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Have Environmental Radicals Led the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to Commit Perjury?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

It Still Ain’t Good

Committing perjury is a serious offense.

Ok, sadly, I do acknowledge that this assertion is less and less true in what is now post-legal America.

Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is well on the way to zero consequence for multiple instances (and multiple other crimes).

And, sadly, this laxity is not just a recent phenomenon. Clinton’s husband, then-President Bill, committed perjury (and multiple other crimes) – and went on to finish his two terms. Twenty years ago.

But we still like to at least keep up appearances. That we have a legal system, that it works – and that adhering to it matters.

So we say things like “committing perjury is a serious offense.” And hope it is occasionally true. More

New York State Is Perfecting Its Taxpayer Repellent

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Legal Emigration

Government at all levels has been for a century-plus grossly over-involved in, well, everything. For this particular exercise, let us look at the energy sector. Behold the myth that is “green energy.”

“Green energy” is – nigh totally – neither green, nor energy. Most sources – wind, solar, ethanol and bio-,… – expend as much or more traditional energy to produce as they eventually provide. And their production and utilization are in many instances much more anti-planet than demonized traditional sources.

And unlike traditional sources, “green energy” requires government money. Lots and LOTS of government money. Subsidies to the tune of tens (hundreds?) of billions of dollars over the last few decades.

Which violates several of life’s maxims.

1) If something is a good idea – no government money is necessary. No one needs to subsidize ice cream.

2) Government money doesn’t help – it warps. Our decades of tilting at ethanol windmills has done virtually nothing to improve either ethanol or the energy sector. It has dramatically increased the price we pay at the gas pump – and the price of food all over the planet. As we bizarrely burn food for fuel. More

All of Hollywood Should Hate Net Neutrality – And Now They’re Starting to See Why

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Yet Another Government Unintended Consequence

Network Neutrality is ridiculous, anti-capitalism, monopoly-making Internet policy. It has been since its early 2000s inception. It REALLY has been since 2015 – when the Barack Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unilaterally imposed it.

Amongst Net Neutrality’s overflowing basket of deplorables is the fact that bandwidth hog companies like Netflix, Google and Amazon get to use unlimited amounts of bandwidth – absolutely free of charge.

Which is a bit of a problem. 70% of all U.S. bandwidth – is consumed by video streaming. Netflix all by itself – uses 37%. Netflix and YouTube-owning-Google all by themselves – use 50%. And Amazon – in addition to their inordinately busy online shopping mega-mall – offers video-content-streaming Amazon Prime.

And thanks to uber-stupid Net Neutrality – these bandwidth hogs don’t have to pay for their unlimited time at the trough. Even though they’re consuming more than half the bill of fare.

Which leaves you and me paying MUCH more for Internet service. Because the nation’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have but two sides to charge. The likes of Netflix, Google and Amazon – and us. So Net Neutrality mandates that we generously pick up their titanic tabs. More

Global Cigarette Smuggling Is So Profitable – The UN Is Getting In On It

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

They’re Really Quite Thorough

No one breaks the law of unintended consequences – more than government.

Governments everywhere decades ago launched the War on Tobacco. Which they tell us is to protect us from ourselves (which – here in America, anyway – is not a Constitutional role for government to play).

What it really is about – is more government control, and more government tax money.

Australian comedian Steve Hughes aptly describes the power and money grab:

“And now we can’t smoke anywhere either. No smoking. For our health? No it’s not – it’s for control. Can we still buy cigarettes? Of course. Where can we smoke them? Nowhere.”

Of course we can still buy cigarettes. Government is addicted to the confiscatory taxes they’ve imposed on them. As talk radio impresario Rush Limbaugh points out, if cigs are really, truly evil – as government insists – why not ban them? They don’t – they won’t. Because they’re perpetually jones-ing for the next tax coin fix.

Well, the government ratchet only ever goes up. So after decades of the War on Tobacco, we’ve arrived at some really high tax rates – and some really restrictive, ridiculous regulations. And the results – the unintended consequences – are pretty predictable. More

If You’re Looking to Rent a Leftist Attorney General…

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

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…New York Democrat Eric Schneiderman is on the market – and open for business. And you don’t even need to contact him – he’ll contact you.

Schneiderman is worse than pay-to-play. He is pay-to-play – in reverse. He will launch insufferable Leftist Quixote campaigns first – and ask for campaign cash later.

Schneiderman and some of his co-awful cohorts wasted a year-plus attempting to eviscerate the First Amendment rights of oil company ExxonMobil.

Democratic Attorneys General to Police Climate Change Dissent: “A coalition of Democratic attorneys general…announced Tuesday an unprecedented campaign to pursue companies that challenge the catastrophic climate change narrative, raising concerns over free speech and the use of state authority to punish political foes.

“Standing beside former Vice President Al Gore, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the state officials are committed to ‘working together on key climate-related initiatives,’ including queries into whether fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil have committed fraud by deceiving the public and shareholders about the impact of man-made carbon dioxide emissions….

“These dozens-of-Democrat attempts to circumvent the guaranteed right to speak freely – have gone absolutely nowhere. (Save for the millions of dollars Exxon has had to waste fending off these frauds.)”

