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George Soros and Google Champion Government Control of the Internet

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Yes, Please –
With the Added Benefit of Angering George Soros and Google

Part of the President Donald Trump Reality Revolution – is undoing the President Barack Obama Anti-Reality Revolution.

You remember, the Obama-promised “fundamental transformation” – that led to amazingly bad policies and terrible results.  Obama’s massive regulatory assaults on all things private sector – were an intended disaster for the private sector.  Obama is the first president in our history to never, ever have even one year of at least 3% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth.

Obama did this – because he wanted to repeal the private sector, and replace it with government.  More government – means less private sector.  Each new regulatory attack – was yet another government advancement.  Forcing yet another private sector retreat.  Lather, rinse repeat – for eight years.

This was the very successfully implemented plan.  Of not just Obama – but Obama’s backers.  Chief amongst them were George Soros and Google. More

Reasonable, Rational, Lawful AGs Stage an Intervention for NY’s Radical Schneiderman

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

No One Expects the AG Intervention

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has led a years-long Don Quixote-esque political persecution of ExxonMobil.  An ongoing, rolling abuse of his power as the Empire State’s chief lawyer – and a gross dereliction of that office’s actual duties.

Schneiderman is engaged in all of this ideological obnoxiousness – because he believes in the myth that is global warming…oops, I mean climate change.  Or, more likely, he believes – and revels – in the very real massive increase in government that goes along with the implementation of the belief in the myth of climate change.

Schneiderman claims he is going after Exxon – for knowing climate change is real, and hiding that information from the public.  Which almost assuredly isn’t true – since, you know, climate change isn’t true.  And even if it is and they did – it isn’t actually, you know, a crime.

Schneiderman may believe that Exxon possesses evidence that unicorns are real.  This we do not know.  What we do know is that Schneiderman is going after Exxon for giving money to climate change realist non-profit organizations (full disclosure: our Less Government has never been one of them).  Which not only isn’t a crime – it’s a First Amendment-protected freedom-of-speech activity.

And in the grander scheme of things, Schneiderman is going after Exxon – for having the audacity to engage in legal commerce.  Selling their legal product in legal ways on an open, legal market.  (An international market, by the way – so this has nothing to do with the office of one U.S. state’s Attorney General.) More

The Media: Lemmings on Parade

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Mass Murder – Shouldn’t Be Chic

Rap metal band Rage Against the Machine is known for, amongst other things, playing nigh every show in front of a giant banner of Communist mass murderer Che Guevara.  This is no accident: “‘We’ve considered Che a fifth band member for a long time now,’ gushed (guitarist) Tom Morello, ‘for the simple reason that he exemplifies the integrity and revolutionary ideals to which we aspire.’”

Well isn’t that special.

Flashback to 2002 and another musician (who actually sings) – Toby Keith.  The country star had – partly in response to the September 11th, 2001 Islamist attacks on our nation – written the massive hit “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.”

A very patriotic song – that admittedly has some brusque lyrics: “Justice will be served and the battle will rage – This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage – And you’ll be sorry that you messed with – The U.S. of A. – ‘Cause we’ll put a boot in your ass – It’s the American way.”

Keith’s song peaked at #1 on 2002 Independence Day weekend.  Good timing: the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) was putting on an Independence Day concert – and had invited Keith to perform. More

DC Economics ‘Experts’: Too Much ‘DC’ – Not Enough ‘Economics’

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

More Out of Balance than Ever

Steve Forbes, Larry Kudlow, Arthur B. Laffer and Stephen Moore are four big name Washington, D.C. free market economic “experts.”  They have for decades been ensconced inside the Beltway – doling out their brands of reform.

But as we have seen from nigh anyone who enters the belly of the DC Beast – people grow comfortable, and start to stray from the less government ideas that brought them there.

Rather than rock the boat – they’d prefer to remain comfortably aboard.

DC is now a $4-trillion-a-year luxury liner.  Retaining your all-access-passage – far too often trumps adhering to better policy.

Art Laffer was the first to deviate from the conservative norm.  He has for years been a leading champion of the Marketplace Fairness Act.  An absolutely awful federal law that would empower state governments to collect sales and use taxes – from companies not located in those states.

Get that?  This is the quintessential example of taxation without representation. More

‘Climate Change’: It Was Better When the Media Didn’t Pretend to Be Impartial

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Hot Off the Paid-For Presses

One of the greatest of the great many scams to be hatched and nurtured during the radical Left revolution of the 1960s – was the notion of “objective journalism.”  The radicals created the concept – to advance Leftism under artificial cover.

Prior, most newspapers and other outlets were openly organs for one Party or faction or another.  That’s why old school newspapers had and have names like “The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.”  Then came the Left’s “journalism” scam.

Walter Cronkite was the CBS Evening News’ anchor for nineteen years – and “The Most Trusted Man in America.”  Except he lied about the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive.  We won the battle – Cronkite didn’t like the war, so he “reported” we lost.  His fake news almost singlehandedly turned public opinion against the War.

Cronkite fully outed himself when he retired as a “journalist” – and became a news “analyst.”  Where he was free to share his rote, doctrinaire, pedestrian Leftism. And “journalist” after “journalist” for decades has retired just like Cronkite – and revealed themselves just like Cronkite. More

The Border Adjustment Tax: If You’re Right – You Don’t Have to Lie

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Once Lost, Integrity is Difficult to Regain

I like Bill Buckley, Frederic Bastiat, Milton Friedman and a whole host of other conservative luminaries.  But I am a conservative first and foremost – because I loathe lies and liars.  And Leftism – is a giant lie.

