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Yes, the Government Has to Get a Warrant for Digital ‘Papers’

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Per: The Constitution

The Fourth Amendment of our sensational Constitution reads as follows:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

What this means is: Government can’t invade your property or grab your stuff – without first securing a warrant. And they have to have a darn good and specific reason to ask for said warrant.

In this the Digital Age, we yet again find our government lagging way behind We the People and our private sector.

We do not store our “papers and effects” – the way we used to store “papers and effects.” More

Trump Trade: DC Needs to Do Just About Everything Differently

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Welcome to Washington, D.C.

We have for decades been told that DC is filled to overflowing with Experts. They know things. They understand things at a level We the Plebes can not fathom.

Whenever We the Plebes raised our voices in protest to things DC was doing – the Experts patted us on our heads and told us to simmer down our dim selves.

Well as it turns out, never has an emperor been more naked than has this one.

Potentate DC has for half-a-century-plus been proudly strutting up and down Pennsylvania Avenue and K Street – completely garb-less.

DC has expertly managed us – into $20 trillion in debt.

DC has taxed and regulated us so thoroughly, our economy basically stopped consistently growing at a decent rate more than a decade ago. More

Net Neutrality: The Media Lies – Then Polls on the Results of Their Lies

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Not a Whit

A couple of week’s ago, the Donald Trump Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced they on December 14 would be rightly, reasonably undoing the Barack Obama Administration FCC’s ridiculous, regressive Internet power grab.

Behold Network Neutrality. And the Obama FCC pretending to be Congress – and “reclassifying” the Internet.

“Reclassification” is Gov Speak – for changing the regulatory category in which the Internet exists.

Since the 1990s privatization of the Internet, the Web has existed in very lightly regulated Title I.

Not surprisingly, when government leaves something largely alone – great things happen.

Nothing in human history has grown bigger, better and/or faster than the Net – in no small part because the government was doing nothing to “help.”

Of course, the Obama Administration couldn’t stand something so freely doing so well. So they – without benefit of Congress – “reclassified” the Web to under Title II. More

Elon Musk: The Welfare King’s Latest Failures – and Government Cronyism Cover Ups

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A New Administration –
A New Reckoning

Elon Musk is the welfare God-King. He is an all-time champion of government money reception – $5 billion and counting.

And as you know, Ladies and Gentlemen: Government money isn’t government money – until they have first taken it from us. It’s actually our money.

And with that government bureaucrat investment (of our money) – comes government bureaucrat protection of their investment.

If Musk messes up – it looks really bad for the bureaucrats who have given him, again, FIVE BILLION DOLLARS of OUR money.

So the bureaucrats will spend hundreds of millions of dollars (or more) – of OUR money – so as to cover up Musk’s mess ups.

Because his mess ups – are their mess ups. And may lead to the people footing the crony bill – that, again, is us – asking why the heck Musk received FIVE BILLION DOLLARS of our money. More

Righting Another Obama Wrong: Re-Protecting Intellectual Property

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A Very Welcome Change of Direction

The Barack Obama Administration was absolutely awful on intellectual property (IP).

Obama, Inc. set very many arms of the federal Leviathan to actively attacking IP protections.

Obama, Inc. sicced on IP the Department of Justice (DoJ) and its Federal Trade Commission (FTC). IP is a Constitutionally protected concept – protected in practice by the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)’s issuance of patents, trademarks and copyrights. These IP protections grant their holders exclusive use of the ideas behind them.

The Obama FTC’s antitrust division ignored the Constitution and its own USPTO – and sued the government-issued IP protections…for being exclusively used by the government-issued IP-protections-holders.

With Congress, Obama, Inc. created within the USPTO the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Which turned the USPTO’s mission on its head – from an agency issuing patents…to one destroying them. More

President Trump’s War – On Government’s War on America

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Trump’s Gotten to Cutting

United States’ governments at all levels have for decades been at war with America and Americans.

Their weapons of choice – have been a ceaseless fusillade of laws and regulations. Aimed not to benefit We the People – but directly at us. We have been carpet-bombed with red tape – to ensnare and shackle and limit us.

The damage to our economy has been devastating. Our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth has waned inexorably for decades. Because as government grows – the private sector shrinks.

