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How Google Can Rig Everything in Washington, D.C. – and All Around the World

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Do We Love It? Not So Much

Let us ponder for a moment who and what Google is. Google has made tens of billions of dollars – being all up in your business. Uber-efficiently doing what governments the world over have for centuries only at best bumblingly attempted – accumulating reams and reams of data on millions and millions of people.

Google is a private company. These millions of people voluntarily use its products – and expose themselves to Google’s data probes. Thoughtlessly clicking “Yes” in approval of the multi-page disclaimers that appear before them – when they are actually given that opportunity. If you use Google to search, for instance – you receive no such precursory heads-up.

Again, Google is a private company. Thus caveat quaero applies – “let the searcher beware.” But Google is amongst other things taking huge advantage of decades of trial lawyers’ cumulative handiwork. A rational, non-lawsuit-preemptive disclosure form would be shorter, truly informative – and much more widely read. Google benefits from – and revels in – the blurring legalese.

Google’s data-capture business has been unbelievably successful. Good on them. But they have used that model to cultivate another – huge government cronyism. Which ain’t quite so hot for us. And no one has been more receptive and reciprocal than the President Barack Obama and his Administration. A man Google twice uber-helped get elected – in large part by using its massive data caches. More

Dirty Harry Knows: The EPA’s Got to Know Its Limitations

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Want Them Having Control
Over Your Puddles?

Clint Eastwood’s iconic Dirty Harry Callahan uttered one of the greatest movie lines of all time: “A man’s got to know his limitations.” It would appear no one in Washington, D.C. has ever heard of Harry or his weighty wisdom.

No one in our nation’s capitol seems to think they are limited in any way. Not by any personal shortcomings – it’s like everyone who enters the city limits thinks they magically transmogrify from Clark Kent into Superman. And they certainly find no limits placed upon them by anything as quaint and antiquated as the Constitution.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a classic example of very limited men and women behaving boundlessly. To begin, it can be easily argued that the Agency shouldn’t even exist. The federal government’s powers must by the Constitution be expressly enumerated – and nowhere therein does it get anywhere near enumerating what is being done by the EPA.

I have the “1800 Rule” (the year, not the tequila). If a government agency or program was created after 1800 – it most likely shouldn’t exist. Because in 1800 the guys who created the government – were running the government. They knew what they intended it to do – and by 1800 were having it do it. The EPA was founded on December 2, 1970 – just a little past the sell-by date. More

We Don’t Need ‘Great’ Leaders – We Need Constitutional Ones

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Silent Cal Should Have Spoken More

The Founding Fathers knew what Lord John Dalberg-Acton knew. And far too few of us know the totality of Lord Acton’s sage sentiment: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

“Great men are almost always bad men.” America as envisioned and designed by the Founders was absolutely great. Subsequent men and women striving for a legacy – to be themselves deemed “great” – have ruined what the Founders bequeathed us.

Which upon its creation Ben Franklin described – with a warning: “A republic, if you can keep it.” We have failed to keep it. Because too many have done too much Constitutional violence – in their attempts to be “great.”

We don’t need as leaders great men and women. We need ordinary men and women – who get out of the Constitution’s way and allow America and Americans to be great.

Washington, D.C. is overflowing with oft ridiculous people – trying to use government to augment their opinions of themselves. Government-policy-as-therapy may make you feel better – and appear better inside the Beltway. But it’s awful for the rest of us.

In just about every way possible, the federal government is careening out of control – and light years beyond its Constitutional bounds. And only gets worse and worse as more and more people pile in and pile on – looking for their own slices of “great.” More

Why Conservatives Object to Leftist Patent ‘Reform’

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Doesn’t Work on
Leftist Legislation

The following is in response to Mytheos Holt’s TownhallThe Three Dumbest ‘Conservative’ Objections to Patent Reform.”

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The Left, along with huge Leftist companies, are pushing to fundamentally transform – radically undermine – the Constitutionally-protected intellectual property known as patents. As the Left is wont to do, they are looking to thoroughly alter the Constitution – without amending it.

Passing legislation that guts a Constitutional tenet isn’t Constitutional – it’s tyrannical. If you want to change the Constitution – you must traverse the amendment process. But it is much easier to pass a law than it is to ratify an amendment – so the Left circumvents. They pass unConstitutional laws – and hope to get a radical judge or two to back their play in court.

We saw this a lot in the first quarter of the Barack Obama Administration – when his Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. They passed a lot of unConstitutional law – preeminently exemplified by ObamaCare. Which is – through any reasonable legal prism – grossly unConstitutional. But Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and four of his colleagues bizarrely found yet another emanation from yet another penumbra – and propped it up. More

Status Quo Government Meddling and Cronyism Is…Progress?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

We Can In Fact Tell

It hasn’t been a great year from the perspective of shrinking government. In fact, it’s been terrible. Really awful, pork-and-cronyism-filled programs are being refunded, renewed – and even resurrected.

