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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

Do We Want the Tax Code to Prioritize Job Exporters – or Job Importers?

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A Little Birdie Told Him – But He Didn’t Listen

I loathe taxes.  I loathe the concept of anything or anyone having mandated access to the money I earn.  They didn’t get up at 4:10am to go to the gym – so as to be able to begin work at 6am.  Day after day, every day – for years and years.  Why do they get a huge and growing chunk of any resulting coin?  It is offensive.

My late grandfather felt…similarly.  (Is this genetic?  I’m betting it at least partially is.)  If you mentioned the Internal Revenue Service in his presence, he would immediately spin to you and with a steely gaze hiss “They’re not the IRS – they’re The Assassins.”  And he wouldn’t let you call them anything else.  He wasn’t wrong (ask the Tea Party).

On this I am totally with the Libertarians – taxation is theft.  But I am a Realist.  In the panoply of evils – taxation is a necessary one.  It is absolutely not necessary in the omni-directional ways and at the confiscatory levels at which it currently exists.  But my organization is called Less Government – not No Government.  We need some government (Hello, Constitution – and its curtailed, delineated limits).  So we need some taxes.

The question then becomes – how to tax?  Taxation being theft – it damages the things subjected to it.  We Realists understand dynamic analysis – that government actions have private sector reactions.  And we Realists understand human nature.

It is we Realists who observe government for decades taxing people who work and paying people who don’t work – and are not surprised by a persistent perpetual underclass of people not working.  Even the Left occassinsaly cops to the effects of government action.  As demonstrated by their incessant pushes to tax all daylight out of cigarettes and sodas – to get people to stop purchasing them.  (That is allegedly their intent – of course they don’t in the slightest mind all the additional government money taken thereby.) More

The ‘Border Adjustment Tax’: Great Tax Reform – That Gets Us Great Trade Reform

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Let’s Bring Them Back, Shall We?

Our nation’s tax code is a nightmare mess of thorny brambles.  Interwoven with other thorny brambles.  Behind a high wall of thorny brambles.  It is anti-citizen.  And it is anti-anything-productive citizens choose to do – up to and especially including engaging in anything having to do with business.

Many, many facets of our tax code are anti-Constitution.  For instance – do you like the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal-protection-before-the-law clause?  The tax code doesn’t.  There are seven different individual/family tax rates.  Get that?  One law – seven different rates.  Not even close to equal protection.

Then there are the anti-American-productivity facets.  Do you like doing business?  Or being hired by a business?  Or purchasing things from business?  Our tax code doesn’t.  In a global marketplace – where our businesses are competing against not just businesses across town and from Des Moines and Dallas, but also places like Dubai and Dublin – our government saddles our businesses with the world’s highest corporate tax rate (35%).  Which is…unhelpful.

Now-President Donald Trump is now-President Donald Trump in large part because Candidate Trump repeatedly pointed out that so many things our government does to the citizenry is just this awful.  And Trump rightly saw this as why businesses have spent the last several decades moving out of America. More

Trump is Deregulating – Fast. Congress Needs to Get Up to Speed

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Congress – Dead Ahead

President Donald Trump has wasted no time.  He is rapidly fast-tracking the agenda which won him the office.  He ran on tightening immigration – he is doing what he alone can do to tighten immigration.  He ran on ending Obamacare – he is doing what he alone can do to end Obamacare.

And Trump ran on slashing regulations – and he is doing what he alone can do to slash regulations.  Trump says his ultimate objective is to cut regulations by “75% or more.”  Given his actions thus far – doubters should be becoming greater in their scarcity.

Where has the Republican-majority Congress been during all of this Executive Branch action?  Internet entrepreneur Matt Drudge rarely personally Tweets – but just did so to unleash a bracing-yet-realistic assessment of their performance thus far in the Trump Era. More

Trump Should Stop the Government’s Price-Fixing Micro-Management of Music Royalties

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Because That Always Works Out – So Well

I’m a lifelong conservative – and a retired musician.  One thing that vexed me as I chased a magical, mystical record deal – was how bizarre and obnoxious was the system to divvy up the money from the hits.

The font of all this bizarre obnoxiousness – is the federal government.  The Feds bizarrely, obnoxiously run the royalties show.  As a less-government-loving songwriter – things like this flummoxed me: “First, there is the calculation of mechanical royalties for writers and publishers….In the United States, the royalties are based on a ‘statutory rate’ set by the U.S. Congress.”

This is the antithesis of a free market – where the participants negotiate with each other to get the best respective deals.  This is a government lobbying contest – where the participant with the most campaign contributions and K Street clout gets an uber-favorable royalty rate from those world-renowned music industry experts in Washington, D.C.

Here in Reality – who is nigh always going to win at that game?  People like me – the newly-signed singer-songwriter who just quit the bartending gig he held down to be able to eat?  Or mega-record companies like Columbia Music – still counting their massive coin from Adele’s latest multi-platinum smash?  (Oh – and mega-company Columbia…is actually a subsidiary of even-more-mega Sony Music Entertainment.)

In the freest of free markets, I-the-newly-signed would be at a fairly large negotiating disadvantage against these mammoth music machines.  In this government-rigged system – I have ZERO chance of out crony-ing them in Congress. More

Dodd-Frank: All of It Is Awful – So All of It Needs to Go

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Big Government, Big Business –
Little People

President-elect Donald Trump is President-elect Donald Trump – because he incepted and led much more than a simple political campaign.  As he oft said at his massive rallies: “This is not just crowds gathered – this is a movement.”

What it was and is – is a revolution.  A Reality Revolution.  For decades and decades in Washington, D.C., members of both political Parties have time and again thrown at us the Groucho Marx quote: “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”

DC’s denizens have given us demonstrable failure after demonstrable failure – while hailing each and every one of them as a “success.”  (This sort of profound, prolonged delusion usually results in years of therapy, massive doses of medication – or both.  In DC, it results in mass reelection.)

Social Security and Medicare – are $222 TRILLION short.  But DC blithely hails them both as “successes.”

There is thankfully-outgoing-President Barack Obama’s Obamacare – DC-woefully-misnamed “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”  We were repeatedly told Obamacare would lower premiums by $2,500 per-family-per-year – and allow you to keep your doctors and plans. More

Unfortunately, Congress Needs to Pass This Fourth Amendment Reminder

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

A Legislative Refresher Course

Our Constitution’s Fourth Amendment reads as follows: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

As with nigh all the rest of our Constitution, the federal government has long been ignoring the Fourth. Likely the most notorious example is the National Security Administration (NSA)’s bulk data collection. Which is the Feds: “(S)toring the online metadata of millions of internet users for up to a year, regardless of whether or not they are persons of interest to the agency….”

The NSA has been amassing so much data on persons “not…of interest” – that it built a $1.2 billion data center that’s seven times larger than the Pentagon. (If you’re questioning whether the Fourth Amendment’s “papers” protection applies to digital data – imagine hitting “Print.”)

Let me guess what you’re wondering now: How could the NSA possibly be issued this sort of mass, blanket warrant, under the auspices of the Fourth Amendment – if millions of these persons are “not…of interest?” I.e. – totally devoid of any probable cause? A very reasonable question. More