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NY’s Legislators Rise Up Against Governor Cuomo’s Crony ‘Green Energy’ Boondoggle

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo –
and His Staff

(At least ) two notions from famous Americans come to mind when contemplating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $8 billion flight of unilateral crony “green energy” fancy.

Playwright George Bernard Shaw noted: “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”  And American social scientist William Graham Sumner penned in 1883 “The Forgotten Man” – in which he rightly identifies the “forgotten men” as the citizens paying for the government fiascos in which politicians engage.

What brings these men’s wise words to a New York state of mind?: “Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a unilateral mass expansion of government – in the name of fighting global warming…oops, I mean climate change: ‘The state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) earlier Monday passed a new set of standards that by 2030 is supposed to ensure that half of New York’s energy needs are met by renewable methods, ranging from solar and wind, as well as hydro and nuclear power.’”

Is that gi-normous “green energy” increase possible? Not so much as it is highly improbable: “As of 2015, New York only generated 11% of its energy via renewables. A tally it has taken them decades – and tens of billions of subsidy dollars – to attain. And now they have mandated a nearly 500% increase – in only fifteen years. Predicated, again, upon energy sources that require massive, ongoing government cash infusions – and in most instances take more energy to produce than they provide.”

The lofty “green energy” goals nigh certainly won’t happen – but the massive taxes to pay for the attempt certainly will: “(T)he Public Service Commission also included a new (energy) tax worth $8 billion.” More

A Trump Honeymoon? The Left Zeitgeist Says No

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Of Course, the Movement is Always to the Left

The political zeitgeist has always alleged that a new President and his (or, soon, her) Administration is entitled to – or at least enjoys – a “honeymoon period.”  A time immediately following the Inauguration when the person We the People elected based on policies – gets to begin to implement those policies relatively free from massive opposition and onslaught.

There are legitimate republican reasons for this.  The opposing Party – and any other persons and factions who don’t like for what the new President stands – should at least initially defer to the new President, out of deference to the will of We the People who just elected him.  The opposition made an argument, presented their case – and lost.  To the victor goes at least some policy spoils.

But the zeitgeist has for nigh ever been controlled by the Left.  The media, the entertainment media, the colleges and universities – just about anyone and anything that helps decide the zeitgeist – is nigh radical Left.  So to paraphrase George Orwell: “All honeymoons are equal – but some honeymoons are more equal than others.”

For instance, now-President Donald Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama – is still enjoying his post-election honeymoon, nearly a month after ending his two-term-eight-years.  His failure-and-scandal-ridden tenure – existed in a zeitgeist alternate universe where everything was great and everyone was happy.

Obamacare has been imploding since its inception – but we were incessantly told it is a miraculous success.  94+ million Americans are out of the workforce – but we were incessantly told that the Obama economy is roaring. More

The Solution to Our Looming Farm Crash: Less Government Everywhere

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Yes, Please –
The Right Way,
the Less Government Way

America’s farmers are having a serious problem maintaining solvency.  And have been teetering on that brink for decades.  Remember Farm Aid?  This was a charity project launched with a concert by the likes of Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp (professionally ne Cougar) and Canada’s Neil Young, to assist America’s struggling farmers – in 1985.  Thirty-plus years later – Farm Aid is still going.

Because the American farmer’s problem is still ongoing.  We have watched globalism gut our nation’s manufacturing.  Our food manufacturing has suffered similar devastation.  Farmers are victimized by the same terrible global government conditions and awful trade deals that have been undercutting our factories and mills.

The Next American Farm Bust Is Upon Us: “The Farm Belt is hurtling toward a milestone: Soon there will be fewer than two million farms in America for the first time since pioneers moved westward after the Louisiana Purchase.”

Let us pause here to note the trajectory of our Department of Agriculture spending – as our nation’s agriculture sector shrank: “The department will spend $154 billion in 2016, or $1,230 for every U.S. household. After adjusting for inflation, spending has increased 45 percent since 2000.” More

Trump Derangement Syndrome: America’s Coasts, Cities, Colleges and Newsrooms Hardest Hit

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

TDS also Causes Spasms,
and Tics of Face and Speech

The election of President Donald Trump has infected small, seemingly contained portions of America with a disease.  The outbreak exists largely along both coasts – but there are also major infestations in urban areas and university campuses throughout the country.  And a particularly virulent strain is running rampant through newsrooms nigh everywhere.

