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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

The Solution to Our Looming Farm Crash: Less Government Everywhere

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Yes, Please –
The Right Way,
the Less Government Way

America’s farmers are having a serious problem maintaining solvency.  And have been teetering on that brink for decades.  Remember Farm Aid?  This was a charity project launched with a concert by the likes of Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp (professionally ne Cougar) and Canada’s Neil Young, to assist America’s struggling farmers – in 1985.  Thirty-plus years later – Farm Aid is still going.

Because the American farmer’s problem is still ongoing.  We have watched globalism gut our nation’s manufacturing.  Our food manufacturing has suffered similar devastation.  Farmers are victimized by the same terrible global government conditions and awful trade deals that have been undercutting our factories and mills.

The Next American Farm Bust Is Upon Us: “The Farm Belt is hurtling toward a milestone: Soon there will be fewer than two million farms in America for the first time since pioneers moved westward after the Louisiana Purchase.”

Let us pause here to note the trajectory of our Department of Agriculture spending – as our nation’s agriculture sector shrank: “The department will spend $154 billion in 2016, or $1,230 for every U.S. household. After adjusting for inflation, spending has increased 45 percent since 2000.” 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

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

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

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

Trump’s FCC Transition Team: One of These Things is Not Like the Others…

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Can You Tell Me How to Get…How to Get Rid of Net Neutrality?

There’s an old Sesame Street song that sums up the Donald Trump Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Transition Team.  Behold “One of These Things”: “One of these things is not like the others.  One of these things doesn’t belong.  Can you tell which thing is not like the others…?”  Here, it ain’t difficult at all to tell.

Trump began pre-election by choosing his FCC transition team lead – Jeffrey Eisenach: “(A) known commodity in Washington tech and telecom circles…he’s argued vigorously in favor of the FCC taking a hands-off approach to digital issues….In 2012 Eisenach arrived as a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) — and in that role, he’s been an outspoken antagonist of (Barack Obama) FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his policies. In his research and advocacy…he’s slammed the Obama administration’s efforts on net neutrality, broadband investment and more.”

So far – so great.  Added next was Eisenach’s AEI colleague – Mark Jamison: “FCC Transition Team’s Jamison: Do We Need an FCC?”  (Answer – we absolutely do not.)  More about Jamison: “Jamison says most of the reasons for having an FCC have ‘gone away’…That is quite the difference from the Wheeler FCC’s emphasis on…net neutrality and broadband privacy rules, both of which are likely to get a second look under a Republican chair.”

So far – even greater.  Added next was another AEI scholar – Roslyn Layton: “Layton is no fan of the FCC reclassification of ISPs as common carriers. She is also a foe of the FCC’s broadband privacy rulemaking, calling it a ‘partisan endgame of corporate favoritism’ resulting in ‘misinformed, unjustified rules.’  She is a critic of the FCC setting aside spectrum in auctions at below-market rates for certain players, writing…that that was a way for FCC to play favorites and ultimately raise broadband costs to consumers.” 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

What to Do – and What Not to Do – on Trade Reform

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

All of Them – Everywhere

In advance of the 2008 election, now outgoing President Barack Obama ran on “Hope and Change.”  It was a smart, cynical ploy.  We the People certainly wanted “Change” – but Obama’s “Change” wasn’t even close to what we wanted it to be.

Obama meant “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” – with a massive, omni-directional expansion of government.   We the People wanted – dramatically less government.  We were tired of watching a (now) $4-trillion-a-year federal government screw up nigh everything it touches – whilst insisting on manhandling everything.

Obama wanted transform – we wanted reform.  We still do.  How else to explain the presidential election of Donald Trump?

Trump’s is the Reality Revolution.  Reality is – government stinks at nigh everything.  So rather than having it do even more – Trump intends to have it do less.  Less government regulations everywhere.  Less government in health insurance than Obamacare, less government in finance than Dodd-Frank – and less government everywhere in trade.

Trump ran repeatedly proclaiming “Our country is being ripped off so badly on trade.”  He isn’t wrong.  But this has everyone who is #NeverTrump claiming he is anti-free trade. More

Leftists Refusing to Provide Goods and Services Is Just Fine – Inauguration Edition

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Eric Holder – The Face of Airbnb Open-Mindedness and Tolerance

There is nothing more close-minded than the open-minded Leftist.

As if we needed even more reminders of this metaphysical truth – behold Donald Trump’s presidential election and inauguration.  Which has oh-so-many-Leftists engaged in avalanche-esque amounts of flagrant obnoxiousness and whiplash-inducing hypocrisy.

And if you want some quintessential distilled Leftist essence – look to the Silicon Valley.

Liberal CEO Slams Middle America: ‘No Educated Person Wants to Live in Sh*thole With Stupid People’: “The CEO of a marketing and advertising firm in San Francisco has attacked Middle America in a bizarre rant on Facebook…Melinda Byerley, CEO of TimeShareCMO and an apparent Hillary supporter (wrote)…’One thing middle america could do is to realize that no educated person wants to live in a sh**ho** with stupid people. Especially violent, racist, and/or misogynistic ones…So if you want jobs, clean up your act and make your town a place that people like us want to live in….Make it a point to elect a progressive city council and commit to not being bigots.’”

I would imagine the Americans who this tolerant, open-minded Leftist dismisses as “stupid people” who “live in a sh**ho**” are going to rush to fundamentally transform their towns into mid-America San Fran-freakos – so as to attract her and her tolerant, open-minded ilk. More