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Sometimes, When Everyone Is Lining Up Against It – You Should Stop Doing It

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Both Sides Against
the Mushy Middle

There is an argument oft posited in politics that if the Left and Right are both opposed to what you’re doing – you must be doing something right.  That you have found the sweet spot of policy excellence – betwixt and between the ideological bounds that surround you.

And occasionally, that is the case.  But not usually.  Usually, if you’ve displeased everyone engaged enough to actually take a strong stand on things, what you’ve made is mush – that only the mushy middle can stomach.

We’re currently witnessing the making of mush in Washington, D.C. – the three un-passable phases of the Obamacare replacement.  This is some serious mush-making – because Obamacare itself is just that awful, and We the People have been electing people to get rid of it for now almost a decade.  So to leave this many people un-sated – means you ain’t hitting the mark.

Granted, no one on the Left is going to do anything to undo the awfulness – but they’re in the minority (in large part for standing steadfastly by this awfulness).  But the replacement’s pronounced mushiness has also lost it large swaths of the Right.

Best move at this point?  Pull the plug – and head back to the drawing board. More

You’d Never Have Heard of Google and Facebook, Netflix and Uber Without…

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Key Ingredient – That Gets You to All the Others

The Washington, D.C.-New York Bubble has a decidedly skewed view of what constitutes things like “Tech” and “The Internet.”  The Bubble references Tech or the Internet, and they mean companies like Google and Facebook, Netflix and Uber – and only those types of companies.  This is a ridiculously partial, partisan perspective.

Because before you can search the Web or stream some ‘Flix – you must first connect to the Internet.  And that requires an Internet Service Provider (ISP).  Companies like Comcast and Verizon, Clear Channel and AT&T.  Without whom – Google, Facebook, Netflix and Uber would still be…absolutely nowhere.

Netflix is a quintessential example of these titans’ irrelevance without ISPs.  Just a few years ago, Netflix was a snail-mail DVD delivery company – and struggling to survive.  But the ISPs relentlessly kept up their massive investment and technological advancement.  And the download speeds they deliver increased to such routinely high levels that Netflix could confidently sell their streaming movie service – “Over The Top (OTT)” of those screamingly fast Internet lines.

Boom – Netflix became a giant.  In fact, it is predicted that there will by 2019 be 330+ million streaming video customers.  All made possible – in fact, impossible without – the ISPs.

But in The Bubble, being an essential ISP – is just about a totally thankless task.  ISPs are the people who lay the World Wide Web roads – on which all these Bubble “Internet” companies ride.  Yet somehow in The Bubble – ISPs aren’t even considered to be Internet companies. More

The Constitution Protects Us…from Government. And Only from Government

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Most of DC? Uber-Fail

Candidate Donald Trump ran on massive regulatory rollbacks.  And won thereon.  Since being sworn in, he’s – in very un-Washington-D.C.-fashion – adhered to and started implementing his campaign promises.  Including his regulatory rollbacks – pledging cuts of “75% or more.”  Serious business.

His Cabinet almost inarguably is the most deregulatory in our nation’s history.  To wit: Four years ago former Texas Governor Rick Perry ran for the presidency pledging to close the Energy Department.  Trump just named him head of the Energy Department.  Former Oklahoma Attorney General spent the last six years suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – fending the over-reaching, invasion-ary agency off of his state (and others) with a whip and a chair.  Trump just named him head of the EPA.

And then there’s Ajit Pai – Trump’s choice to head the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Ostensibly an independent agency (Trump predecessor Barack Obama certainly didn’t treat it as such), it would be up to the Chairman to set a deregulatory course.  Trump again chose inordinately wisely – elevating Commissioner Pai to the lead role.

Of course, when the average politico hears “FCC” and “deregulation,” they think of the ridiculous policy known as Network Neutrality – and the massive power grab known as “reclassification” that the Obama FCC executed to get there.  Of course, the Obama FCC executed a whole host of massive power grabs – but Net Neutrality retains the highest profile. More

Finally, FINALLY, a Democrat Breaks Lockstep Unity Ranks with the Party

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Governor Andrew Cuomo –
Causing the First Hole in the Democrat Dyke in Decades

Give Democrats their due – they don’t deviate from the Party line.  No matter how absurd the things they’re defending are, no matter how insane they look doing it, no matter how much damage they incur in doing it – they do all of it together.  They are the Lemming Party – marching in lockstep off of cliff after cliff.

