Less Government

Join with Less Government

Your Name

Your Email

Fighting Liar with Fire: NY Attorney General Schneiderman Gets Successfully Sued

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Boom Goes the Pantaloons

New York Democrat Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is the hack-est of hacks.  A Leftist ideologue to the point of derangement – and complete dereliction of his actual duty.

Rather than looking after the legal needs of the residents of the Empire State, Schneiderman has spent much of his time tilting at climate change windmills – embodied mostly by a years-long persecution of oil company ExxonMobil.

Schneiderman has engaged in all of this nonsense as his part in a larger Leftist campaign: “(T)wo Rockefeller family foundations have been involved in an advocacy campaign that accuses ExxonMobil of covering up what it knew about climate change….Rockefeller foundations have funded journalism enterprises that have produced stories that overlap with the advocacy agenda….And this cavalcade of fake news served as the precursor to the New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman-led years-long very real legal persecution of ExxonMobil.  Which is simply the next phase of the Rockefeller Foundation’s calculated assault against ExxonMobil.  For having the audacity to engage in legal commerce – providing our nation a vital resource.”

Want some irony?  This whole anti-Exxon assault is allegedly predicated upon Exxon “covering up what it knew about climate change.”  So how hilarious is it – that Schneiderman is covering up evidence of his part in this larger Leftist campaign?  And that his legal abuse of Exxon – is being undone by a lawsuit?:

“New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is hiding emails showing he is colluding with wealthy environmentalists to take down ExxonMobil, a conservative legal group argued in court Tuesday. More

Another Key Component of Good Tax Reform: Don’t Hike the Cap Gains Rate – End It

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

At Parties – or by Political Parties

In the Left’s ongoing war against anyone who makes any money – the tax code is probably their best and most vicious weapon.  It is a multi-thousand page combination shot and machine gun – firing clouds of buckshot in fully automatic fashion.  Pummeling the private sector with endless rounds of lethal legalese.

A chief component of its anti-private sector effectiveness – is its complexity.  Nowhere therein is one page written – where fifteen will do.  This density serves (at least) two purposes.  It obfuscates what is actually required of its victims – and allows for all sorts of additional, stealthy assaults to be included in the overall attack.

The Left wants to extract as much private sector money as possible for (at least) two reasons.  Because they want to drain the capitalist system of as much capital as possible, because they loathe the capitalist system – and because they want to spend the coin themselves.

There are all sorts of lies told in this pursuit.  To defend their tax code ridiculousness – and call for even more tax code ridiculousness.  You are eminently familiar with many of them.  “The rich need to pay their fair share” – is an all-time favorite. More

In Global Trade, We Need Equal Protection from All Governments

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

‘Leave All of Us Alone’
Is a Pretty Good Summary

Yesterday we wrote of, here at home, the long lost beauty of equal protection before the law.  Which the Fourteenth Amendment of our Constitution mandates – but our government almost never delivers.

By forsaking this important tenet, we opened wide the door to cronyism – with government playing favorites amongst private sector players.  Decades later, we have a heinous patchwork quilt of laws and regulations – oft even contradictory rules that have been time and again warped to the will of the highest bidders.

The result – is anything but a free market economy.  Want to know why our nation has basically stagnated for decades?  A crucial component of the sclerosis – is our government’s steadfast refusal to treat everyone equally.

But as brilliant as our Constitution is – it is not the original font of this particular piece of wisdom.  The idea that government should treat everyone equally – goes back a bit further.  At least to ancient Greece – and Aristotle:  “The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.”

That’s good news.  It means it’s timeless – and without boundaries and borders.  Which means we can – and should – apply it to everything.  Including global trade. More

The Long Lost Beauty of Equal Protection Before the Law

The Good Old Days of
Fourteenth Amendment Adherence
(It Certainly Seems to Have Been That Long)

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution contains the “Equal Protection Clause.”  Washington, D.C. has long ignored just about all of our founding document – perhaps no portion thereof more than the Equal Protection Clause.

