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VIDEO: What Obama’s Internet Power Grab Means for Free Markets and Free Speech

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The Fiat and the Damage Done

February 26 is Internet Doom’s Day.

That is the day President Barack Obama’s campaign-coin-bundling Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler will jam through President Obama’s Title-II-Reclassification-Net-Neutrality power grab.

(At this point, I wish Chairman Wheeler had instead been appointed an ambassador – like oh-so-many other Obama contributors.)

Meanwhile, President Obama wants to ramp up government-provided broadband. To fill the void his Internet regulatory body slam will create in the private sector.

And here is where a free market problem begets a free speech one. More

When Governments Start Meddling, They Simply Can Not Stop Themselves

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Government at the End of All Rows

For governments everywhere, taxes and regulations are like Lays Potato Chips – no one can eat just one.

In part, of course, because governments’ appetite for taking our money and controlling our lives is insatiable. It’s their nature.

And because government intervention just about always makes things worse.

ObamaCare Makes Things Worse

Damaging Dodd-Frank is Making Things Worse

Obama’s ($787 Billion) Stimulus Plan Made Crisis Worse

Which makes predictions like this not exactly Nostradamus-esque: More

Obama’s Internet Power Grab Visual Aide Hates His Net Neutrality

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Why Wait?

President Barack Obama has a repetitive tic when it comes to his myriad power grabs.

The President knows if he is straightforward about his plans to government-ize every sector of the economy – said plans will be even less popular than they already are. (Hello, November election.)

So he likes to cite successful private sector endeavors as alleged, though-actually-antithetical visual aides for his government takeover model. He heaps praise upon them – and then announces he is going to bury them with government.

This bait-and-switch approach is working less and less. And sometimes, for some, it never works at all. Remember this? More

Video: Why Net Neutrality Is a Terrible Idea

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Groundhog Day Terrible Policy

We wrote and recorded the following in December 2010 – the last time the Barack Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was on the verge of imposing really awful Network Neutrality policy.

Since, the D.C. Circuit Court has unanimously rejected said imposition – because the FCC lacks the authority under the law.

But why should that stop them?

This looming power grab is even worse. The FCC is (again) pretending to be Congress – rewriting the law and reclassifying the Internet to regulate it under 1934 and 1887 law (because that makes perfect sense for the 21st Century World Wide Web).

So as to then justify the re-imposition of Net Neutrality.

Which makes all of the following just as pathetically pertinent today as it was almost five years ago. More

Worse Than Seattle’s Super Bowl Call? The Media’s Calls on Government Power Grabs

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

You Called What?

The Seattle Seahawks yesterday – in a moment of profound foolishness – forsook Beast Mode for Least Mode. And it cost them the Super Bowl.   But they can take ever so slight solace – the Media has been in Least Mode for decades.

This has been on prominent display throughout the Barack Obama Administration – and certainly when it comes to the Administration’s many, MANY unilateral power grabs.

First, a bit of a Constitutional primer for a Media that seems to desperately need it. Congress is the Legislative Branch. They write laws – which the President then signs. Said President presides over the Executive Branch. His many, many, MANY Departments, Agencies, Commissions and Boards are then – and only then – charged with executing the legislation Congress first composed.

This horse-first-then-cart approach has for the last century-plus been incrementally, inexorably drowned out by increasingly loud unilateral power grabs. This President has cranked the volume to eleven. The Media remain seemingly stone deaf. More

Crony Socialism: Candy Crush Edition

 

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Tiny Competitors –
Meet the Big Government/Big Candy Alliance

Hershey’s – the Candy Man – is a BIG business. Its May 2014 market cap was $23.26 billion.

And Hershey’s is very generous with government. Through the second quarter of last year, it had spent $8,332,000 on lobbying and $845,534 on candidates and elected officials. Tallies no Mom & Pop Candy Shoppe can come close to matching.

Greasing the government to grant you special favors – or impose upon your competitors special impediments – is Crony Socialism. It isn’t Crony Capitalism – because it has nothing to do with capitalism.

