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

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

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

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

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

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

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

Since They All Have Nukes and Missiles – We Absolutely Should Have Missile Defense

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Bring On the Counter-Boom

In the 1994 movie “Maverick,” there is a huge, climactic poker tournament.  James Garner’s character Cooper is charged with security – he is to ensure every player turns in their weapons prior to play.

Play ensues and tensions rise, and suddenly nigh every player draws guns they aren’t supposed to have – and a massive shootout ensues. After which James Coburn’s character The Commodore disgustedly shouts “Your security didn’t work a damn Coop – everybody’s got a gun.”

And so it is with the “global community”’s decades-long efforts to prevent the global proliferation of nuclear weapons.  We have a long, proven track record – of being utterly incapable of stopping any nation that wants nuclear weapons from obtaining them.

In the 1990s, then-Democrat President Bill Clinton took a titanic victory lap celebrating the deal he cut to prevent North Korea from going nuclear.  Here he is back in the day, describing its incredible effectiveness – doing his best Neville Chamberlain impersonation:

“North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program.  South Korea and our other allies will be better protected.  The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons….The United States and international inspectors will carefully monitor North Korea to make sure it keeps its commitments.” More

‘Cap and Trade’ Is Alive and Well – Despite Having Never Passed Congress

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

They’re Here to Help

Remember “Cap and Trade?” The anti-market allegedly “market-based” “solution” to man-faked global warming climate change?

A central authority (usually a governmental body) sets a limit or cap on the amount of a pollutant that may be emitted.

The limit or cap is allocated and/or sold by the central authority to firms in the form of emissions permits which represent the right to emit or discharge a specific volume of the specified pollutant.

Permits (and possibly also derivatives of permits) can then be traded on secondary markets.

Except:

Cap-and-Trade Schemes Are Not Markets

Only if (you) want government to raise energy prices, make coal uneconomical as an electricity fuel, or restrict Americans access to carbon-based energy.

“Cap and trade” is a policy so disastrous it couldn’t pass a Democrat-majority Congress – with Democrat President Barack Obama eagerly waiting with pen at the ready. More

When Governments Start Meddling, They Simply Can Not Stop Themselves

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

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

Crony Socialism: Candy Crush Edition

 

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

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

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

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

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

The EPA is Turning Water on Farms Into a Weapon Against Farmers

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Government – Arriving to ‘Help’ This Farm

We have noted time and again how government – in the name of helping the Little Guy – eviscerates the Little Guy.

Claude Louis Hector de Villars – the great early 18th Century French general (back when France had them) – rightly observed:

God save me from my friends. I can protect myself from my enemies.

The late, inordinately great United States President Ronald Reagan believed it – and applied it directly to the worst “friend” of all:

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

Anytime government does anything, it costs We the People money – in (at least) two directions. More