines. And anyway, in the end it's a good thing.

What's that, you say? Here's a libertarian arguing in favor of the FCC? Well, not exactly. Ya see, now all of those who ever thought the government should regulate communications are sitting fat and happy. And quiet. And now all those who ever thought that those words or images were just fine or, more importantly, that it's none of the government's business, are finally getting upset about it! Maybe soon something can be done to get the government out of one more area where it doesn't belong!


I guess it's a good thing any time Congress can find it in its collective heart to spend a little less of my money. But in true governmental fashion, this time they've gotten their priorities mixed up, and cut programs that are somewhat useful, while leaving in some of the pork.


Some of my idealogical brothers and cousins have a serious problem with the almost-mandatory government ID: the driver's license. Most can agree that it makes sense to have to be licensed to drive a motor vehicle on a government-owned road. (Although most also agree that the roads should not be owned by the government.)

I have the perfect solution, until such time as we can remove the government monopoly on transportation systems. All we need is a simpler driver's license. One with nothing on it except a photo, an expiration date, a class (A, B, or C) and the statement: "The person pictured on this license is licensed to drive on public roads in the state of _________."

Presto: a functional license that allows you to show you aren't a hazard, without giving potential thugs any more information than they need.