I am quite sure Schneiderman completely buys into the global warming climate change myth – and tilted at this particular windmill in full blinkered belief. More

Bill Murray Reports: It’s Farm Bill Time. Again.

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Let’s End the Perpetual Re-Run

One of our greater American films – is Groundhog Day. Where Bill Murray’s character – television weatherman Phil – is caught in a time loop. He awakens every day – to the exact same day. He is stuck on February 2nd – Groundhog Day.

Once past the bewilderment stage, Phil understandably, quickly grows increasingly perturbed with his predicament. On Day Whatever of his cursed closed circle, Phil goes on air with a dispirited, sardonic “It’s Groundhog Day. Again.”

I felt exactly like Phil – when I came across this:

Groups Are Coming Up with New Policy Ideas for a New Farm Bill: “While much of America is focused on the November presidential election, farm groups are already talking about the next farm bill. Early policy ideas are already being brainstormed by agriculture groups….This new bill can’t come soon enough for both the cotton and dairy industries. ”

It’s Farm Bill time. Again.

Wait a minute. We passed the last one – in 2014. It lasts for five years – until 2019. What gives? More

The FCC Now Wants to Create a TV Content Commission

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Aye, There’s the Rub

Having a free market was fun, wasn’t it? Unfortunately, more and more – the fun’s over.

Take what we watch on television. It has been for two decades now an ever-expanding free market Xanadu. We’ve been joking for years about the amazing number of channels we have from which to choose. For instance, Comcast’s most basic current package has over 90 – and you can get more than 180 should you wish.

And that’s just cable – then there are the alternative content providers. And companies like Netflix and Amazon’s Prime aren’t just offering content – they’re creating it. Netflix has given us House of Cards – Amazon The Man in the High Castle. And dozens of other shows. Multiple additional companies offer us additional huge digital storehouses of stuff to watch.

It’s like trying to take a sip of water from a firehose. (And makes you wonder why we still have government media like PBS and NPR.)

Even the government (from all appearances begrudgingly) admits we are in an amazing era. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Democrat Chairman Tom Wheeler late last week wrote: More

Hey New York – You Do Realize It’s GLOBAL Warming, Right?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

A Tiny Drop in a HUGE Bucket

You remember “global warming,” yes? It was for multiple decades the dubious cataclysmic Earth wrecker – always on the cusp of raining death and destruction down upon us all.

Except Reality intervened. Global temperatures flatlined in 1998 – and as of three years ago hadn’t risen since. So the purveyors of “global warming” fully shifted to the name “climate change” – and went into ever-greater spin mode.

World’s Top Climate Scientists Told to ‘Cover Up’ the Fact that the Earth’s Temperature Hasn’t Risen for the Last 15 Years: “(L)eaked documents seen by the Associated Press, yesterday revealed deep concerns among politicians about a lack of global warming over the past few years.”

Wait a minute. We’ve been told – by politicians and so many others – that rising temperatures would be the end of the planet. So we have a decade-and-a-half of temperatures not rising – and the politicians aren’t thrilled?

They instead have “deep concerns” – and demand scientists cover up the good news. Which further bolsters what we already knew. That politicians aren’t so much interested in saving the world – as they are in controlling it.

And the problem (and the irony) always is: The more control government has – the worse things get for the planet. And everyone on it. More

The Government is Eviscerating Private Property Rights. Again

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

‘For the Public Good’

The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution reads, in part, as follows:

“No person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Meaning if you own property – government can’t arbitrarily take it from you. In whole or in part.

Sadly, taking without compensation is something at which the government is becoming expert:

“Most property rights scholars would probably tell you that property is sort of the redheaded stepchild of constitutional law….(T)he (Supreme) Court says something like, ‘The Government could hardly go on if to some extent the values incident to property couldn’t be diminished without paying for it every time the law changed.’”

Get that? For nearly a century, the Supreme Court has for the most part pretended the Fifth Amendment doesn’t exist – as per it being an impediment to government regulating without compensation property out of private existence.

Which, of course, government has been exceedingly happy to do. More

Google is STILL Rigging Searches for Hillary Clinton

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Rigging – Smooth Sailing for Clinton

To quote Tool’s Maynard James Keenan: “I’m getting bored of getting bored.”

So many of America’s institutions are so consistently Leftist – that it pushes one past outrage to simple, resigned boredom. Government primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, the media, Hollywood and most entertainment – all incessantly, boringly Leftist.

Sure, there are the occasional exceptions – Clint Eastwood, Tom Selleck, some country music stars. But they exist solely to prove the rule.

The Silicon Valley – America’s Tech Mecca – is no different. God bless uber-creator Peter Thiel – but he’s another rare deviation. In the Valley, it’s nigh omni-directional Leftist. I’m surprised the roads there aren’t all one way – and you’re forced to make three left turns rather than one right.

Thiel helped launch Facebook into the stratosphere with a game-breaking $500,000 angel investment. Yet Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg raced to distance the site from Thiel’s speech at this year’s Republican National Convention.

Zuckerberg, in fact, was but one voice of an entire Grecian Geek Chorus. More