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Net Neutrality is Stupid Policy, Has Never Been Popular – and Needs to Finally Go Away

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Let Us Lift the Boot, Shall We?

We have on numerous occasions detailed how titanically stupid Network Neutrality is.

It in the early 2000s actually began as four innocuous items – to which no one at all objected.

Consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.

Consumers are entitled to run applications and services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.

Consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.

Consumers are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers. More

Those in Subsidized Houses – Shouldn’t Throw Crony Government Accusations

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A Giant Sucker –
Courtesy of Big Candy

We less-government-types want to see an end to as much government subsidy money and protectionism as possible.

We who understand economics and human nature – realize the omni-directional warping that government causes.

For instance, too many people do the subsidized thing – creating massive surpluses, and attending massive losses.

Surplus Wheat Production Resulting in Heavy Losses: “Atif Ikram Sheikh – who is also Group Leader of HCCI and Chairman FPCCI Regional Committee on Industries – said the support price of the wheat, which presently stands at Rs 1,300 per mound, is the reason behind all the trouble.”

Who sets “the support price of wheat?” Government, of course. More

83% Bots: We Told You the Power Grab ‘Comment Period’ is Titanically Stupid

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Yet Another Very Helpful ‘Comment’ Avalanche Underway

We have rather recently delved into the scintillating stupidity of the government bureaucracy “Comment Period”:

“One of the ways these agencies attempt to cover up their unilateral power grabs – is with a veneer of alleged We the People participation. Behold the utter dumbness of the ‘Comment Period.’

“Where some agency of which you’ve never heard – and to whom you’ve elected no one – quietly announces a period where you can file thoughts on the damage they’re about to inflict upon you.

“Of course, the Comment Period is entirely and solely Democracy Theater….(I)f the government wants to do something new – the process has to begin with legislation by the Legislative Branch. Not bureaucratic fiats by Executive Branch agencies…. More

Why Are So Many Republicans So Stupid About Patents?

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A Prolonged, Pronounced Problem

It boggles the mind how monstrously dumb the Republican Party can be. They ain’t called “The Stupid Party” for nothing.

To wit: The GOP has spent the last seven years winning more than 1,000 elective offices up and down the ballot – in large part because Obamacare has been such an unmitigated disaster. They spent great swaths of that time – campaigning very vigorously on repealing it.

Now that the GOP controls both houses of Congress and the White House – they are steadfastly refusing to repeal Obamacare. It’s as if they missed entirely the last near-decade. Or spent it lying their faces off. Either way – they are being titanically stupid.

Also to wit: So many think the political rise and election of Donald Trump demonstrates said stupidity. The exact opposite is true. The GOP’s dumbness predates Trump – by decades. Trump is a response to the dumbness – not a symptom of it. More

Obamacare Democrats – Now Promise ‘Affordable’ Government Internet ‘For All’

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The Solution to More Government – Ain’t More Government

Obamacare’s official legislative name was, of course, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Washington, D.C. is very good at naming things. DC remains very terrible at doing things.

Patients haven’t been protected by the law – they’ve been assaulted by it. And affordability was exterminated at the moment of enactment.

All of the Obamacare promises – were a lie.

Obama: Health Insurance for All

Except:

Obamacare Will Leave 30 Million Uninsured More

Government Mandating Maximums and Minimums is Almost Always Awful

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Natch

Those of us who understand rudimentary economics – and/or those of us who have paid any attention at all to the last half century-plus – know the government mandating maximums and minimums is a ridiculously bad idea.

Republican President Richard Nixon imposed (wage and) price controls – maximums on what can be charged. How’d that go?

It was a part of Nixon government-mandating flurry that was subsequently dubbed “The Nixon Shock.” That doesn’t sound very good:

“The centerpiece of the Nixon Shock was its controls on prices. In a market economy, freely fluctuating prices are the nervous system that coordinates supply and demand….The price controls did tame inflation temporarily, but it came roaring back within three years to double-digit levels and persisted through the 1970s because of loose monetary policy. A tight lid on a boiling tea pot can only contain the steam for a time before it explodes. More

More Broadband Access for Everyone? Get Rid of the Massive Government Taxes and Fees

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Will No One Rid Us of These Meddlesome Fees?

One of the very many avenues the Left uses as an excuse to grow government – is the alleged “digital divide.” The number of people who do not have access to Internet service – contrasted with the number who do.

Broadband Digital Divide ‘Becoming a Chasm’: “There is ‘growing digital inequality between…the rich and the poor…’ says the United Nations’ Broadband Commission in its latest report.”

Does anyone actually believe the “digital divide” “between rich and poor” in the United States – is actually getting worse? That there is a smaller percentage of people with Internet access now – then there were three years ago? Five? Ten?

It is an absolutely absurd assertion. More

Decades of Bad Global Trade Deals – Have Led to MUCH More Government Everywhere

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Do So Globally – and Locally

Big government policies are, of course, antithetical to productive people engaging in useful work. Most people who do a job – find quite obnoxious the giant bites governments take out of their paychecks, efforts and time.

These people are natural allies of the less government movement. But of course, big government and its advocates know this. So governments and their advocates have long been crafting big government policies – with crony outs for productive people. More

Bureaucracy Power Grab Comment Periods Are Always Stupid – and Often Corrupt

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We Desire No Kinks in Government – Unless It’s Ray Davies

We have very many times discussed the very many unilateral power grabs of the very many Executive Branch departments, agencies, commissions and boards.

And we have noted that a particularly stupid part of these power grab processes – is the fake democracy veneer applied that is the Comment Period:

“Where some agency of which you’ve never heard – and to whom you’ve elected no one – quietly announces a period where you can file thoughts on the damage they’re about to inflict upon you. More

Yes, Stealing Intellectual Property is Stealing

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Stealing…is Stealing

One of the ongoing ridiculous myths that exists on the Left – and, even more maddeningly, with some on the alleged Right – is that stealing intellectual property (IP) is…not stealing.

In this warped worldview, entering a Best Buy and stealing a DVD movie – is bad. Downloading-without-paying-for the exact same movie – is somehow less bad. It is, in fact, not bad at all.

The weak and feeble argument for this – is that you are not stealing anything physical, so you aren’t stealing. You aren’t depriving anyone of anything tangible.

Which is absurd. You aren’t stealing the DVD from Best Buy to get the shiny, flat piece of plastic. You are stealing the DVD from Best Buy – to get the IP that is imprinted on the shiny, flat piece of plastic. More