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What to Do – and What Not to Do – on Trade Reform

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

All of Them – Everywhere

In advance of the 2008 election, now outgoing President Barack Obama ran on “Hope and Change.”  It was a smart, cynical ploy.  We the People certainly wanted “Change” – but Obama’s “Change” wasn’t even close to what we wanted it to be.

Obama meant “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” – with a massive, omni-directional expansion of government.   We the People wanted – dramatically less government.  We were tired of watching a (now) $4-trillion-a-year federal government screw up nigh everything it touches – whilst insisting on manhandling everything.

Obama wanted transform – we wanted reform.  We still do.  How else to explain the presidential election of Donald Trump?

Trump’s is the Reality Revolution.  Reality is – government stinks at nigh everything.  So rather than having it do even more – Trump intends to have it do less.  Less government regulations everywhere.  Less government in health insurance than Obamacare, less government in finance than Dodd-Frank – and less government everywhere in trade.

Trump ran repeatedly proclaiming “Our country is being ripped off so badly on trade.”  He isn’t wrong.  But this has everyone who is #NeverTrump claiming he is anti-free trade. More

Leftists Refusing to Provide Goods and Services Is Just Fine – Inauguration Edition

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Eric Holder – The Face of Airbnb Open-Mindedness and Tolerance

There is nothing more close-minded than the open-minded Leftist.

As if we needed even more reminders of this metaphysical truth – behold Donald Trump’s presidential election and inauguration.  Which has oh-so-many-Leftists engaged in avalanche-esque amounts of flagrant obnoxiousness and whiplash-inducing hypocrisy.

And if you want some quintessential distilled Leftist essence – look to the Silicon Valley.

Liberal CEO Slams Middle America: ‘No Educated Person Wants to Live in Sh*thole With Stupid People’: “The CEO of a marketing and advertising firm in San Francisco has attacked Middle America in a bizarre rant on Facebook…Melinda Byerley, CEO of TimeShareCMO and an apparent Hillary supporter (wrote)…’One thing middle america could do is to realize that no educated person wants to live in a sh**ho** with stupid people. Especially violent, racist, and/or misogynistic ones…So if you want jobs, clean up your act and make your town a place that people like us want to live in….Make it a point to elect a progressive city council and commit to not being bigots.’”

I would imagine the Americans who this tolerant, open-minded Leftist dismisses as “stupid people” who “live in a sh**ho**” are going to rush to fundamentally transform their towns into mid-America San Fran-freakos – so as to attract her and her tolerant, open-minded ilk. More

Undoing Obama: Who Should Do Which Government Rollbacks?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Let’s Celebrate LOTS of Them

Donald Trump will on Friday be sworn in to succeed President Barack Obama.  Trump is the incoming – in large part because he repeatedly promised to undo much of what has been done by the outgoing.

For his part, Obama is making conciliatory comments – while doing everything possible to make Trump’s transition as painful as possible.  Included in bringing the pain – is ramming through as many last-minute regulations as can possibly be issued.

Way to respect the will of We the Voters, President Outgoing.

These twilight regs are, of course, on top of the mountains and mountains of regulations already issued these past eight years.  And all of those are on top of all the bad laws President Obama passed whilst in possession of a Democrat-majority Congress – most famously, Obamacare and Dodd-Frank.  From which have subsequently flowed (tens of) thousands of additional pages of terrible regulations.

There’s a whole lot of big, bad, heinous government to undo.  Just from President Obama.  Then there’s the last century-plus….

Late former New York Governor Mario Cuomo once observed “You campaign in poetry – you govern in prose.”  Un-governing is, if possible, even less flowery.  How, exactly, to rollback so much awful government? More

Fake News: When Leftist Foundations Fund Activism Posing as Journalism

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Foundations Edition

#FakeNews is currently in the news “big league.”  Thanks to ridiculous Buzzfeed’s ridiculous release of a 35-page Donald Trump disinformation litany (to which we absolutely will not link).  A litany so fake – it was printed under the heading “Disinformation.”  But ridiculous Buzzfeed released it anyway.

This litany had been floating around Washington, D.C. for months – untouched by DC’s alleged journalists.  But DC’s alleged journalists – once Buzzfeed broke the seal – piled in behind them like Japanese subway commuters to further amplify it.

