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Google Fiber Cashing Government Checks – Bypassing Poor Neighborhoods Anyway

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Google Fiber’s Sign
for Poor Neighborhoods

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has a current market cap value of $544 billion. The entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Taiwan is $524 billion.

So Google is bigger than…Taiwan.

So why is the United States federal government giving monster Google so many unequal-before-the-law policy preferences – via executive branch fiat?

Everyone Loathes the Latest Obama Power Grab – Except Google, and That’s All That Matters

Google, the Barack Obama Administration – and Even More Questionable Policy

Cronyism: For the Likes of Google, It is Really, REALLY Good to be a Friend of Obama

Google Has Become One Of The Biggest Cronies Of The Obama Administration

Google’s Theme Song: Man It Feels Good to Be a Crony

And why are governments throughout the United States giving Google so much money? More

Election 2016: Do We Really Want Four More Years of This?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Indeed We Can’t

Terrible, economy-destroying policy. Delivered not by Congress – but by unilateral executive branch fiat. Delivered as special favors to political cronies.

That’s been the last eight years in a nutshell. Do we want it for another four? That’s the question Americans need to ask themselves as they head to the polls tomorrow. (Millions of people have already voted – which is itself terrible policy. It’s like having a trial – and allowing half the jury to render a verdict halfway through the case.)

A perfect microcosm of the dictatorial Barack Obama Administration – is the Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Run with an iron fist by a President Obama Mini Me – Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Who, like President Obama, has thrown out the window all attempts at sound policy based on rational analysis and imposed through normal processes. And has instead repeatedly jammed through terrible, crony-pleasing fiats in hyper-partisan fashion.

The FCC is made up of four voting Commissioners and a voting Chairman. The Chairman and two Commissioners are of the President’s Party – two of the opposition Party. So it has been 3-2 Democrat. More

What Obama Just Did Exemplifies Why His Economy Continues to Stink On Ice

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The President – Yet Again Selectively Spreading the Love Around

Uncertainty. Perhaps the worst of words for private sector investors. The free market is filled to the brim with it. One rarely if ever knows how things will transpire. You measure twice – if not three, four or five times. And then you cut your deal. Then you cross your fingers – and hope for the best.

And with all of that – eight out ten businesses fail. Ouch.

But that’s the nature of the private sector. If you want a successful, vibrant economy – you have to acknowledge and accept this uncertainty as a part of the deal.

What you don’t need – is all sorts of additional, superfluous, ridiculous uncertainty piled on top of you by government.

And the Barack Obama Administration is Team Uncertainty.

What you want from government is an orderly process for new laws. Thankfully, the Constitution sets that up. Elected members of the Legislative Branch debate bills. We the People can lobby members of Congress to redress our grievances. Making the bills better – or, failing that, making Congress better by electing new members.

The Obama Administration has bypassed all of this. And has instead governed by a massive flood of regulatory fiats – issued by unelected bureaucrats. Whom we can’t lobby. Of whom we can’t rid ourselves in the next election. (In fact, we can’t get rid of them just about ever.) More

Want a Shortage of Something? Put the Government in Charge of Its Production

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Enjoy Shopping at
Government Grocery

The late, inordinately great man and economist Milton Friedman once rightly observed “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.”

Where governments run things – shortages abound. Places with unbelievable amounts of natural resources – end up importing those very things when government controls their production.

Communist Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reservesand it imports oil. (From, amongst other places, the United States.) Why? “The nation’s late president Hugo Chávez often boasted the South American country regained control of its oil industry after he seized joint ventures controlled by such companies as ExxonMobil and Conoco. But nineteen months after Chávez’s death, the country can’t pump enough commercially viable oil out of the ground to meet domestic needs — a result of the former leader’s policies.”

Communist China used to be a huge rice exporter. Now they are the world’s largest rice importer – despite the population’s declining rice consumption. Why? “China’s agricultural sector is declining in competitiveness. Like some other Asian countries, China has implemented state-funded strategies that encourage rice cultivation by guaranteeing minimum purchase prices. After almost a decade of government increases to these prices, they are now well over international market levels.”

Asian countries aren’t the only ones stupidly engaging in price-skyrocketing, shortage-inducing price fixing. And government ownership of production. And many, many other stupid policies. We do a lot of it – and have for decades. Most agriculture-producing countries around the world do it. More

An Obama Halloween Power Grab: Tricks For Us, Treats for Cronies

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Not Sure That’s a Good Idea, Actually

Today is Halloween 2016. Which means the Barack Obama Administration is running out of time to issue government power grab payouts to the cronies that ensconced them in office.

Which brings us to last Thursday at the administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The ridiculous FCC jammed through a ridiculous power grab – on which just a month earlier the Commission’s own three unelected Democrats couldn’t even agree.

But the administration’s expiration date approaches – so the three Donkeys got in line. And in their “I’m a Congressman” costumes unilaterally rewrote law – and again jammed the private Internet sector.

The media water carriers – as always in their “Objective Journalist” costumes – call what the FCC did a move to “protect privacy.” What the FCC actually did was issue another power grab that hurts everyone – except Google, Facebook, Netflix and the other cronies. Tricks for us – treats for them. Happy Halloween, All.

