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Ending DC’s Titanically Stupid Fake ‘Free Trade’ Is the Far More Important Policy Change

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For an Exciting
Change of DC Pace

First – a bit of disclosure.

DC is a fairly small, very expensive place. If you’re involved in politics – you know a whole lot of other people who are involved in politics.

With many – you disagree on a lot of stuff, and agree on a little. With many others – you agree on a lot of stuff, and disagree on a little.

The old saw is: If you want to see someone with whom you agree on everything – look in a mirror. And even then, with a lot of these people,….

We run a joint called Less Government – so you can guess on which side of the ideological aisle we reside. We want less government – in all things, everywhere.

We don’t fall prey to short-term thinking. For instance, it took us more than a century to get into this $4-trillion-per-year federal mess – we ain’t correcting wholly, instantaneously. More

Intellectual Property Crisis: U.S. Drops Out of the Top Ten in Innovation Ranking

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We’re Losing the
Entirety of the Economy Cloud

We are in the very first stages of what is now – and will for a long, long time be – a global Information Economy.

In which more and more of what we produce – is of the mind. And less and less reliant on muscle.

We are no longer an Agrarian Economy – where the vast majority of Americans make their living off the land.

We are in the latter stages of an Industrial Economy – where the vast majority of Americans make their living via manufacturing.

To be clear – to paraphrase Mark Twain – the stories of manufacturing’s death are highly exaggerated. As President Donald Trump is proving – with manufacturers beginning to return in droves to America’s shores.

But even with things Agricultural and Industrial – life is always made better with products of the mind. More

Oops: Burger King Accidentally Proves How Dumb and Unnecessary Net Neutrality Regs Are

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Shocker: A King Wants Government Totalitarianism

All the rage last week amongst the mis-informed masses – and the mass media misinforming them – was a pro-Network Neutrality video burger joint Burger King (BK) bizarrely extruded.

The pseudo-news stories about the BK video – were nigh endless. They all breathlessly praised the cow palace for presenting its digital whopper.

The problem with the video – from the perspective of BK and its media cheerleaders – is it is supposed to tell us why massive government regulations under the banner of Net Neutrality are so vital.

What the video actually, accidentally does – is demonstrate (yet again) how dumb and unnecessary Net Neutrality regulations actually are.

The video begins with man-on-the-street interviews – where no one included has any idea what Net Neutrality is. They shouldn’t feel bad – because after watching BK’s video…they still won’t know what Net Neutrality is. More

The Post Office: Doing All the Wrong Things in All the Wrong Ways

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The Pony Express 2.0

Government is awful at doing…just about everything.

In no small part because of the rigid, unyielding dictates of human nature. Government, of course, being populated by humans – is not immune to these dictates.

Because of government’s susceptibility – there is the Yellow Pages Rule.

“What’s ‘Yellow Pages?’” I hear the Millennials ask. Fair enough:

Since the advent of the Internet, an increasing number of people no longer know what a phone book is.  Thick, heavy tomes periodically updated and delivered to your residence – full of listings of people (White Pages) and businesses (Yellow Pages), their addresses and phone numbers.

Back in the Cretaceous Period – this was how you found contact information.

So – The Yellow Pages Rule: More

The Left’s Latest Copy-and-Paste Fake Grassroots Campaign

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Leftist Electronic Fakery

The Left is notorious for runaway gangbuster campaigns with massive grassroots groundswell support – that are actually not runaway gangbuster campaigns with massive grassroots groundswell support.

The Left’s ideas – are awful. Because of this awfulness – their ideas aren’t very popular with We the People.

Thus the Left isn’t any good at generating support. But they are absolutely GREAT at making it look like they are generating support.

In these fraudulent endeavors – they have many massive built-in advantages over we who fight for Reality-based public policy solutions that garner actual public support. More

College IS for Dummies: Harvard Government-Run-Internet Edition

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SO Worth It

One of our ongoing, recurring themes is – College IS for Dummies.

Colleges and universities aren’t education facilities. They are continued indoctrination centers – they pick up where government schools K-12 leave off.