This is by no means the only flavor of fake news that exists.  Another long-standing-though-less-ballyhooed version is when Leftist foundations fund Leftist activists – who generate “news” that the media then mindlessly parrot, without any mention of the mammoth money behind it.  All the while, the media roundly lambastes much tinier right-of-center efforts to tell their story.

For instance: You’ve of course heard of the libertarian Koch brothers – because the media have made sure of it.  The Kochs donate money to groups to advance free markets – and the media goes bananas reporting about it.  But the Koch coin isn’t even close to the real story: More

‘Repeal and Replace’: It’s for Much More Than Just Awful Obamacare

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Repeal and Replace: It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

Repeal and Replace” is currently all the rage in Washington, D.C.  As well it should be.  As the newly ensconced Republican trinity (President, Senate and House) work to excavate We the People from the awfulness that is Obamacare.

But there is a whole lot more government awfulness than just Obamacare.  And there is a whole lot more government awfulness than just in Washington.  There are fifty states that have state, county, municipality and city governments – and nigh all of them are doing things that they should be stopped from doing.  “Repeal and Replace” should be a nationwide, multi-level-government phenomenon.

To wit: New York State: “Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a unilateral mass expansion of government – in the name of fighting global warming…oops, I mean climate change: ‘The state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) earlier Monday passed a new set of standards that by 2030 is supposed to ensure that half of New York’s energy needs are met by renewable methods, ranging from solar and wind, as well as hydro and nuclear power.’”

(Hey, at least Obamacare [marginally, sketchily] passed through the legislative branch.  This Cuomo, Inc. power grab is via unilateral executive branch fiat.)

Cuomo, Inc’s pronounced shift from actual energy to “green energy” – which as we have seen for years is neither green nor energy – is leading to some additional really stupid things.  Like the Cuomo, Inc. shutdown of two Indian Point nuclear power plants – ironically, the only green energy source that actually produces energy: “The two reactors at Indian Point, which are owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corporation, provide about 25 percent of the electricity needed by New York City.” More

Trump Promised to Get Tough on China’s ‘Massive’ Intellectual Property Theft…

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Finally, Please

Despite what you have heard from the Left and the media (please pardon the redundancy), now-President-elect Donald Trump ran on a full panoply of ideas and policy positions.  His campaign website contained detailed plans on, amongst other things, immigration, tax and regulatory reform – and a new way to approach international trade.

(Trump just didn’t expound on them at his routinely massive rallies – as that was not the time, place or audience for it.  Those weren’t the venues for comprehensive white paper discussions.)

But as Trump repeatedly and with clear brevity enunciated – on all sorts of trade, by all sorts of countries – “America is getting ripped off.”  Our one-sided “free trade” allows nigh everything into our country completely free from any taxes, levies or stipulations – while we ignore the very many anti-free-trade impositions emplaced upon our stuff by other nations.

One of the worst abusers of our idiocy – excuse me, our “free trade” fetishism – is China: “A simple Web search for ‘China Tariffs on US Goods’ – tells much of the tale the media won’t.  China manipulating its currency to warp the world market – is trade warfare, not free trade.  Oh – and China stealing $300+ billion per year in U.S. intellectual property (IP) is certainly all warfare all the time.”

Get that last bit?  China is stealing from us hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of IP per annum.  And has been – for years.  And we’ve openly recognized it – for years. More

The Media Mulls Obama’s ‘Legacy’ – And the Trump Mandate to Undo It

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

No – Let’s Clean It Up

The Left and the Media (please pardon the redundancy) are obsessed – OBSESSED – with outgoing President Barack Obama’s “legacy.”  Not quite as obsessed as Obama his own self – but much closer than any impartial observer would consider…healthy.

Of course, this happens at the end of every presidency.  But rarely – if ever – have you gotten the sense of utter emotional investment this media has in this president.

Obama Defends His Legacy on Twitter – CNN

Obama Defends Legacy in Letter to American People – AFP

Defensive much?

Obama Urges Dems to Defend Obamacare Legacy – CNN

Wow – defensive much?