Located at the end of Section I of the Fourteenth, the Equal Protection Clause reads in part:

“No State shall…deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

DC’s devolution from this perfect protection – brings leaping to mind George Orwell.  When most people hear the name of the uber-author – they think “Nineteen Eighty-Four.”  I’m absolutely a fan of that tome – and much of his oeuvre – but my favorite Orwell effort remains “Animal Farm”:

“(T)wo young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, assume command and consider it a duty to prepare for the Rebellion.The animals revolt and drive the drunken and irresponsible farmer Mr. Jones from the farm, renaming it ‘Animal Farm.’ More

Sometimes, When Everyone Is Lining Up Against It – You Should Stop Doing It

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Both Sides Against
the Mushy Middle

There is an argument oft posited in politics that if the Left and Right are both opposed to what you’re doing – you must be doing something right.  That you have found the sweet spot of policy excellence – betwixt and between the ideological bounds that surround you.

And occasionally, that is the case.  But not usually.  Usually, if you’ve displeased everyone engaged enough to actually take a strong stand on things, what you’ve made is mush – that only the mushy middle can stomach.

We’re currently witnessing the making of mush in Washington, D.C. – the three un-passable phases of the Obamacare replacement.  This is some serious mush-making – because Obamacare itself is just that awful, and We the People have been electing people to get rid of it for now almost a decade.  So to leave this many people un-sated – means you ain’t hitting the mark.

Granted, no one on the Left is going to do anything to undo the awfulness – but they’re in the minority (in large part for standing steadfastly by this awfulness).  But the replacement’s pronounced mushiness has also lost it large swaths of the Right.

Best move at this point?  Pull the plug – and head back to the drawing board. More

Intellectual Property: No One Wants to Pay – Everyone Wants to Get Paid

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Big Shill:
Massive Hypocrisy –
and Juicy Rationalizations

“Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.”  Francois de La Rochefoucauld exquisitely captured Man’s inherent inconsistency to Man.

Hand in hand with hypocrisy – goes rationalization.  Which an exchange in the flick “The Big Chill” aptly describes thus:

Michael: “Don’t knock rationalization.  Where would we be without it?  I don’t know anyone who can get through the day without two or three juicy rationalizations.  They’re more important than sex.”

Sam: “Aww come on – nothing’s more important than sex.”

Michael: “Oh yeah?  Have you ever gone a week without a rationalization?”

Immediately prior to this, actor Jeff Goldblum’s Michael perfectly describes the hypocrisy-rationalization nexus:

“I’m not even claiming that people always think they’re doing the right thing.  They may know they’re doing something dishonest, insensitive or manipulative – but they almost always think there’s a good reason for doing it.  They almost always think it will turn out for the best in the end.  And even it just turns out best for them – because by definition what’s best for them is what’s best….Really all that’s happening is I’m trying to get what I want.  Which is what everybody does.” More

The Don Quixote Clown Show That Is the New York Attorney General’s Office

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Attorney General
Eric Schneiderman de la Mancha

The Donald Trump presidential election and ensuing Era has left the Left plumbing new depths of abject disbelief in Reality.  Their desperation has led them to serially, incessantly chase fake news as if it is actually news – on all of which We the People look in disbelief.

We just yesterday had a day-long House hearing – in which nigh every Democrat asked after a fact-free allegation that there was some sort of coordination between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin’s Russia.  This has been the Democrat mantra – for going on a year now.  There remains zero evidence of any such collusion.  Yet the Left continues its Don Quixote impression – tilting at yet another windmill.

Who exactly was Don Quixote?: “(A) Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedera…(about) an hidalgo named Mr. Alonso Quixano who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his sanity and decides to set out to revive chivalry, undo wrongs, and bring justice to the world, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha….Don Quixote…does not see the world for what it is and prefers to imagine that he is living out a knightly story….”

