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83% Bots: We Told You the Power Grab ‘Comment Period’ is Titanically Stupid

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Yet Another Very Helpful ‘Comment’ Avalanche Underway

We have rather recently delved into the scintillating stupidity of the government bureaucracy “Comment Period”:

“One of the ways these agencies attempt to cover up their unilateral power grabs – is with a veneer of alleged We the People participation. Behold the utter dumbness of the ‘Comment Period.’

“Where some agency of which you’ve never heard – and to whom you’ve elected no one – quietly announces a period where you can file thoughts on the damage they’re about to inflict upon you.

“Of course, the Comment Period is entirely and solely Democracy Theater….(I)f the government wants to do something new – the process has to begin with legislation by the Legislative Branch. Not bureaucratic fiats by Executive Branch agencies…. More

Dear Trump FTC: Please Stop Doing Obama FTC-esque Things

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Yet Another DC
Department of Inertia
(Speaking of DC Redundancies)

As we have repeatedly noted, there is a whole lot of good going on in the Donald Trump Administration.

But we are not sporting rose spectacles – we of course recognize that there is some serious bad going on as well.

The lion share of the bad – isn’t being done by Trump’s people. It is being done by holdover Swamp creatures – personnel from the Barack Obama Administration and before.

As we have repeatedly noted, Trump’s greatest mistake – was not making many, many more people leave DC when he arrived. More

Obamacare Democrats – Now Promise ‘Affordable’ Government Internet ‘For All’

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The Solution to More Government – Ain’t More Government

Obamacare’s official legislative name was, of course, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Washington, D.C. is very good at naming things. DC remains very terrible at doing things.

Patients haven’t been protected by the law – they’ve been assaulted by it. And affordability was exterminated at the moment of enactment.

All of the Obamacare promises – were a lie.

Obama: Health Insurance for All

Except:

Obamacare Will Leave 30 Million Uninsured More

Government Mandating Maximums and Minimums is Almost Always Awful

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Natch

Those of us who understand rudimentary economics – and/or those of us who have paid any attention at all to the last half century-plus – know the government mandating maximums and minimums is a ridiculously bad idea.

Republican President Richard Nixon imposed (wage and) price controls – maximums on what can be charged. How’d that go?

It was a part of Nixon government-mandating flurry that was subsequently dubbed “The Nixon Shock.” That doesn’t sound very good:

“The centerpiece of the Nixon Shock was its controls on prices. In a market economy, freely fluctuating prices are the nervous system that coordinates supply and demand….The price controls did tame inflation temporarily, but it came roaring back within three years to double-digit levels and persisted through the 1970s because of loose monetary policy. A tight lid on a boiling tea pot can only contain the steam for a time before it explodes. More

Intellectual Property Theft – And a Worldwide Child Sex Trafficking Ring

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Enforcing the Law is of Paramount Societal Import

The thing about criminals is – they commit lots of crimes. They don’t find one secluded illegal niche – into which they nestle down, breaking just this law or that one. Criminals – are criminals. They break laws – plural. Of all sorts. Their respect for the law is…hampered. They are quite comfortable – operating entirely outside the realm of legality.

But even amongst the criminal class – there are some lines which most will not cross. The most readily apparent line they draw – is abuse of children, especially sexual abuse. Child sex abusers fare particularly poorly in prison.

We non-criminals are, of course, utterly revulsed. It really is beyond comprehension. More

More Broadband Access for Everyone? Get Rid of the Massive Government Taxes and Fees

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Will No One Rid Us of These Meddlesome Fees?

One of the very many avenues the Left uses as an excuse to grow government – is the alleged “digital divide.” The number of people who do not have access to Internet service – contrasted with the number who do.

Broadband Digital Divide ‘Becoming a Chasm’: “There is ‘growing digital inequality between…the rich and the poor…’ says the United Nations’ Broadband Commission in its latest report.”

Does anyone actually believe the “digital divide” “between rich and poor” in the United States – is actually getting worse? That there is a smaller percentage of people with Internet access now – then there were three years ago? Five? Ten?

It is an absolutely absurd assertion. More

Decades of Bad Global Trade Deals – Have Led to MUCH More Government Everywhere

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Do So Globally – and Locally

Big government policies are, of course, antithetical to productive people engaging in useful work. Most people who do a job – find quite obnoxious the giant bites governments take out of their paychecks, efforts and time.

These people are natural allies of the less government movement. But of course, big government and its advocates know this. So governments and their advocates have long been crafting big government policies – with crony outs for productive people. More

Bureaucracy Power Grab Comment Periods Are Always Stupid – and Often Corrupt

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We Desire No Kinks in Government – Unless It’s Ray Davies

We have very many times discussed the very many unilateral power grabs of the very many Executive Branch departments, agencies, commissions and boards.

And we have noted that a particularly stupid part of these power grab processes – is the fake democracy veneer applied that is the Comment Period:

“Where some agency of which you’ve never heard – and to whom you’ve elected no one – quietly announces a period where you can file thoughts on the damage they’re about to inflict upon you. More

Institutional Theft: When Stolen Intellectual Property Is Your Business Model

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We Need to Del This Key

Anything the brain creates – belongs to the brain that created it. Including the physical work product – of the ideas the brain creates.

All of which – is vitally important to our Information Economy. If you can’t profit from your information – you’ll stop creating the information. Because – human nature. And there goes the Information Economy. So all of it – deserves government protection from theft.

The examples of IP’s vital-to-the-economy impact – are nigh endless. More

Google’s Long, Sordid History of Rampantly Abusing Its Massive Power

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All Hail the King – or Else

Uber-huge mega-company Google has been of late repeatedly buffeted by very unflattering news. Story after story demonstrating Google’s corporate philosophy of using its massive power to bend others to its will – and break those who won’t.

Some of us have been chronicling this for years. But now it is breaking into the very mainstream.

The Dutch boy removing his digit from the Google news dyke – was James Damore. Damore, a Google engineer, wrote a memorandum detailing the surprising oneness of Google’s hive mind.

Google’s Ideological Diversity: Making Colleges and Robert Mueller Look Good

Google Employee’s Anti-Diversity Memo Goes Viral, Prompts Response from Execs More