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How Much a Month Are You Willing to Pay to Subsidize Netflix and Google?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Congratulations – They’re On Your Payroll

$20? $40? $80? How much a month extra do you want to pay for your Internet service – so that companies like Netflix and Google don’t have to pay for theirs?

Wait – you’re saying you don’t want to carry these mega-companies? That’s certainly understandable. They likely have a little more disposable income than you do. So how did you get stuck paying their enormous freight?

These huge bandwidth hogs got the government to force you to do so. This mega-cronyism is called Network Neutrality.

Don’t remember Congress passing a law imposing Net Neutrality? You shouldn’t – Congress never did. No law never got within a country mile of passing. In 2010, ninety-five candidates signed a pro-Net Neutrality pledge – all ninety-five lost. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee – the Marxist joint that gathered the signatures – raised less than $300 on it.

That uber-fail came in the midst of a decade-plus long Net Neutrality push – that got them literally nowhere with We the People. So the Barack Obama Administration did what the Barack Obama Administration is wont to do – it imposed Net Neutrality via unilateral fiat. More

Just Because It’s Easier to Steal – Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t Stealing

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Face That
Launched a Billion Thieves

Back when I was a musician – writing songs rather than things like this – I was just about the only one I knew who wasn’t stealing music via the heist website Napster. And I lived in Austin, Texas – the “Live Music Capital of the World.” I knew a LOT of musicians.

Napster was “originally founded as a pioneering peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing Internet service that emphasized sharing audio files, typically music, encoded in MP3 format. The original company ran into legal difficulties over copyright infringement….”

Translation: People downloaded music – for which they never paid. Hence the “legal difficulties over copyright infringement.” Napster was a monster music shopping mall – without the shopping.

The arguments in defense of this theft were (and remain) patently (no pun intended) absurd. Some of the absurdest: More

Taxed Enough Already: Governments Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Bleed Our Internet Service

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To the Government –
We’re Permanent Donors with Unlimited Veins

Raise your hand if you think government at any level – federal, state, local – is suffering from a dearth of our money. Or omni-directional ways to take it from us. I don’t see…any arms extended upward. Strange.

Well, not really. It now seems like every year the Feds set a new record for most money ever taken from us. As they have yet again this year. Likewise, down-ballot governments are fleecing as fast, as much and in as many ways as they possibly can.

For those of you not paying attention (that’s mainly government officials) – our record deficits and debt are not a revenue problem. They are quite obviously a spending problem.

And when government demands more money, the unspoken assumption is that every penny they already take is being spent wisely and well. Not one cent at all wasted – ever. Who are they kidding? How about you cut those hundreds of billions of absurdly-spent dollars – before you start looking for even more of our coin?

Congress is currently considering – to continue funding the government – an Omnibus bill. (Let’s ignore the fact that we have gone yet another year without a proper budget and budget process – and press on.) Currently contained therein is the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA). More

Free Trade is Outstanding – But Not All Trade Items Are Created Equal

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

A National Imperative

I am about as huge a free trader as anyone you’ll read or meet. Because it is in fact yet another less government issue. The less government gets in the way of peoples trading freely – the better it is for everyone.

Trade Wars” actually aren’t about trade — they are about government trade policy.

 If peoples are trading freely, there isn’t a “War’”– there’s commerce. The “Wars” only happen when governments get involved, placing tariffs, regulations and subsidies in the way of the flow.

It becomes a regulatory arms race. A government imposes another subsidy or tax. So several others in response impose new subsidies and taxes of their own. Lather, rinse, repeat.

We Americans are blessed with a (sadly, increasingly distant) history of capitalism – which gives us relatively inexpensive access to a cornucopia of goods. Manufactured here – and all around the world. And we of course want these goods to be as cheap as possible – hence the push for less government impediments thereof. More

FCC: ’We Are Going to Be Sued.’ Don’t Execute HUGE Power Grabs – and You Won’t

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Especially So When Government Grows Itself

The Barack Obama Administration has almost inarguably executed more unilateral sweeping power grabs than any previous presidency ever. Administration defenders lamely point to the number of Executive Orders issued: “GOP Slams ‘Imperial’ Obama After Fewest Executive Orders In 100 Years (CHART).” Which is technically true – but totally irrelevant.

A minor point: Not every single Executive Order grabs additional unilateral power (though many do). A MAJOR point: What matters most is total Grabs-by-Regulations – not specifically Executive Orders. New regs issued by the multitudinous Executive Branch departments, agencies, commissions and boards – that exceed the power granted them by Congressional legislation.

It is here that President Obama is making so much awful history. Every arm of his Leviathan is lawlessly sweeping up more and more of the private sector and subjecting it to radical government overlording. And as he runs out of time in office – these grabs have occurred with increasing frequency and force.

As but one example: “Obama EPA Issues Coal-Killing Rules To Cut Carbon Emissions 30 Percent.” Tally-wise – that’s just one power grab. But it is a HUGE power grab. President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is mandating that we cut our energy output by nearly one-third. More

Why Are So Many on the Right Helping the Left Undermine Our Patent System?

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Woefully Off the Mark

It is disappointing to see so many people who usually reside on the Right – go screaming Leftward on an issue so fundamental to all-things-free-market as private property protection. In this particular case – patent protection.

All sorts of things that in every other instance the Right loves to excoriate and ridicule – these Converts-to-the-Left must ignore or accept as a part of their effort to undermine the patent system. Do these Converts mean to undermine the system? I doubt it. But we do know that’s what the Left wants to do (Hello, Google) – and these Converts are helping them do it.

One of the things these Converts have to ignore is something that is ordinarily their bread-and-butter: government incompetence. Lots and lots of government incompetence. Congress is rife with it – but these Converts suddenly have in it profound confidence. To with exquisite precision delineate between patent lawsuits they deem worthy and patent lawsuits they deem unworthy.

Which in the absolute best of circumstances – is nigh impossible. Because legislation and law don’t work that way. If a law makes something difficult for someone – it makes it difficult for EVERYONE. Yet somehow this time we’re going to write legislation that can so pristinely discriminate? Our Congress? Threading that stack of needles? I don’t think so – and I don’t know how anyone on the Right could. More

Why Does Government Not Know – or Ignore – History?

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We Need to Broaden This Base

It’s one of our most oft-cited quotes. George Santayana’s “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The reason it so regularly recirculates is because we far too often fail its tenet. Which is truly sad. Because if you pay attention to the past – you can make some reasonable, rudimentary predictions about the future. And avoid a whole lot of completely unnecessary errors.

As predictable as the sun rising in the east and water being wet – is government stinking on ice at everything it attempts to do. We have more than a century of such evidence just here in the United States. The Soviet Union and its many satellites were a 20th Century-long global visual aide of government gone wrong. Then there are the juxtapositions. East Berlin vs. West Berlin, North Korea vs. South Korea. There is millennium more evidence – for those who care to remember the past.

Sadly, far too many Leftists instead adhere to the Shampoo Principle: Lather, rinse, REPEAT.

Which brings us to this pathetic “news” retread: “‘Needless Experiment’: Cities Weigh Gov’t-Backed Broadband, Critics See Tax $$ at Risk.” Wherein we learn local governments all across America are ramping up plans to use our money – to try to be Internet Service Providers (ISPs). More