DC Has Teed Up Even More Cronyism for Welfare King Elon Musk

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Musk’s Many Government Money Requests – The Only Things He’s Profitably Reused

$5+-billion-in-government-money welfare king Elon Musk has been in the news a lot of late.  For some pretty bad reasons.

The Musk Meltdown

Elon Musk Has an Epic Meltdown!

The Musk Slips: Are the Wheels Falling off Tesla Tycoon Elon Musk’s Wacky World…?

‘Musk Meltdown’: Tesla Tumbles After Elon Cuts Off Conference Call Question

Elon Musk Deletes His Instagram Amid Public Meltdown

We are not even in the slightest making light of Musk having emotional issues.

We are instead asking a rather obvious question:

Shouldn’t our government consider stopping the massive flow of government money to someone who is having emotional issues?  His behavior demonstrating he may not be the world’s safest bet. (more…)

Government Contracting: It’s Tough to Go International – There’s So Much Corruption Overseas

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Yes, Please

When the United States government goes shopping for contractors, there is an inherent tension between two competing desires for whom the Feds hire.

You’d like to see the gigs go to American companies and people.  But you’d like the taxpayers to get the best deal – and that might mean non-American companies and people.

But there’s a superseding factor – that trumps this inherent tension…and everything else  Corruption.  If one of the bidders is corrupt – it doesn’t matter if they’re foreign or domestic.  They are out of consideration.

Or at least they should be.

The U.S. Air Force is bidding out the T-X Trainer:

“The T-X program has been established to enable the United States Air Force to buy a new two-seat jet trainer for fast-jet training to replace the Northrop T-38 Talon; the average age of the T-38 fleet is over 50 years.  About 350 aircraft are expected to be ordered to replace the T-38, but further purchases could push the overall purchase to over 1,000.”

Ok – it definitely sounds like its time for some new planes.  Who’s seriously in the running for the gig? (more…)

Uber-Crony Amazon – Is About to Get the Biggest Crony Deal in DC’s Awful History

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The Joke’s on Us. Yet Again

There’s a little Internet company known as Amazon (market cap: $919 billion).

Owned by a slightly rich guy named Jeff Bezos (net worth: $150 billion).

This plucky little Bezos with his plucky little Amazon company – is REALLY good at securing government cronyism…from any and every level of government.

While we ordinarily loathe cronyism – we do like to foster the growth and development of plucky little companies like Amazon.  So if Bezos can secure for his Amazon advantageous  government thumbs on economic scales – who are we to complain?

We kid.  We’re kidders.  Bezos is the richest man in the history of the planet.  His Amazon is almost certain to be the second $1 trillion company (after Apple).

Yet governments everywhere are throwing tens of billions of our dollars at Bezos’ Amazon. (more…)

‘Free Trade?’ Other Countries’ Domestic Subsidies – Kill American Companies and Jobs

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Yes, Please

I shouldn’t have been as surprised as I have been that more Americans do not better understand how awful global trade – as constituted for decades – has been for Americans and America.

I thoroughly understand how anti-knowledge our government schools and colleges are.  And our nation is chock full of victims of these institutions – so their ignorance is certainly understandable.

But as I write this, I realize the knowledge divide yet again seems to exist – at Washington, D.C.’s city limits.  The Amercian people in the hinterlands are their usual good-common-sense-selves.  It is the DC “experts” who are yet again struggling with Reality.

The Donald Trump Administration incursion into our nation’s capital – is injecting some American know-how into DC’s know-nothingness.  Hence all the disruption and discontent we’ve seen amongst The Elite.

The Swamp’s #Resistance to the clean-up is angry, screechy and often violent – but in a sense understandable. They’ve been living high on our hog for decades.  When We the People finally call for an end to the Gravy Train – its passengers aren’t going to disembark quietly. (more…)

Congress Reminds Us How Titanically Stupid Bureaucracy ‘Comment Periods’ Are

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It Is Oh-So-Much-Better When We Adhere

The Left loathes those who lobby Congress.  Well, those who lobby Congress for less government.  The others – not so much.

The Left loathes these Congressional lobbyists…almost certainly because they are expressly defended in the Constitution – and we know the Left isn’t at all fond of the Constitution.

