Here’s more proof that Republicans have lost their way:

Sen. Cecil Staton (R-Macon) has heard the same complaint many times. He wants to prohibit cellphone providers from requiring that customers extend their contracts in order to change their plans.

“I’m a businessperson,” said Staton, who filed a bill on behalf of frustrated cellphone users Tuesday. “I’m not a big fan of government regulations. But I know that when an industry is not willing to self-police, there is a role for government.”

I have a two-year contract as well, but it doesn’t bother me in the least. I know that it’ll cost $175 to break the contract and if a good enough deal emerges from a competitor, I’ll do just that.

Verizon knows this too. Since I first started my service with them 3 years ago, my monthly rates have dropped continuously. Of course, I have to keep an eye out for the new rates and call them to change my contract. But that’s what careful consumers do in a free-market society.