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The Death Tax, the Flat Tax – and Warren Buffett’s Fat Tax Breaks

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The President Bestowing Upon Buffett
the Democrat Crony Taxes Exemption Award

We just hobbled through another tax season. The excruciating excursion into the ridiculous thicket that is the roughly 75,000 page tax code.

All for the privilege of giving federal, state and local governments record amounts of our money.

A 2011 study said we then wasted 6.1 billion hours preparing to pay our taxes – and that was when the tax code was a mere 72,536 pages.

Built into these tens of thousands of pages are breaks and special exemptions galore. I am opposed to all of them.

I don’t like social engineering via federal law – so I don’t like even very popular things like the child tax credit. I want my taxes lowered and easier to file – I don’t want to have to produce progeny to get there.

To that end I’d happily give up the home mortgage deduction (of which I only recently started availing myself). More

Net Neutrality Is Just As Stupid Internationally As It Is Here

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

No One Does It Better Than Government

Net Neutrality remains an omni-directional terrible idea.

Here in the United States, Net Neutrality exponentially increases the government’s ability to tax the Internet. Starting with the 17.4% Universal Service Fund (USF) tax. Which goes up automatically every calendar quarter. And goes up each and every time three unelected Federal Communications Commission (FCC) bureaucrats decide they want more of our coin. Which they just did in December – with a 17.1% rate increase.

Net Neutrality exponentially increases the government’s regulatory role – creating a Government-May-I approach to all things innovation. If you’re an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and want to try something new – the Overlord must first wave his scepter and deem it allowed.

(If you’re a Democrat-funding, bandwidth-hogging company like Google, Netflix, Facebook,… – you remain free to create free from government interference.) More

Constitutional Private Property Rights Trump Legislation Written to Appease Donors

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Another Stellar Example of Bipartisanship

Private property rights are a fundamental component of any successful economy. If you want a nation to prosper – property must be safe in its owners’ hands.

Intellectual Property (IP) shouldn’t be treated any differently than physical property. In fact, in most instances – in many ways – IP is far more important.

The spark of creation that is, for instance, the Microsoft Windows operations program – the Intellectual Property – is exponentially more valuable than each and every one of the millions of physical copies burned to disc for sale in stores.

But IP is bizarrely viewed by many as somehow different – less than. People who would never have stolen a compact disc from Tower Records have no compunction downloading-without-paying that same album.

And as music theft site Napster first broadly demonstrated – continuing technological advances make IP theft ever-easier. Despite what Hillary Clinton recently asserted – Secret Service agents standing guard on a server isn’t an effective way to protect its contents. More

Higher Costs, New Taxes – The Perpetual Lie: More Government = Less Expensive

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Running Tally of the
Government Making Things Cheaper

We’ve heard it for generations. Let government get more involved – and private sector prices will fall. We’ve heard it in defense of new programs – and (ever) more regulations.

We have centuries of evidence to the contrary.

Government promises already made are unfathomably short of coin.

Federal Unfunded Liabilities Total $84 Trillion

In part because the government is either woefully unskilled at guesstimating its costs – or it simply lies to get their new power grabs imposed. More

Obama’s Objective: Nationalize California’s Government-Made Water Disaster

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

For Democrats – More Important Than Humans
(That Are Not Them)

California – the Golden State that hasn’t been golden in decades. And has for decades been under the near total control of the Democrat Party. These two things are not unrelated.

California has for the Reality-based community long been a perfect reverse barometer. Anything the state does – do the opposite, and success and prosperity will surely ensue.

We like to juxtapose California and Texas. Two very large states with two very different approaches to the size, scope and sphere of influence of government.

California is a Huge Government welfare-riddled disaster – with an imploding economy and half a trillion dollars in debt .

Texas has a tiny government – and has since 2009 created so many jobs that without its tally President Barack Obama’s national job creation would be a net negative. More

#RFRA – Big Government Means Big Losses of Freedom and Choices and Big Cronyism

Seton Motley | Less Government | :essGovernment.org

Thankfully, They Elaborated

The solution to many, MANY public policy problems is – less government.

Governments’ regulatory hammers and checkbooks are simply gi-normous. The federal government alone spent last year nearly $4 trillion – and its regulations cost the economy more than $2 trillion more.

That’s $6 trillion a year with which to punish enemies and reward friends. Which sets up the Leviathan to be the Crony Deal Broker.

Government is so huge – way, WAY beyond the bounds proscribed by the Constitution – it keeps bumping up against the individual freedoms of a free society.

There is in Indiana (and elsewhere) no religious freedom “tension” with respect to their Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. There is only government dramatically overreaching. The Constitution mandates government make no law abridging the freedom of religion. The Constitution mandates government its own self treat everyone equally before the law. The Constitution does not empower the government to mandate that every individual treat every other individual equally. More

Hillary Clinton’s Wiped Server: Democrats Love Truth and Transparency and Loathe Cronyism

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Unfortunately, This Isn’t an Option Either

I think at this point in our collective national existence, “Trust me, I’m a Clinton” isn’t the best defense of one’s actions.

We won’t even get into prospective First Laddie Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton is the woman (well, a woman) who blamed the Benghazi, Libya murder of four Americans on an Internet video. She claimed to have come under sniper fire in Bosnia. She claimed to have been named after Sir Edmund Hillary. Her long list of lies is legendary.

Mrs. Clinton has an equally troublesome history with transparency. The 900+ FBI files. The Rose Law Firm records. Her then chief of staff shuttling boxes and boxes of documents out of the late Vince Foster’s Justice Department office. And on, and on, and….

And cronyism? More

Currently in Power – The Google Administration

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

A Long and Fruitful One – For Them and No One Else

There’s an old military pilot adage – believed to have been born during World War II.

When youre taking flak, youre right over the target.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal offered up:

Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House

Search giant averages a White House meeting a week during Obama administration.

One meeting a week – for six years. That’s a lot. What kinds of things would they discuss? More

Aren’t We All Looking Forward to ‘Internet at the Speed of Government?’

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Your Government Modem

We were on February 26 subjected to the hugest of Barack Obama Administration Internet power grabs. Where the Administration unilaterally decided to start applying 1934 landline telephone law to the 21st-Century-Web.

This government grab was made under the guise of Network Neutrality – but this flashback-to-New-Deal phone law is oh-so-much-worse. The Administration has appointed itself the overlord of just about every private sector decision, transaction and innovation.

This is Mother-May-I-Do-Anything-At-All uber-regulation. It will eviscerate the free-speech-free-market-Xanadu Web we all know and dearly love.

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz has been an outspoken opponent of all of this. And has been criticized by the Left and the Media (please pardon the redundancy) for the ways he has phrased his opposition. More