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The Don Quixote Clown Show That Is the New York Attorney General’s Office

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Attorney General
Eric Schneiderman de la Mancha

The Donald Trump presidential election and ensuing Era has left the Left plumbing new depths of abject disbelief in Reality.  Their desperation has led them to serially, incessantly chase fake news as if it is actually news – on all of which We the People look in disbelief.

We just yesterday had a day-long House hearing – in which nigh every Democrat asked after a fact-free allegation that there was some sort of coordination between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin’s Russia.  This has been the Democrat mantra – for going on a year now.  There remains zero evidence of any such collusion.  Yet the Left continues its Don Quixote impression – tilting at yet another windmill.

Who exactly was Don Quixote?: “(A) Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedera…(about) an hidalgo named Mr. Alonso Quixano who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his sanity and decides to set out to revive chivalry, undo wrongs, and bring justice to the world, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha….Don Quixote…does not see the world for what it is and prefers to imagine that he is living out a knightly story….”

“Russia hacked the election” – is a Quixote-esque fantasy.  But of course, the Left’s very many Don Quixotes predate by decades the electoral arrival of Trump.  And very few if any have done windmills and delusion better than New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Schneiderman has spent the last several years doing what very few people would consider the actual job of the Attorney General of New York – hounding international oil and gas company ExxonMobil.  How Exxon conducting its global business is germane to the chief law enforcement officer of one particular state – is light years beyond me. More

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

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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

Did Obama’s EPA Ignore a Crisis – to Make the Case for Even More Government?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Obama, Inc.’s
Modus Operandi

Remember Fast and Furious?: “As a refresher, from 2009 to 2011, agents from the (President Barack Obama) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF), overseen by the (Obama Department of Justice) DOJ, allowed known straw purchasers working for Mexican cartels to illegally buy thousands of firearms at U.S. gun shops.

“The ATF allowed those purchases to be illegally trafficked south of the border and into the hands of killers. The government lost track of most of the guns, and once in Mexico, they were used in an untold number of crimes.

“In December 2010, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed by Mexican bandits in Rico Valley, Ariz, and guns found at his murder scene were from the Fast and Furious operation.

“Now, after more than five years of waiting, we finally received confirmation that the murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)agent Jaime Zapata in 2011 is also directly linked to Obama-era gunrunning.”

Why on Earth did the Obama Administration do something this titanically stupid?

Documents: ATF Used ‘Fast and Furious’ to Make the Case for Gun Regulations

And we know Obamacare was designed to fail – so as to make the case against the private sector and for full-on government medicine – because the architect of Obamacare publicly said so.

So one is inexorably led to wonder if the Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ignored for years an environmental nightmare mess in Puerto Rico – so as to make the case for even more government control. More

Phil Gramm is Woefully Wrong on the Border Adjustment Tax

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Still His Approach Today

I have long liked former Texas Congressman, Senator and presidential candidate Phil Gramm.  I in fact voted for him in the 1996 Republican presidential primary.  The one time I got to meet him – years thereafter, at a UBS event (with whom he’d landed a post-politics gig) – I told him I had cast a presidential ballot for him.  His response was a deadpan “That was you?”

Gramm received my 1996 vote – in part because of a move he made in 1983.  Then a conservative Democrat Congressman, Gramm had been just about excommunicated from the Donkey Party for working on budget issues with Republican President Ronald Reagan.  So he announced he would switch Parties – and that he would resign his seat to do it.  Having been elected as a Democrat, he felt it dishonest to make the change without again facing the voters.  His voters re-ensconced him in a special election.

Gramm called his move: “(T)he only honorable course.”  He described his situation thus: “My crime was that I dared to practice in Washington what I preached here at home….That I should be punished for representing the people who sent me to Washington is unfair.” 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

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

Republican Business Tax Reform: Less Government in Businesses’ Wallets – and Yours

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Finally Headed in the Right Direction

Congress hasn’t done major tax reform since 1986.  We are WAY past due.  And it is WAY past necessary.

The current tax code is an economy-stifling combination of sky-high rates – and stupid mandates and stipulations.  Most of what our government has ensconced in tax law – works to drive businesses out of business and out of the country.  Taking with them the jobs and salaries they proffer.

Our elected officials say they want to foster a business-friendly environment – so as to make available the most opportunities to the most Americans.  Their tax code belies them.

We invite you into our house – and then our tax code simultaneously picks your pockets and beats you about the head and shoulders with a bat.  We should at least have the decency to not act surprised when you get up and leave.

We need to rewrite tax law – that has for decades incentivized a mass American business exodus. This America Last, “Made In America Tax” code – is terrible policy. 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