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

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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

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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

HRC and the Left Loathe Businesses – Why Are Republicans Helping Undermine Them?

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Undermining the IP Protectors

The Left loathes business and businesses. But business and businesses are mere symptoms of the disease they REALLY loathe – capitalism. For which they bizarrely think the “cure” – is uber-failed Socialism/Communism.

The Left is absolutely monolithic. No dissent is allowed – everyone must conform. And its political manifestation is the Democrat Party. Thus, all Democrats must conform – they must all loathe business.

The Democrat Party is currently conducting a presidential primary. The alleged moderate alternative to avowed Socialist Bernie Sanders is Hillary Clinton (despite the fact that she voted 0.1% less Left than he when they served together in the Senate). In last week’s debate, the candidates were asked “Which enemy are you most proud of?” Secretary Moderate’s response?

“Well, in addition to the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies,…umm, the Iranians,…um, probably the Republicans.”

(Overlooking the other ridiculous answers,) the drug and insurance companies – are your ENEMIES, Secretary Moderate? Two sets of job-and-product-creating entities? That are now (too late) fighting desperately to save We the People from ObamaCare – your government “cure” to private sector health care? Oh wait – asked and answered. More

ObamaCare Co-Ops’ Fail: Government Has No Business Being in Business

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One Stop Stopping

Government is an inherently failed entity. It always is – it always will be. Government can do a few things well (the military leaps to mind). But even those successes are woefully mismanaged and obstinately wasteful of money (with the military – usually due to its civilian overseers).

There is no “reform” of this. You can’t improve government quality of service. Because government is organized and run by humans – and thus subject to the immutable laws of human nature. Two particularly pertinent such laws: the Wallet and Yellow Pages Rules.

The Wallet Rule: You go out on a Friday night with your wallet. You go out the following Friday night with my wallet. On which Friday night are you going to have more fun?

Obviously you will have more fun with my wallet than yours – because at the end of the revelry you care what your wallet looks like. My wallet? You don’t care quite so much. Government is always using other peoples’ wallets – and the Friday night party never, ever ends. More

Christopher Columbus’ Objective: FREE Trade Routes

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Explorer – and Free Trader

Monday was a federal holiday. By that we mean: Government bureaucrats have the day off – the people who pay them do not. For people addled by Political Correctness (PC) – it was “Indigenous People Day.” For We the Sane – it was Columbus Day.

Columbus is of course Christopher Columbus. The Italian man funded by Spaniards who in 1492 established the European New World connection that led to us today. (The Vikings got here first – but their imprints eventually withered away.)

Columbus set off to find…a new route to the East Indies (the Old World’s name for much of south and southeast Asia). Oops. He thought he had (or never wanted to admit he hadn’t) – which is why the people he found here were called “Indians.” No matter the confusion, what he did was perilous and visionary – and what he found special and important. Thus his legacy – and his Day.

Why did Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella decide to sponsor Columbus? Because competitive European free trade was driving the day – and Spain wanted to improve and increase its share. Trade with Asia was then a great and growing enterprise. Columbus stumbled upon the New World – while seeking a faster route to Asia by heading west. More

As Rush Limbaugh Routinely Demonstrates: The Media’s Lockstep Leftist Talking Points

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The Media –
As Always, Circling the Wagons

We’ve time and again seen the media receive their messaging orders – and then march off all mouthing the Leftist talking point(s) of the day. Washington, D.C.-based talk radio host Chris Plante quotes a military friend of his describing the media not as a gaggle, but as a centipede. Multitudinous legs in coordinated movement – all headed in the same direction.

Talk radio impresario Rush Limbaugh has long made audio cavalcades of this media mal-practice a routine feature of his show. He strings together “media montages” – innumerable examples of “reporters” magically all arriving at the exact same Leftist term(s) to describe the news of the day.