The FCC did this by writing brand new law – again, without benefit of Congress – for how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) collect and use data. Their new “law” – is unequal treatment before the law. It is far more stringent on and punitive of ISPs – than the actual laws are on Google, Facebook, Netflix and the other cronies. Thereby dramatically benefitting Google, Facebook, Netflix and the other cronies. More

Today’s FCC: Sex, Porn and Power Grabs

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

If Only They’d Worked for the FCC

Yes, you read that correctly. The hypocrisies and the broader metaphors are opulent.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an outmoded, outdated federal agency. Like many, many of its cohorts – it has long outlived its usefulness. It no longer has any unique reason for its continued existence – nothing that couldn’t be handed off to any other of the thousands of government agencies.

Which is why it spends much of its time issuing unilateral regulatory fiats – to power grab things for it to do. Idle bureaucrat hands are the Devil’s playground.

Originally birthed in 1927 as the Federal Radio Commission, it served a couple of minor, pedestrian purposes. Mostly, initially, to ensure radio signals didn’t interfere with one another.

But this is DC. And in DC, mission creep is inexorable. Every agency looking – through Congressional legislation, or unilateral fiat – to ever-expand its portfolio. Which brings us to the FCC’s sex, porn and power grabs.

One of the things the FCC does now is punish television and radio broadcasters for obscene, indecent and profane broadcasts. Perhaps the most famous instance was the 2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show. During which singer Justin Timberlake exposed singer Janet Jackson’s breast.

The FCC levied a $550,000 fine on the “offending” network – CBS. CBS contested the fine all the way to the Supreme Court. The Court ruled in the FCC’s favor – but CBS appealed, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals dumped the fine. The FCC tried to reinstate, but the courts refused them. More

Silicon Valley Gets Government Favors – While Boosting Leftists and Blocking Conservatives

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Best of Luck with Your Conservative Searches

We all know most of the modern Tech World is very, very Leftist.   And has been from its mid-1990s inception. Which is ok. But all the while, the relationship between the Tech World and our $4-trillion-per-year Leftist government has grown exponentially. Which ain’t nearly so ok.

The harmonic convergence has been the Barack Obama Administration. Which has actually been the Silicon Valley Administration – issuing Tech-favoring crony regulations like a Pez dispenser. Google has been a particular insider favorite. Social media monster Facebook has also all along been deep in the tank for senator-cum-president Obama. Etc, etc, etc. The Silicon Valley is nigh totally a Leftist ideological tar pit.

The Atlantic just polled a panel of Silicon Valley heavy hitters. The results are…unsurprising. 88% of them are voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. ZERO percent of them are voting for Republican nominee Donald Trump – not one person. Shocker.

We conservatives don’t mind people who disagree with us. Less and less, however – the Left isn’t returning the favor.

Conservative icon William F. Buckley once said “Though liberals do a great deal of talking about hearing other points of view, it sometimes shocks them to learn that there are other points of view.” More

Government Ignores Human Nature – and Warps the World with its Ignorance

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Bigger the Government – the Bigger the Ignorance

Socialism doesn’t work because it tries to root out human nature. Capitalism works because it harnesses it.

We are capitalists, conservatives and federalists in part because we acknowledge and understand human nature. Its possibilities – and its limitations.

They are Socialists because they are Utopian fantasists. They think they can remake humanity and the planet into a Heaven on Earth. And the vehicle with which they attempt this intercontinental, multi-billion-person fundamental transformation – is government.

Faith in government is itself a failure to grasp human nature. For several reasons. One of them is the Wallet Rule:

If you go out on a Friday night with your wallet, and you go out the following Friday night with my wallet – on which Friday night are you going to have more fun? More

Here’s the Way to Finally End the Farm Bill

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Then as Now – No Need for Government.
Just Start Swapping

We less government types have loathed the Farm Bill – since there was a Farm Bill. Because we loathe government inanity – and the Farm Bill is full of it.

The Farm Bill is Franklin Delano Roosevelt-New Deal era central planning. Which means for coming up on ninety years – our farmers and their farms have been besieged by constricting, constraining government inanity.

And over that near-century, we have globalized the markets for nigh everything – including food. Which means our dumb domestic farm policy – has helped shape dumb domestic policies the world over. Which collectively became dumb international policy.

Our Farm Bill helped incept and foster an international regulatory arms race. A terrible multi-governments poker game – where farming nations everywhere saw and then raised everyone else’s taxes, tariffs and subsidies.

That’s a lot of governments – engaged in a lot of inanity. We less government types have tried to end the United States’ portion of it – in the exact same way, over and over again, for decades. More

Bill Murray Reports: It’s Farm Bill Time. Again.

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Let’s End the Perpetual Re-Run

One of our greater American films – is Groundhog Day. Where Bill Murray’s character – television weatherman Phil – is caught in a time loop. He awakens every day – to the exact same day. He is stuck on February 2nd – Groundhog Day.

Once past the bewilderment stage, Phil understandably, quickly grows increasingly perturbed with his predicament. On Day Whatever of his cursed closed circle, Phil goes on air with a dispirited, sardonic “It’s Groundhog Day. Again.”

I felt exactly like Phil – when I came across this:

Groups Are Coming Up with New Policy Ideas for a New Farm Bill: “While much of America is focused on the November presidential election, farm groups are already talking about the next farm bill. Early policy ideas are already being brainstormed by agriculture groups….This new bill can’t come soon enough for both the cotton and dairy industries. ”

It’s Farm Bill time. Again.

Wait a minute. We passed the last one – in 2014. It lasts for five years – until 2019. What gives? More