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Confiscation Without Representation: Government Seizes First, Asks Questions Never

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

And You Probably
Won’t Be getting Any of It Back

Yet another ongoing government authoritarian problem is the rampant abuse of civil forfeiture. Which is where federal, state and local Leviathans seize personal property of all sorts. Often when someone is merely suspected of – not charged with – a crime. Often when the tie between the property and any criminal activity is at best tangential.

These people often never get their property back – even if charges are never filed. Because the laws are written by government to rig the system – for government. In a criminal case, you are innocent until proven guilty. In a civil forfeiture case, this fundamental freedom tenet is turned on its head. The burden of proof is on the property owner – they must convince the government that they obtained the government-seized property lawfully. And often even that isn’t enough. From 1998:

Police stopped 49-year-old Ethel Hylton at Houston’s Hobby Airport and told her she was under arrest because a drug dog had scratched at her luggage. Agents searched her bags and strip-searched her, but they found no drugs.

They did find $39,110 in cash, money she had received from an insurance settlement and her life savings; accumulated through over 20 years of work as a hotel housekeeper and hospital janitor.

Ethel Hylton completely documented where she got the money and was never charged with a crime. But the police kept her money anyway. Nearly four years later, she is still trying to get her money back. More

Three New Ways Government Threatens to Tax the Internet – As Soon As Thursday

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Taxes Are Even More Frequent Than They Appear

Perhaps the only thing government loves more than spending our money – is taking it.

The spending has long since passed absurdly astronomical levels. The Feds alone spend about $4 TRILLION a year. Governments in total are spending about 36% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – everything everyone in the nation combined creates.

As we know, government is absolutely loathe to reduce spending.

Nancy Pelosi: There is Nothing Left to Cut in the Budget

That’s perversely easy to say when Washington operates under the bizarre assumption that it spends every current penny wisely and well – using “incremental budgeting.”

In traditional incremental budgeting (Historic Budgeting), departmental managers justify only variances versus past years, based on the assumption that the “baseline” is automatically approved.

Rather than behaving like just about every private sector entity on the planet – which uses zero-based budgeting. More

Politico Gets the Lede Way Wrong – and The Hill Buries It

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

May the Farce Be With You As Well

As we’ve often discussed, the Tech World Media is just as hopelessly Leftist and lost as the broader Jurassic Press.

They so often get it so very wrong – often because their absurd political perspective warps their alleged “reporting.”

Saturday gave us two additional exquisite examples – one each in Politico and The Hill.

Politico’s headline and sub-head are simply ridiculous.

GOP’s Tech Hurdle: They Don’t Always Get It

2016 candidates want tech money but clash with industry on policy.

Umm…it’s a big industry – with a lot of companies with a lot of policy issues they would like addressed. More

Australia Embraces the Less Government-Free Trade Model – We Should Too

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Hugs – and Free Trade – All Round

We recently referenced the very good news to come from an otherwise very bad President Barack Obama China trip.

U.S., China to Drop Tariffs on Range of Tech Products

The U.S. and China reached an agreement to drop tariffs on a wide range of technology products, in a deal that its backers say could cover $1 trillion in trade and that marks a significant accomplishment amid strained ties between Beijing and Washington.

The two countries late Monday reached a deal to expand the Information Technology Agreement, a global technology trade pact, to cover semiconductors, medical devices, Global Positioning System devices and other newer products, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Tuesday in Beijing.

The deal–reached late Monday after marathon negotiations and more than a year of stalled talks–could be ratified in December by members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Our ally Australia certainly seems to get the myriad advantages of a Less Government-Free Trade existence. More

The Government Assaults the ‘Big Dogs’ – To Advantage the Biggest Dog of Them All

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Yes, This Stands in Front of
Google Headquarters

One of the largest myths going is that government helps the Little Guy.

On its face this is patently absurd. More government – taxes and/or regulations – raises the costs of everything for everyone. The Big Guys are far better equipped to absorb the punishment – while the Little Guys are pummeled into un-existence.

Then there’s the Crony Socialism – it’s not Crony Capitalism, because it has very little to do with capitalism. Wherein Big Guys – who have the wherewithal – bend government policy to their will. To their advantage – and against that of the Little Guys seeking to compete with them. For instance:

Green Scam: 80% of Green Energy Loans Went to (President Barack) Obama Donors

Crony Socialists Looking to Ban Online Gambling Don’t Seem to Realize It’s a WORLD WIDE Web

Obama Donor’s Firm Hired to Fix Health Care Web Mess It Created

Obama Crony Wins Contract to Give Phones to Jobless

Obama’s United Auto Workers Bailout

Which brings us to the ridiculous Network Neutrality political rhetoric being extruded by the Obama Administration. More

From a Terrible President Obama Asia Trip – Some Actual Good News

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

In the Obama Administration Pileup – Some Actual Good News

President Barack Obama’s recent Asia trip was – like much of his presidency – very often disastrous.

Some things are more disastrous than others.

A Look at What the US-China Climate Deal Means for the Fight Against Global Warming

China, whose emissions are rising as it builds new coal plants to fuel its economic growth, set a target for its emissions to peak in 2030 or earlier….

The U.S. set a goal to make its 2025 emissions between 26 and 28 percent lower than they were in 2005.

Get that? China gets to grow unfettered for another fifteen years. (And that’s if we can trust them at the end of it all to do what they say they will – a dubious bet at best.)

We would have to in ten years undo all of the growth of the last ten – and then lop off an additional quarter. More

VIDEO: Like Gruber’s ObamaCare, the Net Neutrality They’re Selling Isn’t the One They’ll Foist Upon Us

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Just Push Play

Unless you only get your news via the Jurassic Press – or you are a government school victim who as a result doesn’t pay attention to anything at all – you are now intimately familiar with the on-camera stylings of Jonathan Gruber.

Gruber is a college professor, and virulently anti-Americanplease pardon the redundancy. He teaches alleged Economics at the allegedly esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – when he’s not gleaning nearly $6 million in consulting fees from the federal government.

And he is a primary architect of ObamaCare. From 2011:

How the White House Used Gruber’s Work to Create Appearance of Broad Consensus

The videos now serially surfacing show Gruber his own self detailing what a scam ObamaCare is – and how it had to be a scam because we Americans are too stupid to recognize its greatness. More

Internet Reclassification: President Obama Tosses Another Grenade After Second Election Shellacking

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

You Asked For It

President Barack Obama this morning released a statement calling for his Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – allegedly an independent agency – to execute a unilateral, complete rewrite of existing law.

He wants reclassification of how the Internet is regulated – so as to then impose Network Neutrality. Twice before the FCC has tried to impose Net Neutrality – twice it was unanimously rejected as overreaching by courts.

The law – the 1996 Telecommunications Act – classifies the Internet as lightly-regulated Title I. And does not authorize the FCC to impose Net Neutrality.

The President wants his FCC – all by itself – to shove it under uber-heavily-regulated Title II. Which applies 1934 Telecom Act land line phone law and regulations to the future-forward World Wide Web. More