I don't think they lack for funding. I think the problem is more fundamental.
If your job consists of security theatre plus Operation Intimidate the Brown People, you're essentially a self important bullshit artist.
Software, on the other hand, deals exclusively in hard facts. It doesn't matter how awesome you think you are, how many Medals of Freedom you've been awarded, or how great a bureaucratic political operative you are, if you're in charge of a software project and you're full of shit, the project will fail.
I've seen it countless times. Software cannot be dazzled, cajoled, double-talked at, massaged, convinced, etc... You either know the methodology and push towards delivery or you're in the way.
The whole undesireables thing is a means to an end though. Fascism is about control and the will of the state.
The state needs a bogey man to blame problems on. They pick a minority group which the broader population is already uncomfortable with (typically for irrational reasons), and demonize and dehumanize them. Once they do it to the Jews/Gays/Arabs/whoever, it's much easier to get away with it for others. Slippery slope, etc...
“Think about when you listen to a song on the radio,” he explained. “You are not paying for it, it’s not illegal to do it, because the rights have been paid for on top, beforehand, by the radio station, by the network."
No, the em spectrum, the manufacturers of radio broadcasting and/or receiving hardware do not pay.
The BROADCASTER pays. They pay from ad revenue, which is earned by having tons of people listening.
If the content creators had not by and large(not entirely, granted) been so beholden to idiotic legacy distributors, they could have monetized content in this fashion from the get go online. They were late to the table, someone else ate "their" lunch, and now they whinge. As they say in the Russian Army, "tufki shitski".
The notion that "content creators" need a handout is idiotic. The money made via spotify, youtube, netflix, etc... is huge.
“We should never forget that in the smartphone, the smart part is us creators.”
Define "us", shitbag. If I wanted to listen to idiotic beeps and whistles, I'd put an R2-D2 sound bite on a loop. I use my smartphone to read (techdirt and wikipedia being my two favs), to use facebook and email to interact with friends, family and colleagues.
I have very little music on my phone (all of it purchased) and all the pics and movies on their are taken by me. So am I creator? I suppose I should get the $300-$400 tax levied against my phone, then, since I'm the primary creator of content I consume.
Rather than getting lost in analogies, let's look back at what he was focusing on. He pushed through Obama care, closed out Iraq (sorta), and had to deal with the gov't shutdown.
He CLEARLY dropped the ball when it comes to NSA, though I would say he's got a halfway decent excuse in that he was probably lied to by Alexander and co., and the surveillance thing wasn't at the time a squeaky wheel.
For the sake of argument we can give him the benefit of the doubt up to the point when Snowden's leaks came out, because no one, it seems, really knew wtf was going on (this in and of itself is pretty damning for the NSA IMO).
I can give him the benefit of the doubt up to this point because he's trying to manage a MASSIVE federal gov't with an extremely acrimonious senate and congress. It smells a bit, since he was against warrantless wiretapping as an election line-item, but lying to get elected is apparently somewhat minor on the scale of sins in politics.
So benefit of the doubt (stretched, but no unduly ocnsidering it's politics) up to that point.
What punches Obama's ticket is how he's reacted since. He's regurgitated bullshit talking points and flubbed at doing anything to rein in this obviously unconstitutional set of surveillance programs. There is no plausible wiggle room in that for any "I didn't know" or "I was misled by my minions" routine. Since the Snowden leaks he is patently complicit in the surveillance.