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The GOP Convention: A Good Platform on Bad Farm and Trade Policy

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

May Actions Follow
that Match the Words

The Republican Party has a well-earned reputation for writing good policy platforms every four years at their Conventions – then doing the exact opposite of nigh all of it once in power.

To wit: Unless I am mistaken, the Platform has called for the abolition of the Department of Education every cycle since the abomination’s 1979 creation by President Jimmy Carter (as a payoff to teachers unions for helping get him elected). Yet there the DoE still stands – bigger and worse than ever. A monument to terrible government policy and overreach – and GOP fecklessness. Heck, the GOP has contributed to its growth almost as much as have the Democrats.

Well, this is the Year of Donald Trump. In large part because Americans have had it with everyone in DC doing what the GOP has been doing – tone-deaf awfulness combined with utter condescension.

A GOP nominee Trump would never have even been possible had not the GOP spent the last several decades talking small government – while actively participating in its expansion. More

Add Intellectual Property Protection to the List of Rights the Government is Eviscerating

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It is ALL
Constitutionally Protected

The Constitution is an extraordinary document. Life for most humans for most of human history has been poor, nasty, brutish and short. The Constitution acknowledged this past (and present) – and transformed our future.

One of the many, many amazing things the document did was properly define the role between man (master) and government (servant). In part by codifying man’s natural rights. These rights are inherently ours – and government can not infringe upon them.

As we’ve oft reminded, Ben Franklin was asked as he departed the Constitutional Convention “Well, Doctor, what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?” To which Franklin responded “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

We haven’t kept it. Because government keeps serially, ever-more-blatantly exceeding its limits – and in the process eviscerating our rights. And the officials We the People elect either do nothing to stop it – or are complicit in it.

Our representatives have yet another opportunity to step up and stop yet another government encroachment. Under prospective assault this time – the Constitution’s Copyright Clause:

“To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” More

Pokemon Go Re-Reveals the Left’s Anti-Free Market, Pro-Government Fetish

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Pokemon Go > Net Neutrality

Congratulations to Google on Pokemon Go. Google’s parent company Alphabet incubated and spun out this latest highly successful data-collection-device – for sale to advertisers everywhere.

Pokemon Go is a phenomenon. Of course, if you are in any way involved in social media or popular culture – you already know this. The game’s app is drawing tens if not hundreds of thousands (millions?) of consumers out into the sunlight and the streets – chasing down augmented-reality Pikachus and Charizards.

Consumers are speaking – and they are roaring for Pokemon. And when consumers speak – companies listen.

T-Mobile Jumps on the Pokémon Go Bandwagon with Free Data Access for Players: “Pokémon GO players on the network won’t get dinged for any data…for the next year starting on Tuesday the 19th.”

And if Pokemon Go remains popular – you can bet T-Mobile will extend the free data offer way past a year. And you can bet that by then T-Mobile will not be the only provider giving people free Pokemon. More

Free Trade Means Less Government – Less Government Means Freer Trade

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More Pieces –
Less Government

There has been a lot of discussion of trade of late – both here and across the Pond in Europe. As with most things subjected to public discourse – there is much mis- and disinformation being thrown around.

Over There, Great Britain just voted to leave the European Union (EU). They did so because they wanted less and more localized government. They voted to shed the EU’s unelected governmental superstructure – and restore immigration policy autonomy.

Great Britain did not leave the EU as some sort of assault on free trade. Quite the contrary. Brexit leaders repeatedly said – before and after the vote – that they will immediately begin negotiations to restore previously existing trade deals. And cut new ones.

Great Britain existed quite nicely for many, many centuries prior to its two-plus decades in the EU. During which time they reinvented and exponentially expanded global free trade. Not sure why it is so difficult for some to envision a return to that long-standing status quo.

If you’re looking for Brexit anti-free traders – look to U.S. President Barack Obama. More

The Biggest Impediment to Economic Advancement: Government

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It’s Almost Hard to Believe
the Economy Isn’t Working

The U.S. economy continues its Barack Obama Administration-long hobbled limp. President Obama will be our nations first to never, ever have even one year of 3% or higher Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth.

We are the United States of Anemia.

Why? Government. The private sector is under full-on governmental assault.

I can’t imagine why the economy isn’t roaring.

But one example of progress impediment? Governments’ (at all levels) opposition to the petroleum drilling technique known as fracking.

Federal Judge Blocks Major Fracking Rule, Calling It ‘Contrary To Law’: “U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl on Tuesday…(ruled) that the federal agency’s claim that it had ‘implicit’ congressional authority for the regulations ‘lacks common sense.’”

