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‘Cap and Trade’ Is Alive and Well – Despite Having Never Passed Congress

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They’re Here to Help

Remember “Cap and Trade?” The anti-market allegedly “market-based” “solution” to man-faked global warming climate change?

A central authority (usually a governmental body) sets a limit or cap on the amount of a pollutant that may be emitted.

The limit or cap is allocated and/or sold by the central authority to firms in the form of emissions permits which represent the right to emit or discharge a specific volume of the specified pollutant.

Permits (and possibly also derivatives of permits) can then be traded on secondary markets.


Cap-and-Trade Schemes Are Not Markets

Only if (you) want government to raise energy prices, make coal uneconomical as an electricity fuel, or restrict Americans access to carbon-based energy.

“Cap and trade” is a policy so disastrous it couldn’t pass a Democrat-majority Congress – with Democrat President Barack Obama eagerly waiting with pen at the ready. More

When Governments Start Meddling, They Simply Can Not Stop Themselves

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Government at the End of All Rows

For governments everywhere, taxes and regulations are like Lays Potato Chips – no one can eat just one.

In part, of course, because governments’ appetite for taking our money and controlling our lives is insatiable. It’s their nature.

And because government intervention just about always makes things worse.

ObamaCare Makes Things Worse

Damaging Dodd-Frank is Making Things Worse

Obama’s ($787 Billion) Stimulus Plan Made Crisis Worse

Which makes predictions like this not exactly Nostradamus-esque: More

Crony Socialism: Candy Crush Edition


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Tiny Competitors –
Meet the Big Government/Big Candy Alliance

Hershey’s – the Candy Man – is a BIG business. Its May 2014 market cap was $23.26 billion.

And Hershey’s is very generous with government. Through the second quarter of last year, it had spent $8,332,000 on lobbying and $845,534 on candidates and elected officials. Tallies no Mom & Pop Candy Shoppe can come close to matching.

Greasing the government to grant you special favors – or impose upon your competitors special impediments – is Crony Socialism. It isn’t Crony Capitalism – because it has nothing to do with capitalism.

This anti-free market practice is best practiced by big businesses – like Hershey’s. Small businesses don’t have the wherewithal to bribe politicians – excuse me, contribute – with enough umph.

But campaign contributions aren’t the problem – Huge Government is. If the government wasn’t so gi-normous – and didn’t wield such a massive checkbook and regulatory hammer – just about all of the Crony Socialist donations would dry up and go away. More

In D.C., ‘Bipartisanship’ Has Become a Bad Thing – When It Isn’t, We Should Seize the Opportunity

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It Doesn’t Have to
Always Be This Way

Bipartisanship in Washington, D.C. has for the most part devolved into a pipe dream, a dirty word – or both.

A pipe dream because after decades of gerrymandering – partisanship is what you get. Gerrymandering is elected officials choosing voters rather than the other way round. Those already elected carve Congressional districts into bizarre shapes to – at the grainiest of micro-levels – decide which voters go where. You can’t create a plethora of 60+% partisan districts – and then act surprised when the resulting elected officials are partisan.

Bipartisanship is now rightly a dirty word for conservatives – because in DC Speak it means “Capitulate in as many ways as possible to Leftists.”  The examples of this unbelievable double standard are without end.

From the just deceased Lame Duck Session – here is how two Senators were treated for their opposition to the absurd and awful, rushed and harried, bipartisan $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus.” More

The EPA is Turning Water on Farms Into a Weapon Against Farmers

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The Government – Arriving to ‘Help’ This Farm

We have noted time and again how government – in the name of helping the Little Guy – eviscerates the Little Guy.

Claude Louis Hector de Villars – the great early 18th Century French general (back when France had them) – rightly observed:

God save me from my friends. I can protect myself from my enemies.

The late, inordinately great United States President Ronald Reagan believed it – and applied it directly to the worst “friend” of all:

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

Anytime government does anything, it costs We the People money – in (at least) two directions. More

Government Pummels Farmers Into Oblivion – Then Subsidizes the Wreckage

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In Many Cases This is Circular –
With the Government Taking
A Lot Off the Top

The late, inordinately great Ronald Reagan provided expert analysis of the ridiculous Push-Pull damage wrought by government.

