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Mexico: Bad Trade Deals Are Even Worse – When Nations Violate Them

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Let’s Cut Some Less Government Deals –
And Then Adhere to Them

The “anti-free trade” label is these days blithely thrown around a lot.  Mostly at President Donald Trump – and people who agree with him and his desire to revamp how we’ve long done trade.

Mostly by people who blithely accept getting royally ripped off in the one-sided “free” trade deals we’ve long been cutting.

We objectors actually very much like actual free trade.  Where each party treats all other parties equally – with less government and justice for all.  However, in very few instances are those the types of trade deals to which we’ve agreed.

We get our government out of the way of other nations’ products.  While allowing other nations to tax and other wise impede our products.  We (mostly) keep the government out of our internal production for export.  While other nations subsidize the daylight out of theirs – which obviously affords them a gross, distorted advantage on the world market.

Allowing any of this at all was stupid.  Allowing all of this repeatedly, serially for decades – was titanically so.  What it wasn’t – was free trade. More

Why Is Republican Steve King Trying to Nationalize Tort Law?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Does Not Belong in D.C.

Many Republicans all around the nation have long been champions of tort reform.  Republicans in states like Texas have enacted it – and achieved the results its proponents promised.

Whether or not you favor tort reform of any sort – we should all recognize that it is not a federal government issue.  Republicans especially – conservatives even more so – should understand the complete lack of any Constitutional imperative to have the federal government address tort reform.

Since the Constitution does not expressly empower The Feds on tort reform – the Ninth and Tenth Amendments mandate that it not be addressed by The Feds.

Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King is a stalwart conservative, and a champion on many important federal issues.  Tort reform shouldn’t be one of them.  His tort reform bill – H.R. 1215: Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017 – can be in all fifty statehouses, should you favor tort reform.

Per the Constitution – it does not belong in the United States Congress.

Oh Look – Senator ‘Fauxcahontas’ Warren Is Lying. Again

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Her Lips Are Moving

If you are of the ideological Left, there is just about nothing you can do that will remove you from DC’s Elite Society and the Media’s good graces.

Bill Clinton credibly accused of rape?  No problem.  Hillary Clinton gives Russia 20% of our nation’s uranium in exchange for contributions to the family money laundering outfit – oops, I mean charitable Foundation?  No problem.  Bill Ayers being an FBI-designated domestic terrorist?  No problem – there’s a tenured college professorship awaiting you.  The examples are just about endless.

Then there are the lies.  Oh so many lies.  And no matter how many times Leftists are caught bald-faced – they get to move on.  And the very next thing they say – is treated as if it possesses the moral authority and inherent credibility of someone who…well, hadn’t just been caught lying their face off.

Bill Clinton lied under oath – which in part led to his having to give up his law license.  Hillary Clinton lied about sniper fire in Bosnia.  And being named after Sir Edmund Hillary.  And repeatedly about her private-bathroom State Department email server.  Barack Obama said we could under his Obamacare keep our doctors and our insurance plans.  A lie parroted by myriad other Democrats. More

Comedians Find Intellectual Property Theft No Joking Matter

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Rogan Doesn’t Look Amused

The comedy world – like much of the entertainment world – is rife with people of the Left ideological persuasion.  There are, of course, exceptions – but on the main they are on the Left.

But then there is Robert Conquest’s Three Laws of Politics.  The first of which is: “Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.”  A law proven eminently true – when comedians steal jokes from other comedians.  Instantaneously, these Leftist laugh artists – become stalwart conservative champions of intellectual property (IP) rights.

What Does Conan O’Brien’s Court Fight Over Jokes Mean For The Wider World Of Comedy?: “Freelance joke writer Robert “Alex” Kaseberg has brought a suit against the writers of Conan (and the man himself), claiming that they stole five jokes from him in 2014-2015 (including one in very poor taste of Caitlyn Jenner’s transition). U.S. District Court Judge Janis Sammartino accepted that there was a possible case surrounding only three of the jokes….

