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Amazon: Government Has an Ongoing Problem Issuing Monopoly, Crony Contracts

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In Perpetuity

We’ve oft noted the government’s inability to do well…just about anything.

It’s why our Founding Fathers drafted our Constitution to severely proscribe what the federal government is supposed to do. And why they highly recommended all other levels of government follow their limited prescription.

We less government types see our $4-trillion-per-year federal government – and are rendered nauseous. The Feds are doing countless things the Constitution says they shouldn’t be doing.

So we less government types look for any way of which we can think to minimize the government’s role in any of them. As we look to for any way possible to compromise with the unyielding Government-Should-Do-Everything types.

One of the “half-loaf” ways we have attempted to minimize ever-so-slightly government doing quite so much – is to have the government contract out things to the private sector.

Our thinking being: The private sector does everything better than government (and it absolutely does) – so having the private sector handle something for the government will improve the performance and price of that something. More

Big Tech’s Big Data Means Big Money – and Big Problems for Our Economy

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Beware…Everyone Else

Still at top of mind for many is last week’s Facebook Edition of Congressional Oversight Theatre.

Where our elected officials pretend to do something about something – by holding hearings.

During which they look and sound very outraged at the latest outrage. They create soundbites and press releases they can send back home – to prove to their districts that they are doing something about something.

South Carolina Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy is someone who has built quite the reputation with his DC theatrical performances. The former prosecutor asks at hearing he sometimes chairs pointed, insightful questions – and often gets Leftist Swamp Creatures to hang themselves with their answers. More

Banning Internet ‘Fast Lanes’: The Left’s Latest Crony Assault on the Free Market and Reality

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Big Tech and Big Government
Greasing Each Other’s Skids

There are very many stupid aspects of the stupid government power grab that is Network Neutrality. A brief reintroduction….

Net Neutrality is the Trojan Horse that gets the government very thoroughly into the business of regulating the Internet. The Internet being the place for nigh all things free speech and free market going forward.

Net Neutrality – is your one-stop-shop for all things government censorship and control of the Web.

Under the phony guise of “neutrality,” “equality” and “fairness” – the government would be able to do to the Internet exactly what, say, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) did to President Barack Obama’s political opponents.

Only in a much more all-encompassing fashion – because the Internet is increasingly everything.

You see what Big Tech Facebook, Twitter and Google do to political people they don’t like? Instantaneous silencing and banishment.

Net Neutrality allows the government – to do exactly what these Big Tech companies do. More

Cronyism: Having Your Ex-Employees Award Government Contracts…

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He Gets By with a Little Help
from Government Friends

…makes it much more likely you’ll get government contracts.

We have said it many times before – and we will keep saying it until The Purge finally occurs:

President Donald Trump’s far-and-away biggest mistake as chief executive – was not making MANY more people depart the government upon his taking over its top spot.

Trump is currently in the midst of an additional round of small-bore house cleaning. But the Deep State is very, very un-shallow and inordinately un-narrow – and oh-so-much-more culling needs to be done.

To give but two sub-departmental examples:

Behold the United States Digital Service (USDS). And the Defense Department’s portion thereof: The Defense Digital Service (DDS).

The Trump Administration has left these government nooks and crannies nigh completely un-cleansed. So they remain entirely populated by Barack Obama Administration holdovers. More

Big Tech – Especially Google – Must Be Thrilled Facebook is Getting All the Attention

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The Big Tech Business Model

Facebook is getting about two minutes’ worth – of what it’s like to be Donald Trump every second of every day for the last almost two years.

When the myopic World of Left-Media fixates its Sauron gaze – and collectivist anger – upon you.

But Facebook is a Big Tech company – in decade-plus-long excellent Leftist standing. What could they possibly have done to elicit this all-encompassing wrath?

Everyone’s Suddenly Upset with Facebook’s Data Abuses – Because A Non-Leftist Did It

Which is, of course, a dose of hypocrisy so massive – as to send planets careening out of their respective orbits.

