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Republican Business Tax Reform: Less Government in Businesses’ Wallets – and Yours

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Finally Headed in the Right Direction

Congress hasn’t done major tax reform since 1986.  We are WAY past due.  And it is WAY past necessary.

The current tax code is an economy-stifling combination of sky-high rates – and stupid mandates and stipulations.  Most of what our government has ensconced in tax law – works to drive businesses out of business and out of the country.  Taking with them the jobs and salaries they proffer.

Our elected officials say they want to foster a business-friendly environment – so as to make available the most opportunities to the most Americans.  Their tax code belies them.

We invite you into our house – and then our tax code simultaneously picks your pockets and beats you about the head and shoulders with a bat.  We should at least have the decency to not act surprised when you get up and leave.

We need to rewrite tax law – that has for decades incentivized a mass American business exodus. This America Last, “Made In America Tax” code – is terrible policy. More

It’s Not ‘Free Trade’ – If They’re Stealing Tons of Our Stuff

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Let’s Stop the Theft, Shall We?

President Donald Trump became President Donald Trump because he saw a whole host of naked emperors – and publicly pointed out the dearth of respective wardrobes.  Establishment Washington, D.C. has spent decades pretending a whole host of things labeled “A” – are “Not A.”

We the People were tired of DC lying to us – and itself.  So we elected Trump – the guy who joined with us in decrying the lies.  “Drain the Swamp,” anyone?

The examples of DC snowing us – are myriad.  Social Security and Medicare are a combined nearly $300 trillion short – a looming cataclysm of monumental proportions.  Yet in DC, both are hailed as “successes.”  Obamacare is a premium-and-deductible-exploding, choice-contracting disaster.  Yet in DC – it is another “success.”

And then there’s DC’s definition of “free trade.”  In which DC has for decades cut one-sided deals – in which we didn’t impose any limits on imports, while nigh every other nation on the planet imposed all sorts of taxes and limits on the things we export to them (while subsidizing the daylight out of their domestic production).

The United States is an $18-trillion-Gross-Domestic-Product-800-pound-gorilla in the global trade room.  We have leverage to burn when it comes to cutting deals.  We have thus far used…none of it. More

Do We Want the Tax Code to Prioritize Job Exporters – or Job Importers?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

A Little Birdie Told Him – But He Didn’t Listen

I loathe taxes.  I loathe the concept of anything or anyone having mandated access to the money I earn.  They didn’t get up at 4:10am to go to the gym – so as to be able to begin work at 6am.  Day after day, every day – for years and years.  Why do they get a huge and growing chunk of any resulting coin?  It is offensive.

My late grandfather felt…similarly.  (Is this genetic?  I’m betting it at least partially is.)  If you mentioned the Internal Revenue Service in his presence, he would immediately spin to you and with a steely gaze hiss “They’re not the IRS – they’re The Assassins.”  And he wouldn’t let you call them anything else.  He wasn’t wrong (ask the Tea Party).

On this I am totally with the Libertarians – taxation is theft.  But I am a Realist.  In the panoply of evils – taxation is a necessary one.  It is absolutely not necessary in the omni-directional ways and at the confiscatory levels at which it currently exists.  But my organization is called Less Government – not No Government.  We need some government (Hello, Constitution – and its curtailed, delineated limits).  So we need some taxes.

The question then becomes – how to tax?  Taxation being theft – it damages the things subjected to it.  We Realists understand dynamic analysis – that government actions have private sector reactions.  And we Realists understand human nature.

It is we Realists who observe government for decades taxing people who work and paying people who don’t work – and are not surprised by a persistent perpetual underclass of people not working.  Even the Left occassinsaly cops to the effects of government action.  As demonstrated by their incessant pushes to tax all daylight out of cigarettes and sodas – to get people to stop purchasing them.  (That is allegedly their intent – of course they don’t in the slightest mind all the additional government money taken thereby.) More

Donald Trump Needs to Totally Dump Google

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Time to Break Free

It is certainly understandable that the Donald Trump presidency has left Google – oops, I mean Alphabet – more than a mite discombobulated.

