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The Al Sharpton of Power Companies Set to Get a New York State Bailout

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

We Have to Destroy the Economy
in Order to Save It

The Reverend Al Sharpton is famous. What he should be is notorious. He has many, many life lowlights. The one that pertains to our conversation here is the 2014 New York Times report that he was at that time $4.5 million short on his federal and New York state taxes.

That’s a lot. And it brings to mind many thoughts regarding the Reverend. None of which, for normal people, is: What this guy really deserves is a government bailout check.

Yet that is what New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo is on the verge of doing for Exelon Generation – the Al Sharpton of power companies.

Exalon was just on the wrong end of a U.S. tax court decision – and has been ordered to pay the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $1.45 billion in back taxes, penalties, and interest.

What is Exelon? A New York state power company. A very successful New York state power company. Net profits in 2015? $2.2 billion. And they’ve been solidly profitable for years. $1.72 billion in 2013, $1.16 billion in 2012. And $2.7 billion each year all the way back in 2008 and 2009.

So they should have no problem paying their (back) taxes. We should all have a problem with New York’s state government writing them a check – for possibly up to $7 billion. More

Silicon Valley Gets Government Favors – While Boosting Leftists and Blocking Conservatives

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Best of Luck with Your Conservative Searches

We all know most of the modern Tech World is very, very Leftist.   And has been from its mid-1990s inception. Which is ok. But all the while, the relationship between the Tech World and our $4-trillion-per-year Leftist government has grown exponentially. Which ain’t nearly so ok.

The harmonic convergence has been the Barack Obama Administration. Which has actually been the Silicon Valley Administration – issuing Tech-favoring crony regulations like a Pez dispenser. Google has been a particular insider favorite. Social media monster Facebook has also all along been deep in the tank for senator-cum-president Obama. Etc, etc, etc. The Silicon Valley is nigh totally a Leftist ideological tar pit.

The Atlantic just polled a panel of Silicon Valley heavy hitters. The results are…unsurprising. 88% of them are voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. ZERO percent of them are voting for Republican nominee Donald Trump – not one person. Shocker.

We conservatives don’t mind people who disagree with us. Less and less, however – the Left isn’t returning the favor.

Conservative icon William F. Buckley once said “Though liberals do a great deal of talking about hearing other points of view, it sometimes shocks them to learn that there are other points of view.” More

New York’s Chief Partisan Persecutor: Democrat Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

In New York, Justice’s Left Eye is Open

If you want justice, equal protection before the law and prosecutorial humility – New York Democrat Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ain’t your guy.

If you want partisan, selective persecution and ideological witch hunts – you can not do any better than AG Schneiderman.

The Clinton Foundation is located on Avenue of the Americas in New York City – the heart of AG Schneiderman’s purview. It is a multi-multi-million-dollar den of corruption. Time after time billion dollar promises have been made – but never kept. In 2013, only 10% of the money the Foundation spent went to, you know, actual charity. They spent more on office supplies. And, of course, rent – palatial offices on Avenue of the Americas ain’t cheap.

All the while, the Foundation was a global, nigh-limitless cash withdrawal system – taking hundreds of millions of dollars from governments with business before then-United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

It is a chief reason why Mrs. Clinton never used her government email address and its monitored, recorded system – so no one could track the confluence of State Department and Clinton Foundation action.

Is AG Schneiderman at all interested in looking into any of this? Of course not. Because Hillary Clinton is a fellow Democrat. And she’s now the Party’s presidential nominee. Can’t foul that up with enforcement of the law. Ask James Comey. More

Government Ignores Human Nature – and Warps the World with its Ignorance

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Bigger the Government – the Bigger the Ignorance

Socialism doesn’t work because it tries to root out human nature. Capitalism works because it harnesses it.

We are capitalists, conservatives and federalists in part because we acknowledge and understand human nature. Its possibilities – and its limitations.

They are Socialists because they are Utopian fantasists. They think they can remake humanity and the planet into a Heaven on Earth. And the vehicle with which they attempt this intercontinental, multi-billion-person fundamental transformation – is government.

Faith in government is itself a failure to grasp human nature. For several reasons. One of them is the Wallet Rule:

If you go out on a Friday night with your wallet, and you go out the following Friday night with my wallet – on which Friday night are you going to have more fun? More

Facebook Looks to Cronyism Its Way Out of Its Cronyism

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Not Very Appealing

Okay, admittedly, this is just a little bit driven by schadenfreude:

“A feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people.”

In which I do not ordinarily engage – unless the trouble someone is suffering is a result of their own actions. We should have zero sympathy for self-inflicted wounds.

And we should absolutely have zero sympathy for someone suffering the pain they championed for others. Which is what’s known as being hoisted on your own petard:

“Injured by the device that you intended to use to injure others.”

For Internet giant Facebook, that device – designed to injure others, now injuring them – is Network Neutrality.

“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 outstanding for Netflix – and other high-traffic sites like Google-owned YouTube. Netflix and YouTube all by themselves chew up more than half of all U.S. bandwidth. Net Neutrality outlaws their being charged for so doing. Which means Grandma (and the rest of us) pay even higher ISP rates – to subsidize the profits of Netflix and Google…. More

Too Much Dishonesty, WAY Too Late, on the Dakota Access Pipeline

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

So Too Environmentalists
(Please Pardon the Redundancy)

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) will deliver us oil. From the fracking-unleashed shale fields of North Dakota to Illinois – from whence it will make its energy-providing, prices-lowering way into our economy.

