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The Only Climate Change Threat to Companies – Comes from Government

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Consistency – Thy Name is Left

Environmentalists have long been called “watermelons” – green on the outside, red on the in. Red – as in Communist. Earth Day – also happens to be Soviet Communist Vladimir Lenin’s birthday. A coincidence, surely.

Environmentalism has always been about ending capitalism. Exaggeration?

130 Environmental Groups Call For An End To Capitalism

Not so much. But they’re better-than-average messengers of their terrible message, so they are always looking for variations on their theme. Even if consecutive variations – are completely contradictory. Flash back to the 1970s, and you get this:

The 1970’s Global Cooling Compilation – Looks Much Like Today: “A compilation of news articles on the global cooling scare of the 1970’s.”

Flash back forward – and it is suddenly, magically Global Warming. Which – when the planet stopped warming nearly two decades ago – suddenly, magically became Climate Change. All (totally irreconcilable) variations on a theme. It’s the Greatest Scam on Earth.

The ultimate goal remains the same – to end capitalism. And the fuel of capitalism – is oil. Gut the oil industry – and you undermine the entire capitalist system. And they are always looking for new and inventive ways to do it. To wit: More

Puerto Rican Protestors May Have a Point – But They Are Making It Very Badly

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Left (Privately) Says This a Lot

There is an environmental protest underway in borderline-bankrupt Puerto Rico. It involves the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the bereft Puerto Rican government – and nasty landfills.

As has always been the case, it is only thriving capitalist economies that can afford to care about the environment. Only they have the disposable income available to keep things clean.

Failing states like Puerto Rico? Not so much. A quintessential representative thereof is their landfills – which have been unfettered receptacles for any and every nightmare mess Puerto Ricans produce.

Puerto Rico’s Landfill Governing Authority Says They Do Not Inspect All Landfills on the Island: “(Puerto Rico’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB) only has) eight to 10 inspectors, who are not exclusively dedicated to landfill inspections and sometimes fail to inspect all the landfills on the island.”

Enter the awful EPA. They took time out from turning domestic rivers neon orange – to do an equally bang-up job overseas.

Puerto Rico Is Full Of ‘Open Dumps’ Ripe For Spreading Zika, And EPA’s Ignoring Them: “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ignored numerous reports that most of Puerto Rico’s landfills are out of compliance with federal law, and some could even become breeding grounds for mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, according to a new report….(Puerto Rican attorney Hiram Torres) Montalvo’s hard-pressed to find a reason why the EPA, which is generally so eager to regulate every other aspect of life, has done nothing to enforce existing laws for Puerto Rico’s landfills.” More

‘Drain the Swamp’: Why Are Some Republicans Still Looking to Further Fill It?

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Drain Them Too

President-elect Donald Trump turns a very memorable phrase. His “Make America Great Again” helped launch his improbable run. “Build the Wall” became an early signature chant by his routinely massive rally crowds – predicated upon Trump’s promise to do exactly that between the United States and Mexico.

And perhaps nothing did more down the home stretch to deliver Trump to the White House than his promise to “Drain the Swamp.”

Washington, D.C. is a $4-trillion-a-year cronyism-infested cesspool. Where elites operate on our money – but by their own rules. And with that the American people have had it. And Trump’s “Drain the Swamp” was a catchy pledge to address it.

These statements and sentiments helped deliver Trump an unprecedented, historic victory. And his electoral coattails saved several down-ballot Republicans from what appeared to be certain defeat. More

The Obama Legacy: If It Lives by ‘Executive Action’ – It Should Die by ‘Executive Action’

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Not a Constitutional
Substitute for Legislation

A hallmark – perhaps the hallmark – of the Barack Obama Administration is the “executive action.” The unilateral changes in law – oft major in size and scope – executed by the Executive Branch. Completely devoid of any Legislative Branch participation.

After the American people repudiated President Obama’s agenda in the 2010 midterm election – by electing a Republican House of Representatives to block it and him – the President famously said “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen – and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and executive actions.”

This isn’t how the Constitution calls for things to be done. Laws are supposed to originate in the Legislative Branch. And you know who knew this? Then-Senator Barack Obama.

When campaigning for the presidency, he said about then-President George W. Bush: “I taught Constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the Executive Branch – and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I am President of the United States of America.”

Once in office, it wasn’t “reverse” – so much as it was “slam it in drive and floor it.” More

Google Fiber Cashing Government Checks – Bypassing Poor Neighborhoods Anyway

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Google Fiber’s Sign
for Poor Neighborhoods

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has a current market cap value of $544 billion. The entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Taiwan is $524 billion.

So Google is bigger than…Taiwan.

So why is the United States federal government giving monster Google so many unequal-before-the-law policy preferences – via executive branch fiat?

Everyone Loathes the Latest Obama Power Grab – Except Google, and That’s All That Matters

Google, the Barack Obama Administration – and Even More Questionable Policy

Cronyism: For the Likes of Google, It is Really, REALLY Good to be a Friend of Obama

Google Has Become One Of The Biggest Cronies Of The Obama Administration

Google’s Theme Song: Man It Feels Good to Be a Crony

And why are governments throughout the United States giving Google so much money? More

Election 2016: Do We Really Want Four More Years of This?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Indeed We Can’t

Terrible, economy-destroying policy. Delivered not by Congress – but by unilateral executive branch fiat. Delivered as special favors to political cronies.