Google has just spent the last eight years all-but-running the Barack Obama Administration.  Google people visited the Obama White House at least 427 times.  Dozens of key Google staffers – transmogrified into key Obama Administration staffers.  Google literally wrote ridiculously crony policies that ridiculously favored them and crippled their competitors.

But all bad things must come to an end.  The eight-year-long-national-nightmare Obama Administration finally drew to a close.  And as it did, Google went all-in to secure Obama’s Democrat successor – Hillary Clinton.  To ensure that its crony gravy train continued.

Lest we forget, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt in June 2016 claimed “We’re not going to touch Trump vs. Clinton.”  Which was..not exactly true.  Schmidt worked directly with the Clinton campaign.  Schmidt was also a member of the “Democratic Victory Task Force.”  Google was caught – at least twicerigging Clinton search results so as to cover up her massive corruption.

But none of it worked.  The Google crony magic was gone – Trump won. More

The ‘Border Adjustment Tax’: Great Tax Reform – That Gets Us Great Trade Reform

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Let’s Bring Them Back, Shall We?

Our nation’s tax code is a nightmare mess of thorny brambles.  Interwoven with other thorny brambles.  Behind a high wall of thorny brambles.  It is anti-citizen.  And it is anti-anything-productive citizens choose to do – up to and especially including engaging in anything having to do with business.

Many, many facets of our tax code are anti-Constitution.  For instance – do you like the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal-protection-before-the-law clause?  The tax code doesn’t.  There are seven different individual/family tax rates.  Get that?  One law – seven different rates.  Not even close to equal protection.

Then there are the anti-American-productivity facets.  Do you like doing business?  Or being hired by a business?  Or purchasing things from business?  Our tax code doesn’t.  In a global marketplace – where our businesses are competing against not just businesses across town and from Des Moines and Dallas, but also places like Dubai and Dublin – our government saddles our businesses with the world’s highest corporate tax rate (35%).  Which is…unhelpful.

Now-President Donald Trump is now-President Donald Trump in large part because Candidate Trump repeatedly pointed out that so many things our government does to the citizenry is just this awful.  And Trump rightly saw this as why businesses have spent the last several decades moving out of America. More

Mr. President: Please Remove Google’s Anti-IP Mole from Your Administration

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Also Good as Administration Policy

One of the many aspects of the very anti-free trade “free trade” to which we have for decades been subjected – is the massive intellectual property (IP) theft conducted by China and other nations.  China alone steals more than $360 billion worth per annum – and has been doing so for decades.

About which we have done…absolutely nothing.  To preserve the illusion of “free trade,” we have pretended that these ongoing, multi-trillion-dollar heists – weren’t happening.  We periodically sit down with China to negotiate the next “free trade” deal – and pretend the giant IP theft elephant seated next to us…isn’t seated next to us.

Now-President Donald Trump is now-President Donald Trump – in part because he repeatedly pointed out that the “free trade” emperor – is stark naked:

“‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’…is a short tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen…(about a) vain Emperor who…hires two weavers who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is either unfit for his position or ‘hopelessly stupid.’  The Emperor’s ministers cannot see the clothes themselves, but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions, and the Emperor does the same. Finally, the weavers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him, and the Emperor marches in procession before his subjects. The townsfolk play along with the pretense, not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Then, a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all, and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor suspects the assertion is true but continues the procession.”

The Emperor is the Washington, D.C. Establishment.  The weavers are our “free trade” partners like China.  The ministers are our trade negotiators.  Trump is the kid – who cares not for inane pretense and finally calls male cow manure on the whole global scam. More

Trump Promised to Get Tough on China’s ‘Massive’ Intellectual Property Theft…

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Finally, Please

Despite what you have heard from the Left and the media (please pardon the redundancy), now-President-elect Donald Trump ran on a full panoply of ideas and policy positions.  His campaign website contained detailed plans on, amongst other things, immigration, tax and regulatory reform – and a new way to approach international trade.