The malady is Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS).  TDS doesn’t seem to affect the sufferer’s body – but the mind is quickly and, it so far appears, irrevocably warped.

President Trump ran promising certain things.  And he is now implementing precisely those things.  This is, of course, quite astonishing to most political observers – who are used to politicians doing close to nil of what they promised on the trail.

But Trump won on those things, so people un-afflicted with TDS find his keeping his word to be generally refreshing – and think he has won the right to do those things.

Those suffering from TDS find this pleasantly surprising circumstance – screeching-ly objectionable.  Set-fires-and-break-things objectionable.  Professors-losing-their-minds-at-cops objectionable.  Because nothing says “The other side is unhinged” – like mass unhinged actions. More

The Government First-Last-and-Only Approach Has Failed: In DC, and New York, and….

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Waste Machine

Governments the world over have spent the last century-plus rigidly insisting that they can do…well, everything better than We the Peoples can.  That private citizens, engaged in voluntary interactions amongst themselves – will only blow it.  That government is required to run things – to ensure nothing goes sideways.

As the last century-plus has incessantly demonstrated – these governments couldn’t have been more wrong.  The world allowed its governments to inexorably increase their roles – and everything they touched lurched wholly sideways.

We’ve certainly seen that here in the United States.  Governments at all levels grew and grew – and things kept getting worse and worse.  The federal government thought it could spend our money better than we can.  And it is now $20 trillion in debt – while funding a series of “Feed the Pig” commercials lecturing us about the importance of saving.

The Feds thought they should get into the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and medical insurance businesses.  And now Social Security and Medicare are nearly $300 trillion short.  Meanwhile, the Dow Jones just hit a record-high 20,000.  And the Feds launched Obamacare – another assault on private medical insurance. More

A Little Reform – to Allow Much Greater Deregulation Much Faster

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Obama Ship of State:
The U.S.S. Regulation

Behold the Congressional Review Act (CRA): “(A) law that was enacted by the United States Congress as section 251 of the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996, also known as the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. The law empowers Congress to review, by means of an expedited legislative process, new federal regulations issued by government agencies and, by passage of a joint resolution, to overrule a regulation….”

Well that’s fabulous.  But wait – there’s more goodness: “The law provides a procedure for expedited consideration in the Senate. If the committee to which a joint resolution is referred has not reported it out within 20 calendar days after referral, it may be discharged from further consideration by a written petition of 30 Members of the Senate, at which point the measure is placed on the calendar, and it is in order at any time for a Senator to move to proceed to the joint resolution.  If the Senate agrees to the motion to proceed, debate on the floor is limited to 10 hours and no amendments to the resolution or motions to proceed to other business are in order, and so the Senate may pass the joint resolution with a simple majority.”

Get that?  “A simple majority” – the CRA cannot be filibustered.  There’s a little more: “For the regulation to be invalidated, the Congressional resolution of disapproval either must be signed by the President, or must be passed over the President’s veto by two-thirds of both Houses of Congress.”

Well that’s currently no problem.  Behold President Donald Trump – the Chief Executive promising to cut regulations “by 75% or more.”  He would warmly welcome a whole coterie of CRA regulatory repeals. More

Let’s Rollback Bad Government – At All Levels. Because the Emperors Have No Clothes

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Parading Through Governments Everywhere

We have dubbed the Trump ascendancy to the presidency the Reality Revolution.  For decades the Washington, D.C. Establishment Emperor walked around stark naked.  And none of the Establishment Emperor’s Courtiers would point out his “clothes” weren’t clothes – because they were making too much coin pretending they were.

Decades of DC failures – dubbed “successes” by DC’s denizens – have resulted in $20 trillion in debt, nearly $300 trillion in unfunded liabilities for government program “successes” – and thousands and thousands of agencies and programs that are complete wastes of space, effort and coin, that nevertheless live on (and on, and on, and….)

We the People have all along seen (and been repulsed by) the Establishment Emperor’s nakedness.  And have all along seen (and been repulsed by) the Establishment Emperor’s Courtiers playing along and cashing in.

