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Trump Trade: DC Needs to Do Just About Everything Differently

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Welcome to Washington, D.C.

We have for decades been told that DC is filled to overflowing with Experts. They know things. They understand things at a level We the Plebes can not fathom.

Whenever We the Plebes raised our voices in protest to things DC was doing – the Experts patted us on our heads and told us to simmer down our dim selves.

Well as it turns out, never has an emperor been more naked than has this one.

Potentate DC has for half-a-century-plus been proudly strutting up and down Pennsylvania Avenue and K Street – completely garb-less.

DC has expertly managed us – into $20 trillion in debt.

DC has taxed and regulated us so thoroughly, our economy basically stopped consistently growing at a decent rate more than a decade ago. More

Net Neutrality: The Media Lies – Then Polls on the Results of Their Lies

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Not a Whit

A couple of week’s ago, the Donald Trump Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced they on December 14 would be rightly, reasonably undoing the Barack Obama Administration FCC’s ridiculous, regressive Internet power grab.

Behold Network Neutrality. And the Obama FCC pretending to be Congress – and “reclassifying” the Internet.

“Reclassification” is Gov Speak – for changing the regulatory category in which the Internet exists.

Since the 1990s privatization of the Internet, the Web has existed in very lightly regulated Title I.

Not surprisingly, when government leaves something largely alone – great things happen.

Nothing in human history has grown bigger, better and/or faster than the Net – in no small part because the government was doing nothing to “help.”

Of course, the Obama Administration couldn’t stand something so freely doing so well. So they – without benefit of Congress – “reclassified” the Web to under Title II. More

President Trump’s War – On Government’s War on America

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Trump’s Gotten to Cutting

United States’ governments at all levels have for decades been at war with America and Americans.

Their weapons of choice – have been a ceaseless fusillade of laws and regulations. Aimed not to benefit We the People – but directly at us. We have been carpet-bombed with red tape – to ensnare and shackle and limit us.

The damage to our economy has been devastating. Our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth has waned inexorably for decades. Because as government grows – the private sector shrinks.

Our entire economy – the amount of money created by every single man, woman and child in America’s 300+ million populace – is $18 trillion. The cost of compliance with JUST federal regulations – is $2 trillion. Think that massive government imposition on our economy helps – or hurts?

And no President in our history was more active in using government against us – than President Barack Obama. Obama ramped up government regulatory extrusions to levels never before seen. Obama added more than 21,000 new regulations – all by his onesies.

Obama directly targeted for destruction certain sectors of Americans. For instance, he promised to bankrupt the coal industry – then he had his government just about do it.

Obama Administration regulations killed more than 125,000 coal sector jobs. And cost our economy more than $650 billion directly – and exponentially more indirectly, as energy prices soared as the coal sector crumbled. More

Net Neutrality: The Big Power Grab Lie the Left-Media Is Telling You

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Left-Media Never Goes Small

We addressed this to some degree last week. But the Left-Media’s lying has been demonstrably worse in the week since – a feat I didn’t then fathom as possible.

The issue at hand is Network Neutrality.

When birthed in 2002 by Leftist college professor Tim Wu, Net Neutrality was just four innocuous things:

  • Consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.
  • Consumers are entitled to run applications and services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.
  • Consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.
  • Consumers are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers.

But as with oh-so-many things devised by the Left, Net Neutrality sounds good – but isn’t. It is, in fact, a terrible idea – for a whole host of reasons. More

There Already Is Massive Media Consolidation: Ideological

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Ideological – Not Numerical

The Left is incessantly freaking about all sorts of things – about which very little freaking is actually necessary.

The Media is – by-and-large – the Left’s megaphone. About whatever the Left is freaking – you’ll find the Media freaking. Only louder, with many, MANY more outlets with which to amplify the freaking.

The advent of the Internet – has exponentially increased the number of outlets through which the Media can freak. For instance: If you miss a particular MSNBC on-air freakout – fear not, on the Web it shall hang forever, just a couple of mouse clicks away.

And nigh every outlet generates all sorts of Web-only content – video, audio and written. For even more additional avenues for freaking.

