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NY’s Legislators Rise Up Against Governor Cuomo’s Crony ‘Green Energy’ Boondoggle

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo –
and His Staff

(At least ) two notions from famous Americans come to mind when contemplating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $8 billion flight of unilateral crony “green energy” fancy.

Playwright George Bernard Shaw noted: “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”  And American social scientist William Graham Sumner penned in 1883 “The Forgotten Man” – in which he rightly identifies the “forgotten men” as the citizens paying for the government fiascos in which politicians engage.

What brings these men’s wise words to a New York state of mind?: “Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a unilateral mass expansion of government – in the name of fighting global warming…oops, I mean climate change: ‘The state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) earlier Monday passed a new set of standards that by 2030 is supposed to ensure that half of New York’s energy needs are met by renewable methods, ranging from solar and wind, as well as hydro and nuclear power.’”

Is that gi-normous “green energy” increase possible? Not so much as it is highly improbable: “As of 2015, New York only generated 11% of its energy via renewables. A tally it has taken them decades – and tens of billions of subsidy dollars – to attain. And now they have mandated a nearly 500% increase – in only fifteen years. Predicated, again, upon energy sources that require massive, ongoing government cash infusions – and in most instances take more energy to produce than they provide.”

The lofty “green energy” goals nigh certainly won’t happen – but the massive taxes to pay for the attempt certainly will: “(T)he Public Service Commission also included a new (energy) tax worth $8 billion.” More

NY’s Government Assault on Exxon: Coordinated in Advance with Leftist Groups

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Lubricated with Lots of Leftist Loot

Remember when the Donald Trump transition team asked the outgoing Barack Obama Energy Department for a list of the staffers working on Obama’s global warming – oops, I mean climate change – alarmist agenda?  And the Left and the media (please pardon the redundancy) absolutely freaked out about them asking?  And the Obama Energy Department refused to comply with the (very reasonable) request?

Team Trump was absolutely on the right track – but, unfortunately, didn’t continue down it.  Trump has so far kept on board hordes of Obama holdovers – and they have been incessantly burning him ever since.

Team Trump was right to ask – because personnel is policy.  Bad, radical personnel – leads to bad, radical policy.  For instance, bad, radical government officials (like, say, those working on bad, radical climate policy) will work with bad, radical outside groups – to end run the rule of law and manifestly harass law-abiding private companies.  For having the temerity to engage in lawful commerce – which this bad, radical gaggle happens to loathe.

How do we know this?  How did Team Trump likely know this?  At least in part because of Trump’s home state of New York – a particularly bad, radical example of just this sort of anti-law, anti-freedom, anti-Reality government. More

The Swamp Strikes Back: Some of Trump’s White House Guests Are Not His Friends

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Musk’s Companies – Your Coin

“They that sow the wind – shall reap the whirlwind.”  From the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Hosea, it means that if you choose to do X, expect to get X – good and hard.

Now-President Donald Trump ran for the gig promising to “Drain the Swamp.”  Which was him sowing what he would do should he win – clean up the fetid and festering sewer that is Washington, D.C.  We the People – liked the idea.  And elected the political novice to do exactly that.

We less-government-minded political observers knew the whirlwind to be reaped.  DC is a $4-trillion-a-year cronyism-infested nightmare cesspool – an insult to swamps everywhere.  Institutional, Establishment DC would not take attempts at its decontamination lying down. More

The Government First-Last-and-Only Approach Has Failed: In DC, and New York, and….

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Waste Machine

Governments the world over have spent the last century-plus rigidly insisting that they can do…well, everything better than We the Peoples can.  That private citizens, engaged in voluntary interactions amongst themselves – will only blow it.  That government is required to run things – to ensure nothing goes sideways.

As the last century-plus has incessantly demonstrated – these governments couldn’t have been more wrong.  The world allowed its governments to inexorably increase their roles – and everything they touched lurched wholly sideways.

We’ve certainly seen that here in the United States.  Governments at all levels grew and grew – and things kept getting worse and worse.  The federal government thought it could spend our money better than we can.  And it is now $20 trillion in debt – while funding a series of “Feed the Pig” commercials lecturing us about the importance of saving.

The Feds thought they should get into the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and medical insurance businesses.  And now Social Security and Medicare are nearly $300 trillion short.  Meanwhile, the Dow Jones just hit a record-high 20,000.  And the Feds launched Obamacare – another assault on private medical insurance. More

Let’s Rollback Bad Government – At All Levels. Because the Emperors Have No Clothes

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Parading Through Governments Everywhere

We have dubbed the Trump ascendancy to the presidency the Reality Revolution.  For decades the Washington, D.C. Establishment Emperor walked around stark naked.  And none of the Establishment Emperor’s Courtiers would point out his “clothes” weren’t clothes – because they were making too much coin pretending they were.

Decades of DC failures – dubbed “successes” by DC’s denizens – have resulted in $20 trillion in debt, nearly $300 trillion in unfunded liabilities for government program “successes” – and thousands and thousands of agencies and programs that are complete wastes of space, effort and coin, that nevertheless live on (and on, and on, and….)

We the People have all along seen (and been repulsed by) the Establishment Emperor’s nakedness.  And have all along seen (and been repulsed by) the Establishment Emperor’s Courtiers playing along and cashing in.

