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Who Should Decide? 300 Million Customers – Or 3 Unelected Democrat Bureaucrats?

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Not Present: We the Customers

A free market economy – is all about the customers. Which in the United States – is roughly 300 million people. Millions of businesses spend every second of every day trying to give these 300 million people as much of what they want as possible – for as little as possible.

These businesses look for all sorts of new ways to get these 300 million to choose them – and not their competitors. They lower prices. They give away free stuff. And they offer their new and better services in new and innovative ways.

For We the Customers – it is Utopia.

Sadly, more and more we are less and less a free market economy. With ever more laws and regulations – we are nigh completely transformed into a command economy.

A command economy – is all about the Commanders. For the Commanders, We the Customers are an afterthought – if we’re thought of at all.

In a command economy, these centralized bureaucrats make all the decisions. And they do it as government always everywhere does it – very poorly, very slowly. They nigh always decide wrong – and they take a LOOOOONG time to do it. More

Can’t the Feds Find, Like, Four Trillion Other Places to Cut First?

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More Government Death Spirals –
or Ice Bergs, If You Prefer

The federal government spends per annum – nearly four TRILLION dollars. Numerically, that’s: $4,000,000,000,000. The entire United States economy – the output of every single man, woman and child in the 300+ million U.S. population – is $18 trillion.

That means a federal government that is allegedly, severely proscribed by our Constitution – spends more than 22% of every penny the nation creates. That is HUGE – and hugely pathetic.

Of course, with those oceans of our money sloshing around, the cavalcade of spending stupidity is nigh endless. Behold but a sampling of a simple Bing search:

Government Spending At Its Stupidest

Here’s a List of Stupid Things the Government Spends Money On

30 Stupid Things The Government Is Spending Money On

The Terrible 20: Stupid Government Programs

15 Stupid Government Programs That Will Make You Want to Vomit More

Democrats Now Want to Preemptively Punish Climate Change Pre-Crimes

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Yet Another Excellent Prediction

In the Tom Cruise-starring science-fiction-future-flick “Minority Report”: “A special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes.” These were called “Pre-Crimes.”

Objection, Your Honor: Assuming facts not yet in evidence.

But Democrats aren’t letting that stop them. Donkeys and Hollywood have for decades been hyper-intertwined. And the Donkeys are now taking this harmonic convergence more than a mite too far.

To wit: We have the nigh endless Democrat persecution of petroleum company Exxon Mobil. Which began as an assault on the First Amendment.

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.” More

For Which Party Should Farmers and Rural Voters Vote?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Party of Rural

Tom Vilsack is a rurally focused individual. The Democrat is a former Iowa governor – who is currently the only Department of Agriculture Secretary President Barack Obama has had.

Vilsack is, of course, a partisan politician. He was a dark horse on the short list to be presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick. He wants Democrats to win elections.

And it was Donkey victories he last week discussed on former Obama political advisor David Axelrod’s podcast. According to Politico, Vilsack articulated that “Democrats must stop ignoring rural voters if they ever hope to erase severe deficits in those parts of the country.”

Vilsack is – more than a mite mistaken. At this point, rural voters would LOVE for Democrats to ignore them. Democrat ignorance of their existence would be a marked improvement. Because right now, what Democrats are doing – is destroying them. In particular – President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). More

You First Need Government’s Permission to Repair Your Flood Ravaged Home

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Whether It’s Water or Regulations – It Ain’t Great

And many, many other ways government is stupid, imperious, and an impediment to progress and the marketplace.

Here’s hoping the poor flood victims of Louisiana – aren’t subjected to the governmental inanity being inflicted upon the poor flood victims of South Bend, Indiana:

“Today, the City of South Bend is reminding residents of South Bend and St. Joseph County that with the recent flooding, many structures in the community may have experienced structural damage. Repairs and/or reconstruction activities to structures that are located in the floodplain and were damaged due to the disaster will require a local building permit from the South Bend/St. Joseph County Building Department as required by local ordinance.”

Get that? Your life is turned upside down. Your house has been damaged by flood waters. Damaged portions are oft a threat to the entire edifice. And you need to, you know, live there. So you must repair as quickly as possible.

