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

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

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

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

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

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

Trump Derangement Syndrome: America’s Coasts, Cities, Colleges and Newsrooms Hardest Hit

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

TDS also Causes Spasms,
and Tics of Face and Speech

The election of President Donald Trump has infected small, seemingly contained portions of America with a disease.  The outbreak exists largely along both coasts – but there are also major infestations in urban areas and university campuses throughout the country.  And a particularly virulent strain is running rampant through newsrooms nigh everywhere.

The malady is Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS).  TDS doesn’t seem to affect the sufferer’s body – but the mind is quickly and, it so far appears, irrevocably warped.

President Trump ran promising certain things.  And he is now implementing precisely those things.  This is, of course, quite astonishing to most political observers – who are used to politicians doing close to nil of what they promised on the trail.

But Trump won on those things, so people un-afflicted with TDS find his keeping his word to be generally refreshing – and think he has won the right to do those things.

Those suffering from TDS find this pleasantly surprising circumstance – screeching-ly objectionable.  Set-fires-and-break-things objectionable.  Professors-losing-their-minds-at-cops objectionable.  Because nothing says “The other side is unhinged” – like mass unhinged actions. More

A Little Reform – to Allow Much Greater Deregulation Much Faster

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Obama Ship of State:
The U.S.S. Regulation

Behold the Congressional Review Act (CRA): “(A) law that was enacted by the United States Congress as section 251 of the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996, also known as the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. The law empowers Congress to review, by means of an expedited legislative process, new federal regulations issued by government agencies and, by passage of a joint resolution, to overrule a regulation….”

Well that’s fabulous.  But wait – there’s more goodness: “The law provides a procedure for expedited consideration in the Senate. If the committee to which a joint resolution is referred has not reported it out within 20 calendar days after referral, it may be discharged from further consideration by a written petition of 30 Members of the Senate, at which point the measure is placed on the calendar, and it is in order at any time for a Senator to move to proceed to the joint resolution.  If the Senate agrees to the motion to proceed, debate on the floor is limited to 10 hours and no amendments to the resolution or motions to proceed to other business are in order, and so the Senate may pass the joint resolution with a simple majority.”

Get that?  “A simple majority” – the CRA cannot be filibustered.  There’s a little more: “For the regulation to be invalidated, the Congressional resolution of disapproval either must be signed by the President, or must be passed over the President’s veto by two-thirds of both Houses of Congress.”

Well that’s currently no problem.  Behold President Donald Trump – the Chief Executive promising to cut regulations “by 75% or more.”  He would warmly welcome a whole coterie of CRA regulatory repeals. More