For the government school victims in our midst, here’s the Constitution’s First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

For the benefit of the government school victims in our midst – we bolded the pertinent parts. (more…)

Pro-Net Neutrality Big Tech – Is with Conservatives as Anti-Neutrality as You Can Get

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A Little Constitutional Consistency –
Isn’t Too Much to Ask (Is It?)

Network Neutrality is absolutely awful policy.  It is a huge government imposition on the entirety of the Internet.  It has zero business being even considered – by any nation laying even the remotest claim to being a free market economy.

Net Neutrality is a ginormous Fourth Amendment violation.  Private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have spent more than $1 trillion building their Web networks.  Net Neutrality mandates nigh limitless government access to – and control of – those networks.  Net Neutrality is no Probable Cause, no Warrants – just one humongous, all-encompassing, infinite Unreasonable Search and Seizure.

Net Neutrality is a ginormous First Amendment violation.  Private ISPs can assemble – or not assemble – their private networks…any way they wish.  Completely free from government interference or imposition.  And in those privately assembled spaces – speak any way they wish.  Completely free from government interference or imposition.  Net Neutrality dumps all over all of this.

You don’t hear too many anti-Net Neutrality, free market, defenders-of-Reality people – make these particular Constitutional cases.  I believe this has been a giant mistake.  Constitutional rights should always be expressly defended – whenever they are under attack. (more…)

‘America First’ Must Mean – Never Allowing Other Nations to Take Advantage of Us

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Yes, Please

Donald Trump became President for a couple of fundamental reasons.

Immigration was certainly a key component.  Building a border wall and enforcing our laws – resonated.

Putting an end to the US getting robbed over and over again by nations the world over – in awful trade deals, in Intellectual Property (IP) theft,… – resonated.

Engaging in massive regulations reduction and tax reform – all to make our companies more globally competitive – resonated.

The theme underlying all these victorious campaign tenets – was and is “America First.”

We no longer wish to be the world’s open house and welfare state.

We are no longer wish to cut awful, anti-US deals that suck trillions of dollars and millions of jobs out of our country.

We are no longer wish to sit idly by when outright thieves like China rob our IP creators blind – to the tune of trillions of dollars more. (more…)

DC Again Misidentifies a Problem – For Crony, Self-Serving Reasons

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Indeed It Does

In the great Aaron Sorkin based-upon-real-life movie “Charlie Wilson’s War” there is a brief yet very apt exchange between Texas Representative Charlie Wilson and CIA agent Gust Avrakotos:

Wilson: “No, I don’t understand…because I’m stupid.”

Avrakotos: “No, you’re not stupid – you’re just in Congress.”

In the area of pharmaceuticals and their national and international markets – Georgia Republican Congressman Buddy Carter perfectly fits the Sorkin-Avrakotos description.

With, unfortunately, a very heavy dose of self-serving cronyism thrown in.

Congressman Carter was himself a pharmacist when he was engaged in productive work.  He and his wife still own three pharmacies.

Big Pharma – and Big Pharmacies – are big fans of Congressman Carter.  And in DC, big fans – means big donors. (more…)

Amazon: Government – And Its Crony, Monopoly Straight-Jacket

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No Man Is an Island –
or Should Be a Government Monopoly

Every intellectually honest person acknowledges government its own self – is a monopoly.

Only the government Post Office can legally deliver First Class mail – because government has made it illegal for anyone else to do so.

As a flood victim of Hurricane Irma – I can assure you government monopoly flood insurance is…mind-meltingly awful.

And just wait to see how un-great government-medicine Medicare-for-All will be.  See: Everywhere on the planet with government-only medicine.

Any competition to government – exists only with the permission and controls of government.  Which is hardly a level playing field.

Imagine a baseball umpire – also pitching for the other team. (more…)

Apple Gets to $1 Trillion – Trafficking in Goods They’ve Stolen

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Without Qualcomm’s Guts –
Apple Would Get No Glory

The world last week was rightly agog when Tech uber-giant Apple became the first company on the planet ever to top a $1 trillion market cap.

And many people think that’s only the beginning.

VC Gene Munster: Apple Is in a ‘Paradigm Shift’ That Will Make It Worth Even More than $1 Trillion

How did Apple get here?  Sure, they sell several products and services.  But let us not kid ourselves.

The reason Apple is Apple – is the iPhone.

Apple uber-fan – and creator of modern syndicated radio – Rush Limbaugh acknowledged this on his show on Monday: (more…)