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Less Government in Air Traffic Control, Please

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It’s Way Past Time
to Buzz the Government Tower

Perhaps the most we’ve ever collectively thought of the nation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) – was in 1981, when newly minted President Ronald Reagan had to deal with an ATC union strike.

The ATC was demanding seventeen times more than the amount of money and benefits – than was in the deal to which they had just agreed. (A deal that was itself double the average government employee raise).

Reagan’s response…wasn’t mitigated. He fired every striking ATC employee.

Flash forward to now – and it is inordinately difficult to say the government-run ATC is worth the huge coin. It is what every government-run entity is – grossly wasteful and inefficient. Any steps towards less government…would be most welcome. 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

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

Key Component of Actually Free Trade: Punishing Bad Actors

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Finally – We’re Using Both

We have long roundly ridiculed what has passed for “free trade” in Washington, D.C.

Where we remove nigh all of our government impediments to the goods and services of every other nation on the planet. And nigh no other country returns the favor. Nations the world over impose all sorts of tariffs and regulatory impediments upon anything we wish to export to them.

About which we have done absolutely nothing. For decades.

It’s the same story – over and over and over again. We get beaten and abused throughout the duration of an existing trade deal. About which we do…nothing. And then we sit down to negotiate the next trade deal – acting as if the beatings and abuse haven’t been happening. And we blithely cut another, idiotically similar new trade deal – that allows the beatings and abuse to continue unabated.

Lather, rinse, repeat. For decades. More

Back to Tax Reform: The Carried Interest Rate Should Be Kept (or Cut)

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Big Taxes – Deserve Big Cuts

About to end is the August recess Congress so richly earned with their great first-half-of-the-year work repealing Obamacare and other long-promised, Republican-control-of-Washington-contingent agenda items.

I kid. I kid because I love…less government governmental action.

Like tax cuts and tax reform. Which we are told is Item #1a on Congress’ return-to-DC to-do-list. We have needed tax cuts for (at least) years – and reform for decades.

The tax code is a ridiculous thicket of anti-productivity nonsense. Which binds us up in a compliance nightmare mess – when our time could be much better spent creating more wealth for everyone. Blood-sucking government included. More

Net Neutrality Proven Titanically Stupid – By Net Neutrality’s Proponents

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So Let’s Put Them in
Charge of the Internet

Network Neutrality has for more than a decade been all the rage on the Left. Emphasis – as is alway the case with the Left – on rage.

Especially so now, as the Donald Trump Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in the process of rolling back said power grab – along with the equally ridiculous imposition on the Web of 1934 Title II landline telephone law. All imposed just two years ago by the Barack Obama Administration’s FCC.

Net Neutrality is the titanically stupid insistence that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) treat each and every thing on the Internet exactly the same.

For instance, emails from Nigerian princes – deserve equal access to you as does a doctor performing your remote, online Lasik eye surgery. If that causes your surgeon’s connection to buffer and stall – well that’s just too bad. You didn’t want to read those Nigerian prince emails anyway.

We less government types find Net Neutrality and Title to be titanically stupid for at least two reasons. It is antithetical to the Constitution – and to even a rudimentary understanding of economics. More

The Media-Silicon Valley Nexus Loves Covering Cronyism – Until It Involves Democrats

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It’s All So Very Helpful

We very much dislike government cronyism. It is one of the very many very awful byproducts of government that is too big for the britches we are forced to purchase them.

And we have incessantly documented how ridiculously biased is the traditional media.

And we have repeatedly chronicled how the center of the media world has moved from the ridiculously Leftist New York City-Washington, D.C. corridor – to the insanely Leftist Silicon Valley. Subscriptions aren’t driving this high speed rail – nearly so much as are clicks, Tweets and Shares.

And most important of all – Search results. Before you can click, Tweet or Share something – you first have to find it. And if you’re scanning the Web for news using Google – far and away the most used search engine – you’re almost certain to get skewed Leftist results. More

The Utter Dumbness of the Bureaucracy ‘Comment Period’