This anti-free market practice is best practiced by big businesses – like Hershey’s. Small businesses don’t have the wherewithal to bribe politicians – excuse me, contribute – with enough umph.

But campaign contributions aren’t the problem – Huge Government is. If the government wasn’t so gi-normous – and didn’t wield such a massive checkbook and regulatory hammer – just about all of the Crony Socialist donations would dry up and go away. More

Three More Obama Admin Casualties: Congress, Federalism – and Humility

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And His Government

It’s been a bad six years for the United States of America. The examples are myriad.

The national debt has nearly doubled – from ten trillion dollars to over eighteen trillion dollars.

The workforce participation rate has decreased precipitously – to a level not seen since the mid-1970s. (The phony “unemployment rate”is irrelevant – and its computation process is in desperate need of Reality-based reform.)

Then there are the regulations – oh so many regulations. Hundreds of thousands of new pages of regulations added. The total regulatory damage done is now $2 trillion per year – and the costs continue to increase as the pages (and PAGES) of regulations do.

These are but horrendous symptoms (and there are oh so many more). The root cause? Our decades-long drift away from a Constitutionally limited federal government has become in the last half decade-plus a rocket ride. The USS Leviathan is hurtling at light speed away from the diminutive pen within which the Founders intended it to be contained. More

Obama’s Plan: Repeal the Private Sector – Replace with Government

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Bye Bye Private Sector

We less government types believe in the Yellow Pages Rule: If you can find it in the Yellow Pages, the government shouldn’t be doing it.

But just before the 2008 election, soon-to-be-President Barack Obama proudly proclaimed“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”His transformational aim? To by any means necessary repeal the private sector – and replace it with government.

ObamaCare is an excellent example. The law’s architect is accidental-video-star Jonathan Gruber – who acknowledges the heads-government-wins-tails-we-lose nature of the law. In 2012 Gruber said if ObamaCare was not successful at controlling costs“we’ll have to revisit single-payer”- i.e. government-only health care. And in 2014 he said“if you like single-payer then ObamaCare has to succeed.”  No matter what, we all get government.

And then there’s President Obama’s latest assaults on the private sector Internet. About which college professor and avowed Marxist (please pardon the redundancy) Robert McChesney said“(T)he ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.” More

In 2010, Seventy-Three House Dems Opposed Obama’s Internet Power Grab. Now? Not So Much

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The Cheshire Democrats

November’s election was an overwhelming, historic rebuke of what President Barack Obama and his Democrats are doing – and how they’re doing it.

But if you think the newly-minted major Republican majorities should serve as a roadblock to the Democrat agenda – well, that’s yet another thing you don’t have in common with the Democrat Party.

President Obama has been unilaterally rewriting law in Executive-Order-fiat-fashion since about fifty-seven seconds into his Administration. Last November’s election launched him into power grab overdrive.

Are Congressional Democrats protecting their purview? And asking – nay demanding – President Obama leave the law writing to the lawmakers? Of course not.

Sheila Jackson Lee: Writing Executive Orders for Obama to Sign ‘Our Number One Agenda

Why would Democrats do their jobs – where they’ll have to deal with all those pesky Republicans the American people keep electing in ever-greater numbers? More

In D.C., ‘Bipartisanship’ Has Become a Bad Thing – When It Isn’t, We Should Seize the Opportunity

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It Doesn’t Have to
Always Be This Way

Bipartisanship in Washington, D.C. has for the most part devolved into a pipe dream, a dirty word – or both.

A pipe dream because after decades of gerrymandering – partisanship is what you get. Gerrymandering is elected officials choosing voters rather than the other way round. Those already elected carve Congressional districts into bizarre shapes to – at the grainiest of micro-levels – decide which voters go where. You can’t create a plethora of 60+% partisan districts – and then act surprised when the resulting elected officials are partisan.

Bipartisanship is now rightly a dirty word for conservatives – because in DC Speak it means “Capitulate in as many ways as possible to Leftists.”  The examples of this unbelievable double standard are without end.

From the just deceased Lame Duck Session – here is how two Senators were treated for their opposition to the absurd and awful, rushed and harried, bipartisan $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus.” More