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Left and Right United Against Cronyism – Save for a Few Wobbly Republicans

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Feeling Lonely, Wobbly Republican?

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist made an excellent recommendation as to how best to oppose the old school crony government pork known as “earmarks” – which was district-specific spending, benefiting that district’s Congressman.

Getting riled up at that Congressman was a waste of time. He was the vote-buying beneficiary of the government money. What you needed to do was rile up the constituents of the House’s other 434 members – to get angry at their respective representatives for wasting their tax money on pork…that didn’t even benefit them.

This all-other-hands-on-deck approach – needs to be used against all things cronyism. Get everyone besides the cronies – all along the ideological spectrum – to gang up on the cronies. Politics makes strange bedfellows – often because it is very necessary.

The massive crony nightmare mess currently being attempted by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo – is a great place to test drive this approach. More

The Power to (Over)Tax – Is the Power to Destroy

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Well, That’s Totally Different

The late Supreme Court Chief Justice (amongst many other impressive gigs) John Marshall rightly noted “The power to tax – is the power to destroy.” The power to OverTax, of course – will destroy even more.

We have in our nation established a very anti-human nature approach to government. We punish things of which we claim to want more – and reward things of which we claim to want less.

We tax income generated by work – and give money to people who don’t work. Human nature empirically tells us that we will get less of the former – and more of the latter. Why do something to get something – when you get something for doing nothing?

Human nature works on a sliding scale. The more you tax work and reward non-work, the higher up the human nature industriousness ladder you go – to pull people climbing upward off and into the Do Nothing pit.

And of course, the harder and more complex the work is – and the higher the investment costs required to do it – the more likely being taxed more will drive people out of that work. More

The Left: Shoveling Much Manure, Desperately Seeking Ponies

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The Left –
Reporting for Manure Duty

There’s an old joke. About a little boy standing in the entrance of a huge barn – clearly filled to the rafters with manure. The boy has a shovel in hand – and loudly proclaims “There has to be a pony in here somewhere.”

The Left – is this little boy. And their little boy search – is trying desperately to locate dirt on their political enemies.

One such manure-fest – is being thrown at now-President Donald Trump.

We’ve wasted nearly a year on totally-evidence-free charges that Trump colluded with the Russians to get elected. Loads and loads of excrement have been flung – trying to unearth that pony. To zero avail.

That narrative (finally) collapsing, the Left shifted their hopes to Trump-fired Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) head James Comey. Their formal mortal enemy, the Left desperately grasped and clung to Comey – as he intimated that Trump had allegedly, stealthily, back-handedly obstructed justice.

Then Comey testified before Congress. And did so much damage to both of the Left’s ridiculous narratives – the Russia collusion and the attending obstruction of justice – that even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was forced to acknowledge it “came apart.”

Will these serial, profound defeats stop the Left? Of course not. Stay tuned – they’ll shortly come up with something even more ludicrous. Their pony-free pony search will continue. More

Free Market Energy Vs The Big Government Cronyism and Subsidies Merry-Go-Round

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Decrepit, Depressing – and Expensive

How we power our nation should be, like everything else, as free market as possible. May the most effective, cheapest energy sources win.

No government intervention or imposition. That means no subsidies or regulations playing favorites – picking losers at the expense of winners and warping and distorting how we choose.

Because market forces lead us to make the best choices. And mean that what is today a great energy source – may not be so great tomorrow. As we improve each, some may no longer be as viable. In which case – things like this happen:

Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant to Close in 2019: “The (Pennsylvania) plant…has lost $300 million over the past five years because of the decline in energy prices, Chicago-based Exelon said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

God bless fracking: “Nuclear power plants have been hammered by the natural gas boom that has slashed electricity prices in competitive markets.” This is how it’s supposed to go. More

Will the Weak, Wobbly GOP Ever Show Any Spine – Anywhere? On Anything?

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Republicans Everywhere
Needs a Massive Protein Infusion

The late, inordinately great Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of Great Britain (the last time Britain was Great) – and a towering historical figure.  She possessed the spinal strength of ten Mr. Olympias.  When once conversing with…lesser fortitude-possessing United States Republican President George H.W. Bush, Thatcher famously uttered “Remember George, this is no time to go wobbly.”

The Republican Party has a long and storied history – of being weak and wobbly.  Thatcher favorite Ronald Reagan was the exception – a cavalcade of others the rule.

In fact, used often is the term RINO – Republican In Name Only.  To describe non-conservative, weak-and-wobbly Republicans.  I would argue the opposite is true.  Ronald Reagan was the RINO – the steel-spined uber-minority in the vast-majority-feeble GOP.

We’ve just emerged from eight years of the utterly corrupt, constantly lying, law-violating and national security breaching Democrat Barack Obama Administration.  About all of which Republicans did…almost exactly nothing.  Lots of hearings and press releases – nothing of substance.

Republicans were led out of the Obama wilderness – by now-President Donald Trump.  Against whom they fought – ten times as hard as they ever did against Obama.  And now that Trump is in office – and doing lots of really great less government things – the GOP is doing next to nothing to back him. More

As Always Everywhere, ‘Green Energy’ Is Killing New York’s Economy

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Cuomo’s Crony Wrinkle
Added to the ‘Green Energy’ Scam

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to loathe actual energy.  You know, oil, gas, coal, etc.  The sources of energy that actually produce energy – cheaply and efficiently.

And instead has an incredible affinity for fake energy.  You know – wind, solar, ethanol, etc.  The alleged “green energy” – which is neither green nor energy.  Alleged energy sources that are in many instances actually worse for the environment than real energy sources.  That can’t even exist without massive government cash infusions.  And that produce what little energy they do – in a woefully inefficient manner.