President Obama Weighs His Economic Legacy – New York Times

53 Historians Weigh In on Barack Obama’s Legacy – New York Magazine

The Obama Policy Legacy: The Nation He Built – Politico

With New Monuments in Nevada, Utah, Obama Adds to his Environmental Legacy – Washington Post

Clinton Asks Black Leaders to Protect Obama’s Legacy – NBC News

Asian-American Leaders Reflect on Obama’s Legacy for the Community – NBC News

Despite the press’ full court press – any impartial observer would find Obama’s legacy…lacking. More

The Elon Musk Myth Looks to Contaminate Texas

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Texans Should Tell Musk to Stand Down and Go Away

The Myth of Elon Musk is that of daring entrepreneur.  An avant garde, cutting edge businessman who sees a little bit further around the curve of the Earth – to get a glimpse of the Next Big Thing before the rest of us are able see it.

The Reality of Elon Musk is that of enormous government money welfare hog.  Perhaps the single largest crony capitalist of all to dig in to Washington, D.C.’s $4-trillion-per-year trough (not to mention his multiple-state-level favoritisms).  By far his greatest success – is his copious extraction of government money and favors.

Government has thus far cut checks to Musk to the tune of $5 billion.  This isn’t Musk original thinking – it is decades-old, tried-and-true welfarism.  Musk shouldn’t be lauded and applauded – he should be ridiculed and dismissed.

One of Musk’s fake companies getting billions in real government money is Tesla Motors.  Tesla produces massively-subsidized electric cars which – even with the federal coin – cost way too much and aren’t purchased by anyone outside of uber-wealthy preening elites:

“(Tesla’s) first model, the Roadster, costing over $100,000 per vehicle, sold only 2,400 actual cars in 31 countries from 2006 until production ended in 2012, despite extensive federal subsidies for electric car purchases.  Its new model, a full-size luxury sedan named the Model S, is doing better, costing about half as much as the Roadster. Tesla sold about 25,000 of these worldwide in 2013….The products are heavily subsidized, by both federal and state tax credits of up to $20,000+ to consumers, and zero emissions credits totaling tens of millions of dollars to the company.”

So much government coin – for so little in sales.  And now the Musk contagion is looking to infest Texas.  Musk wants to insert his Tesla Faux-Motors into the Lone Star State’s retail dealership market.  And is demanding even more cronyism to do it. More

The EPA Finally Has Something Legitimate It Could Do – So of Course It’s Not Doing It

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The EPA – Handling Things As Well As Always

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notorious for serially, consistently doing things the laws as written do not allow it to do.  Meanwhile, its bureaucrats are so unlawfully distracted –  they miss a mess they are actually supposed to address.

Is the EPA constantly doing things it’s not supposed to do?  Absolutely.

Supreme Court: EPA Unreasonably Interpreted the Clean Air Act

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Obama’s Efforts to Regulate Coal Emissions

Sixth Circuit Puts Controversial ‘Waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) Rule on Hold

DC Circuit Overturns EPA Backup Generator Rule

Federal Court Rejects EPA Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

And on, and on, and….

So preoccupied with their overreaches are the EPA’s denizens that when something glaringly, obviously wrong happens – about which the agency that shouldn’t exist can actually do something – they miss it entirely. More

Trump Knows, Media Don’t: One-Sided ‘Free Trade’ – Isn’t Free Trade

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

More Free – Less Government

The media (and the entire media-Left-NeverTrump contingent) remain steadfast in their opposition to now-President-elect Donald Trump.  In their attempts to deny him first the office and now legitimacy therein, they have come up with all sorts of shorthand descriptives that are either vague or outright disingenuous.

One of the most annoying of these – is “Donald Trump is anti-(free) trade.”

Trump Targets Free Trade, and G.O.P. Follows SuitNew York Times

Many Republicans Are Embracing Donald Trump’s Fierce Trade RhetoricBusiness Insider

Donald Trump’s Free-Trade FolliesTheWeek

Trump’s Anti-Trade Talk Rankles Businesses on the U.S.-Mexico BorderLos Angeles Times

Trump’s Anti-Trade Rhetoric Rattles the Campaign Message of Clinton and UnionsWashington Post

Anti-Trade Rhetoric by Trump, Sanders Could Doom Millions to PovertyMarketWatch

Trump Escalates Economic Tirade Against Free Trade, China and GlobalismThe Guardian

Here’s How Donald Trump Could Spark a Trade War with Mexico and China CNN More