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c Why the Obama administration’s Federal Communications Commission thinks the Internet needs federal government regulation for the first time.

Congress’ oversight function is not a license to bully political opponents. Our permanent, constitutional and bipartisan responsibility is, however, to know what is going on in order to devise policy that takes into account actual people who have to pay for and live under our decisions.

This is only a start on the dozens of issues that deserve attention, but I think we’re just 10 hearings away from finding the workaday details of how the Obama administration’s health and economics policies turned massive, stunningly expensive, unworkable and unwanted. Now we only have silence, not facts. When we squeeze out the facts, we can diagnose the problems and begin to fix anything that’s useful and fixable, and we can jettison what isn’t before the administration’s miscalculations do further damage.

Getting the job done is going to take more than the gauzy notion that we should simply restart vigorous oversight. Everybody knows that. It’s going to take a thoughtful plan geared to pinning down real facts, with someone behind that plan who is just stubborn enough to make it stick when the debate gets rough.

Rep. Joe Barton, Texas Republican, is the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.