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FCC Chairman Won’t Allow his IG to Hire Any Criminal Investigators

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The OIG’s Door to the FCC

We had some inordinately interesting recent Congressional testimony from David L. Hunt – the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Inspector General (IG).

IG Hunt appeared on Wednesday, September 17 before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. The topic? “Oversight of FCC Budget and Management.”

What exactly does IG Hunt and his FCC Office of the Inspector General (OIG) do?

(T)he Inspector General (IG) and his office provide objective and independent investigations, audits, and reviews of the FCC’s programs and operations.

Incident thereto, the Inspector General provides recommendations to detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse in FCC programs and operations….

The Inspector General informs the Chairman and Congress of fraud or any serious problems with the administration of FCC programs and operations discovered during audits, investigations and reviews.

The OIG – via “audits, investigations and reviews”- makes sure the FCC doesn’t stray from the straight and narrow.

So what IG Hunt has to say in his written testimony is more than a mite disturbing. More

‘Local Choice’ — Let’s Roll Back Some Crony Socialism, Shall We?

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Don’t Turn to This Clown

Cronyism. Or Crony Capitalism. It’s actually Crony Socialism – because it actually has nothing to do with capitalism.

Crony Socialism is not an unfettered free market where the best ideas and companies win. It’s the government warping and distorting the market: favoring with absurdly tilted policies some ideas and companies – and thus inherently dis-favoring everyone else in said sector.

How much you pay to watch TV has been a Crony Socialist nightmare mess since basically the creation of cable TV. Thanks to government meddlesomely messing with the market.

The Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 (also known as the 1992 Cable Act) is a United States federal law which required cable systems to carry most local broadcast channels and prohibited cable operators from charging local broadcasters to carry their signal.

Get that? Cable companies are required by law to deliver all local broadcast stations in every channel package. Cable companies must then sit down with broadcasters and pretend to negotiate a “free market” deal for how much they pay for those stations. More

Less Domestic Government Equals More International Trade

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Domestically and Globally

Government growth is a self-perpetuating and self-fulfilling prophecy.

Government is just another organism. Like any organism, its first instinct is self-preservation. Government – and its remora advocates – marshals all their forces should anyone suggest any program be reduced even slightly. As the late, inordinately great Ronald Reagan noted:

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.

Government’s second instinct is “What can I consume next?”We certainly see that in domestic welfare. More

‘Most Transparent Ever?’ Behold the FCC’s Secret, Crony Socialist Meetings

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The Entrance to the
Obama Administration’s Department of Transparency

It is yet another Barack Obama Administration pledge now relegated to the ash heap of Mendacious History.

The Most Transparent Administration In History

The Most Transparent Administration in History

This is the Most Transparent Administration in History

This is the Most Transparent Administration in the History of our Country

We’re the Most Transparent and Ethical Administration in U.S. History

Get the trance-inducing mantra?  And Administration members have continued to relentlessly chant it – even though it long ago became a patently absurd assertion. More

How is Allowing Customers to Not Pay for What They Don’t Want a Bad Thing?

Seton Motley | Less Government

From the Left’s Dictionary

When words no longer have specific meanings – they no longer have any meaning. Words represent concepts – we must all agree on their definitions or we lose their concept representation value. If words’ definitions are warped – their usefulness is eviscerated.

If “up”is suddenly, repeatedly used to mean “down”- without anyone calling out the linguistic abuse – it ceases to be useful. And our language – our ability to communicate – is damaged.

Why does this happen? The late, inordinately great George Orwell explains:

“The decline of language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer.

The Left are the masters of this language abuse.

President Barack Obama at least thirty-six times said a variation of:

“If you like your health care plan – you can keep your health care plan. Period.

Then bizarrely, obnoxiously claimed:

“What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed. More

These People Think The Way To Keep Things Fast Is To Bring In The Government?

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An Intersection on the
Government-Run
Information Superhighway

The Left consists of two groups of people running on two parallel yet very different paths to Oblivion.

The Left’s leadership knows their Huge Government ideas are absurd and don’t work – but they’ll be in charge after the collapse they induce so they’re fine with it.

The Left’s rank and file actually thinks more government equals better – despite centuries of evidence to the contrary.

Then there’s the Tech World – by and large a subset of the Left. These people should certainly know better about government sloth and general incompetence damaging their industry – likely the nation’s and the world’s fastest moving and best.

But the Tech World has thus far remained steadfastly impervious to facts. Or they – like the Left’s leadership – have an agenda all their own. More

VIDEO: When Bureaucrats Determine Their Own Limits – There Are No Limits

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Great Set – Bad Policies

Please click here for the video.

As the great P.J. O’Rourke said:

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

We have to give the Feds some – the Constitution requires it. But in 1984 the Supreme Court threw wide open the doors to every liquor store and vehicle in the nation.

Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. was a case in which the United States Supreme Court set forth the legal test for determining whether to grant deference to a government agency’s interpretation of a statute which it administers.

Chevron is the Court’s clearest articulation of the doctrine of “administrative deference,” to the point that the Court itself has used the phrase “Chevron deference” in more recent cases.

What has that meant in thirty years of practice? More

Warren Buffett Knows Less Government Means More Economic Activity

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Warren Buffett Inverts His Rule

Remember the “Buffett Rule?”

The Buffett Rule is part of a tax plan proposed by President Barack Obama in 2011. The tax plan would apply a minimum tax rate of 30 percent on individuals making more than a million dollars a year.

Remember for whom it’s named?

The Buffett Rule is named after American investor Warren Buffett, who publicly stated in early 2011 that he believed it was wrong that rich people, like himself, could pay less in federal taxes, as a portion of income, than the middle class, and voiced support for increased income taxes on the wealthy.

Remember what Buffett 2012 said – in his New York Times editorial? More

VIDEO: Obama Administration is Uber-Regulation, Inc. – And It’s Killing the Economy

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Please Press Play, and Enjoy

Is the Barack Obama Administration more than a mite out of control when it comes to imposing new regulations? Indeed so.

Regulations Under Obama Cost Households $14,768 Yearly

Obama Hits the Gas on Regs

Regulations Take $1.8 Trillion Bite Out of Economy

Is the Obama Administration more than a little off on their regulations assessments? Indeed so.

Obama Regs Cost 20-Times Admin’s Estimate

Twenty 9-0 Supreme Court Rulings Against (Administration)

Hundreds of Obama Administration Regulations Are Illegal

Speaking of illegal, let’s look at Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). More

The 20th Was the Failed Welfare State Century – The 21st Must Be About Less Government

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That is SO Last Century

The Twentieth was the Century of the Welfare State. Governments the world over built and then continuously grew their domestic aid money delivery apparatuses. Tens of trillions of dollars were spent in attempts to raise poor people up and out.

It’s been disastrous.

European Union and the Failed Welfare State

Transforming the Developmental Welfare State in East Asia

More Evidence of the Social Welfare State as a Failure

Much of the planet was dominated by the Soviet Union – whose satellites and clients were just welfare states under the Red umbrella. Communism is the Welfare State in full bloom – and to say it doesn’t work is the century’s greatest understatement. One hundred million people died – and billions more lived nasty, brutish and short lives in abject desolation and destitution. More