“Even if this suit doesn’t end up going to trial, the taint of even alleged joke stealing can be a real black mark on a comedian. In his deposition, O’Brien said ‘Accusing a comedian of stealing a joke is the worst thing you can accuse them of, in my opinion, short of murder. I think it’s absolutely terrible.’ Clearly this is not something that the late night host is taking lightly. However, anytime an established comedian is profiting off of the work of a less well known entity is cause for concern.” More

The Left: A History of Violence and Racism – Net Neutrality ‘Comments’ Edition

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Another Peaceful Left Assemblage

Godfather of Communism Karl Marx counseled: “Accuse others of what you do.”  More than a century’s worth of Marx-Communist disciples – have rigorously adhered to this tenet.

Communism has…a bit of a history-of-violence problem.  It spent the 20th Century – murdering roughly 100 million people.

The American Left really hasn’t held up its end of the bargain on the body count – but that doesn’t mean their past isn’t rife with murder, violence and mayhem.  See: The Ku Klux Klan, the Weathermen/Weather Underground and the Black Panthers – to name but a few.

But throughout their history of violence – the American Left has consistently and very successfully pinned the “Barbarity” label – on the Right.  Accusing others of what they do.

Heck, they’ve even successfully ascribed to the Right the Democrat Party-born Klan – which spent so much of its time murdering blacks and the Republicans who helped them.

Flash forward to the modern era – nothing has changed.  The Tea Party was accused of being a racist, violent response to Barack Obama – America’s first black president.  Except the Tea Party actually got its start protesting mass illegal immigrant amnesty and then massive bank bailouts – which were policies put forward by white Republican President George W. Bush.  And the only violence that ever took place at Tea Party rallies – was initiated by Leftists. More

A Tax Cut – Should Not Include a Stupid, Economy-Debilitating Tax Increase

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

It’s the Long Conversation
We’ve Long Needed to Have

President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress have both put forward tax reform plans that contain lots and lots of really great ideas.  They both simplify the code, eliminate some taxes, reduce the rates of others – and in general are geared to allow for vigor to return to our long vigor-less economy.

The fundamental element behind vigor in our economy – is coin.  The crucial component of capitalism – is capital.  And the ugly truth for Leftists is – only people that earn money have money.  And the people that earn more money – have more money.  The rich – have even more than that.

So you need all of these people – most especially the rich – to privately dispose of their capital.  Not have the government take it from them.  So as to fuel capitalism – and allow the reinvigoration to begin.

Capitalism works – in large part because of Adam Smith’s “Invisible Hand.”  Capitalism coin never stays put – it’s always on the go.  The Invisible Hand moves that money – all over the place.

To wit: A rich person buying a yacht – does more for a poor person than a thousand government programs.  Because – who sells the yachts to rich people?  Poorer people.  Who drives the yachts to the lots to be sold?  More, even poorer people.  And who builds the yachts to be driven to the lots to be sold to rich people?  Lots and lots of additional poor people.  And then there are the crews to sail the yachts, the repair crews to fix them, the harbor crews to harbor them,….

How do we know this?  Because in 1991 the Feds imposed a “luxury tax” on expensive cars, furs, jewelry…and boats.  Democrat Senators Ted Kennedy (Massachusetts) and George Mitchell (Maine) in particular crowed about the rich finally paying their fair share.  Except: More

Walmart Isn’t Conservative – Walmart is a Massive DC Self-Interested Special Interest

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Another Contributor to the America Last Approach

Walmart and the founding Walton family have long been seen as conservative stalwarts.  The Waltons have indeed contributed much money to conservative causes – much to the Left’s chagrin.

Walmart has long been a Leftist bogeyman – in large part because they remain rightly, reasonably opposed to the unionization of their stores.  Which drove the Left nuts.  And led to years of union-funded Leftist campaigns against the company.

To aid in their defense against this onslaught, the Waltons elicited conservative assistance.  Because conservatives bizarrely think people should be free to choose whether or not to join unions – and unions do not.

And it worked – Walmart remains a right-to-work entity.  God bless America.

