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Uber-Left Amazon Set to Get Uber-Cronyism – From Republicans

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Our New Republican-Created, Government-Purchase Monopoly Robber Baron…?

We spent nigh the duration of the very awful Barack Obama Administration chronicling in-depth the in-depth cronyism they serially, unilaterally shoveled at the Silicon Valley.

That rampant corruption – was a primary reason the Donald Trump Administration was chosen to succeed the Barack Obama Administration. The Trump Administration – has set about undoing much of the Obama Administration’s Silicon Valley cronyism.

But as we’ve so often noted: Trump’s biggest mistake upon arriving in DC – was not making many, MANY more people leave DC. There are many Swamp Creature-holdover holes still to fill in the Executive Branch – which the Valley continues to exploit.

The Valley has also upped their efforts with the Legislative Branch. Most unfortunately, that Republican-led body is weak in (oh-so-many) spots – and amenable to the Valley’s crony overtures.

Monster online retailer (and increasingly just about everything else) Amazon (market cap: $540 billion) – is on the verge of striking huge crony gold.  More

It’s Time to End the Swamp’s Bad Government Contracting

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Also Should Be Targeted
for Swamp Drainage

We’ll say it again – because it remains empirically true, and vitally important going forward.

The biggest mistake Donald Trump has made and continues to make – is allowing so many Barack Obama and other assorted Swamp Creature holdovers to remain in Washington, D.C.

It’s tough to Drain the Swamp – with so many remainder Creatures plugging the holes you’re drilling to do so.

We wrote last week praising Trump and Congress for undoing an awful new massive private-sector-assault regulatory scheme. But it was a new massive private-sector-assault regulatory scheme – that was imposed by the Trump Administration. By an agency overseen by an Obama holdover – that bizarrely still has the job under Trump.

As we all know – and as this example yet again demonstrates – personnel is policy. The Trump Administration is the most deregulatory administration in decades and decades. More

Steyer-Money Environmentalists Confuse Vancouvers

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Ummm…Wrong Country

When Leftists REALLY want to “make a difference” – but they’re confused as to where they wish to do so.

 

Leftists are…a bit challenged when it comes to facts and details. Which makes their extreme passion about their ideology – and insistently imposing it upon all of us – at once amusing…and dangerous.

One of the Leftists’ MANY shortcomings – is geography. Far too frequently, they simply do not know where there are. Or they aren’t where they think they are. Or they don’t know where they are supposed to be. To wit:

Oops: Chicago Occupiers Try to Protest Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Office’…but Get City Wrong:

“A crowd of Occupy (Wall Street) protesters in Chicago (Illinois) descended on Rush Limbaugh’s ‘office’ Thursday to air their grievances about the conservative radio host.

“The problem? Despite their references to ‘Rush’s office building’ and ‘Rush Limbaugh’s studio,’ they weren’t in the right place – not by more than 1,000 miles.”

Limbaugh broadcasts…out of south Florida.

Also, Leftists apparently don’t understand the concept of radio syndication. More

Credit Due: To Congress and the President for De-Litigating Financial Contracts

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Indeed We Should

One of the very many problems in the festering Swamp that is Washington, D.C. – is the inert posture most of its denizens so often strike. Too many pose and preen – but never actually do anything.

Which we rightly, roundly, routinely criticize.

So when DC does something well and good – we are obliged to call attention to and praise it, and them.

One of those magical moments just transpired. The good DC did – was to undo another of the very many problems in the festering Swamp that is DC.

Some of the so rampant awfulness an unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy unilaterally, so incessantly foists upon us.

As those of us who didn’t succumb to government schools know, the way DC is supposed to work is – the Legislative Branch legislates, then the Executive Branch executes. If the first thing doesn’t happen – the second thing isn’t supposed to either.

WAY too often, the Executive Branch does all sorts of things the Legislative Branch never granted it legislative permission to do. It’s been going on for decades – and the Barack Obama Administration raised it to a heinous art form. More

Yet Another Local Battle in the Media-Left’s War on Oil

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There Is No IQ Test for Entry into the Left – Else There Would Be No Left

Because the federal government has so grossly exceeded its Constitution-delimited authorities, we pay way more attention to national politics than the Founding Fathers intended or wanted.

They wanted the vast majority of governing to be done at the local level. Because it is the government most directly connected – and thereby accountable – to We the People. The Feds were supposed to defend our nation, its borders and…that’s about it.

But these massive role-usurpations aside – even when a political-policy dispute is national, much of its on-the-ground implication and implementation…is local. As with real wars, political wars’ over-arching decisions are made in far off capitals – but their battles are fought right in our backyards.