You need to get your government flood insurance involved – and off the schneid to pay you (as a holder of a government flood policy let me tell you – that ain’t great). You need to secure a contractor to assess the damage and pitch a bid – inordinately difficult in situations such as floods because there aren’t nearly enough contractors to go around. More

Hillary Clinton’s Terrible Government Broadband Plan

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The Cutting Edge – Where We Taxpayers Bleed

I’ve never liked the term “public xxx” – when used for things like “public schools” or “National Public Radio (NPR).” Because it’s not “public” – it’s government. Which means government takes money from productive private enterprises – and funds anti-productive government ones.

With all the attending awfulness you expect. The laxness, the arrogance – the terrible performance. (See: ObamaCare, the Post Office, “green energy,” your Department of Motor Vehicles,….) And the willful denial of the fact that innumerable past failures – portend more of the exact same, should we be foolish enough to yet again try the exact same.

Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton late last week gave an alleged economic speech – in which she pledged, should she win election, huge new government “stimulus” projects.

“Mrs. Clinton says her first priority is to create jobs, primarily through public investments in infrastructure, like roads, bridges, school renovations, affordable housing, water systems, electrical grids, broadband internet and renewable energy.”

Get that? “Public investments.” Which means government investments. Mrs. Clinton wants to spend $275 billion – and wants us to forget that President Barack Obama began his administration with an omni-directional-failed $787 billion “public investment” – the 2009 “Stimulus”: More

When Another Executive Branch Agency Says You’re Overreaching – You’re Overreaching

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It’s All Under Control

The Executive Branch of our federal government – is huge. Made up of many, many agencies, departments, commissions and boards. The Barack Obama Administration has, these last nigh eight years, put its many Leviathan arms to work expanding ever further the government’s reach.

The Constitution established three co-equal branches of government. A separation and balance of powers – in large part to rein in just this sort of thing. The Legislative (Congress) and Judicial (the courts) Branches are to assert their claims to their respective turf when the Executive intrudes upon it.

(We less government types have been more than a mite disappointed in these branches and their lack of Constitution-and-turf-protecting efforts. For years – and for decades.

Sometimes an Executive Branch agency is so overactive – another Executive Branch agency calls them on it.

So it now is with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s cable television set-top-box overreach: More

Let’s Not Pass the ‘CREATES Lawsuits-Undermines Patents’ Act

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George Carlin: No Longer With Us – But Still Correct

We’ve written extensively about the bipartisan, awful, awfully mis-named Innovation and PATENT Acts. Bills which would undermine the ability of patent holders to protect their property from thieves. By making it exponentially more difficult for them to do the one thing they can to stop the thieves – sue them.

Which is awful for patent holders, property rights defenders – and people who still like the Constitution (see: the Copyright Clause). But it’s outstanding news for trial lawyers.

Suing to protect property isn’t a litigiousness problem. Making those lawsuits more complicated and more expensive – and thus needlessly, exponentially increasing billable hours – is a litigiousness problem.

Yet bills with Republican backing – are undermining property rights and enhancing and enriching trial lawyers. I can’t imagine why a Donald Trump exists.

But wait – there’s more. Quite similar Republican-co-sponsored legislative inanity is also under Congressional consideration – that will undermine property rights, while pumping up the lawyerly wallets of the world’s John Edwards’.

And it too has an Orwellian name – the CREATES Act. “CREATES” is an acronym for “Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act of 2016.” The bill actually does…something else entirely. More

ObamaCare and Net Neutrality Are Doing Exactly the Damage Their Opponents Predicted

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

He Promises

ObamaCare and Network Neutrality are really dumb policy. For many, many reasons.

Like with all huge new government power grabs, there are a few very predictable post-grab outcomes. Let’s look at a few through the prisms of relatively new grab Net Neutrality – and ObamaCare, a more vintage grab thus doing even more predicted damage.

And as we know, and will see – past is prologue. Net Neutrality will age just as poorly as has ObamaCare.

ObamaCare and Net Neutrality opponents both warned of loss of private sector investment/participation in the respective sectors. Because government is toxic – and for the private sector, coming into contact with it is lethal. As government expands, the private sector retracts – to get out of government’s way, and to limit as much as possible its exposure.

Has that happened? It has with ObamaCare.

Major Health Insurance Companies Leave Obamacare Exchanges: “The companies’ refusal to participate in the exchanges is only the latest development in a long string of setbacks that make implementation of Obamacare on schedule almost impossible.” More