All the lies told by all of Leftism’s practitioners – are told in service of hiding the fact that the Big Idea behind all of it is hopelessly failed and fraudulent.  What is particularly annoying for a conservative – is when other conservatives do their best Left impersonations, and lie to advance a bad idea.

I speak of the very good idea that is the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) – and the lies some conservatives are telling to try to stop it.

What is the BAT?: “Under (this) tax reform, this system would not tax the exports of American companies, but would tax the gross value of any imports into the country. The new rate of tax on corporations is expected to be 20 percent, so that would also be the de facto rate of tax on imports.

“U.S. companies would immediately be on equal footing with their international competitors, the great majority of whom benefit from territorial taxation and border adjustability today.  American firms would be further advantaged by tax reform’s low 20 percent tax rate on corporations (down from a global high 35 percent today), and full business expensing of asset purchases (replacing multi-year depreciation deductions).

“Instead of taxing exports and not imports, we’d be taxing imports and not exports. Instead of reading about corporate inversions and outsourcing, we’d be reading about jobs and firms moving into the U.S. to take advantage of the favorable tax rules here.” More

Things Global Trade Are, Slowly, Moving in a Less Government Direction

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Finally

When now-President Donald Trump first burst on to the political scene, one of the ways he made a name for himself was by ridiculing many of the trade deals the United States has spent the last several decades cutting.

Trump pointed out that our trade agreements were far from “free.”  They were usually one-sided sell-outs – where we agreed to not tax or regulate other countries’ imports, while none of the other countries agreed to do any such thing with ours.

Trump’s frequent visual aide was China (I still have yet to find a way to spell phonetically the way he pronounces it).  China taxes everything we send them.  China gives all sorts of preferential treatment to their companies that export.  China even manipulates their currency to artificially lower the prices of their exports on the global market.

About all of which we do…nothing.  We continue to cut deal after deal with them.  Where we pledge all sorts of free market protections for their products – and they promise none for ours, and are allowed to continue to manipulate the market in all of the same ways they always have.  And then we wave around the next signed agreement and hail it as another “free trade” deal – when it is anything but. More

Hill Democrats Given Lie-Filled Cheat Sheets for Pre-Planned Townhall ‘Spontaneity’

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Team Rocket Science

The longest-running joke in politics is the utter cluelessness of most Leftists – and elected Democrats.  Thanks to the wonderment of the free market Internet, the catalogue of examples of this are just a Web search away – and are near limitless in number.

At the height of Bernie Sanders mania, the maniacs were regularly asked basic questions about the socialism they were championing.  Their responses were mind-numbingly stupid.

Think Hillary Clinton supporters were any better?  Think again.  Asked to name “The Most Accomplished Person Ever to Run for the Presidency (TM)”’s top accomplishments – her supporters were time and again left speechless.  Although in their defense, their champion was also routinely unable to name any her own self.

And President Barack Obama – off the teleprompter – was…less than impressive.

Speaking of elected officials, some of the most ridiculous assertions ever made come therefrom.    Years ago, Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee was in NASA Headquarters in her home city of Houston watching do its thing the Mars Rover – the camera-equipped vehicle we regularly drop on the Red Planet.  Befuddled, she asked…why it wasn’t driven over to show us where our astronauts planted the United States flag.  Ummm, that was the Moon, Representative. More

Stupider Than Government Subsidies? Importing Government Subsidies

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

There Are Very Few Things in Life More Annoying Than Someone Who is at Once Condescending and Wrong

Political rookie Donald Trump won the White House in large part by running against just how stupid Washington, D.C. is.  And DC stupidity is certainly a rich vein to mine.

P.T. Barnum once said: “No man ever went broke overestimating the ignorance of the American public.”  Trump bet on a paraphrase: “No one ever went broke overestimating the stupidity of government” – and won huge.

Because no matter how ignorant government schools intentionally render the American public – the American public can never be dumbed down enough to get down to government’s level.  Trump inherently understood this.

DC is $4-trillion-a-year worth of stupid.  And we spend a lot of that money – stupidly subsidizing domestic cronies.  Not picking winners and losers – so much as picking losers at the expense of winners.  Taking, for instance, money from real energy companies like oil and gas – and giving it to fake energy companies like wind and solar.

But what’s worse – and more politically craven – than that?  Importing government subsidies from other countries.  Your government doesn’t spend the money – theirs do.  Thereby you duck the political price for the spending.

And just like with domestic subsidies, you get to disingenuously claim you’re lowering prices.  When what you’re actually doing is using different governments’ money – rather than ours – to in identical fashion warp and damage the marketplace.  First and foremost – your domestic marketplace.  Even worse than with domestic subsidies.

With domestic subsidies, at least the recipients benefit – while everyone else is damaged.  With imported subsidies – every single domestic company is damaged.  The more subsidies you import – the more damage you do to every domestic company. More

The Media’s Mass Delusion and Dishonesty

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

It’s Been a Decades-Long Incursion

It’s always sadly amusing to watch America’s media march as one – in one direction after another.  To even the average observer, it would appear that they all receive the exact same issues to cover – and the exact same talking points with which to cover them.

The examples of this are at this point nigh limitless.  Talk radio impresario Rush Limbaugh has for years compiled his Media Montages – audio cavalcades of talking heads spouting identical words to describe the same stories.

Limbaugh Trump Mania Montage; Media Chorus “Specifics”

Limbaugh Airs Montage Of Media Anger At Trump For Not Calling On Them

Rush Limbaugh Compiles Round-Up of Media Celebrating Obama’s ‘Genius’ Embrace of Kerry’s Gaffe

Limbaugh’s montage idea is so good – myriad others rip him off.  Including some people you wouldn’t in a million years expect. More