Then, finally, along comes Trump – who matter-of-factly said “Hey, that guy is naked.”  We the People were so thrilled – we rewarded him with the presidency.  Thus far, for the most part, he isn’t disappointing. 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

Fake News: When Leftist Foundations Fund Activism Posing as Journalism

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Foundations Edition

#FakeNews is currently in the news “big league.”  Thanks to ridiculous Buzzfeed’s ridiculous release of a 35-page Donald Trump disinformation litany (to which we absolutely will not link).  A litany so fake – it was printed under the heading “Disinformation.”  But ridiculous Buzzfeed released it anyway.

This litany had been floating around Washington, D.C. for months – untouched by DC’s alleged journalists.  But DC’s alleged journalists – once Buzzfeed broke the seal – piled in behind them like Japanese subway commuters to further amplify it.

This is by no means the only flavor of fake news that exists.  Another long-standing-though-less-ballyhooed version is when Leftist foundations fund Leftist activists – who generate “news” that the media then mindlessly parrot, without any mention of the mammoth money behind it.  All the while, the media roundly lambastes much tinier right-of-center efforts to tell their story.

For instance: You’ve of course heard of the libertarian Koch brothers – because the media have made sure of it.  The Kochs donate money to groups to advance free markets – and the media goes bananas reporting about it.  But the Koch coin isn’t even close to the real story: More

‘Repeal and Replace’: It’s for Much More Than Just Awful Obamacare

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Repeal and Replace: It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

Repeal and Replace” is currently all the rage in Washington, D.C.  As well it should be.  As the newly ensconced Republican trinity (President, Senate and House) work to excavate We the People from the awfulness that is Obamacare.

But there is a whole lot more government awfulness than just Obamacare.  And there is a whole lot more government awfulness than just in Washington.  There are fifty states that have state, county, municipality and city governments – and nigh all of them are doing things that they should be stopped from doing.  “Repeal and Replace” should be a nationwide, multi-level-government phenomenon.

To wit: New York State: “Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a unilateral mass expansion of government – in the name of fighting global warming…oops, I mean climate change: ‘The state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) earlier Monday passed a new set of standards that by 2030 is supposed to ensure that half of New York’s energy needs are met by renewable methods, ranging from solar and wind, as well as hydro and nuclear power.’”

(Hey, at least Obamacare [marginally, sketchily] passed through the legislative branch.  This Cuomo, Inc. power grab is via unilateral executive branch fiat.)

Cuomo, Inc’s pronounced shift from actual energy to “green energy” – which as we have seen for years is neither green nor energy – is leading to some additional really stupid things.  Like the Cuomo, Inc. shutdown of two Indian Point nuclear power plants – ironically, the only green energy source that actually produces energy: “The two reactors at Indian Point, which are owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corporation, provide about 25 percent of the electricity needed by New York City.” More

The Elon Musk Myth Looks to Contaminate Texas

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Texans Should Tell Musk to Stand Down and Go Away

The Myth of Elon Musk is that of daring entrepreneur.  An avant garde, cutting edge businessman who sees a little bit further around the curve of the Earth – to get a glimpse of the Next Big Thing before the rest of us are able see it.

The Reality of Elon Musk is that of enormous government money welfare hog.  Perhaps the single largest crony capitalist of all to dig in to Washington, D.C.’s $4-trillion-per-year trough (not to mention his multiple-state-level favoritisms).  By far his greatest success – is his copious extraction of government money and favors.

Government has thus far cut checks to Musk to the tune of $5 billion.  This isn’t Musk original thinking – it is decades-old, tried-and-true welfarism.  Musk shouldn’t be lauded and applauded – he should be ridiculed and dismissed.

One of Musk’s fake companies getting billions in real government money is Tesla Motors.  Tesla produces massively-subsidized electric cars which – even with the federal coin – cost way too much and aren’t purchased by anyone outside of uber-wealthy preening elites:

“(Tesla’s) first model, the Roadster, costing over $100,000 per vehicle, sold only 2,400 actual cars in 31 countries from 2006 until production ended in 2012, despite extensive federal subsidies for electric car purchases.  Its new model, a full-size luxury sedan named the Model S, is doing better, costing about half as much as the Roadster. Tesla sold about 25,000 of these worldwide in 2013….The products are heavily subsidized, by both federal and state tax credits of up to $20,000+ to consumers, and zero emissions credits totaling tens of millions of dollars to the company.”

So much government coin – for so little in sales.  And now the Musk contagion is looking to infest Texas.  Musk wants to insert his Tesla Faux-Motors into the Lone Star State’s retail dealership market.  And is demanding even more cronyism to do it. More

The EPA Finally Has Something Legitimate It Could Do – So of Course It’s Not Doing It

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The EPA – Handling Things As Well As Always

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notorious for serially, consistently doing things the laws as written do not allow it to do.  Meanwhile, its bureaucrats are so unlawfully distracted –  they miss a mess they are actually supposed to address.

Is the EPA constantly doing things it’s not supposed to do?  Absolutely.

Supreme Court: EPA Unreasonably Interpreted the Clean Air Act

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Obama’s Efforts to Regulate Coal Emissions

Sixth Circuit Puts Controversial ‘Waters of the United States’ (WOTUS) Rule on Hold

DC Circuit Overturns EPA Backup Generator Rule

Federal Court Rejects EPA Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

And on, and on, and….

So preoccupied with their overreaches are the EPA’s denizens that when something glaringly, obviously wrong happens – about which the agency that shouldn’t exist can actually do something – they miss it entirely. More