Media Montage: Mundane Hillary E-Mails

Drive-Bys (The Media) Compare Warren to Cruz

“The People Spoke”

The Internet Didn’t Bully You, Ms. Lewinsky — Bill Clinton and the Democrat Party Did That

Gravitas Montage Explains It All

The media is just as mindlessly repetitive on all things Tech. As it has been of late when reporting on the huge government Internet power grab – the woefully mis-named Network Neutrality. Which the Barack Obama Administration unilaterally imposed via a “vote” by three unelected Federal Communications Commission (FCC) bureaucrats. All of whom are Democrats. All of whom were appointed by the President. (The FCC’s two Republicans voted Nay.)   More

Mark Cuban: When He Isn’t Denouncing ‘Patent Trolls’ – He Is One

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Careful – Your ‘Troll’ is Showing

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So too a patent “troll.”

Behold Mark Cuban – a wildly successful entrepreneur. He in 1995 co-founded Broadcast.com – and in 1999 Yahoo! way overpaid $5.7 billion for it. Ever since, Cuban has in Donald Trump-like fashion built himself into a brand – The Entrepreneur. Like Trump, he loves embodying the pursuit of professional victories. Like Trump, he turned his doing-business-vision into a high-ratings network television show (well, Trump turned his into two). The similarities exist even in sports. Cuban owns the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks – Trump rolled the dice entrepreneur-style on the New Jersey Generals in the NFL-challenging USFL (hey, you can’t win them all).

Don’t let anyone tell you we Americans don’t like winners. Though the Left has spent decades trying to train us to loathe them – we still favor way more than disfavor. Like Trump, Cuban is popular – for being him. An over-the-top success – who revels in his success in over-the-top fashion. And we like to watch it. We (thankfully still) find success to be – beautiful.

Well, Mark Cuban has a problem with patents. Specifically “dumbass,” “stupid” patents. He has said: “Dumbass patents are crushing small businesses. I have had multiple small companies I am an investor in have to fight or pay trolls for patents that were patently ridiculous.” He has co-endowed a Chair at the Electronic Freedom Foundation: “The Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents.”

On the idea of “dumbass,” “stupid” patents – we completely agree: “The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is charged with approving patent applications. They are often…imprecise. And approve overly broad, abusable patents. Which are often sought by and granted to the aforementioned bad actors – who then use them to engage in all of the bad litigious practices we have discussed.” More

Bernie Sanders and Robert Reich Are Confused by Economics. And Government. And Reality

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Confused – Times Two

Socialism is a failed ideology. It was the avant-garde approach to how to do government – in the Twentieth Century. The Soviet Union was the flagship petri dish. That conquered, infiltrated or ingratiated themselves with many other nations – to establish them as additional petri dishes (Hello, Cuba). We certainly now have a large enough, long enough sample set – and the results are in. The system is contaminated – Socialism does not work.

Socialists feebly cry “But they weren’t Socialist – they were Communist.” Which is a distinction with very little difference. Communism is Socialism – with a boot in the neck. The Communist boot is almost always ultimately necessary – because people eventually figure out Socialism stinks on ice. Which is why so many peaceful Socialist experiments end up as Communist totalitarian regimes. See: Orwell, George.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans attend government schools. As Neal Boortz rightly notes: “If you go to a Catholic school – you get a pro-Catholic education. So if you go to a government school – you get a pro-government education.” Our government school system doesn’t teach that Socialism stinks on ice. They have for decades defied decades of evidence – and declared Socialism to be great. (And our colleges are at least as bad – if not worse.)

Ignorance replicated – resonates. Flash forward to today: Avowed Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders is a force in the Democrat presidential primary. Little known factoid: When in the Senate, primary opponent Hillary Clinton was only 0.1% less Left than Sanders. And they were ranked Numbers 15 and 13 respectively in the Democrat caucus – meaning there were a dozen Senators more Left than them. Know why Democrat National Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz can’t distinguish between a Democrat and a Socialist? Because they are indistinguishable. More