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It’s Groundhog Day – Again: Government Taking Third Stab at Net Neutrality Power Grab

Seton Motley | Less Government

We Hope This Power Grab is Also Headed Over the Cliff

This is at once obnoxious and pathetic.

Wheeler Tees Up Net Neutrality for May Meeting

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Wednesday that he would be circulating a draft of the FCC’s new network neutrality rules to the other commissioners Thursday (April 24).

This is their third attempt at this particular power garb.  It’s becoming fetishistic.

There was 2007.

Court Backs Comcast Over FCC on ‘Net Neutrality’

And there was 2010.

Verizon Wins Net Neutrality Court Ruling Against FCC

Yet here we remain – stuck in government overreach Groundhog Day.
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VIDEO: The Government is a Horrendous Private Sector Prognosticator

Seton Motley | Less Government

Really, Government –
You’re Making Free Market Predictions?

(Please click here for the video.)

We have before us – and the government – Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Which the Leviathan and the Left view as an opportunity to outright blockade the free market.  Or, barring that, unilaterally impose many, many a la carte regulations – that they otherwise can’t get imposed – in exchange for Mother-May-I government-transaction-approval.

These are known as regulatory “concessions.”  Absurdly called that because we pretend the imposed-upon companies happily concede to these regulations – the same way I happily concede my wallet to the guys with the masks and the guns.

These “concessions” are imposed – they claim – to try to mitigate what they think will be market harm resulting from the transaction.

But really – who is LESS qualified to prognosticate what will happen in the market…than bureaucrats? More

The Government Giving the Left What They Want: More Terrible Policy

Seton Motley | Less Government

Yet Again…

The federal government is yet again acquiescing to the ridiculous anti-free market demands of the Left. We the People will yet again be forced to pay dearly for the resulting damage.

We have looming before us a wireless spectrum crunch. Spectrum being the finite airwaves we use for all things wireless – from cell phones to car key fobs.

More people are using more wireless data all the time. Video is an especially hay-yuge bandwidth devourer – and we’re watching ever more wireless video.  So things spectrum are getting uber-tight.

In an alleged attempt to address this problem, the Feds created the bass-ackwards Spectrum Incentive Auction Legislation. The purported objective of which is to get swaths of over-the-air broadcasters’ spectrum to cell phone companies. More

This #TaxDay, Let’s Also Look to Rid Ourselves of Global Anti-Free Trade Tariffs

Seton Motley | Less Government

Dear Taxmen, ….

It’s Tax Day in America.  Which brings to mind one of the late, great Ronald Reagan’s many great lines:

“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15.

And of course Reagan was right.  Taxes damage individuals, families and economies every single day of the year – not just on Collection Day.

Taxes are about the government taking your coin.

U.S. State Government Tax Revenue Rises Third Year to Record

Pro-government folks view taxes like Jello – there’s always room for more.

Obama’s Budget Packed with New Spending and Tax Hikes

Taxes are also the government wanting less of the taxed activity.  Even the most virulent pro-taxers admit it – sometimes. More

#TaxDay: What Governments Absolutely Do Not Need – More of Our Money

Seton Motley | Less Government

Happy Tax Day, All

Tuesday is April 15 – Tax Day.  The official day that represents governments’ year-round, omni-directional shearing of We the People.

Looking to get filing help from our federal fleecers is at best a crapshoot.

IRS Can’t Do The Math

IRS Help Line Has Error Rate of 30.8%

Busy Signal Awaits IRS Help Line Callers

How very ObamaCare of them.

We self-employed have to every quarter guess what we owe and send it in.

Salaried people get skinned every paycheck – “withholding” that hides governments’ multiple, monstrous bites.  And tricks people into getting excited about an annual “refund” – which is really just a return of the interest-free loan they involuntarily made to the Leviathan. More

When Governments Attack the Private Sector

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The World’s Departments of Bureaucracy. And Compliance. And…

Your average government – anywhere in the world – has more resources at its disposal than just about any private company on the planet.

So when a government sets its sites on making a private company’s life miserable – it almost always can.  Because it can put the full weight of the Leviathan behind the push – and it is spending Other People’s Money to do it.

The private company is not only spending its own coin to fend off the attack, they are in many cases also helping to fund their attacker – with the copious taxes their attacker has conscripted.

Governments wield woefully huge bureaucratic apparatuses.  They have countless agencies, commissions, departments and boards – all of which can be brought to bear on their targets.

They can rain down a hurricane’s worth of regulations and unfavorable rulings.  And they can use their piles of confiscated cash to hire armadas of attorneys to litigate their opponents into oblivion. More

Crony Socialism: Let’s Not (Yet Again) Emulate Europe

Seton Motley | Less Government

Ever Notice the EU Flag is the Same Upside Down?

Crony Socialism is private companies using Big Government’s enormous power to better themselves – or to hobble their competition.

It is free market success stories – bailing on the free market once they’ve achieved a comfortable share of the marketplace.  Choosing instead to remain in sclerotic stasis, and have Big Government save them from themselves – and others.

Which is terrible for we consumers.  It is far better to have an unfettered market – where every company strives every day to improve.  It constantly makes things far better and much cheaper.

When some companies get Big Government to warp the market to protect their status quo, the market sags and lags – and we all lose.

Staying ahead of the curve is hard.  Continuing to create and innovate in the ways that first made you successful is a lot of work.  Long term, it is far easier to cop out and cozy up to Big Government as your protector – to become a remora on the bureaucracy shark. More