(Trump just didn’t expound on them at his routinely massive rallies – as that was not the time, place or audience for it.  Those weren’t the venues for comprehensive white paper discussions.)

But as Trump repeatedly and with clear brevity enunciated – on all sorts of trade, by all sorts of countries – “America is getting ripped off.”  Our one-sided “free trade” allows nigh everything into our country completely free from any taxes, levies or stipulations – while we ignore the very many anti-free-trade impositions emplaced upon our stuff by other nations.

One of the worst abusers of our idiocy – excuse me, our “free trade” fetishism – is China: “A simple Web search for ‘China Tariffs on US Goods’ – tells much of the tale the media won’t.  China manipulating its currency to warp the world market – is trade warfare, not free trade.  Oh – and China stealing $300+ billion per year in U.S. intellectual property (IP) is certainly all warfare all the time.”

Get that last bit?  China is stealing from us hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of IP per annum.  And has been – for years.  And we’ve openly recognized it – for years. More

You Want More Affordable, Accessible Food for the Planet? You Want Less Government

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

It Ain’t Any Better With Food

What is far and away the most important global trade commodity? Food. People have to eat.

Before the world’s peoples can afford to purchase from us an iPhone, or a Ford pickup truck – they have to buy (hopefully our) food.

And governments are making sustenance so much more expensive.

Governments raise the prices of everything we try to buy. They do so indirectly – via hidden costs of government we can’t clearly see. Just here in the United States:

America’s Soaring Regulations Cost $1.8 Trillion A Year

That $1.8 trillion is added to the cost of everything we make – including everything we try to sell to the rest of the planet.

Much of that government cost-increase is in the food sector. Farm Bill, anyone? Making it harder for peoples around the world – many of them in abject poverty – to afford food. More

Crony Socialists Looking to Ban Online Gambling Don’t Seem to Realize it’s a WORLD WIDE Web

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Breaking News for Some Crony Socialists

I used to bet football games, and play occasional hands of cards (I’m mostly retired). I did so mostly online – via a company based in Costa Rica.

Did I know the owner of the Costa Rican company? No. Did I know anyone in Costa Rica? No. Did I have any particular affinity for that nation? No. To quote Joe Walsh (the James Gang, solo and Eagles musician, not the former Congressman):

Ain’t never been there – they tell me it’s nice.

The Costa Rican company got my money because the World Wide Web allowed me to shop large swaths of the planet for the business I liked best.

Free trade is a fabulous thing. The Internet is a fabulous thing. The latter makes the former even easier – which is a fabulous thing.

Unless you have an old school brick-and-mortar business model – and insist on not changing as the world does. More

People Like to Keep Their Money – and Other Breaking News for Leftists

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

People Want to
Keep Their Coin?

To paraphrase the knight who guarded the Holy Grail in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” Ireland has chosen poorly.

The Emerald Isle has decided to make itself decidedly less attractive to people the world over.

Irish Budget Set to Phase Out Multinationals’ Favourable Tax Arrangement

Ireland is set to announce sweeping changes to its corporate tax structure in its budget on Tuesday, phasing out a loophole that has allowed multinationals to save billions of dollars in tax on their worldwide income.

This is the tax code equivalent of having Jay-Z rewrite Shakespeare. Why would Ireland hamstring itself?

The country has faced sustained criticism over the past 18 months from other European Union members and the United States for its tax rules and Finance Minister Michael Noonan is expected to lay out plans to end an arrangement that has enabled firms such as Google and Apple to cut their overseas tax rates to single digits.

Uber-high tax nations don’t like being scorned. So the EU is trying to force people to like them – which didn’t work in elementary school and won’t work now. And the United States has the highest corporate tax rate on the planet – so we too are in the cafeteria dining alone. More