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DC Cronyism, Subsidized Stadiums and Private Planes – and the National Anthem

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Looks Just Like Commercial Coach, N’Est-Ce Pas?

Cronyism is a coin of the realm in Washington, D.C.

Money is of course Capitol currency – DC spends $4 trillion of ours a year.

Regulation also carries DC clout – the city regulates us to the tune of $2 trillion in compliance cost per annum.

That’s $6 trillion worth of DC power. Which gets DC’s denizens – a metric ton of campaign cash. And that campaign cash – pays for lots and LOTS of cronyism.

Cronyism gets the government to tax and regulate your business’ competitors – and/or exempt yours. The ultimate form of phony favoritism. More

The Left: The Far and Away Hugest Spenders of ‘Dark Money’

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But Not the Left’s, of Course

The Left and the media (please pardon the redundancy) are endlessly fascinated with so-called “dark money”…on the political Right. And only on the political Right.

Wikipedia defines “dark money” as: “In…politics…, dark money are funds given to nonprofit organizations – and include 501(c)(4) (social welfare) 501(c)(5) (unions) and 501(c)(6) (trade association) groups – that can receive unlimited donations from corporations, individuals, and unions, and spend funds to influence elections, but are not required to disclose their donors.”

You’ve undoubtedly countless times heard the apparently conjoined phrases “dark money” and “Koch brothers.”

Let us begin with the fact that if we all know all about the Koch brothers’ political donations – the coin isn’t particularly dark, is it? More

Government Mandating Maximums and Minimums is Almost Always Awful

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Natch

Those of us who understand rudimentary economics – and/or those of us who have paid any attention at all to the last half century-plus – know the government mandating maximums and minimums is a ridiculously bad idea.

Republican President Richard Nixon imposed (wage and) price controls – maximums on what can be charged. How’d that go?

It was a part of Nixon government-mandating flurry that was subsequently dubbed “The Nixon Shock.” That doesn’t sound very good:

“The centerpiece of the Nixon Shock was its controls on prices. In a market economy, freely fluctuating prices are the nervous system that coordinates supply and demand….The price controls did tame inflation temporarily, but it came roaring back within three years to double-digit levels and persisted through the 1970s because of loose monetary policy. A tight lid on a boiling tea pot can only contain the steam for a time before it explodes. More

Intellectual Property Theft – And a Worldwide Child Sex Trafficking Ring

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Enforcing the Law is of Paramount Societal Import

The thing about criminals is – they commit lots of crimes. They don’t find one secluded illegal niche – into which they nestle down, breaking just this law or that one. Criminals – are criminals. They break laws – plural. Of all sorts. Their respect for the law is…hampered. They are quite comfortable – operating entirely outside the realm of legality.

But even amongst the criminal class – there are some lines which most will not cross. The most readily apparent line they draw – is abuse of children, especially sexual abuse. Child sex abusers fare particularly poorly in prison.

We non-criminals are, of course, utterly revulsed. It really is beyond comprehension. More

Obama Holdovers Are Making Puerto Rico’s Recovery Much Less Possible

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We Must Improve the
Ground for Recovery

The most damaging and pernicious of the nigh infinite elements of the Washington, D.C. Swamp – which President Donald Trump has pledged to drain – is the leftover personnel.

Holdovers from the Barack Obama Administration especially – and residual creatures generally. Leftist ideological hacks – and permanent DC denizens. All of whom have very comfortable nests – feathered by DC’s Swampy foulness.

Defenders all of the awful status quo.

Trump has made some serious mistakes. None of them is more serious than allowing so many of these people to remain in DC after he arrived. More

More Broadband Access for Everyone? Get Rid of the Massive Government Taxes and Fees

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Will No One Rid Us of These Meddlesome Fees?

One of the very many avenues the Left uses as an excuse to grow government – is the alleged “digital divide.” The number of people who do not have access to Internet service – contrasted with the number who do.

Broadband Digital Divide ‘Becoming a Chasm’: “There is ‘growing digital inequality between…the rich and the poor…’ says the United Nations’ Broadband Commission in its latest report.”

Does anyone actually believe the “digital divide” “between rich and poor” in the United States – is actually getting worse? That there is a smaller percentage of people with Internet access now – then there were three years ago? Five? Ten?

It is an absolutely absurd assertion. More

Less Government in Air Traffic Control, Please

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It’s Way Past Time
to Buzz the Government Tower

Perhaps the most we’ve ever collectively thought of the nation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) – was in 1981, when newly minted President Ronald Reagan had to deal with an ATC union strike.

The ATC was demanding seventeen times more than the amount of money and benefits – than was in the deal to which they had just agreed. (A deal that was itself double the average government employee raise).

Reagan’s response…wasn’t mitigated. He fired every striking ATC employee.

Flash forward to now – and it is inordinately difficult to say the government-run ATC is worth the huge coin. It is what every government-run entity is – grossly wasteful and inefficient. Any steps towards less government…would be most welcome. More

Decades of Bad Global Trade Deals – Have Led to MUCH More Government Everywhere

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Do So Globally – and Locally

Big government policies are, of course, antithetical to productive people engaging in useful work. Most people who do a job – find quite obnoxious the giant bites governments take out of their paychecks, efforts and time.

These people are natural allies of the less government movement. But of course, big government and its advocates know this. So governments and their advocates have long been crafting big government policies – with crony outs for productive people. More

Bureaucracy Power Grab Comment Periods Are Always Stupid – and Often Corrupt

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We Desire No Kinks in Government – Unless It’s Ray Davies

We have very many times discussed the very many unilateral power grabs of the very many Executive Branch departments, agencies, commissions and boards.

And we have noted that a particularly stupid part of these power grab processes – is the fake democracy veneer applied that is the Comment Period:

“Where some agency of which you’ve never heard – and to whom you’ve elected no one – quietly announces a period where you can file thoughts on the damage they’re about to inflict upon you. More

Institutional Theft: When Stolen Intellectual Property Is Your Business Model

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We Need to Del This Key

Anything the brain creates – belongs to the brain that created it. Including the physical work product – of the ideas the brain creates.

All of which – is vitally important to our Information Economy. If you can’t profit from your information – you’ll stop creating the information. Because – human nature. And there goes the Information Economy. So all of it – deserves government protection from theft.

The examples of IP’s vital-to-the-economy impact – are nigh endless. More