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FERC: A Rare Dud in Trump’s Otherwise Outstanding Cabinet Selections

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ICYMI: Obama’s Gone

President Donald Trump has populated his version of the vast, expansive Executive Branch – with a whole lot of extraordinarily good people. Who have spent their time thus far – reducing mightily the vast expansiveness of the Executive Branch.

One aspect of Trump’s excellent hiring process – is there is a whole lot less of it.

Trump: ‘We Don’t Want to Fill All the Vacancies’ in the Federal Government: “‘We don’t need so many people coming to work,’ Trump told the Washington Examiner in an interview at the White House Wednesday. ‘When they say about putting people in, there are so many jobs in Washington, we don’t want so many jobs. You don’t need all of those people.’”

Indeed we do not.

And Trump’s budgets – have called for further reductions in the size of the ridiculously huge Leviathan – and its many bureaucrat minions.

But unfortunately, the federal government – is still incredibly vast and expansive. And even with less people – you still have to hire a LOT of people.

And as great as Trump has been in his hiring choices – no one is perfect. No one bats 1.000 with that many at bats. More

Intellectual Property: No One Understands Theft Better – Than The People Being Robbed

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How Could You Steal From This Face?

I am a retired musician. I play three instruments and sing. And most important from a prospective remuneration perspective – I wrote the stuff we sang and played.

I never sold my goal of fifteen million records – so here I sit before you now.

But life’s rules are immutable. And writing about them – in song, or essay, or free verse or whatever – changes them not a whit.

I was a hopeful records-seller residing in Austin, Texas – “The Live Music Capital of the World” – when stolen-music-website Napster burst on to the scene. From which you could download tens of thousands of songs – without paying a penny for any.

I steadfastly refused to illegally steal any tunes from Napster. But in Austin I was surrounded by musicians – and I can not recall a single one of them who didn’t illegally steal from Napster. More

Silicon Valley: If Something on the Internet Is Free – You’re the Product

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Always and Everywhere

The Internet is a wonderment. Perhaps the greatest feat of human achievement…ever.

Of course things like penicillin and the polio vaccine are wonderments – and amazing betterments of man. But they were rifle shots. The Internet is an omni-directional automatic shotgun. With benefits redounding up and down – in 360 degrees.

To name but one medical benefit: Soon doctors will be able to perform examinations, surgeries and other procedures…remotely. Doctors Without Borders…on steroids. Dedicated broadband connections will allow cameras and robot hands to be controlled by doctors…from anywhere. Delivering lifesaving care…anywhere and everywhere.

America’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – are the world’s leaders. They have connected the vast land mass that is America (it is much easier to connect tinier places). And rapidly delivered us from ridiculously slow 14K dial-up – to 1GB of lightening speed…and beyond.

And we are on the verge of the Fifth Generation (5G) wireless network – which really should be called Second Level. This transformation will infinitely expand our Internet – and our concept of the Internet. And deliver us countless things we can not yet even conceive. More

Democrats Have Totally Given Up on Legislation and Legislating

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If You Can Keep It…

A half-century-plus of government school victims has rendered We the People collectively, increasingly less and less capable of walking and chewing gum simultaneously.

Let alone understanding our republican government – and how things are actually supposed to work.

For everyone who succumbed to their government indoctrinations – behold an introduction to how our democratic republic is supposed to work.

We have three branches of government – the Legislative, the Executive and the Judicial. Short version:

The Legislative – writes and passes legislation. We elect the legislators – which purports to give us direct say over what laws govern us.

The Executive is headed by the President – whom we also elect. The President signs the legislation – at which point they become laws. The Executive Branch – then executes these laws. No more – and no less. If there is no precedent legislation – regulations from the Executive…are illegal. More

Super Bowl: NFL Prohibits Another TV Ad – Blocking for North Korea’s Communist Kim Jong-Un

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Get Hammered – and Sick-eled

National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell – has had a bit of a bad decade.

(So bad – that his ex-television-news-host wife was caught with a fake Twitter account Tweeting in his defense.)

Goodell began this time frame under-reacting to legitimate problems like the New England Patriots’ Spygate.

Goodell then woefully mishandled the break of the chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) concussion story.

Goodell then tried to play catchup – by ridiculously overreacting to non-stories like the Patriots’ Deflategate.