Each and every media outlet – is a multi-platform content delivery corporation. More

Government ‘Business’ Endeavors Are Always Awful

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

On the Cutting Edge –
And It’s Us They’re Cutting

The old saw is “Those who can do – those who can teach.”

Meaning if you’re good at something – you do that something. And if you aren’t good at anything – you teach.

Which helps explain our ridiculously awful government primary and secondary schools – and our ridiculously awful colleges and universities.

We need a government permutation: “Those who can do – those who can’t regulate those who can.”

Meaning if you’re good at private sector things – you do private sector things. And if you aren’t good at private sector things – you go into government.

(And since government runs most primary and secondary schools – and funds many colleges and universities – the crossover nature of our two axioms is quite obvious.) More

There Are Some Things the Federal Government is Actually Supposed to Do

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From the Constitution –
In Case You’re From a Government and Weren’t Sure

Governments throughout the nation produce tens of millions of pages of paper a year. They are parchment Pez dispensers. That sound you constantly hear is millions of trees crying out in terror – and then being suddenly silenced.

Way too many of these pages – are these governments mandating and/or banning things. Way too often, the federal government is mandating and banning things the states are supposed to be mandating or banning – and vice versa.

I kid – there is WAY too much mandating and banning going on. But what is serious – is the proper delineation of the various governments’ roles.

One piece of paper that gets way too little attention from governments everywhere – is the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers laid out a specific, delineated and delimited role for the federal government. Then: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” More

Credit Due: To Congress and the President for De-Litigating Financial Contracts

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Indeed We Should

One of the very many problems in the festering Swamp that is Washington, D.C. – is the inert posture most of its denizens so often strike. Too many pose and preen – but never actually do anything.

Which we rightly, roundly, routinely criticize.

So when DC does something well and good – we are obliged to call attention to and praise it, and them.

One of those magical moments just transpired. The good DC did – was to undo another of the very many problems in the festering Swamp that is DC.

Some of the so rampant awfulness an unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy unilaterally, so incessantly foists upon us.

As those of us who didn’t succumb to government schools know, the way DC is supposed to work is – the Legislative Branch legislates, then the Executive Branch executes. If the first thing doesn’t happen – the second thing isn’t supposed to either.

WAY too often, the Executive Branch does all sorts of things the Legislative Branch never granted it legislative permission to do. It’s been going on for decades – and the Barack Obama Administration raised it to a heinous art form. More

Senator Toomey on Steel – Was Trump Before Trump. Why Not for Other Industries?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Want Some Candy?

Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey is an America First bull when it comes to protecting from ridiculous international actors and actions the United States steel industry. And has been for decades.

And no wonder. Steel is a bit of a thing in Pennsylvania. There’s even an NFL team named after the industry’s employees. And lots of his constituents do indeed work in the industry.

But many, many more used to do so. Ridiculous international actors and actions have undercut Toomey’s state’s steel – so Toomey has long gone to bat for it and them. And God bless him – he was and is exactly right to do so.

Because if other steel-producing nations are blocking our steel, subsidizing theirs and flooding our market – that trade has absolutely nothing to do with actual free trade.

Why, then, isn’t Toomey capable of seeing the exact same international inanities doing damage to other U.S. industries? More

Of COURSE Regulations Stifle Private Sector Investment

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

20,000 Leagues Under DC

One of the dumbest of DC assertions – is that more government regulation doesn’t harm private sector investment. That somehow the higher cost of compliance with government diktats – doesn’t detract from private entities spending money on the areas harmed by the government diktats.

This defies many aspects of Reality – and contributes a great many additional examples to DC’s Department of Duh. One of the very many immutable areas it defies and defiles – is math.

The federal government alone has regulations that cost the private sector $2-trillion-per-year with which to comply. That’s $2-trillion-per-year – that the private sector has to waste on government. Which means the private sector – can’t invest it. Duh.

That’s the one government shoe dropping. The other is the worst aspect of government regulation – the private sector creations we’ll never get to enjoy. Because they never happen – because government regulation drives the private money that would make them possible entirely out of the sectors regulated. More