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Google Fiber Cashing Government Checks – Bypassing Poor Neighborhoods Anyway

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Google Fiber’s Sign
for Poor Neighborhoods

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has a current market cap value of $544 billion. The entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Taiwan is $524 billion.

So Google is bigger than…Taiwan.

So why is the United States federal government giving monster Google so many unequal-before-the-law policy preferences – via executive branch fiat?

Everyone Loathes the Latest Obama Power Grab – Except Google, and That’s All That Matters

Google, the Barack Obama Administration – and Even More Questionable Policy

Cronyism: For the Likes of Google, It is Really, REALLY Good to be a Friend of Obama

Google Has Become One Of The Biggest Cronies Of The Obama Administration

Google’s Theme Song: Man It Feels Good to Be a Crony

And why are governments throughout the United States giving Google so much money? More

New York’s Government Needs to (Re)Learn: You Can’t Spend Your Way to Prosperity

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More Government
Success and Prosperity

During the passage of the inanity that was the Democrats’ 2009 $878 billion “Stimulus,” Vice President Joe Biden bizarrely uttered in its indefensible defense “People look at me and say ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we need to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’ The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.”

Well, we spent the nigh $1 trillion on the “Stimulus.” But we didn’t have that much coin just laying around – we had to borrow it. So we’ve also spent the last seven years-plus (and counting) paying interest on it. Which we don’t have, so we have to borrow that too.

And how’d the “Stimulus” work – as far as keeping us from going bankrupt? Not very well. President Barack Obama has doubled the national debt – from $10 trillion to $20 trillion. He’s added more debt than all of his forty-three presidential predecessors combined. Ok, technically, we’re not yet bankrupt. But we are certainly exponentially closer to it – sent hurtling there by this man and his plan.

Well, at least the “Stimulus” helped our economy come roaring back, right? Not so much. President Obama will be the first president in our nation’s history to never have a year of even 3% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. President Obama is our most anemic economy president ever.

So to say the “Stimulus” – as a part of this president’s “Spend Our Way to Prosperity” administration – was an abysmal failure is a titanic understatement. Our nation teeters on the brink of oblivion – driven there by government spending in the name of saving it. More

Election 2016: Do We Really Want Four More Years of This?

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Indeed We Can’t

Terrible, economy-destroying policy. Delivered not by Congress – but by unilateral executive branch fiat. Delivered as special favors to political cronies.

That’s been the last eight years in a nutshell. Do we want it for another four? That’s the question Americans need to ask themselves as they head to the polls tomorrow. (Millions of people have already voted – which is itself terrible policy. It’s like having a trial – and allowing half the jury to render a verdict halfway through the case.)

A perfect microcosm of the dictatorial Barack Obama Administration – is the Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Run with an iron fist by a President Obama Mini Me – Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Who, like President Obama, has thrown out the window all attempts at sound policy based on rational analysis and imposed through normal processes. And has instead repeatedly jammed through terrible, crony-pleasing fiats in hyper-partisan fashion.

The FCC is made up of four voting Commissioners and a voting Chairman. The Chairman and two Commissioners are of the President’s Party – two of the opposition Party. So it has been 3-2 Democrat. More

Those Who Can – Do. Those Who Can’t – Regulate Those Who Can

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“May I Help You?”
“NO. No. I’m good.”

It’s how this country became the economic light of the world. Talented people – free to do amazing things. They become fabulously wealthy – and make all our lives better and richer.

Your computer, your phone, your car, your home’s television, heater and air conditioner and millions of other life-bettering things – created by talented people availing themselves of the free market opportunities this nation gave them.

Of course, some people are more talented than others. Not everyone is Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. Once upon a time, the less-extraordinarily-brilliant appreciated and admired the best of the best.

But we have spent the last half-century-plus training Americans not to appreciate accomplishment and pursue it themselves – but to envy others’ success, and want society to punish them for having the audacity to excel.

And that’s where government comes in. Populated in far, far too many instances by people steeped not in the pursuit of excellence – but in its persecution.

If these people were actually good at productive work – they would be doing productive work. But they’re not. So they’re professional scolds and busybodies – government bureaucrats lording over those doing productive work.

Those who can – do. Those who can’t – regulate those who can. More

What Obama Just Did Exemplifies Why His Economy Continues to Stink On Ice

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The President – Yet Again Selectively Spreading the Love Around

Uncertainty. Perhaps the worst of words for private sector investors. The free market is filled to the brim with it. One rarely if ever knows how things will transpire. You measure twice – if not three, four or five times. And then you cut your deal. Then you cross your fingers – and hope for the best.

And with all of that – eight out ten businesses fail. Ouch.

But that’s the nature of the private sector. If you want a successful, vibrant economy – you have to acknowledge and accept this uncertainty as a part of the deal.

What you don’t need – is all sorts of additional, superfluous, ridiculous uncertainty piled on top of you by government.

And the Barack Obama Administration is Team Uncertainty.

What you want from government is an orderly process for new laws. Thankfully, the Constitution sets that up. Elected members of the Legislative Branch debate bills. We the People can lobby members of Congress to redress our grievances. Making the bills better – or, failing that, making Congress better by electing new members.

The Obama Administration has bypassed all of this. And has instead governed by a massive flood of regulatory fiats – issued by unelected bureaucrats. Whom we can’t lobby. Of whom we can’t rid ourselves in the next election. (In fact, we can’t get rid of them just about ever.) More

Want a Shortage of Something? Put the Government in Charge of Its Production

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Enjoy Shopping at
Government Grocery

The late, inordinately great man and economist Milton Friedman once rightly observed “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.”

Where governments run things – shortages abound. Places with unbelievable amounts of natural resources – end up importing those very things when government controls their production.

Communist Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reservesand it imports oil. (From, amongst other places, the United States.) Why? “The nation’s late president Hugo Chávez often boasted the South American country regained control of its oil industry after he seized joint ventures controlled by such companies as ExxonMobil and Conoco. But nineteen months after Chávez’s death, the country can’t pump enough commercially viable oil out of the ground to meet domestic needs — a result of the former leader’s policies.”

Communist China used to be a huge rice exporter. Now they are the world’s largest rice importer – despite the population’s declining rice consumption. Why? “China’s agricultural sector is declining in competitiveness. Like some other Asian countries, China has implemented state-funded strategies that encourage rice cultivation by guaranteeing minimum purchase prices. After almost a decade of government increases to these prices, they are now well over international market levels.”

Asian countries aren’t the only ones stupidly engaging in price-skyrocketing, shortage-inducing price fixing. And government ownership of production. And many, many other stupid policies. We do a lot of it – and have for decades. Most agriculture-producing countries around the world do it. More