And so it is with the Media-Left’s ongoing War on Oil. They do not like petroleum for a whole host of reasons. They don’t like capitalism: Oil is its fuel. They don’t like individualism and independence: Oil powers one of individualism’s greatest emblems – the automobile. Which allows people, one-by-one, to escape the awfulness that is government mass transportation. They don’t like oil’s private sector independence from government – because unlike fake energies like wind and solar, no government money is necessary for oil to continue to survive and thrive. More

It Would Be Nice if the Media Checked at Least a Little into its Leftist Sources

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The Usual Suspects

Our “news media” – a term I use as loosely as is possible – never finds it beneath them to use as “sources” whatever Leftist hacks they can find. Nothing matters – so long as their “sources” help to further their efforts to slag non-Leftists.

They care not at all how frequently, how much or how deeply these “sources” have lied. Or how deeply corrupt or conflicted they are. If they speak ill of non-Leftists – their word is reportable gold.

To wit: We’re now receiving much additional information about the patently absurd “Donald Trump-Russia Dossier.” A collection of nonsense that alleged a years-long collusion conspiracy between Trump and Russia.

Which magically found its way to ridiculous BuzzFeed’s electronic pages – not to mention anti-Trump Arizona “Republican” Senator John McCain and the Barack Obama Administration’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). More

Obama Holdovers Are Making Puerto Rico’s Recovery Much Less Possible

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We Must Improve the
Ground for Recovery

The most damaging and pernicious of the nigh infinite elements of the Washington, D.C. Swamp – which President Donald Trump has pledged to drain – is the leftover personnel.

Holdovers from the Barack Obama Administration especially – and residual creatures generally. Leftist ideological hacks – and permanent DC denizens. All of whom have very comfortable nests – feathered by DC’s Swampy foulness.

Defenders all of the awful status quo.

Trump has made some serious mistakes. None of them is more serious than allowing so many of these people to remain in DC after he arrived. More

Freedom of Assembly – Completely Free from Government Interference or Imposition

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With Nary a Peep from Government

The Constitution’s First Amendment reads as follows:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The emphasis is ours – so as to highlight the portion we are now going to discuss. We the People are free to assemble – or not assemble – any way we wish. Completely free from government interference or imposition.

Keep in mind that the Constitution’s drafters and ratifiers also delineated the separation and balance of powers. The Legislative Branch (“Congress”) was the only one of the three that was to initiate new interferences and impositions on the people (and were, again, only to do so within the strict confines of said Constitution). So “Congress” is the only governmental entity they mention in the First Amendment. More

The Utter Dumbness of the Bureaucracy ‘Comment Period’