As with all things – especially oil-related – lots of governments had to grant lots of permission to the DAPL folks before any pipe could be laid. And every pertinent government – the four states’ through which the line will be laid, and the Feds – have all granted that permission.

Get that? The anti-fuel, anti-capitalism, environmentalist radical Barack Obama Administration – that dragged its feet for years on and then denied the Keystone Pipeline – approved the DAPL.

So what’s the problem? Believe it or not, there are environmentalist radicals even more radical than the Obama Administration. And they object.

Behold environmentalist radical trial lawyers EarthJustice – and their client, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST).

The problem is – well, a problem is – the time to object was during the five different governments’ respective, lengthy pipeline approval processes. Which, in fact, the Tribe did. More

Here’s the Way to Finally End the Farm Bill

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Then as Now – No Need for Government.
Just Start Swapping

We less government types have loathed the Farm Bill – since there was a Farm Bill. Because we loathe government inanity – and the Farm Bill is full of it.

The Farm Bill is Franklin Delano Roosevelt-New Deal era central planning. Which means for coming up on ninety years – our farmers and their farms have been besieged by constricting, constraining government inanity.

And over that near-century, we have globalized the markets for nigh everything – including food. Which means our dumb domestic farm policy – has helped shape dumb domestic policies the world over. Which collectively became dumb international policy.

Our Farm Bill helped incept and foster an international regulatory arms race. A terrible multi-governments poker game – where farming nations everywhere saw and then raised everyone else’s taxes, tariffs and subsidies.

That’s a lot of governments – engaged in a lot of inanity. We less government types have tried to end the United States’ portion of it – in the exact same way, over and over again, for decades. More

From Obama’s FCC: A Momentary Grasp of Reason

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Former’s a Much Better Bet –
Law ‘Enforcement’ Protects Rather than Prosecutes You

Back before Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, there was a British band that did pretty well – Pink Floyd. Aside from gigantic albums The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, they released in 1987 A Momentary Lapse of Reason. (“A Momentary Lapse of Reason” is also a current Hong Kong television show – although to be honest I didn’t know this until I Bing searched the Floyd album.)

It was of this phrase – “a momentary lapse of reason” – of which I thought on Thursday when the Barack Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) delayed its latest in a long line of power grab “votes.”

This delay was a momentary grasp of reason. An inordinately rare moment of clarity from a government that most of the time obfuscates and distorts Reality – rather than acknowledging and adhering to it. Far too often, government – and this administration especially – acts ridiculously unreasoned and unreasonable.

Even these FCC “votes” are a farce – all part of a scam to make FCC power grabs look like some sort of democratic process. They are anything but.

The FCC is not an elected body – like, say, Congress. Congress passes laws with at least the appearance of the imprimatur of the will of We the People – because we elected these people to pass our laws.

The FCC is made up of five unelected voting Commissioners (one of whom also serves as Chairman). Three are from the President’s Party – the remaining two from the opposition Party. They are selected – not elected. This President chose these Democrats – the Senate Minority Leadership the Republicans. More

The Road to Hell is Paved with Regulations. And Taxes. Take Note, New York

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Shovel Ready Jobs

We are nigh all familiar with the maxim: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

I also like it in its original form – in the original French: “The saying is thought to have originated with Saint Bernard of Clairvaux who wrote (c. 1150), ‘L’enfer est plein de bonnes volontés ou désirs.’ ‘Hell is full of good wishes or desires.’”

Because it shows that not only do good intentions lay your road to Hell – they ensure you get there. Where you and your intentions can plot and plan for all eternity.

And nigh everyone gets this – save for Leftists. And unfortunately for the rest of us, their attempts at good intentions – via government – drag all of us down to Hell right along with them.

Which is ironic. Because what Utopian Leftists are attempting – is to create a Heaven on Earth. Oops.

Good intentions lead to Hell – because this ain’t Heaven. And here on Earth, Reality always, inexorably inserts itself – and disrupts and destroys even the best of intentions.

Exhibit A: New York state.

“‘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.’” More

Why Is it Only ‘Science’ When It Grows Government?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Smart Man

We see it over and over again. And have seen it for decades. It is why I remain steadfastly opposed to any government “research.” Because the government only funds research that feeds and fosters itself. And when the science isn’t compliant – government ignores it, or warps it to its will.

Government is an organism. Just like any other organism, its first priority is self-preservation. Its second – is to grow. So when you give the federal government $4 trillion a year to spend, it will spend a lot of it funding its own preservation and growth. No matter how much damage it does to everyone and everything else.

Government cherry-picks the research it funds. The Feds have spent tens (hundreds?) of billions of dollars on global warming – oops, I mean climate change studies. I would bet there hasn’t been ten grand total spent on scientists who are man-made climate change skeptics. Because proving there’s no problem – means there’s no justification for government to grow.

But from 1998 until as recently as 2014, the global temperature has flat-lined. No warming. Virtually no change at all. Did a government-funded study find this empirical fact? No. In fact, the government has spent a lot of money, time and effort trying to suppress this information – and attacking those who cite it.

Because according to government – it ain’t science if it doesn’t grow government. More