“Lacks common sense” is a very fair assessment – and not just legally. Where fracking has occurred – it has thrived on a monumental scale. (Hello, North Dakota.) And has been a fundamental component of the private sector’s fundamental transformation of not just the global oil market and the broader global economy – but geopolitics as well. More

Thanks, FBI: We Real Worlders Find Elite World Inordinately Annoying. Again

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Silence, Peasants

How about that FBI no-indictment announcement yesterday? Makes perfect sense to you, I bet.

Ok – I don’t bet that. At all.

What does make sense to us Real Worlders – is seeing yet another Elite get yet another Get-Out-of-Reality-Free card. It is all growing quite tiresome.

We Real Worlders are tired of the Elites’ limitless condescension – combined with incessant wrong-ness.

We’re tired of Elites who are clearly in possession of far less common sense (but many, many more degrees) – mandating ever more portions of our lives.

We’re tired of Elites committing multiple felonies and skating away un-indicted – while we get a ticket nigh every single time we park five minutes longer than the meter for which we paid allows. More

Cronyism: When Every Day is Dependence Day

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Not the Revolution We Wanted

Monday was our nation’s Independence Day. Where we celebrate our forefathers throwing off the yoke of tyranny to establish themselves as sovereign individuals – and a limited government responsible to them.

Benjamin Franklin was asked immediately after the Constitutional Convention “Well, Doctor, what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?” Franklin prophetically responded “A Republic – if you can keep it.”

It appears we couldn’t keep it.

Remember the Boston Tea Party? Which was the Colonists protesting the Tea Act? Everyone not warped by government schools’ mis-history remembers the phrase “taxation without representation.” The Colonists didn’t like government in which they had no say accessing their wallets.

But there was another facet of awful-ness of the Tea Act – cronyism.

The principal objective was to reduce the massive amount of tea held by the financially troubled British East India Company in its London warehouses and to help the struggling company survive. More

A Government Agency Making Farmers’ Lives Miserable – Besides the EPA, We Mean

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The Green is, As Always,
for Money

Government has two roles. Pretend to make the lives of Americans better – while actually making them worse. The first is a necessary facade – to allow them to execute the second.

Is this crass and cynical? Yes, it is. But it is also accurate. Here’s some more crass accuracy.

Government is like any other organism. Its primary priorities are self-preservation – and expansion. So it constantly shouts about the (highly dubious) necessity of its existence – and its growth. All of which comes at the expense of the private sector.

God bless the private sector. It managed for a century-plus to continue to make our lives better – despite ever-increasing government. For the last three to four decades, freedom and government have fought to a virtual standoff. Which is largely why wages have stagnated – and economic growth has slowed to a crawl.

All the while, government – at all levels – continued and continues to grow. More

Coming Soon: Internet at the Speed of Government

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No, We Do Not

When government “helps” run something – that something is terrible. The bigger a hand government has in running it – the more terrible it is. If it is exclusively government-run – the terrible-ness is ingrained and inherent. And the longer government runs the show – the worse the terrible-ness becomes.

But one example: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is full-on government medicine – and has been since 1930. A government-only monopoly. And its delivery…is terrible – when it isn’t non-existent.

Untold numbers of veterans are dying waiting for care. We don’t know how many – because government is placing tens of thousands of veterans on secret waiting lists. And government is leaving completely of these lists tens of thousands more.

And there is zero accountability. After this abomination was identified in 2014 – the government actually kept growing the wait lists. No one – NO ONE – has been fired.

Executed in the face of this top-to-bottom terrible-ness was the #1 DC defense – “We aren’t spending enough money.” As is nigh always the case – that is another DC lie.

In 2002, President George W. Bush declared a War on Terror – and the VA budget (in current coin) was $53.5 billion. In 2012, President Obama had mostly ended our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – and the VA budget was $125.3 billion. A roughly 250% increase over ten years. More

There’s Already a Process for Bad Patents, So Let’s Not Destroy All Patents

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Let’s Not…

There are some people who simply, bizarrely do not like intellectual property.

Some are full-blown Leftists – who do not like private property at all. (But don’t you dare try to take for the Collective the smart phone on which they’re Tweeting their disdain for private property.)

Others are to varying degrees small “L” libertarian. Who somehow bizarrely delineate between physical property (which they’ll protect) and intellectual property (which they won’t). Who would have arrested a thief leaving Tower Records with an armful of CDs – but who is even as I type downloading-without-paying that exact same music.

We are in the 21st Century surrounded by and immersed in the wonderments of a (dwindling-ly, less-and-less) free market economy – largely made possible by the protection of intellectual property. Without it – we would be literally nowhere.

Were Steve Jobs unable to legally safeguard his magic iPhone, not only would there not currently be Iteration 6S – there would never have been an Iteration 1. Because Jobs wasn’t an idiot. More