But as time has marched on, it’s looking more and more like the Waltons cut these checks not in the interest of ideology – but in the interest of Walmart protectionism.  On a whole host of other issues, Walmart has been anything but conservative.

Which tells all of us what many of us have all along known – Walmart is just another massive, massively self-interested Washington, D.C. special interest.

Walmart has long been a lead outside champion of a ridiculous tax increase scheme ridiculously misnamed the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA).  Their brick-and-mortar stores have to collect sales and use taxes for the states and localities in which they are located.  Internet companies that sell in those states and localities but are not located there – do not. More

Stupid Trade Policy Isn’t the Only Reason We Lose Jobs – But It’s a Big One

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Our Very Stupid,
Long-Unrequited Trade Policy

President Donald Trump is President Donald Trump in no small part because he campaigned acknowledging the elephant that left the room – that being the millions of jobs that have emigrated from the United States over the last several decades.

The Rust Belt – hasn’t always been rusty.  The oxidation onslaught came – as their jobs went.  Trump won – because he directly addressed why in a way no one from either Party had…basically ever.  Rust Belt states a Republican hasn’t won in ages – rewarded him.  Pennsylvania – last Republican red in 1988.  Michigan – 1988.  Wisconsin – 1984.  That was the ball game.

A political aside: Trump is obviously not a politician.  He is a far-from-perfect messenger – with a wholly imperfect message delivery system.  But he has an instinctual feel for what resonates with average Americans.  And a four-decade, uber-successful global business career that time and again showed him what works – and what doesn’t.  And the ability to connect the two – in a faulty-but-winning way.

Imagine what a polished politician – with honed political skills and rigorous message discipline – can do with the path to victory Trump has illuminated.  “Trumpism” certainly can long outlast Trump.  And it must – if the Republicans ever again want to win the Presidency.  Sorry, NeverTrumpers – but all we less-government-types need to acknowledge and embrace this.  End political aside. More

Google and Facebook Are Now Driving the ‘News’ Media Cart

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Meet the New News Bosses

Our recurring joke – that is itself a ceaselessly recurring joke – is when we mention the “Media-Left,” we always follow it with “please pardon the redundancy.”  The Media-Left merger is now seamless.  I could hand you a New York Times article and a Daily Kos article – and you would be hard pressed to determine which is which (aside from the latter’s propensity for profanity). We will provide many such examples in just a bit.

As Rush Limbaugh repeatedly points out – the Media are the horse, the Left merely the cart the Media drags along behind.  And the Democrat Party is the inert, inept product in the cart – dragged along by both.

Without the Media’s tens of billions of dollars per annum in issue advocacy, the Left would be almost wholly relegated to college campuses, Hollywood – and maybe eight states.  Of the 535 seats in the United States Congress – the feckless Democrat Party would hold maybe forty.

You can not deconstruct the Left – without deconstructing the Media.  You must, in fact, lead with the Media.  Since the Media leads the Left. More

Since They All Have Nukes and Missiles – We Absolutely Should Have Missile Defense

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Bring On the Counter-Boom

In the 1994 movie “Maverick,” there is a huge, climactic poker tournament.  James Garner’s character Cooper is charged with security – he is to ensure every player turns in their weapons prior to play.

Play ensues and tensions rise, and suddenly nigh every player draws guns they aren’t supposed to have – and a massive shootout ensues. After which James Coburn’s character The Commodore disgustedly shouts “Your security didn’t work a damn Coop – everybody’s got a gun.”

And so it is with the “global community”’s decades-long efforts to prevent the global proliferation of nuclear weapons.  We have a long, proven track record – of being utterly incapable of stopping any nation that wants nuclear weapons from obtaining them.

In the 1990s, then-Democrat President Bill Clinton took a titanic victory lap celebrating the deal he cut to prevent North Korea from going nuclear.  Here he is back in the day, describing its incredible effectiveness – doing his best Neville Chamberlain impersonation:

“North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program.  South Korea and our other allies will be better protected.  The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons….The United States and international inspectors will carefully monitor North Korea to make sure it keeps its commitments.” More