But when you fetishize a belief in the Greatest Scam on Earth – that would be global warming…ooops, I mean climate change – the real-fuel-loathing and the “green energy”-fake-fuel-black-hole almost always follow.

New York Governor Cuomo is rigidly holding to this foolish form.

You Won’t Believe How Badly Cuomo’s Anti-Pipeline Stance Is Crushing New York’s Economy: “The US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy dug deeper into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s anti-pipeline stance. They wanted to know exactly what the repercussions were for average New Yorkers, so that the governor can make a more educated decision the next time a gas pipeline proposal comes across his desk.  Gov. Cuomo has blocked two pipelines — last year, he blocked the Constitution pipeline and this month he blocked the Northern Access.” More

Climate Change Liars, Running Out of Global Real Estate, Seek Solace in the Philippines

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Ridiculous Anti-Capitalism – with a Ridiculous Face

The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus was the “Greatest Show on Earth.”  From 1919 – until this year, when Leftists radicals culminated a years-long assault on the Circus by successfully shutting it down.

Global warming – ooops, I mean climate change – is the Greatest Scam on Earth.  A now decades-long push by the Left to get human beings to stop advancing the human condition.  The same people that shuttered the Circus – are looking to end human achievement.

The environmentalist movement is an anti-capitalism movement.  But for decades (but less and less these days, thanks to decades of government-school indoctrination) – you looked like an idiot being anti-capitalism.  Because its unfathomable success was glaringly obvious – both standing alone, and especially in contrast with the other major option, Socialism.

So the Left dressed up their Socialism in green costumes – and declared that they were Saving the Planet.  Which is why we call the environmentalists “Watermelons” – because they’re green on the outside, red on the inside. More

Please Save Us from the Government ‘Helping’ Us: Texas Wind ‘Energy’ Edition

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The Towering Inferno
That Always Is Government ‘Help’

When the government insists on “helping” the private sector – this sort of stupidity is what you get.

The very famous Ronald Reagan line is: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”  He wasn’t even a little incorrect.

The lather-rinse-repeat cycle is always the same.  Government champions itself as the answer to a private sector “problem.”  But wait, before we go any further: Nigh always the “problem” government “identifies” – isn’t actually a problem.  Government identifies problems – the way Bernie Madoff’s victims identified good investment guidance.

Now that government has made the determination that it is going to “help” – it bull-in-a-china-shop’s its way into the middle of the private sector.  Creating massive disruption – and crowding out private participants.  The entire market warps and distorts – as it is forced to accommodate this massive interloper.

The results are as awful – as they are predictable.  The examples are limitless.  See: Obamacare.  Or Dodd-Frank.  Or Sarbanes-Oxley.  Or…. More

Reasonable, Rational, Lawful AGs Stage an Intervention for NY’s Radical Schneiderman

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No One Expects the AG Intervention

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has led a years-long Don Quixote-esque political persecution of ExxonMobil.  An ongoing, rolling abuse of his power as the Empire State’s chief lawyer – and a gross dereliction of that office’s actual duties.

Schneiderman is engaged in all of this ideological obnoxiousness – because he believes in the myth that is global warming…oops, I mean climate change.  Or, more likely, he believes – and revels – in the very real massive increase in government that goes along with the implementation of the belief in the myth of climate change.

Schneiderman claims he is going after Exxon – for knowing climate change is real, and hiding that information from the public.  Which almost assuredly isn’t true – since, you know, climate change isn’t true.  And even if it is and they did – it isn’t actually, you know, a crime.

Schneiderman may believe that Exxon possesses evidence that unicorns are real.  This we do not know.  What we do know is that Schneiderman is going after Exxon for giving money to climate change realist non-profit organizations (full disclosure: our Less Government has never been one of them).  Which not only isn’t a crime – it’s a First Amendment-protected freedom-of-speech activity.

And in the grander scheme of things, Schneiderman is going after Exxon – for having the audacity to engage in legal commerce.  Selling their legal product in legal ways on an open, legal market.  (An international market, by the way – so this has nothing to do with the office of one U.S. state’s Attorney General.) More

NY’s Over-Reaching, Micro-Managing Governor: From ‘Green Energy’ to…Charity Milk

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Cuomo Counts
Only Fifteen Pieces

When politicians are over-reaching, micro-managing busybodies, they are over-reaching, micro-managing busybodies on…everything.

Not a sparrow falls from the sky without a Leftist politician – who had been regulating its flight – imposing the death tax upon its grounded corpse.

When government is so huge – nothing is too small to escape its attention.  It’s as if Sauron has infinite eyes – astigmatism-riddled, cataract-blocked, near-and-far-sighted eyes.  The gaze is completely addled – but government insists nothing evade it.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is such a politician.  A Democrat leading light for Presidential 2020 (which only shows how desperate and bench-less these Donkeys be) – Cuomo has proclaimed his proud uber-Leftist governance of the Empire State.  And it appears he thinks it will lead him from the state house to the White House.

Cuomo, With Unilateral Actions, Advances a Renewed Liberal Agenda in New York: “(A)s Governor Cuomo, a Democrat, nears the end of his fifth year in office, he appears to be embracing what he says is his inner progressive….’I believe when you prove the potential of government and you prove that is a viable option, that you’re going to see a different day in politics and a different day in this nation,’ he said. ‘That’s what New York is trying to do now.…’”

Cuomo seems to think nothing is beyond his Barack-Obama-esque fiat reach.  The above November 2015 article documents Cuomo trying to jack the state’s minimum wage to $15-per-hour, preemptively, prematurely legalizing pot and blocking a proposal to build the state’s first liquified natural gas port. More