The United States is a Constitutional republic. What does that mean?: “A constitutional republic is a state where the head of state and other officials are elected as representatives of the people, and must govern according to existing constitutional law that limits the government's power over citizens. In a constitutional republic, executive, legislative, and judicial powers are separated into distinct branches and the will of the majority of the population is tempered by protections for individual rights so that no individual or group has absolute power.” These divisions of government were emplaced here by our Founders - to also protect We the People from government. Each branch is supposed to serve its limited role - in the whole. When one branch starts doing things another branch is supposed to be doing - things quickly go awry, and government gets very big. Our Legislative Branch - is tasked with legislating. And only the Legislative Branch is so tasked. Its officials - whom We the People elect - write the laws under which we live. The Executive Branch - is headed by the President we elect. Who signs the laws passed by the Legislative. And then his Branch - executes. Millions (ugh, yes, millions) of unelected bureaucrats implement the laws written - as written. No more, no less. No Executive Branch agency can write a single regulation - unless they are first tasked with so doing by the laws of the Legislative Branch. And they must write the regs within the confines of the laws of the Legislative Branch. Anything else - and they are performing a cheap imitation of the Legislative Branch. Constitutionally - no bueno. Our federal register - the government’s catalogue of regulations - grows by thousands of pages every year (until, it appears, the arrival of President Donald Trump, God bless him.) Under ex-president Barack Obama the register grew exponentially - during a time of historic Congressional deadlock and inactivity. Which means these tens of thousands of pages of new regulations - were nearly all added completely untethered to any legislation. That’s the Executive - pretending to be the Legislative. Constitutionally - no bueno. 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. (Again, we’re a republic, not a democracy.) Again, if 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. The Comment Periods - are just dumb. Again, these bureaucrats aren’t elected. And they are under no obligation whatsoever to have the comments you file - affect at all what they're about to do to you. If the comments favor the power grab they are about to execute - they trumpet the results, and move forward as planned. If the comments oppose - they ignore the results, and move forward as planned. And this nonsense - allows for much additional nonsense by outside pro-government Leftist groups. They get to turn the Democracy Theater - into Kabuki Theater. They enlist their armies of uninformed nonsense-spewers - to spew their nonsense into the comment process. To wit: The current cavalcade of inanity being shoved at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Trump’s FCC is in the process of undoing a huge Obama FCC power grab. Internet reclassification - to absurdly subject the Web to 1934 landline telephone law - so as to then impose the absurd Network Neutrality. A HUGE power grab - and titanically stupid policy. The Trump Commission is absolutely correct in undoing all of it. Because they are - we can count on the pro-government Leftist groups to screech bellicosely in opposition. Launching DearFCC: The Best Way to Submit Comments to the FCC about Net Neutrality It’s Official: Trump and Pai Plan to Destroy Net Neutrality: “Help Save Net Neutrality: Send a Comment to the FCC.” (Pai - is Trump’s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.) Comments for the FCC on the Net Neutrality Proposal But the Comment Period results - have only served to reveal how dumb the Comment Period is. Oh - and how violent and racist the Leftists are. Pro-Net Neutrality Activists Filed 5.8 Million Fake Comments with the FCC Fake Pro-Net Neutrality Public Comments Flood FCC From Russia, Other Foreign Countries John Oliver’s Net Neutrality Campaign Filled With Bots, Fake Comments, Racist Attacks Against FCC Chairman And let’s be honest - Net Neutrality is a relatively little-known, fairly complex issue. Survey Finds Vast Majority of Americans Are Clueless about Net Neutrality Which yet again proves that this bureaucratic Comment Period - is just dumb. If they don’t know what it is - why have them comment upon it? Why have any portion of the bureaucracy's decision predicated upon the results? If Net Neutrality is so important to We the People - impose it the way the Constitution mandates it be imposed. Have our elected Legislative Branch officials convince us we need it - and then write law emplacing it. Pass it through both Legislative houses - and have the President sign it. And then - and only then - have the FCC impose it. Strictly and solely within the confines of the law directing the FCC to impose it. At this point, finally, nearly everyone is clambering aboard the Constitutional approach. ISP, Edge Groups Talk Net Neutrality Legislation: “House Energy & Commerce Republican leadership got together, both in person and by phone, with the major trade associations on both sides of the net neutrality issue Monday in a series of meetings throughout the day to discuss possible legislative pathways to clarifying the FCC’s network neutrality authority.” Which only leaves the hardcore anti-Constitutionalists demanding the power grab path. Groups Urge Lawmakers to Oppose 'Devastating' Net Neutrality Rollback Despite Republican Appeals, Democrats Not Willing to Deal on Net Neutrality Legislation There’s just no pleasing some radical, pro-government, anti-Constitution people. This first appeared in Red State.

Defining Dumbness Down

The United States is a Constitutional republic. What does that mean?:

“A constitutional republic is a state where the head of state and other officials are elected as representatives of the people, and must govern according to existing constitutional law that limits the government’s power over citizens. In a constitutional republic, executive, legislative, and judicial powers are separated into distinct branches and the will of the majority of the population is tempered by protections for individual rights so that no individual or group has absolute power.”

These divisions of government were emplaced here by our Founders – to also protect We the People from government. Each branch is supposed to serve its limited role – in the whole. When one branch starts doing things another branch is supposed to be doing – things quickly go awry, and government gets very big.

Our Legislative Branch – is tasked with legislating. And only the Legislative Branch is so tasked. Its officials – whom We the People elect – write the laws under which we live. More

John Oliver: Multi-Millionaire, Big Government, Big Business ‘Champion of the Little Guy’

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HBO Calls It ‘Last Week Tonight’ – Because ‘Cashing In’ Was Already Taken

HBO’s alleged comedian-host John Oliver (I’ve never found him to be particularly amusing) has the same problem a lot of wealthy Leftists have.

God has blessed Oliver (whether Oliver realizes it or not) – Oliver is wealthy. He makes a whole lot of money – in a field where maybe one in a thousand can even buy groceries plying their wares. Making it in entertainment is catching lightening in a bottle – twice.

Oliver makes huge coin – for a less-than-imperative service. He isn’t curing cancer. Nothing wrong with it – but he’s a court jester. Making as much as he does for what he does – leaves a lot of people in his position feeling almost like they’re cheating at life.

Many thus feel the need to crusade for causes – to make up for the incredible good fortune they enjoy. And when you aren’t a signally deep or practiced thinker – that oft means falling for the shallow facility of Leftism.

Oliver has fallen hard. And there’s no diving in his thought pool. More