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Kerry says government invented Internet, cuts would stifle innovation
The Hill ^ | March 8, 2011 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 03/08/2011 10:32:11 AM PST by jazusamo

Senate John Kerry (D-Mass.) warned Tuesday that spending cuts could wipe out future government achievements, like the invention of the Internet, which Kerry credited to Washington.

“A lot of people don’t think about that. But the fact is the government invented the Internet,” Kerry said in a 30-minute floor speech.

Kerry said the Internet was first conceived by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as a communications system in case of nuclear war.

“The private sector saw the opportunities and took those opportunities and translated them into what we have today, which has revolutionized the way people communicate and do business,” Kerry said.

The credit government deserves for developing the Internet has long been a subject of partisan wrangling.

Former Vice President Al Gore weathered unrelenting criticism during the 2000 campaign for claiming he “took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

Kerry was the 2004 Democratic nominee for president.

Kerry was one of several Democratic senators who took to the floor Tuesday to speak out against a House-passed measure that would chop another $57 billion from 2010 spending levels. Congress passed a $4 billion cut last week.

Kerry said government-funded innovation has helped create millions of jobs by spawning new products.

He noted the space program led to the creation of Gore-Tex, microwave technology and Teflon.

Kerry said a House-passed proposal that would cut another $57 billion from the federal budget for 2011 would “do great harm to our country because it strops away our ability to be able to create the future, research and development in technology [and] research and development in science.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: debt; internet; kerry; spendingcuts
LOL! Here we go again, the Rats have a thing for the Internet. He's really desperate bringing this up regarding spending cuts.
1 posted on 03/08/2011 10:32:20 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Hey Kerry-butt, you wouldn’t have qualified as a janitor for DARPA. You have no academic credentials, your ability for math and logic is non-existant.

And, you’re just plain stupid.

In other words, you have the job most closely matched to your child-like abilities.


2 posted on 03/08/2011 10:34:11 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: jazusamo

No, it was Al Gore who did. Kerry, you should get your facts straight.


3 posted on 03/08/2011 10:36:19 AM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White.)
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To: jazusamo

4 posted on 03/08/2011 10:38:18 AM PST by DeathBeforeDishonor1
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To: ReverendJames
At Best NASA helped Medical advances not the Internet.

Al Gore and Kerry need to file a Patent, which would be the only honest money either one ever made.

5 posted on 03/08/2011 10:38:48 AM PST by scooby321
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To: jazusamo
Lurch is so full of crap. The Rats cling to anything when it comes to cuts. If he knew we were developing this back in the day, he would have been against it. Kerry is a huge Nuclear Disarmament guy and he would have said the funding of this would have been better spent on welfare programs. We would be disarming our nukes anyway, so why fund an obsolete idea like DARPA. Look at his stance on the Missile Shield.


6 posted on 03/08/2011 10:39:42 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: jazusamo

Kerry says government invented Internet, cuts would stifle innovation

Not according to GORE!


7 posted on 03/08/2011 10:40:34 AM PST by chainsaw
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To: Lazlo in PA

crony capitalism

you know something JFK is defending is channeling $$ into his election fund


8 posted on 03/08/2011 10:41:11 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: ReverendJames

Yup. Al Gore himself wrote the original program on the back of a napkin at MacDonald’s while scarfing down a Big Mac.


9 posted on 03/08/2011 10:41:26 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: scooby321

True.


10 posted on 03/08/2011 10:41:29 AM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White.)
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To: Jim Robinson

You sure it wasn’t Burger King? I’ve read conflicting stories. (LOL)


11 posted on 03/08/2011 10:42:59 AM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White.)
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To: jazusamo

So Kerry wants to cut funding for the agency that invented the Internet.


12 posted on 03/08/2011 10:50:25 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Why are public employee unions attacking taxpayers?)
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To: jazusamo

He really is as dumb as he looks.


13 posted on 03/08/2011 11:08:02 AM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: jazusamo; ShadowAce
Ironic. The US was researching and building communications technologies to defend against the cold war/nuclear threat.

The Dems today would have never funded defense research.

14 posted on 03/08/2011 11:12:53 AM PST by HonkyTonkMan
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To: TigersEye

No way, he couldn’t be.


15 posted on 03/08/2011 11:16:30 AM PST by a_screen_name
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To: a_screen_name

It’s hard to believe but it’s true. lol


16 posted on 03/08/2011 11:20:11 AM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: jazusamo

ARPA and DARPA created the internet, but not the World Wide Web that we use our web browsers to see all the pretty pictures and videos and stuff.

There is a big difference as those of us who remember the first days of text services and 300 baud modems know.


17 posted on 03/08/2011 11:27:09 AM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: jazusamo

Oh please, what coma did he just wake up from? Just when we think we’ve heard enough from jerks like him & Carter etc. they rise up & start spouting crappolla again!


18 posted on 03/08/2011 11:40:03 AM PST by blondee123 (Chaos in the Middle East, Chaos in streets of America & Zero Parties On!)
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To: paulycy

Yes, back in the days of using Gopher and Archie searches. I remember the internet before there was any GUI interface and it was all text based. Those were the days when it was all free. You could search colleges and libraries without a fear of a virus or payment being asked and no damn spam.


19 posted on 03/08/2011 12:02:01 PM PST by RickB444 (This is NOT my president.)
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To: RickB444

Those were the days, FRiend.


20 posted on 03/08/2011 12:05:37 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Da Coyote

The Internet languished unknown to the commercial world for twenty years until the private sector made a market for it.


21 posted on 03/08/2011 12:09:52 PM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: Da Coyote

Kerry says...

who cares.


22 posted on 03/08/2011 12:11:50 PM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: jazusamo
Shouldn't John Effing Kerry be out with CAIR and Code Pink, protesting our troops, or writing another book?
23 posted on 03/08/2011 12:19:51 PM PST by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (The truth can indeed be a finger-down-the-throat for those unprepared to hear it.)
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To: Dr. Sheldon Cooper

Yes, he belongs with CAIR, Code Pink and the VVAW, not in the Senate.


24 posted on 03/08/2011 12:29:17 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
I'm willing to risk prohibiting any and ALL government technical "innovations," thankyouverymuch.

Like "the law is whatever we say it is." by a famous congressman.

or
The Constitution is an irrelevant anachronism."

25 posted on 03/08/2011 1:34:15 PM PST by Publius6961 (There has Never been a "Tax On The Rich" that has not reached the middle class)
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To: jazusamo
Senate John Kerry (D-Mass.) warned Tuesday that spending cuts could wipe out future government achievements...

That's the whole idea, Dumbass!

26 posted on 03/08/2011 1:36:22 PM PST by Publius6961 (There has Never been a "Tax On The Rich" that has not reached the middle class)
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To: jazusamo
That's all we need.

More essential technology that the other dumbass in the White House wants the on-off switch for!

27 posted on 03/08/2011 1:40:07 PM PST by Publius6961 (There has Never been a "Tax On The Rich" that has not reached the middle class)
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