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Aren’t We All Looking Forward to ‘Internet at the Speed of Government?’

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Your Government Modem

We were on February 26 subjected to the hugest of Barack Obama Administration Internet power grabs. Where the Administration unilaterally decided to start applying 1934 landline telephone law to the 21st-Century-Web.

This government grab was made under the guise of Network Neutrality – but this flashback-to-New-Deal phone law is oh-so-much-worse. The Administration has appointed itself the overlord of just about every private sector decision, transaction and innovation.

This is Mother-May-I-Do-Anything-At-All uber-regulation. It will eviscerate the free-speech-free-market-Xanadu Web we all know and dearly love.

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz has been an outspoken opponent of all of this. And has been criticized by the Left and the Media (please pardon the redundancy) for the ways he has phrased his opposition. More

A New Approach – To Finally End an Old Farm Bill Problem

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

This President Had the Right Idea

The Farm Bill is a bane of we Conservatives’ existence – and Reality-based policy making. It is a relic of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR)’s horrendously failed New Deal – a top-down, central-planning nightmare mess.

And over the last eighty-plus years, FDR’s heinous domestic policy has gone global. A worldwide farm market has arisen. We no longer just grow for ourselves. We sell all over – and they sell to us.

And our Farm Bill – which warps our market – has warped the world’s as well. FDR helped beget an eight-decade-long international regulatory arms race. Other produce-producing nations saw our lattice-work panoply of tariffs and subsidies – and felt compelled to match them. And then exceed them.

Round and round we go. Myriad nations outdo our government interference in the marketplace – so we outdo theirs. Lather, rinse, repeat. So what we now have is a global lattice-work panoply of tariffs and subsidies. A thicket that grows ever thicker – as each next government tries to outdo the last. More

The FCC Delivers the Latest Dose of Obama Cronyism

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It’s Bad for Everyone Else -
But Why Would the Administration Care?

The huge-er government gets – the greater its ability to deliver cronyism goodies. The bigger the wallet government has – the larger the regulatory hammer it wields – the more Crony Socialism it can dispense.

Remember when President Barack Obama said this?

“We’re going to punish our enemies and reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”

The Obama Administration is excellent at both. The punishing:

IRS Targets Conservative Groups

Obama Administration Targets Fox News Reporter in ‘Chilling’ Echo of AP Probe

Obama Administration Targets Coal with Controversial Emissions Regulations

Obama Closed and Stole Republican Car Dealerships?

And the rewarding: More

Oregon’s ObamaCare is a Crony Socialist Nightmare Mess – Just Like DC’s

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The Only Thing Worse Than ObamaCare’s Ads – Is ObamaCare

ObamaCare is an unmitigated, omni-directional disaster.

It’s a disaster as a health care plan. How’s it doing with premiums?

ObamaCare Premiums Will Increase Faster Than Private Plans

How about deductibles? Co-pays? Medical choices?

Consumers Face Higher Deductibles Under ObamaCare Plans

ObamaCare Shock: $12,600 Deductible, 40 Percent Co-Pay, Zero Competition

What ObamaCare did succeed in doing was giving governments at all levels unfathomable new powers. More

GOP: The Grade School Boy Trying Too Hard to Get the Silicon Valley Girl

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

He Likes Her Just a Little Too Much

As an adult, watching a fifth grade boy who obviously likes a fifth grade girl is at once amusing – and nostalgically bittersweet. The shyness, the awkwardness, the indecision. But mostly, it’s the limitless lengths to which the boy will go to try to please the girl.

Hopefully, we as men and women grow out of this – and at least get a little better at wooing others. Sadly, the Republican Party’s crush on the Silicon Valley has not advanced past the elementary school stage.

The GOP wants the Silicon Valley’s love. And by love we mean the millions of donation dollars that currently go mostly to Democrats. And sadly, it appears some Republicans will go to nearly any length to curry some of that coin.

Including giving up core conservative principles. Currently on the Win Your Love sacrificial altar – private property rights. More

NY Times Mangles Obama’s Net Neutrality Power Grab

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Distressed for Decades

As we know – America’s media is for the most part decidedly Leftist, often befuddled and rarely right. So when they wade into an intricate issue like President Barack Obama’s Net Neutrality Internet power grab – we can only expect even more Leftism, befuddlement and wrongness.