Our entire economy – the amount of money created by every single man, woman and child in America’s 300+ million populace – is $18 trillion. The cost of compliance with JUST federal regulations – is $2 trillion. Think that massive government imposition on our economy helps – or hurts?

And no President in our history was more active in using government against us – than President Barack Obama. Obama ramped up government regulatory extrusions to levels never before seen. Obama added more than 21,000 new regulations – all by his onesies.

Obama directly targeted for destruction certain sectors of Americans. For instance, he promised to bankrupt the coal industry – then he had his government just about do it.

Obama Administration regulations killed more than 125,000 coal sector jobs. And cost our economy more than $650 billion directly – and exponentially more indirectly, as energy prices soared as the coal sector crumbled. More

Net Neutrality: The Big Power Grab Lie the Left-Media Is Telling You

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Left-Media Never Goes Small

We addressed this to some degree last week. But the Left-Media’s lying has been demonstrably worse in the week since – a feat I didn’t then fathom as possible.

The issue at hand is Network Neutrality.

When birthed in 2002 by Leftist college professor Tim Wu, Net Neutrality was just four innocuous things:

  • Consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.
  • Consumers are entitled to run applications and services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.
  • Consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.
  • Consumers are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers.

But as with oh-so-many things devised by the Left, Net Neutrality sounds good – but isn’t. It is, in fact, a terrible idea – for a whole host of reasons. More

There Already Is Massive Media Consolidation: Ideological

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Ideological – Not Numerical

The Left is incessantly freaking about all sorts of things – about which very little freaking is actually necessary.

The Media is – by-and-large – the Left’s megaphone. About whatever the Left is freaking – you’ll find the Media freaking. Only louder, with many, MANY more outlets with which to amplify the freaking.

The advent of the Internet – has exponentially increased the number of outlets through which the Media can freak. For instance: If you miss a particular MSNBC on-air freakout – fear not, on the Web it shall hang forever, just a couple of mouse clicks away.

And nigh every outlet generates all sorts of Web-only content – video, audio and written. For even more additional avenues for freaking.

Each and every media outlet – is a multi-platform content delivery corporation. More

Coalition Letter: We Need Free Trade – From Everyone Trading, Not Just US

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The Signatories

Dear Congressman:

One of the biggest fears facing low-income families and seniors living on a fixed income is the rising price of food. To the extent that government policy can contribute to stable commodity prices, leading to stability in food prices, we believe it would benefit all Americans.

It is for this reason that we, the undersigned, are urging you to support House Concurrent Resolution 40, authored by Representative Ted Yoho, which would restore free market competition in the global trade of sugar.

Global trading pressures make sugar one of the most volatile commodities in the world. Much of this volatility is the result of government subsidies to growers in other nations, which grossly distort the market. It is these market distortions that make the price of sugar and hundreds of other foods made with it unpredictable. H. Con. Res. 40 brings stability to the market and the prices paid for groceries on every aisle in the supermarket.

Perhaps better known as the “Zero-for-Zero” policy, Rep. Yoho’s resolution identifies subsidies as the primary problem in maintaining stability in the price of sugar and other food products made with it. This would be of great benefit to millions of low-income families and seniors living on fixed incomes. It would also support tens of thousands of jobs related to American agriculture, many of which are located in smaller cities and towns that desperately need these jobs. More

PTAB: DCs Latest Unaccountable, Power Grabbing Government Board

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Because It Is Apparent DC
Doesn’t Care About This Definition

Government is always looking to expand its ability to lord over the private sector.

Congress has done far more than its part – passing all sorts of laws that have very little to do with the Constitution and its extraordinarily limited role for the federal government.

But Congress doing all that overreaching itself – eventually brought some angered scrutiny from We the People. Congress doesn’t care what we think, mind you – they just don’t want to hear it from us.

So about a century ago government began erecting myriad, unelected Executive Branch departments, agencies, commissions and boards. To unilaterally add those very many busy hands to the power grabbing government was doing.

But that too drew angered scrutiny from We the People. Because even though these very many departments, agencies commissions and boards aren’t elected – the President who oversees them is. And if it’s possible, the President likes hearing it from us even less than does Congress. More