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Big Government Advocates Say They Want More Competition – Their ‘Solutions’ Result in Less

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Unhelpful – As Always

The road to Hell is paved with good government intentions.

We need not ascribe malicious motives to Big Government advocates – we need only look at their results.

Total US Debt Rises Over $18 Trillion; Up 70% Under Barack Obama

Why Are We Not Talking About America’s $123 Trillion In Unfunded Liabilities?

With this track record of uber-failure – which has put us on the fast track to oblivion – why would we want even more government? When everything Big Government advocates say they need – results in less of what they say they want? More

Latest Report on Global Free Trade Impediments Details the Ridiculousness

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Not Exactly Free Trade

Most of us on the Center-Right very much like free trade – for at least a couple of reasons.

The freer trade is – the cheaper the things traded are. Which makes life easier for everyone in the nations engaged in said trade.

You know what else makes their lives easier? Not being at war. If countries are engaged in commerce with one another – they are far less likely to be engaged in conflict with one another.

These sentiments were very well captured by writer Aaron Sorkin in his great show “The West Wing”:

You want the benefits of free trade?…Food is cheaper, clothes are cheaper, steel is cheaper, cars are cheaper, phone service is cheaper…It lowers prices, it raises income….

Free trade stops wars. And that’s it. Free trade stops wars. And we figure out a way to fix the rest.

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Government Tries to Micromanage a Market – And Yet Again Fails Miserably

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We Don’t Need the Former – or the Latter

The bigger government is – the more room there is for big companies who wish to do so to rig the system. And the more small companies – without the wherewithal to similarly rig – suffer.

The long-term, permanent solution is to reduce the size, scope and sphere of influence of government. The less government tries to micromanage things – the more it steps back and lets the private sector do its magical goodness – the better off we all are.

In the meantime, may we please at least stop the government busy-bodying that is so bad even the busybodies in question acknowledge its absurdity

Dish Network Surprise Winner In Spectrum Auction

In what appeared to be an unprecedented move, Dish also secured all of its winning bids through entities that qualified for a 25% discount set aside by the Federal Communications Commission for small businesses. As a result, Dish and its partners will only owe about $10 billion, saving more than $3 billion….

Wait – what set asides? More

Yet Again, Government Screws Up – And Tries to Blame the Private Sector

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The Government Approach…
To Every Problem They Cause

Government is terrible at…well, pretty much everything. The examples are legion – and myriad.

In large part because government doing anything violates the Wallet Rule.

You go out on a Friday night with your wallet. You then go out the following Friday night with my wallet. On which Friday night will you have more fun?

If it’s money you’ve earned, you’ll be a lot more wise and frugal with it. If you have it handed to you – earned by and taken from others – these human nature restraints on how you spend it are out the window.

Government is always operating on other peoples’ money – so titanic amounts of waste, fraud and abuse are going to happen. It’s inherent – it’s human nature.

Which is why government is terrible at…well, just about everything. More

Google Tacitly Admits Stealing Is a Lousy Thing to Do

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To Replace ‘Don’t Be Evil’ As the Google Slogan

The titanically huge mega-corporation Google yesterday took time out from its record-setting-most-money-ever lobbying of Congress to admit – accidentally, perhaps – that the systemic, wholesale stealing of which it is so fond is a lousy thing to do.

Which is more than a little ironic – in many, many ways. For instance, Google has ramped up further still their massive lobbying efforts – in large part to get a law passed that would make it much easier for them to steal the very thing they now admit they shouldn’t be stealing.

The items being stolen – are patents. The bill Google wants passed is the Through-the-Looking-Glass-misnamed Innovation Act – which would strip mine the ability of patent holders to defend themselves against people stealing their stuff. Like Google.

So when Google published this yesterday, it certainly seemed strange. More

(At Least) Three Reasons Why Government Being in the Broadband Business is a Terrible Idea

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If They Get What They Want – This Will Be the Only Suffix We’ll Have

Likely the least regulated private economic sector going into the Age of the Barack Obama Administration – at least at the federal level – was the Internet. Which is largely why the Web has become an ever-evolving, free speech-free market Xanadu.

This Administration views this is a tremendous failing – that they are rushing to rectify.

Just after this last election, the President’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – at the interloping behest of the President his own self – imposed two huge Internet power grabs.

There has been much examination of the ridiculous Network Neutrality grab – where the Feds will now slam down onto the Net the ridiculous tax and regulatory superstructure that is 1930s landline telephone laws.

Let’s look at the other. More

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

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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

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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

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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