On February 26, the Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pretended to be Congress and rewrote law. To suddenly start regulating the Internet under the 1934 Telecommunications Act – under rules written to regulate the landline telephone.

You would think we could all assume Congress’ intent in 1934 wasn’t to apply the law they were then passing to the World Wide Web, right? I mean, we were still sixty years away from the birth of what we know as the Net.

But this little bit of Reality is lost on this Administration. And, too, on the media. Led, as usual, by the New York Times.

What the Net Neutrality Rules Say

Translation: “What the Administration and We Want You to Think the Net Neutrality Rules Say.” More

Obama’s EPA: Racing Against Time to Pummel the Private Sector

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We the People Are Even Less Pleased

We are (thank God) in the fourth quarter of the Barack Obama Administration. Our long national nightmare is more than three-quarters over.

That’s the good news. The bad news is – everyone in the Barack Obama Administration knows it too.

This waning Administration is in the pummel-the-private-sector business. And there is arguably no tentacle of the federal Leviathan better equipped to do it than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). After all – it’s the EPA’s sole reason for being.

The current head of the EPA?

(Former) EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy, the architect of unprecedented restrictions on energy use and power generation….

Did Congress authorize any of these unprecedented restrictions? Of course not. Has Ms. McCarthy – since her promotion – changed her approach and waited for Congress to act before acting? Of course not. (Did Senate Republicans – given this radical record – do enough to block her promotion? Of course not.) More

Obama’s Other Internet Power Grab – to Expand Policy That Fails 116 Percent of the Time

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

This Administration’s
Hand Wear of Choice

February 26 was a particularly terrible day – in a six-plus year history of terrible Barack Obama Administration days.

That is the day the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – without benefit of Congress – unilaterally imposed on the free Internet the uber-heinous regulatory nightmare mess that is Title-II-Reclassification-Network Neutrality.

But that’s not all the FCC – without any actual authority – did to the Web.

FCC Just Overruled State Laws That Were Blocking Municipal Broadband

How very authoritarian of them. Federalism, anyone?

When you hear “municipal broadband” – think “government broadband.” It’s governments attempting to be in the broadband business.

Which means governments tax private broadband companies – and use the money they’ve taken from private broadband companies to fund government competitors to private broadband companies.

Which means governments are umpires – and playing for the opposing team. To do business, private broadband companies must every day play “Mother May I” with governments and their many, many regulations. If the government regulator is also a competitor – how amenable to its private competition is it going to be? More

Barack Obama and Google – Crony Socialism on Steroids

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

We the People Don’t Love It So Much

I was at the just concluded Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on a panel entitled “The United States of Google: Big Data and Big Government.”

During which Scott Cleland and I examined amongst other things the seemingly endless Crony Socialist ties between all-everything mega-company Google and the Barack Obama Administration.

Google loved Obama back before there was an Obama Administration. Remember how the Obama campaign was hailed for its online prowess – both in 2008 and 2012?

Using New Media Effectively: An Analysis of Barack Obama’s Election Campaign Aimed at Young Americans

How Obama’s Online Campaign Helped Win the Election

Obama Raised Half a Billion Online

Except it wasn’t Campaign Obama – nearly so much as it was Campaign Google. More

Who ‘Wins’ With Obama’s Net Neutrality?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Government Grabs Hold of the Web

The Barack Obama Administration’s Thursday Internet uber-power grab is awful for just about every American. It will lead to dramatically more expensive Web access – because of both raised service costs and huge new taxes.

And we will see a spiraling, regressive devolution of speed. It will be a return to the spinning wheel of Web-waiting death. When government regulation increases – private investment decreases. When investment goes – forward progress goes with it. And this Obama power grab is lots and lots and LOTS of regulation. The government just turned backwards the clock on the unfathomable increases in speeds we’ve seen for two-plus decades.

Remember 28k dial-up? If not, you’ll be reminded of it here in a bit – and you’ll be paying $200 per month for it.

All of this leads one to ask – who actually wanted this grab? More