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Talking Turkey: National Security – and Growing Our Own Food

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Home is Where the Heart Is

Turkey: Thursday is, of course, Thanksgiving. A holiday which celebrates our inconceivable good fortune and tremendous bounty. Most of us celebrate our good fortune – by joining with family and friends to consume massive amounts of bounty.

We (should) do so in large part in remembrance of how hard it was for the Pilgrims to scrape together enough food on any day – let alone the fourth Thursday of November. And to commemorate their perseverance – they eventually began to make it work. Leading to now, when we whenever we wish merely head to any abundance-laden grocery store.

Turkey: Monday night-Tuesday morning, the nation of Turkey shot down a Russian jet. The latest globally destabilizing incident in a giant heap of them. Our State Department early Tuesday morning issued a worldwide travel alert. More

The Private Sector Solves Problems – Government Exacerbates and Creates Them

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Words By Which to Run a Business

The seven years of the President Barack Obama Administration have provided us with two diametrically opposite things. The government time and again failing utterly in just about everything it tries to do – economic recovery, job creation, health care, defense of our borders and our nation, budget stewardship,…. Meanwhile, the Administration and its Democrat Party keep usurping and pushing to usurp as much of the private sector as possible – to add it all to the government’s (ir)responsibility portfolio.

Which is a whiplash-inducing denial of Reality – and a recipe for continued, accelerated ruin. The private sector is where problems are solved. Government is where they are exponentially expanded – and whole new ones are created.

So as new problems arise – as they always will – let us please allow the private sector to work them out. Do NOT allow the government to “help” – as the late, extraordinarily great Ronald Reagan duly noted: More

Government Choosing Businesses for Preference or Punishment is Always Wrong

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Only for Turkeys

President Barack Obama has dramatically ramped up the Washington, D.C., giant Crony-fest. Where economic sectors and companies Obama and his Democrats like get the gold mine – and the rest of us get the shaft. For instance, there was $80 billion for “green energy” in the awful 2009 “Stimulus” bill – 80% of that coin went to Obama donors.

And since the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) emanates from this president and this vile -ville – much of it is a Crony nightmare mess. With all sorts of special treatment – good and ill – for all sorts of trade items. To wit:

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) is continuing his efforts to oppose a potential tobacco carve out in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, sending a letter yesterday to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman in which Tillis makes clear that any agricultural carve out would directly threaten the ratification of the trade pact. 

In recent days, Tillis has been meeting with his Senate colleagues, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, to share his concerns that a tobacco carve out would violate provisions contained in the trade promotional authority Congress granted to the President and would risk opening the door to choosing more “winners and losers” in future trade agreements. 

“…In my conversations with other Senators who would otherwise be inclined to support the TPP, I have emphasized the dangerous, precedent setting nature of a carve out and the fact that inclusion of such a term would run counter to the explicit instructions set forth in the TPA,” Senator Tillis wrote to Ambassador Froman.

“A number of my colleagues share my view that the TPP can be a net positive in the long run. I am confident, however, that the path toward ratification will be significantly endangered if the administration or one of our trading partners impose their biases by targeting specific industries for exclusion.” More

Facebook Should Reverse Its Support of Government’s Net Neutrality Fantasy

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Getting Rid of Net Neutrality – Putting People First

Network Neutrality is a unilateral and completely unnecessary government-intrusion-and-imposition on the entirety of the Internet – and the trillions-of-dollars-economy that has arisen around it. Net Neutrality is one fantasy – based upon another.

Fantasy: The evil Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will – at some indeterminate point in the future – start blocking you from getting to certain websites. (In this way it is very similar to the global warming climate change fantasy. The fantasists have to threaten amorphous future menaces – because right now no such thing is happening.)

Reality: There are currently exactly zero ISPs blocking exactly zero websites. There have been all-time less than a handful of such instances – and just about all of those were of illegal-movie-and-music download sites. You want lawful content? You got it – no problem. Because ISPs are in the customer service business – if they stop servicing customers, they will very quickly be out of business.

The pro-government fantasists created this “Eeeeevil ISP” fantasy – to engender as much support as possible for another: Net Neutrality. Which is a top-down-government-only solution shambling around looking for a private sector problem – because none actually exists. More

Cronyism: For the Likes of Google, It is Really, REALLY Good to be a Friend of Obama

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Endless Ain’t Just for Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

If President Barack Obama doesn’t like you – his government tends to make your life really, REALLY miserable. Ask Tea Party and conservative groups – when Obama’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) isn’t harassing them, it is allowing them to endlessly languish unapproved. Ask reporters who report things in ways the President doesn’t like – his government spies on and investigates them. Ask the coal industry – Obama’s administration is unilaterally regulating it out of existence. And on, and on, and…

But President Obama doesn’t have to specifically dislike you. He need only prefer your regulatory opponent – and at their behest he will make your life really, REALLY miserable. To wit: the Tech sector.

The Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in February – via Title II Reclassification and Network Neutralityunilaterally declared itself the pernicious overlord of all Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Is it because he dislikes the likes of Comcast and Time Warner? It would be difficult to think so.

Comcast, Time Warner Execs Are Major Donors to Obama 

In fact, Comcast is melded with…NBC. Which means NBC News. Included therein is the completely ridiculous MSNBC and the freshly ridiculous CNBC. How on Earth could President Obama dislike them?