While under-reacting to woeful off-the-field player behavior. Epitomized by his under-punishment of then-Baltimore Raven running back Ray Rice for beating his fiancé – only to then be embarrassed when video of one violent incident became public.

Then came the player protests of the National Anthem, the United States flag and the nation.

It all started during last year’s preseason – as a one-man-gang by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Who – rather than standing respectfully during the Anthem – kneeled.   Kaepernick’s protest quickly spread – amongst his teammates, and throughout the league.

About all of which Goodell did…nothing. More

Government and Crony Contractors – You’d Better Shop Around

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Perhaps We Could Look Elsewhere

President Donald Trump inherited a whole lot of awful Barack Obama policy. Unfortunately, much of that awful policy has since Trump’s inauguration continued to lurch forward. Due to the awfulness of Deep State bureaucrats – and inherent bureaucratic inertia.

In many instances – Trump has put a stop to it. In many other instances, unfortunately, he has not.

Thanks to Obama, cronyism has become all-but-engrained in the DC DNA. They were the Crony Administration.

So not only is the government doing way too many awful things – they are paying Leftist cronies to do way too much of it.

There is even residual cronyism – in some things I actually like the government doing. Like privatizing space exploration. More

The Trump Administration Needs to Stop Continuing Obama’s Big Government Policies

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And Pass the Salt….

We will keep saying it – for as long as it continues to be true. The biggest mistake President Donald Trump has made – has been not making many, MANY more people leave Washington, D.C. since his arrival.

Personnel is policy.

Trump’s ship of state remains egregiously over-encumbered with residual Obama barnacles. And these crustaceans continue to engage in policy obstructions and extrusions – that are antithetical to the Good Ship Trump’s mission of less government mercy.

It’s been called the Deep State – but really these bureaucratic beasts are doing their damage just below the waterline. More

Ending DC’s Titanically Stupid Fake ‘Free Trade’ Is the Far More Important Policy Change

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For an Exciting
Change of DC Pace

First – a bit of disclosure.

DC is a fairly small, very expensive place. If you’re involved in politics – you know a whole lot of other people who are involved in politics.

With many – you disagree on a lot of stuff, and agree on a little. With many others – you agree on a lot of stuff, and disagree on a little.

The old saw is: If you want to see someone with whom you agree on everything – look in a mirror. And even then, with a lot of these people,….

We run a joint called Less Government – so you can guess on which side of the ideological aisle we reside. We want less government – in all things, everywhere.

We don’t fall prey to short-term thinking. For instance, it took us more than a century to get into this $4-trillion-per-year federal mess – we ain’t correcting wholly, instantaneously. More

Intellectual Property Crisis: U.S. Drops Out of the Top Ten in Innovation Ranking

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We’re Losing the
Entirety of the Economy Cloud

We are in the very first stages of what is now – and will for a long, long time be – a global Information Economy.

In which more and more of what we produce – is of the mind. And less and less reliant on muscle.

We are no longer an Agrarian Economy – where the vast majority of Americans make their living off the land.

We are in the latter stages of an Industrial Economy – where the vast majority of Americans make their living via manufacturing.

To be clear – to paraphrase Mark Twain – the stories of manufacturing’s death are highly exaggerated. As President Donald Trump is proving – with manufacturers beginning to return in droves to America’s shores.

But even with things Agricultural and Industrial – life is always made better with products of the mind. More

Oops: Burger King Accidentally Proves How Dumb and Unnecessary Net Neutrality Regs Are

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Shocker: A King Wants Government Totalitarianism

All the rage last week amongst the mis-informed masses – and the mass media misinforming them – was a pro-Network Neutrality video burger joint Burger King (BK) bizarrely extruded.

The pseudo-news stories about the BK video – were nigh endless. They all breathlessly praised the cow palace for presenting its digital whopper.

The problem with the video – from the perspective of BK and its media cheerleaders – is it is supposed to tell us why massive government regulations under the banner of Net Neutrality are so vital.

What the video actually, accidentally does – is demonstrate (yet again) how dumb and unnecessary Net Neutrality regulations actually are.

The video begins with man-on-the-street interviews – where no one included has any idea what Net Neutrality is. They shouldn’t feel bad – because after watching BK’s video…they still won’t know what Net Neutrality is. More