The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Government Pushes you into arrest – and then Pulls you in with money. From enemy of the state – to serf thereof.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an all-encompassing part of the Push portion of the program. The EPA is an activity-seeking missile – that aims to end all activity. It was created to be a weapon against any and all private sector endeavor.

As you can probably guess, government assaulting the private sector isn’t a great idea.

EPA Costs (2012) US Economy $353 Billion Per Year

Complying with EPA regulations costs the U.S. economy $353 billion per year – more than 30 times its budget – according to the best available estimate. By way of comparison, that is more than the entire 2011 national GDPs of Denmark ($332 billion) and Thailand ($345 billion).

The EPA is far too busy pummeling us for self-reflection – the last time it analyzed the exorbitant costs it inflicts was 1990. Transparency.   More

Australia Embraces the Less Government-Free Trade Model – We Should Too

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Hugs – and Free Trade – All Round

We recently referenced the very good news to come from an otherwise very bad President Barack Obama China trip.

U.S., China to Drop Tariffs on Range of Tech Products

The U.S. and China reached an agreement to drop tariffs on a wide range of technology products, in a deal that its backers say could cover $1 trillion in trade and that marks a significant accomplishment amid strained ties between Beijing and Washington.

The two countries late Monday reached a deal to expand the Information Technology Agreement, a global technology trade pact, to cover semiconductors, medical devices, Global Positioning System devices and other newer products, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Tuesday in Beijing.

The deal–reached late Monday after marathon negotiations and more than a year of stalled talks–could be ratified in December by members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Our ally Australia certainly seems to get the myriad advantages of a Less Government-Free Trade existence. More

From a Terrible President Obama Asia Trip – Some Actual Good News

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In the Obama Administration Pileup – Some Actual Good News

President Barack Obama’s recent Asia trip was – like much of his presidency – very often disastrous.

Some things are more disastrous than others.

A Look at What the US-China Climate Deal Means for the Fight Against Global Warming

China, whose emissions are rising as it builds new coal plants to fuel its economic growth, set a target for its emissions to peak in 2030 or earlier….

The U.S. set a goal to make its 2025 emissions between 26 and 28 percent lower than they were in 2005.

Get that? China gets to grow unfettered for another fifteen years. (And that’s if we can trust them at the end of it all to do what they say they will – a dubious bet at best.)

We would have to in ten years undo all of the growth of the last ten – and then lop off an additional quarter. More

The Left is Aghast and Angry – WikiLeaks Leaks a…Deregulatory Trade Deal

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Van Gogh Predicts the Left

No matter how many regulations exist – it’s never enough for the Left.  Regs are their Jell-O – they think there’s always room for more.

New EPA Regs Issued Under Obama Are 38 Times as Long as Bible

Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued 2,827 new final regulations, equaling 24,915 pages in the Federal Register, totaling approximately 24,915,000 words.

As diligent as the Left is in trying to add to the government rule rolls, they get absolutely apoplectic when they lose any ground anywhere.

So when this happens:

WikiLeaks Leaks A Chapter Of A Global Trade Agreement That Deals With Financial Deregulation

 The Left rends garments and gnashes teeth.

A Plan Only Banksters Will Love: WikiLeaks Reveals Trade Deal Pushing Global Financial Deregulation — Democracy Now! More

Obama Administration Rules Mexico is Undermining, Circumventing Free Trade Deal

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Not Quite Yet a
Free – and Fair – Trade Zone

We are free traders.  We want maximum exchange – with minimum government interference.

Markets always work better the freer they are. Free from all but the barest necessity laws and regulations, and the least taxes possible – up to and including none at all….

Trade Wars” actually aren’t about trade – they are about government trade policy. If peoples are trading freely, there isn’t a “War” – there’s commerce. The “Wars” only happen when governments get involved – placing tariffs, regulations and subsidies in the way of the flow.

It becomes a regulatory arms race. A government imposes another subsidy or tax. So several others in response impose new subsidies and taxes of their own. Lather-rinse-repeat. More