He could – if a bigger Crony asked him to do so. Behold: Google. More

Hey Wall Street Journal: Open Borders-Amnesty is the Hugest Cronyism of All

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Big Time

The political definition of Cronyism is: government policy that favors one or more specific beneficiaries – at the expense of everyone else. To wit: $80 billion of the 2009 “Stimulus” was wasted on “green energy” companies – 80% of whom were Barack Obama donors. Amongst the parade of horribles contained therein: the government took money from energy companies – to fund competitors to their energy companies.

Sadly, a $3.5-trillion-a-year federal government budget is filled to the rafters with nigh-endless Cronyism. There’s so much to undo – one must triage and prioritize. And while we work to reduce and eliminate, we most certainly should not create a whole new Cronyism – that will dwarf all the others combined.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) late last week gave us a quintessential example of aiming at the tiny – while they have for years championed the huge. Behold: More

While We’re Lost in The ‘Patent Troll’ Freakout, ‘Reformers’ Will Eviscerate Private Property Rights

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Applies to Intellectual Property, Too

The small and dwindling contingent in favor of the terrible, patent-smashing bills being considered in Congress suffer from an obsessive fetish – “patent trolls.” It’s at once a mantra – and a Pavlovian fervor-inducer. Just say “patent troll” in front of any member of this tiny cohort – and watch them freak out.

The American Spectator has been a gracious, serial host to one such troll-ster – Mytheos Holt. As of this writing, SEVEN of his last eight Am Spec pieces – of nine total – are thus myopically focused. In them the word “troll” appears…twenty-six times. Three pieces ago, he cited me by name: “(P)atent troll defenders like Seton Motley….”

Holt and his ilk frequently and feverishly screech “patent troll.” But to paraphrase Inigo Montoya: “You keep using that phrase – I do not think it means what you think it means.”

What exactly is a “patent troll?” He or she is someone who owns a patent – which is private property. And is trying to protect their private property from unauthorized use by someone who doesn’t want to pay to use it.

Is someone who owns a house and calls the police to roust squatters a “property troll?” Is someone who reports their car stolen an “automobile troll?”

Why would anyone be opposed to any of this? More

Hillary Clinton Misunderstands (Misrepresents?) How Government Pummels the Economy

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Notice How That Connects to the Internet, Madame Secretary?

Hillary Clinton is going to be the Democrat presidential nominee. (Sorry, Bernie Sanders fans. You too, Martin O’Malley fans – both of you.)   Unless – and likely even if – she is indicted for her latest foray into self-defined ethics. She has in her past more than a quarter century of…questionable statements, decisions and actions – so it would appear nothing else in this vein will matter to the Democrat rank and file.

Mrs. Clinton is vying to lead the government that lords over our $17+ trillion economy. Which – given just one article she recently penned – is more than a mite disturbing. Behold: “Being Pro-Business Doesn’t Mean Hanging Consumers Out to Dry.”

What Mrs. Clinton does mean to do, apparently, is hang out to dry the facts and Reality. Her column is chock full of Leftist bromide talking points – which have time and again been totally disproven. But because the Left dominates the media – they live on. Fake Leftist “facts” are like zombies. They are repeatedly slain – but again and again shamble away from their graves. Happy Halloween, All.

Let us examine just some of what the looming Democrat nominee has to offer. Steady yourselves – she actually starts out…quite well. More

Why Does the Media Hate (Poor) People Having Cheap Food?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

For the Media: Awful News

The media are, of course, almost uniformly Leftist – which means they just about always toe the Party line. Including the belief that in order to help the poor – government must perpetually grow. Of course we conservatives also want to help the poor – we just think shrinking government is the way to actually do it.

When things get more expensive – the poor get hammered hardest. But the media misses the obvious – the more government there is, the more things cost. It is axiomatic – in (at least) two ways.

One: Government needs money to do anything – and government doesn’t make any money. So it must take it from the private sector. Prices inexorably rise – to offset the money government just took.

Two: When government imposes regulations, the private sector has to waste time, money and energy complying with them. Which inflates prices in (at least) two ways. Compliance with government costs time and money – which raises prices. And that time and money could have been much better spent making their stuff better and cheaper – which prevents prospective price reductions. More

When Government Tries to Equalize Free Speech – We End Up With Zero Speech

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Behold: ‘Equal Time’

The First Amendment reads (in part): “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech….” “Abridge” is legally defined as: “…(T)he making of a declaration or count shorter, by taking or severing away some of the substance from it.” The Founders prohibited the government from not just silencing speech – but from doing anything at all to in any way reduce it.

Not at all surprisingly, two government speech regulations ended up doing exactly what the Constitution was written to prevent it doing. Behold the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-imposed Fairness Doctrine and Equal Time provision.

These inanities were inflicted on anyone who had a broadcast license on spectrum given to them by the government. (That’s over-the-air television and radio.) These regs left most such recipients regretting mightily not having just paid for the airwaves – so as to have gotten (at least a little) out from under government’s massive thumb.

These two First Amendment assaults were imposed in the name of government-defined-and-mandated speech “equality.” As usual, government fundamentally misrepresents its charter. It is required to ensure equality of opportunity – not empowered to impose equality of outcome. Anyone can say anything they want – that’s Constitutional opportunity. Anyone else receiving a government-mandated equal chance on the same platform – is unConstitutional free speech abridgment. How so? Here goes…. More