Government schools indoctrinate the radicals – colleges activate the radicals.

The Academies have for more than half a century been packed to the rafters with absurdly Leftist professors and administrators.

Conservative legend William F. Buckley first gained national prominence by writing “God and Man at Yale.” Which chronicled his all-encompassing uber-Left experience as an undergrad – and was published in 1951.

That was eighteen years before Woodstock – and the ridiculous, radical campus “freedom” movement. Where school faculty after school faculty allowed the student inmates to storm their offices, take over and run the asylum. More

We Need to Fully Populate FTC Leadership – to Stop Residual Obama Awfulness

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Time to Cut the Obama Ties that Bind

Now as anyone who knows me knows – I am not one to lightly call for more government in any way, shape matter or form.

And I am a HUGE fan of President Donald Trump’s approach to Executive Branch staffing.

Trump: No Plans to Fill ‘Unnecessary’ Appointed Positions: “‘I look at some of the jobs and it’s people over people over people. I say, “What do all these people do?” You don’t need all those jobs.’”

Trump is absolutely, 100% correct. And has been absolutely, 100% consistent.

Here Are the Federal Agencies Trump Plans to Cut as President

To wit:

EPA Staff to Get Cut in Half

Amen and Hallelujah. More

Net Neutrality and Government-Run Internet: The Left’s New Excuse for an Awful Old Idea

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The Non-Stupid Money
Is on ‘No’

The Left’s cavalcade of lies continues unabated about…everything.

The examples are nigh endless – but for our purposes here let us focus on the latest avalanche about the Internet.

A month ago, the Donald Trump Administration was on the verge of undoing the Barack Obama Administration’s ridiculous huge government imposition on the Web.

Contained within the Obama Administration’s Trojan Horse of “Network Neutrality” – was their in 2015 imposing a 1934 government-monopoly landline telephone regulations regime on to the Internet.

The Obama Administration did this because their grab magically gave the government a huge new swath of regulatory and taxing powers over the Internet – that they didn’t have the way the the government (didn’t) regulate the Internet from its mid-1990s private sector inception until the 2015 grab. More

Does Amazon’s Bezos – the Richest Man Ever – Need So Much Government Cronyism?

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All Hail the King of Cronyism

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – is doing ok.

Jeff Bezos Is the Richest Person in History: “The Amazon CEO’s net worth reached $105.1 billion Monday, according to Bloomberg’s billionaire tracker. That eclipses the record previously held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.”

#1 All-Time – is pretty good.

To be clear: This is not a criticism of Bezos achieving the previously unachieved. I like money. I agree with actor Christopher Plummer’s screen-written portrayal of J. Paul Getty in the movie “All the Money in the World.” The real Getty was then the richest person in the world. And in the flick, the fictitious Getty is asked how much money it would take to make him feel secure. His answer: “More.”

Exactly.

But there is a crucial difference between Getty then and Bezos now – the size of government. At every level – federal, state and local.

Just about every single government in America is – adjusted for inflation, etc. – demonstrably much larger now. More

The World’s Global Trade Slush Funds – This Isn’t Free Trade

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Let’s End This, Shall We?

We have oft detailed and analyzed the fake-ness of what has for decades passed for “free trade” in Washington, D.C.

DC has for half-a-century-plus removed all government impediments to our market for every other country on the planet. While continuing to allow every other country on the planet to hinder and hamper our exporting companies – with as many government impediments to their markets as they can possibly conceive.

This isn’t free trade. Imagine the United States – and it’s world’s-largest economy – as the hub of a global wheel. And all of the very many spokes are one-way streets, running only inward. On which every other nation delivers us their goods and services – and we can’t get anything out.

Decades of this dumbness has been a key contributor to why we have hemorrhaged millions of jobs and trillions of dollars – bleeding it all out into the international marketplace.

When we think of other-government-impediments to our entering their markets – the two things that immediately leap to mind are tariffs and regulations. They impose huge taxes and regulatory limitations on our imports – dramatically limiting their end of the “free trade” equation. More