The United States is a Constitutional republic. What does that mean?: “A constitutional republic is a state where the head of state and other officials are elected as representatives of the people, and must govern according to existing constitutional law that limits the government's power over citizens. In a constitutional republic, executive, legislative, and judicial powers are separated into distinct branches and the will of the majority of the population is tempered by protections for individual rights so that no individual or group has absolute power.” These divisions of government were emplaced here by our Founders - to also protect We the People from government. Each branch is supposed to serve its limited role - in the whole. When one branch starts doing things another branch is supposed to be doing - things quickly go awry, and government gets very big. Our Legislative Branch - is tasked with legislating. And only the Legislative Branch is so tasked. Its officials - whom We the People elect - write the laws under which we live. The Executive Branch - is headed by the President we elect. Who signs the laws passed by the Legislative. And then his Branch - executes. Millions (ugh, yes, millions) of unelected bureaucrats implement the laws written - as written. No more, no less. No Executive Branch agency can write a single regulation - unless they are first tasked with so doing by the laws of the Legislative Branch. And they must write the regs within the confines of the laws of the Legislative Branch. Anything else - and they are performing a cheap imitation of the Legislative Branch. Constitutionally - no bueno. Our federal register - the government’s catalogue of regulations - grows by thousands of pages every year (until, it appears, the arrival of President Donald Trump, God bless him.) Under ex-president Barack Obama the register grew exponentially - during a time of historic Congressional deadlock and inactivity. Which means these tens of thousands of pages of new regulations - were nearly all added completely untethered to any legislation. That’s the Executive - pretending to be the Legislative. Constitutionally - no bueno. One of the ways these agencies attempt to cover up their unilateral power grabs - is with a veneer of alleged We the People participation. Behold the utter dumbness of the “Comment Period.” Where some agency of which you’ve never heard - and to whom you’ve elected no one - quietly announces a period where you can file thoughts on the damage they’re about to inflict upon you. Of course, the Comment Period is entirely and solely Democracy Theater. (Again, we’re a republic, not a democracy.) Again, if the government wants to do something new - the process has to begin with legislation by the Legislative Branch. Not bureaucratic fiats by Executive Branch agencies. The Comment Periods - are just dumb. Again, these bureaucrats aren’t elected. And they are under no obligation whatsoever to have the comments you file - affect at all what they're about to do to you. If the comments favor the power grab they are about to execute - they trumpet the results, and move forward as planned. If the comments oppose - they ignore the results, and move forward as planned. And this nonsense - allows for much additional nonsense by outside pro-government Leftist groups. They get to turn the Democracy Theater - into Kabuki Theater. They enlist their armies of uninformed nonsense-spewers - to spew their nonsense into the comment process. To wit: The current cavalcade of inanity being shoved at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Trump’s FCC is in the process of undoing a huge Obama FCC power grab. Internet reclassification - to absurdly subject the Web to 1934 landline telephone law - so as to then impose the absurd Network Neutrality. A HUGE power grab - and titanically stupid policy. The Trump Commission is absolutely correct in undoing all of it. Because they are - we can count on the pro-government Leftist groups to screech bellicosely in opposition. Launching DearFCC: The Best Way to Submit Comments to the FCC about Net Neutrality It’s Official: Trump and Pai Plan to Destroy Net Neutrality: “Help Save Net Neutrality: Send a Comment to the FCC.” (Pai - is Trump’s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.) Comments for the FCC on the Net Neutrality Proposal But the Comment Period results - have only served to reveal how dumb the Comment Period is. Oh - and how violent and racist the Leftists are. Pro-Net Neutrality Activists Filed 5.8 Million Fake Comments with the FCC Fake Pro-Net Neutrality Public Comments Flood FCC From Russia, Other Foreign Countries John Oliver’s Net Neutrality Campaign Filled With Bots, Fake Comments, Racist Attacks Against FCC Chairman And let’s be honest - Net Neutrality is a relatively little-known, fairly complex issue. Survey Finds Vast Majority of Americans Are Clueless about Net Neutrality Which yet again proves that this bureaucratic Comment Period - is just dumb. If they don’t know what it is - why have them comment upon it? Why have any portion of the bureaucracy's decision predicated upon the results? If Net Neutrality is so important to We the People - impose it the way the Constitution mandates it be imposed. Have our elected Legislative Branch officials convince us we need it - and then write law emplacing it. Pass it through both Legislative houses - and have the President sign it. And then - and only then - have the FCC impose it. Strictly and solely within the confines of the law directing the FCC to impose it. At this point, finally, nearly everyone is clambering aboard the Constitutional approach. ISP, Edge Groups Talk Net Neutrality Legislation: “House Energy & Commerce Republican leadership got together, both in person and by phone, with the major trade associations on both sides of the net neutrality issue Monday in a series of meetings throughout the day to discuss possible legislative pathways to clarifying the FCC’s network neutrality authority.” Which only leaves the hardcore anti-Constitutionalists demanding the power grab path. Groups Urge Lawmakers to Oppose 'Devastating' Net Neutrality Rollback Despite Republican Appeals, Democrats Not Willing to Deal on Net Neutrality Legislation There’s just no pleasing some radical, pro-government, anti-Constitution people. This first appeared in Red State.

Defining Dumbness Down

The United States is a Constitutional republic. What does that mean?:

“A constitutional republic is a state where the head of state and other officials are elected as representatives of the people, and must govern according to existing constitutional law that limits the government’s power over citizens. In a constitutional republic, executive, legislative, and judicial powers are separated into distinct branches and the will of the majority of the population is tempered by protections for individual rights so that no individual or group has absolute power.”

These divisions of government were emplaced here by our Founders – to also protect We the People from government. Each branch is supposed to serve its limited role – in the whole. When one branch starts doing things another branch is supposed to be doing – things quickly go awry, and government gets very big.

Our Legislative Branch – is tasked with legislating. And only the Legislative Branch is so tasked. Its officials – whom We the People elect – write the laws under which we live. More

GOP Needs to Stop Feeding the Hands That Bite Them

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That’s Good Advice

The old idiom is “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” Which means don’t “turn on someone that has supported you.”

The Republican Party – is far too often the Stupid Party. They far too often turn the old idiom on its head – and feed the hands that bite them. They dump tons of money on people – who then use it against them. Not particularly intelligent.

There is a decades-old informal campaign entitled “Defund the Left” – an effort to dry up the hundreds of billions of government dollars per annum handed to Leftist organizations.

To cite but one of millions of examples: Planned Parenthood. They receive more than half a billion dollars of federal coin – each and every year. They just spent $734,000 – backing the Democrat in the Georgia-06 Congressional special election.

You would think Republicans – who currently run the White House and Congress – would want to stop nourishing that particular caustic meathook. (Not to mention not wanting to spend government money on ending about 330,000 babies per annum.)

But – not so much: GOP Senator Defends Funding Planned Parenthood. More