Then, finally, along comes Trump – who matter-of-factly said “Hey, that guy is naked.”  We the People were so thrilled – we rewarded him with the presidency.  Thus far, for the most part, he isn’t disappointing. More

Trump’s FCC Transition Team: One of These Things is Not Like the Others…

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Can You Tell Me How to Get…How to Get Rid of Net Neutrality?

There’s an old Sesame Street song that sums up the Donald Trump Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Transition Team.  Behold “One of These Things”: “One of these things is not like the others.  One of these things doesn’t belong.  Can you tell which thing is not like the others…?”  Here, it ain’t difficult at all to tell.

Trump began pre-election by choosing his FCC transition team lead – Jeffrey Eisenach: “(A) known commodity in Washington tech and telecom circles…he’s argued vigorously in favor of the FCC taking a hands-off approach to digital issues….In 2012 Eisenach arrived as a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) — and in that role, he’s been an outspoken antagonist of (Barack Obama) FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his policies. In his research and advocacy…he’s slammed the Obama administration’s efforts on net neutrality, broadband investment and more.”

So far – so great.  Added next was Eisenach’s AEI colleague – Mark Jamison: “FCC Transition Team’s Jamison: Do We Need an FCC?”  (Answer – we absolutely do not.)  More about Jamison: “Jamison says most of the reasons for having an FCC have ‘gone away’…That is quite the difference from the Wheeler FCC’s emphasis on…net neutrality and broadband privacy rules, both of which are likely to get a second look under a Republican chair.”

So far – even greater.  Added next was another AEI scholar – Roslyn Layton: “Layton is no fan of the FCC reclassification of ISPs as common carriers. She is also a foe of the FCC’s broadband privacy rulemaking, calling it a ‘partisan endgame of corporate favoritism’ resulting in ‘misinformed, unjustified rules.’  She is a critic of the FCC setting aside spectrum in auctions at below-market rates for certain players, writing…that that was a way for FCC to play favorites and ultimately raise broadband costs to consumers.” More

What to Do – and What Not to Do – on Trade Reform

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

All of Them – Everywhere

In advance of the 2008 election, now outgoing President Barack Obama ran on “Hope and Change.”  It was a smart, cynical ploy.  We the People certainly wanted “Change” – but Obama’s “Change” wasn’t even close to what we wanted it to be.

Obama meant “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” – with a massive, omni-directional expansion of government.   We the People wanted – dramatically less government.  We were tired of watching a (now) $4-trillion-a-year federal government screw up nigh everything it touches – whilst insisting on manhandling everything.

Obama wanted transform – we wanted reform.  We still do.  How else to explain the presidential election of Donald Trump?

Trump’s is the Reality Revolution.  Reality is – government stinks at nigh everything.  So rather than having it do even more – Trump intends to have it do less.  Less government regulations everywhere.  Less government in health insurance than Obamacare, less government in finance than Dodd-Frank – and less government everywhere in trade.

Trump ran repeatedly proclaiming “Our country is being ripped off so badly on trade.”  He isn’t wrong.  But this has everyone who is #NeverTrump claiming he is anti-free trade. More

Undoing Obama: Who Should Do Which Government Rollbacks?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Let’s Celebrate LOTS of Them

Donald Trump will on Friday be sworn in to succeed President Barack Obama.  Trump is the incoming – in large part because he repeatedly promised to undo much of what has been done by the outgoing.

For his part, Obama is making conciliatory comments – while doing everything possible to make Trump’s transition as painful as possible.  Included in bringing the pain – is ramming through as many last-minute regulations as can possibly be issued.

Way to respect the will of We the Voters, President Outgoing.

These twilight regs are, of course, on top of the mountains and mountains of regulations already issued these past eight years.  And all of those are on top of all the bad laws President Obama passed whilst in possession of a Democrat-majority Congress – most famously, Obamacare and Dodd-Frank.  From which have subsequently flowed (tens of) thousands of additional pages of terrible regulations.

There’s a whole lot of big, bad, heinous government to undo.  Just from President Obama.  Then there’s the last century-plus….

Late former New York Governor Mario Cuomo once observed “You campaign in poetry – you govern in prose.”  Un-governing is, if possible, even less flowery.  How, exactly, to rollback so much awful government? More