Since November – when We the People delivered Republicans another historic landslide victory – what have they delivered us?

Laura Ingraham Blasts Republican Leadership Over $1.1 Trillion CR-Omnibus Budget Bill

“A 1,600 page bad joke.

Congress Votes to Fund President Barack Obama’s Amnesty

Senate Passes Three-Year Highway Bill That Renews Ex-Im Bank

House Votes to Renew No Child Left Behind

All the while, the GOP incessantly tells us that not only is it the best we can do or expect – it’s all really fantastic.   More

The Private Sector Giveth – and Government Taketh Away

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Truest Titan Giveth

It is – sadly, always – a clash of two titans. The private sector and government. There are claims made that it is – or can be – a symbiotic relationship. The free market and government – walking hand-in-hand into a brighter tomorrow.

But it is never symmetrical – it is always adversarial. In large part because it isn’t a fair fight. The government gets to bleed the private sector – they get to tax and regulate the opposition.

Imagine McDonald’s getting to take money from Wendy’s. And impose tens of thousands of regulations on how Wendy’s does business. If the opposing pitcher is also the umpire calling balls and strikes – how’s that game going to turn out?

Which is why we must always rigorously adhere to the Yellow Pages Rule:

If you can find it in the Yellow Pages (or on YellowPages.com) – the government shouldnt do it. More

Government Slowly Kills the Private Sector – And Blames the Victim for Its Sputtering Demise

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Death By a Thousand Regs

One of the advantages Big Government advocates have in their efforts to end the private sector – is the size of the victim. A $17-trillion-a-year economy is so huge – it almost always takes a lot of time to dismantle.

It’s like taking down those giant oliphants in the “Lord of the Rings.” Our economy can take a LOT of government arrows – and continue its march forward. Slowed, bowed – but still moving.

And here’s the really obnoxious part. As the private sector is dragged down by the government assaults – Big Government advocates say it’s proof that the PRIVATE SECTOR doesn’t work.

Which is like being shot – and then having the shooter yell at you for bleeding on them. More

The Donald Trump Rule: ‘Flip-Flopping’ to the Right Position Can Be a Very Good Thing

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

When the Policy Shoe Is
Slipped On the Other Foot…

We hear the charge leveled all the time: “Flip-flopper.” When someone fundamentally changes their position on an issue.

We are naturally left to wonder if the move is genuine. Are they are saying what they think – or what they think we want to hear?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has rocketed to to the top of the sixteen-candidate heap – in large part because of his anti-illegal immigration stance. Which is from all appearances a relatively new position for him. Here’s November 2012 Trump:

“(Mitt Romney) had a crazy policy of self deportation which was maniacal, Trump says. “It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote, Trump notes. “He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country.

Trump’s current illegal immigration stance is…slightly more staunch. And it appears to be working for him.

(Of course, Trump is by no means the only 2016 candidate to radically reconfigure his immigration position – Hello, Senator Marco “Gang of Eight” Rubio.) More

Chris Farley Government: Remember When It Was Congress That Made Law? That Was Awesome

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

He’d Fit Right In at NBC News

Remember that recurring Saturday Night Live skit where the late Chris Farley was the ultimate fanboy – interviewing those for whom he was the ultimate fanboy?

Sniveling and sweaty, he would bring up some of his favorite memories of his interviewees – pretending they were questions by prefacing them with “Remember…?”

And when the interviewee said he did in fact remember, Farley would blurt out “That was AWESOME.”

To wit: Farley’s sit-down with Paul McCartney.

“You remember Beatle Mania? Where those four guys went on stage and looked like you and then they played Beatles songs and….

“Yeah, I heard about that.

“That was AWESOME.

I often think of the Farley Model when watching the media “interview” a Democrat. Especially, sickeningly so when it’s Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. More

Bad Bills Are Like Bad Relationships: We Don’t Need a Break – We Need a Break-Up

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Sometimes It’s
Better to Just Move On

Just about all of us have been there. Dating someone – and it isn’t working. You don’t get along. The person doesn’t give you what you want. You aren’t happy.

You each try to change the person, hoping a tweak here or there will suddenly, magically make it work. It doesn’t.

You’re friends don’t like the person. Heck – THEIR friends don’t think you two are right for each other. They all flood you with advice. For most of which you didn’t ask – but the sheer numbers and volume force you to listen.

But their good counsel – and intentions – only make you more steadfastly stand by him/her. All mounting evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.

Things between the two of you continue to be terrible – and deteriorate. So you decide to take a break – get away from each other. And you plan to check back later to see if either or both of you have miraculously become different people – that now work together.

You reconvene – and (shocker) nothing’s changed. Things are still just as miserable.

Finally, you realize your friends – and his/her friends – are right. That they are all only trying to help. That it’s a bad deal – and you now know that the sooner you break away, the better everything will be.

So you end it. Hey – it happens. A lot. More