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Hong Kong v China – Less Government Is So Obviously Better

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Think Smaller…Government

Perhaps lost in the incessant, rolling bad news shuffle that is the Barack Obama Administration are the ongoing Hong Kong protests of rising Chinese domestic interference.

This is exactly the sort of thing we freedom lovers and free marketeers feared when in 1984 the British agreed to in 1997 hand over control of the island to the mainland Communists.

To alleviate the concern, the Chinese Communists pledged non-interventionism.

(T)he Chinese government in Beijing promised to let Hong Kong keep its special rights and its autonomy —a deal known as “one country, two systems.”

But we knew the Chinese Communist Party couldn’t forever resist assaulting the golden goose. More

Less Domestic Government Equals More International Trade

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Domestically and Globally

Government growth is a self-perpetuating and self-fulfilling prophecy.

Government is just another organism. Like any organism, its first instinct is self-preservation. Government – and its remora advocates – marshals all their forces should anyone suggest any program be reduced even slightly. As the late, inordinately great Ronald Reagan noted:

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.

Government’s second instinct is “What can I consume next?”We certainly see that in domestic welfare. More

Warren Buffett Knows Less Government Means More Economic Activity

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Warren Buffett Inverts His Rule

Remember the “Buffett Rule?”

The Buffett Rule is part of a tax plan proposed by President Barack Obama in 2011. The tax plan would apply a minimum tax rate of 30 percent on individuals making more than a million dollars a year.

Remember for whom it’s named?

The Buffett Rule is named after American investor Warren Buffett, who publicly stated in early 2011 that he believed it was wrong that rich people, like himself, could pay less in federal taxes, as a portion of income, than the middle class, and voiced support for increased income taxes on the wealthy.

Remember what Buffett 2012 said – in his New York Times editorial? More

The 20th Was the Failed Welfare State Century – The 21st Must Be About Less Government

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That is SO Last Century

The Twentieth was the Century of the Welfare State. Governments the world over built and then continuously grew their domestic aid money delivery apparatuses. Tens of trillions of dollars were spent in attempts to raise poor people up and out.

It’s been disastrous.

European Union and the Failed Welfare State

Transforming the Developmental Welfare State in East Asia

More Evidence of the Social Welfare State as a Failure

Much of the planet was dominated by the Soviet Union – whose satellites and clients were just welfare states under the Red umbrella. Communism is the Welfare State in full bloom – and to say it doesn’t work is the century’s greatest understatement. One hundred million people died – and billions more lived nasty, brutish and short lives in abject desolation and destitution. More

You Want More Jobs – and Freer and Fairer Global Trade? You Want Less Government

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You Want Fair? You Want Free – from Government Imposition

We recently discussed a bipartisan group of Senators and House members who correctly identified a global trade problem and its negative domestic ramifications.

57 Senators and 152 House members…sign(ed) letters to Barack Obama Administration Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.  In which they expressed concern about inexpensive Korean steel being in mass quantities imported here….

Why is the bipartisan contingent concerned about the cheap Korean steel dumping?  American job loss.

“U.S. steel producers employ 8,000 workers across the country making OCTG.  Each of these jobs supports seven additional jobs in the supply chain and the steel produced for the U.S. energy market accounts for approximately ten percent of domestic production.

These officials are asking the Administration to ensure Korea is adhering to its trade pact commitments.

“As this case proceeds, we urge you to ensure that the Department’s investigation is objective and accurate and to closely verify the information submitted by the Korean producers.  Strict and full enforcement of our trade laws is essential for the future of the U.S. steel industry, its workers, and steel communities throughout the country.

Which is of course perfectly reasonable.  If Korea isn’t doing what it said it would, there should be consequences and repercussions.  As Mexico too is hopefully about to find out.

For the long run, we need to begin laying the groundwork for making these trade deals a whole lot freer – and fairer.  Far less complicated – and thus much better.  And thus easier with which to comply – and when necessary to enforce. More

To Protect (and Create) American Jobs, We Need Less Government

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‘Why Isn’t the Economy Getting Back Up?’

Who says bipartisanship is dead?

We recently had 57 Senators and 152 House members – (obviously) culled from both Parties – sign letters to Barack Obama Administration Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.  In which they expressed concern about inexpensive Korean steel being in mass quantities imported here.

Interestingly, they express this concern within the context of their appreciation of the greatness and import of…fracking.  The oil and gas extraction method that is hurtling us towards energy independence – in spite of the Left’s vociferous, irrational opposition.  Steel is, of course, a vital component of fracking.  This same sentence appears in both letters:

The discovery and production of shale gas in the United States is a strategic benefit for both America’s economic and energy security.

See – bipartisanship.  The environmentalist loons should take a flying leap. More

The Vicious Cycle: Government Warps Markets Until Government Stops Warping Markets

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A Market After Government Gets a Hold of It

The pernicious effect of government warping markets is absolute – and the evidence is obvious and everywhere.

When 300+ million Americans (and when 8+ billion worldwide are able to) make their own decisions, markets constantly morph to accommodate those decisions – and the maximum amount of success and happiness is achieved.

When government sticks its prodigious proboscis into the private sector, things quickly go sideways and upside down. When government makes decisions for us – the market is mutated into a grossly less efficient government-accomodation model. The examples are myriad. More