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Hill Democrats Given Lie-Filled Cheat Sheets for Pre-Planned Townhall ‘Spontaneity’

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Team Rocket Science

The longest-running joke in politics is the utter cluelessness of most Leftists – and elected Democrats.  Thanks to the wonderment of the free market Internet, the catalogue of examples of this are just a Web search away – and are near limitless in number.

At the height of Bernie Sanders mania, the maniacs were regularly asked basic questions about the socialism they were championing.  Their responses were mind-numbingly stupid.

Think Hillary Clinton supporters were any better?  Think again.  Asked to name “The Most Accomplished Person Ever to Run for the Presidency (TM)”’s top accomplishments – her supporters were time and again left speechless.  Although in their defense, their champion was also routinely unable to name any her own self.

And President Barack Obama – off the teleprompter – was…less than impressive.

Speaking of elected officials, some of the most ridiculous assertions ever made come therefrom.    Years ago, Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee was in NASA Headquarters in her home city of Houston watching do its thing the Mars Rover – the camera-equipped vehicle we regularly drop on the Red Planet.  Befuddled, she asked…why it wasn’t driven over to show us where our astronauts planted the United States flag.  Ummm, that was the Moon, Representative. More

Stupider Than Government Subsidies? Importing Government Subsidies

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

There Are Very Few Things in Life More Annoying Than Someone Who is at Once Condescending and Wrong

Political rookie Donald Trump won the White House in large part by running against just how stupid Washington, D.C. is.  And DC stupidity is certainly a rich vein to mine.

P.T. Barnum once said: “No man ever went broke overestimating the ignorance of the American public.”  Trump bet on a paraphrase: “No one ever went broke overestimating the stupidity of government” – and won huge.

Because no matter how ignorant government schools intentionally render the American public – the American public can never be dumbed down enough to get down to government’s level.  Trump inherently understood this.

DC is $4-trillion-a-year worth of stupid.  And we spend a lot of that money – stupidly subsidizing domestic cronies.  Not picking winners and losers – so much as picking losers at the expense of winners.  Taking, for instance, money from real energy companies like oil and gas – and giving it to fake energy companies like wind and solar.

But what’s worse – and more politically craven – than that?  Importing government subsidies from other countries.  Your government doesn’t spend the money – theirs do.  Thereby you duck the political price for the spending.

And just like with domestic subsidies, you get to disingenuously claim you’re lowering prices.  When what you’re actually doing is using different governments’ money – rather than ours – to in identical fashion warp and damage the marketplace.  First and foremost – your domestic marketplace.  Even worse than with domestic subsidies.

With domestic subsidies, at least the recipients benefit – while everyone else is damaged.  With imported subsidies – every single domestic company is damaged.  The more subsidies you import – the more damage you do to every domestic company. More

The 1994 Republican Revolution’s Lesson for New York Republicans

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Lessons to Be Learned

It must be difficult to be ensconced in an entrenched minority.  Day after day, year after year – toiling away, knowing you may never see the majority light of day.  It would be understandable if certain psychological results result.

Stockholm Syndrome is a possibility: “(A) condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity.”  Defeatism can very easily set in.  You embrace being the minority, and find ways to enjoy it – even revel in it.

The quintessential political example of all of this and more – is recently deceased former longtime U.S. Congressional Minority Leader Bob Michel.  Michel in 1981 took the helm of a House Republican caucus – that had been in the minority since 1952.

Michel from all appearances was quite comfortable being down and looking up.  He never rocked the boat, or the Democrat majority – and remained as Minority Leader for fourteen more minority years.  And Democrats and the Left loved him for it.

Then arose Newt Gingrich and his conservative insurgents.  Tired of being in and accepting the minority, Gingrich and his gaggle led a 1994 revolution against Republican Michel-esque apathy.  And parlayed Democrat comfort and corruption – remember the House banking scandal? – into the Congress-rattling Republican Revolution.  Delivering the Republicans to the Majority promised land for the first time in forty-two years. More

Trump is About to Shed an Obama Holdover – May It Be the Lead of a Long Train

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

We’re Going to Need a
Whole Lot More Huge Hands

We have spent just about the entirety of the nascent Donald Trump Administration imploring them to rid themselves of every single Barack Obama Administration holdover they can identify.  And that they dedicate specific staff members – who spend their entire time identifying Obama Administration holdovers.

The incoming Trump Administration represents a nigh 180 degree reversal of just about all things outgoing Obama Administration.  And Obama Administration officials aren’t taking the transition lying down.

It was just yesterday reported that Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice spent her last months in office using our national security apparatuses to compile massive data on Obama Administration political enemies – specifically, incoming Trump Administration officials.

And then unmasking them.  People who are masked – are supposed to stay masked: “Individuals in the U.S. who (were) not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations.”

How very Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of her. More

The Media’s Mass Delusion and Dishonesty

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

It’s Been a Decades-Long Incursion

It’s always sadly amusing to watch America’s media march as one – in one direction after another.  To even the average observer, it would appear that they all receive the exact same issues to cover – and the exact same talking points with which to cover them.

The examples of this are at this point nigh limitless.  Talk radio impresario Rush Limbaugh has for years compiled his Media Montages – audio cavalcades of talking heads spouting identical words to describe the same stories.

Limbaugh Trump Mania Montage; Media Chorus “Specifics”

Limbaugh Airs Montage Of Media Anger At Trump For Not Calling On Them

Rush Limbaugh Compiles Round-Up of Media Celebrating Obama’s ‘Genius’ Embrace of Kerry’s Gaffe

Limbaugh’s montage idea is so good – myriad others rip him off.  Including some people you wouldn’t in a million years expect. More

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