That’s been the last eight years in a nutshell. Do we want it for another four? That’s the question Americans need to ask themselves as they head to the polls tomorrow. (Millions of people have already voted – which is itself terrible policy. It’s like having a trial – and allowing half the jury to render a verdict halfway through the case.)

A perfect microcosm of the dictatorial Barack Obama Administration – is the Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Run with an iron fist by a President Obama Mini Me – Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Who, like President Obama, has thrown out the window all attempts at sound policy based on rational analysis and imposed through normal processes. And has instead repeatedly jammed through terrible, crony-pleasing fiats in hyper-partisan fashion.

The FCC is made up of four voting Commissioners and a voting Chairman. The Chairman and two Commissioners are of the President’s Party – two of the opposition Party. So it has been 3-2 Democrat. More

Those Who Can – Do. Those Who Can’t – Regulate Those Who Can

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

“May I Help You?”
“NO. No. I’m good.”

It’s how this country became the economic light of the world. Talented people – free to do amazing things. They become fabulously wealthy – and make all our lives better and richer.

Your computer, your phone, your car, your home’s television, heater and air conditioner and millions of other life-bettering things – created by talented people availing themselves of the free market opportunities this nation gave them.

Of course, some people are more talented than others. Not everyone is Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. Once upon a time, the less-extraordinarily-brilliant appreciated and admired the best of the best.

But we have spent the last half-century-plus training Americans not to appreciate accomplishment and pursue it themselves – but to envy others’ success, and want society to punish them for having the audacity to excel.

And that’s where government comes in. Populated in far, far too many instances by people steeped not in the pursuit of excellence – but in its persecution.

If these people were actually good at productive work – they would be doing productive work. But they’re not. So they’re professional scolds and busybodies – government bureaucrats lording over those doing productive work.

Those who can – do. Those who can’t – regulate those who can. More

What Obama Just Did Exemplifies Why His Economy Continues to Stink On Ice

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The President – Yet Again Selectively Spreading the Love Around

Uncertainty. Perhaps the worst of words for private sector investors. The free market is filled to the brim with it. One rarely if ever knows how things will transpire. You measure twice – if not three, four or five times. And then you cut your deal. Then you cross your fingers – and hope for the best.

And with all of that – eight out ten businesses fail. Ouch.

But that’s the nature of the private sector. If you want a successful, vibrant economy – you have to acknowledge and accept this uncertainty as a part of the deal.

What you don’t need – is all sorts of additional, superfluous, ridiculous uncertainty piled on top of you by government.

And the Barack Obama Administration is Team Uncertainty.

What you want from government is an orderly process for new laws. Thankfully, the Constitution sets that up. Elected members of the Legislative Branch debate bills. We the People can lobby members of Congress to redress our grievances. Making the bills better – or, failing that, making Congress better by electing new members.

The Obama Administration has bypassed all of this. And has instead governed by a massive flood of regulatory fiats – issued by unelected bureaucrats. Whom we can’t lobby. Of whom we can’t rid ourselves in the next election. (In fact, we can’t get rid of them just about ever.) More

An Obama Halloween Power Grab: Tricks For Us, Treats for Cronies

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Not Sure That’s a Good Idea, Actually

Today is Halloween 2016. Which means the Barack Obama Administration is running out of time to issue government power grab payouts to the cronies that ensconced them in office.

Which brings us to last Thursday at the administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The ridiculous FCC jammed through a ridiculous power grab – on which just a month earlier the Commission’s own three unelected Democrats couldn’t even agree.

But the administration’s expiration date approaches – so the three Donkeys got in line. And in their “I’m a Congressman” costumes unilaterally rewrote law – and again jammed the private Internet sector.

The media water carriers – as always in their “Objective Journalist” costumes – call what the FCC did a move to “protect privacy.” What the FCC actually did was issue another power grab that hurts everyone – except Google, Facebook, Netflix and the other cronies. Tricks for us – treats for them. Happy Halloween, All.

The FCC did this by writing brand new law – again, without benefit of Congress – for how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) collect and use data. Their new “law” – is unequal treatment before the law. It is far more stringent on and punitive of ISPs – than the actual laws are on Google, Facebook, Netflix and the other cronies. Thereby dramatically benefitting Google, Facebook, Netflix and the other cronies. More

Today’s FCC: Sex, Porn and Power Grabs

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

If Only They’d Worked for the FCC

Yes, you read that correctly. The hypocrisies and the broader metaphors are opulent.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an outmoded, outdated federal agency. Like many, many of its cohorts – it has long outlived its usefulness. It no longer has any unique reason for its continued existence – nothing that couldn’t be handed off to any other of the thousands of government agencies.

Which is why it spends much of its time issuing unilateral regulatory fiats – to power grab things for it to do. Idle bureaucrat hands are the Devil’s playground.

Originally birthed in 1927 as the Federal Radio Commission, it served a couple of minor, pedestrian purposes. Mostly, initially, to ensure radio signals didn’t interfere with one another.

But this is DC. And in DC, mission creep is inexorable. Every agency looking – through Congressional legislation, or unilateral fiat – to ever-expand its portfolio. Which brings us to the FCC’s sex, porn and power grabs.

One of the things the FCC does now is punish television and radio broadcasters for obscene, indecent and profane broadcasts. Perhaps the most famous instance was the 2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show. During which singer Justin Timberlake exposed singer Janet Jackson’s breast.

The FCC levied a $550,000 fine on the “offending” network – CBS. CBS contested the fine all the way to the Supreme Court. The Court ruled in the FCC’s favor – but CBS appealed, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals dumped the fine. The FCC tried to reinstate, but the courts refused them. More