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The Media’s One-Side-Fits-All Approach to Net Neutrality

Seton Motley | Less Government

The Media’s Coverage of Net Neutrality – Short and to the Left

What at times is worse than the Jurassic Press not covering something?  The Jurassic Press covering something.

The all-encompassing government-Internet-power-grab that is Network Neutrality rarely gets outside-the-Tech-World media attention.  But Thursday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in Democrat Party-line fashion to begin its process of imposing it.  This was a big enough deal that it garnered over-the-weekend Big Media coverage from ABC (with a Bloomberg assist) and PBS (with a Washington Post assist).

And it will shock you to learn that they only provided the pro-regulation side of the discussion – leaving out myriad essential points that are at cross-purposes with their government-growth efforts.

Their reporting was in fact so warped that – as huge as the FCC’s power grab is – there was palpable upset that the Commission didn’t go further.  And hope that it will increase its overreach as the process moves forward. More

Media Marxists Persuading the Government to Execute its Hugest Internet Power Grab Yet

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The Left’s Ultimate Internet Objective

Allow me to (re)introduce you to the hardcore Leftists rabble rousing for a full-on government takeover of the World Wide Web.

Theirs is now an all-out push to have the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “Reclassify” the Internet – so as to then impose the utterly unpopular Network Neutrality.

All 95 Pro-Net-Neutrality-Pledge Democrats Lost On Tuesday – and Pledge Group Raised Less Than $300 On It (in 2010)

Net Neutrality: The Kid Sitting By Himself in the High School Cafeteria

“Reclassification” means unilaterally shoving the Web out from under the existing light-touch Title I rules the 1996 Telecommunications Actplaced upon it – which have allowed it to blossom into the free speech-free market Xanadu we all know and love. More

Rushing to Regulate: Democrat Rosenworcel is Right – So She Should Vote ‘No’ on Net Neutrality

Seton Motley | Less Government

The Horse Agrees

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Democrat Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel yesterday made a very good point.

Rosenworcel: Delay Vote on Net Neutrality Rules

Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has asked FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to delay his planned May 15 vote on a draft of new network neutrality rules by at least a month….

“His proposal has unleashed a torrent of public response. Tens of thousands of e-mails, hundreds of calls, commentary all across the Internet….

“We need to respect that input and we need time for that input.  So while I recognize the urgency to move ahead and develop rules with dispatch, I think the greater urgency comes in giving the American public opportunity to speak right now, before we head down this road. More

Net Neutrality III Is Huge Government Heinous

Seton Motley | Less Government

Trillions of Tentacles –
One for Every Myopic Facet of
Your Life

The Barack Obama Administration is back at it – yet another Big Government power grab is in the works.

The Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is yet again resurrecting Network Neutrality – an all-encompassing Internet usurpation twice unanimously killed by court as an illegal overreach.

Court Backs Comcast Over FCC on ‘Net Neutrality’

Verizon Wins Net Neutrality Court Ruling Against FCC

Net Neutrality III does in fact acknowledge and allow for a basic economic precept: More

The Impediment to Better Farm Policy? The Farm Lobbies – Here, and in Places Like Japan

Seton Motley | Less Government

Worn By Crony Socialists
The World Over

We Conservatives rightly and righteously loathe our every five-year renewal of the Farm Bill.  It is a Franklin Delano Roosevelt-New Deal relic, filled to the rim with more protectionism than anyone not getting government checks could possibly stomach.

We just in February renewed this anti-free market folly.  So we’re again mired in this mess.  We thus need to spend the intervening years working to undermine the tenets of this legislative absurdity.

Since we’re locked down domestically, the way to do that is internationally.  Because what was in the 1930s merely a domestic policy disaster has become – with the explosion of a global market for all things – an international omni-pockmarked heinousness.

Protectionism begets protectionism.  Subsidies and tariffs are matched – and exceeded – by subsidies and tariffs.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  So let’s tear down these walls, shall we?

Except we’re running into some foreign obstinance. More

A Key Ingredient in the Left’s Wins: Persistence

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The Left’s
Policy Approach Patriarch

In the late, great Harold Ramis’ cinematic classic “Animal House,” perpetual Faber College student John Blutarsky succinctly summed up the Left’s approach to policy.

Over? Did you say ‘over?’ Nothing is over until we decide it is!  Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!…

It ain’t over now, ’cause when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Who’s with me? Let’s go! Come on!….

Note the Left’s characteristic (historical) accuracy.

Bluto fictitiously rode this philosophy to the Senate.  Several Leftists have in real-life taken it all the way to the White House.  Too many to count have infested Congress and elected offices all over the country.

The Left has made an art form out of the maxim “If at first you don’t succeed – try, try again.”  They perpetually push terrible, government-expanding policies – and no number of failures deters them from pushing until they win.

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It’s Groundhog Day – Again: Government Taking Third Stab at Net Neutrality Power Grab

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We Hope This Power Grab is Also Headed Over the Cliff

This is at once obnoxious and pathetic.

Wheeler Tees Up Net Neutrality for May Meeting

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Wednesday that he would be circulating a draft of the FCC’s new network neutrality rules to the other commissioners Thursday (April 24).

This is their third attempt at this particular power garb.  It’s becoming fetishistic.

There was 2007.

Court Backs Comcast Over FCC on ‘Net Neutrality’

And there was 2010.

Verizon Wins Net Neutrality Court Ruling Against FCC

Yet here we remain – stuck in government overreach Groundhog Day.
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VIDEO: The Government is a Horrendous Private Sector Prognosticator

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Really, Government –
You’re Making Free Market Predictions?

(Please click here for the video.)

We have before us – and the government – Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Which the Leviathan and the Left view as an opportunity to outright blockade the free market.  Or, barring that, unilaterally impose many, many a la carte regulations – that they otherwise can’t get imposed – in exchange for Mother-May-I government-transaction-approval.

These are known as regulatory “concessions.”  Absurdly called that because we pretend the imposed-upon companies happily concede to these regulations – the same way I happily concede my wallet to the guys with the masks and the guns.

These “concessions” are imposed – they claim – to try to mitigate what they think will be market harm resulting from the transaction.

But really – who is LESS qualified to prognosticate what will happen in the market…than bureaucrats? More

The Government Giving the Left What They Want: More Terrible Policy

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Yet Again…

The federal government is yet again acquiescing to the ridiculous anti-free market demands of the Left. We the People will yet again be forced to pay dearly for the resulting damage.

We have looming before us a wireless spectrum crunch. Spectrum being the finite airwaves we use for all things wireless – from cell phones to car key fobs.

More people are using more wireless data all the time. Video is an especially hay-yuge bandwidth devourer – and we’re watching ever more wireless video.  So things spectrum are getting uber-tight.

In an alleged attempt to address this problem, the Feds created the bass-ackwards Spectrum Incentive Auction Legislation. The purported objective of which is to get swaths of over-the-air broadcasters’ spectrum to cell phone companies. More

This #TaxDay, Let’s Also Look to Rid Ourselves of Global Anti-Free Trade Tariffs

Seton Motley | Less Government

Dear Taxmen, ….

It’s Tax Day in America.  Which brings to mind one of the late, great Ronald Reagan’s many great lines:

“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15.

And of course Reagan was right.  Taxes damage individuals, families and economies every single day of the year – not just on Collection Day.

Taxes are about the government taking your coin.

U.S. State Government Tax Revenue Rises Third Year to Record

Pro-government folks view taxes like Jello – there’s always room for more.

Obama’s Budget Packed with New Spending and Tax Hikes

Taxes are also the government wanting less of the taxed activity.  Even the most virulent pro-taxers admit it – sometimes. More