“Russia hacked the election” – is a Quixote-esque fantasy.  But of course, the Left’s very many Don Quixotes predate by decades the electoral arrival of Trump.  And very few if any have done windmills and delusion better than New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Schneiderman has spent the last several years doing what very few people would consider the actual job of the Attorney General of New York – hounding international oil and gas company ExxonMobil.  How Exxon conducting its global business is germane to the chief law enforcement officer of one particular state – is light years beyond me. More

You’d Never Have Heard of Google and Facebook, Netflix and Uber Without…

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Key Ingredient – That Gets You to All the Others

The Washington, D.C.-New York Bubble has a decidedly skewed view of what constitutes things like “Tech” and “The Internet.”  The Bubble references Tech or the Internet, and they mean companies like Google and Facebook, Netflix and Uber – and only those types of companies.  This is a ridiculously partial, partisan perspective.

Because before you can search the Web or stream some ‘Flix – you must first connect to the Internet.  And that requires an Internet Service Provider (ISP).  Companies like Comcast and Verizon, Clear Channel and AT&T.  Without whom – Google, Facebook, Netflix and Uber would still be…absolutely nowhere.

Netflix is a quintessential example of these titans’ irrelevance without ISPs.  Just a few years ago, Netflix was a snail-mail DVD delivery company – and struggling to survive.  But the ISPs relentlessly kept up their massive investment and technological advancement.  And the download speeds they deliver increased to such routinely high levels that Netflix could confidently sell their streaming movie service – “Over The Top (OTT)” of those screamingly fast Internet lines.

Boom – Netflix became a giant.  In fact, it is predicted that there will by 2019 be 330+ million streaming video customers.  All made possible – in fact, impossible without – the ISPs.

But in The Bubble, being an essential ISP – is just about a totally thankless task.  ISPs are the people who lay the World Wide Web roads – on which all these Bubble “Internet” companies ride.  Yet somehow in The Bubble – ISPs aren’t even considered to be Internet companies. More

Did Obama’s EPA Ignore a Crisis – to Make the Case for Even More Government?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Obama, Inc.’s
Modus Operandi

Remember Fast and Furious?: “As a refresher, from 2009 to 2011, agents from the (President Barack Obama) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF), overseen by the (Obama Department of Justice) DOJ, allowed known straw purchasers working for Mexican cartels to illegally buy thousands of firearms at U.S. gun shops.

“The ATF allowed those purchases to be illegally trafficked south of the border and into the hands of killers. The government lost track of most of the guns, and once in Mexico, they were used in an untold number of crimes.

“In December 2010, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed by Mexican bandits in Rico Valley, Ariz, and guns found at his murder scene were from the Fast and Furious operation.

“Now, after more than five years of waiting, we finally received confirmation that the murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)agent Jaime Zapata in 2011 is also directly linked to Obama-era gunrunning.”

Why on Earth did the Obama Administration do something this titanically stupid?

Documents: ATF Used ‘Fast and Furious’ to Make the Case for Gun Regulations

And we know Obamacare was designed to fail – so as to make the case against the private sector and for full-on government medicine – because the architect of Obamacare publicly said so.

So one is inexorably led to wonder if the Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ignored for years an environmental nightmare mess in Puerto Rico – so as to make the case for even more government control. More

Phil Gramm is Woefully Wrong on the Border Adjustment Tax

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Still His Approach Today

I have long liked former Texas Congressman, Senator and presidential candidate Phil Gramm.  I in fact voted for him in the 1996 Republican presidential primary.  The one time I got to meet him – years thereafter, at a UBS event (with whom he’d landed a post-politics gig) – I told him I had cast a presidential ballot for him.  His response was a deadpan “That was you?”

Gramm received my 1996 vote – in part because of a move he made in 1983.  Then a conservative Democrat Congressman, Gramm had been just about excommunicated from the Donkey Party for working on budget issues with Republican President Ronald Reagan.  So he announced he would switch Parties – and that he would resign his seat to do it.  Having been elected as a Democrat, he felt it dishonest to make the change without again facing the voters.  His voters re-ensconced him in a special election.

Gramm called his move: “(T)he only honorable course.”  He described his situation thus: “My crime was that I dared to practice in Washington what I preached here at home….That I should be punished for representing the people who sent me to Washington is unfair.” More