At this point, it is inordinately difficult to argue that this all-in uniformity is a winning strategy.  Much has been made of newly ex-president Barack Obama presiding over his Party losing over  1,000 seats up and down the ballot.  But while the man, his awful policies and his utter corruption certainly contributed to this nigh total collapse – he himself was reelected in 2012.  He managed to evade personal electoral culpability.

Thus the argument could be made that his fellow Democrats remaining steadfastly loyal to him, his awful policies and his utter corruption – was far and away the bigger contributor to the Party’s national implosion.

Lessons un-learned.  The Democrats’ lockstep loyalty to Hillary Clinton, her awful policies and her utter corruption – delivered political neophyte Republican Donald Trump a huge upset Presidential win.  In large part because Trump ran against just this sort of nonsense.  And since Trump’s victory, the Democrats have as one done everything possible to impede We the People’s duly elected President. More

Obama’s Assaults on Trump – Are Assaults on our Governmental System and Nation

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Disorganizing America

There was once a long and fabulous tradition in American politics.  A president, once no longer President, kept his trap shut about his successors.  This is a very (small “r”) republican thing to do.  Americans peaceably elected the next person – and Americans and the world need only hear from one president at a time.

(That we for the rest of their lives refer to ex-officials by their official titles is inordinately non-small-r-republican – but that is a discussion for another time.)

Cracks in the dam of Presidents not speaking ill of their successors began with Democrat Jimmy Carter.  And the new tradition that has developed – is Democrat ex-presidents speaking ill of Republicans who follow.

Once out of office, Republican Ronald Reagan night totally held his tongue.  So too, for the most part, have both George Bushes.  Democrats – not so much.  Democrat Bill Clinton had a built-in excuse to denigrate – his wife continued in government work after he left it.  And now there is Democrat Barack Obama.

Obama’s successor – Republican Donald Trump – was sworn in on January 20th.  Candidate Trump became President Trump – in large part because the American people had tired of Obama’s way-too-much-government approach to things. More

Trump Proposes EPA Budget and Staff Cut: Farmers, Ranchers and Energy Producers Rejoice

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

It’s Been a Little Excessive

The people who grow and raise our food – and produce energy that actually, you know, produces energy (coal and petroleum, for instance) – have for decades been under relentless governmental barrage.  Laws and endlessly mounting regulations have rendered ever more difficult the lives of anyone who makes their livelihood from the land.

This actually way predates the Barack Obama Administration (though that particular administration dramatically amplified and accelerated the assault).  The original sin in this nightmare mess – was most likely the Richard Nixon Administration’s unilateral creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Ever since, it has been the government’s chief weapon of war against private sector activity.

Our farmers, ranchers and energy producers have ever since been targeted by the ridiculous EPA – and abandoned by both political Parties. The Democrats have been doing the assaulting.  The Republicans have been doing nothing to stop it – that is, when they’re not actively helping the Democrats in the assaulting.

Then along comes Donald Trump. More

The Internet – Is an Amazing ‘Less Government’ Success Story

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Unleash the Freedom Beast

Nothing in the history of humanity has grown bigger, faster or better – than the World Wide Web.  In just about a quarter century, it has become an economic and political force of nigh immeasurable impact.

The Internet is a magnificent, unparalleled private sector success story.  Yes, the Left reflexively and rightly states that the earliest, nascent Web steps were taken by the government – in the 1950s and 1960s.  But there it sat, as a tiny little undeveloped lump – for a quarter century.

Then the magic happened.  In the United States in the 1990s, the Republican Congress and the Democrat Bill Clinton Administration – up to and including the Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – privatized the Internet.

This is the Internet’s Big Bang.  But it isn’t a theory – it is demonstrable fact.  The Web in government hands sat idle for more than two decades.  Once the Web was handed to the private sector – the revolution happened.

In the U.S. – thanks to our privatization – it has become a $1-trillion-per-year free-speech-free-market-Xanadu.  And its unleash has dramatically improved the lives of literally billions of people on our planet. More

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