Facebook has been in decade-plus-long excellent Leftist standing – in no small part because they have repeatedly, generously and copiously allowed Democrats nigh unlimited access to their data. And helped Donkeys in oh-so-many other ways. More

Everyone’s Suddenly Upset with Big Tech’s Data Abuses – Because a Non-Leftist Did It

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You Can Trust Big Tech Too

The Internet is a twenty-year-and-counting free speech-free market Xanadu.

The free market part has been amazing. United States Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have invested more than $1 trillion building the connective tissue – the infrastructure that inter-Webs us all.

And the result has been us going from “What’s the Internet?” – to the Internet being 1/6th of our $18-trillion-per-annum economy. And our Net speed going from 14.4K dial-up sloth – to 1GB+ of blitzkrieg bop. And ever-climbing speeds – by the hour, it seems. And just wait until they deliver unto us 5G.

The Web’s free market explosion – has fostered the accompanying, unprecedented free speech explosion. Nothing prior made it so easy to speak one’s mind – and thereafter amplify said speech.

Unfortunately, as nigh always happens when a new free market sector rises up – there is a tendency for it all to be controlled by a tiny cabal. Where a few players with foresight stake out massive claims to their respective swaths – and quash and squash all subsequent competitors. More

Defense Dept Gives Trump Enemy Bezos Ten-Year, Monopoly Cloud Contract

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Bezos Having a Laugh –
at Our Exorbitant Expense

Most of us know the expression “Stop biting the hand that feeds you.”

Republicans have a long history of flipping that script – and feeding the hands that bite them.

We’ve had various times during the past several decades where Republicans controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency – and yet Republicans continue to have government fund the Leftism that seeks to destroy them.

The list is long: Non-essential government personnel, government unions, Planned Parenthood, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, environmentalist whack job groups, ridiculous colleges and universities and their ridiculous studies, and on, and on, and….

Thankfully, a few of these nonsensical government-money-recipients only receive relatively small grants. Too many receive huge wages and extravagant benefits.

But the hugest government coin – is in contracting. But most Leftists are completely incapable of doing anything useful – and therefore can not qualify for these most massive dollar deals. More

Silicon Valley’s Anti-Conservatism Is Getting Really Ridiculous

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Conservatives Being Correct is a Blockable Offense

It is the world’s worst kept secret that most massive companies of the Silicon Valley – and the broader Tech World – loathe conservatives and conservatism.

Google (Market Cap: $799 billion), Amazon (Market Cap: $770 billion) Facebook (Market Cap: $535 billion) and Twitter (Market Cap: $27 billion) are but four monstrous entities of the many monstrous Tech entities that are openly hostile to anyone to the right of Josef Stalin and/or Mao Zedong.

Sure these monstrously rich companies can spend tons of political money against conservatives. And they do.

New Data Shows Just How Liberal Silicon Valley Donors Are

But a huger and even more pernicious problem for conservatives and conservatism is – these companies dominate the Internet. Which is nothing less than the 21st Century’s chief communications platform. More

Trump’s Deregulating and It’s Working – Why Would Congress Reimpose Any of It?

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We ALL Would Be

President Donald Trump’s Administration – is a tax-and-regulations-cutting machine. Less government nigh everywhere – as far as the eye can see.

And the direct results – have been outstanding.

To wit: This (in this instance with the glorious assistance of the Republicans – and only the Republicans – in Congress):

President Trump Signs Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into Law

Begets this:

List: Companies Giving Bonuses, Wage Hikes Due to Trump Tax Cuts More

President Trump: The Federal Government Should Spend Zero Dollars on Infrastructure

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May We Please FINALLY Figure This Out?

I supported and generally support President Donald Trump – predicated largely on what he campaigned and on his doing that on which he campaigned.

And I am mostly pleased that the latter has hued to the former so historically closely.

Contrary to prevailing sentiment – we Trump supporters do not like every single thing Trump proposed or proposes. Nor do we refrain from vocalizing said disdain when it arises.

To wit: I think each and every gun law – is stupid (not to mention unconstitutional). Blaming the actions of people on inanimate objects – is stupid. Passing laws in an attempt to preemptively affect the behavior of lawbreakers – is stupid.

Trump has discussed several particularly stupid gun proposals – which is actually in violation of Campaign Trump’s campaigning – and I have had zero problem publicly writing and saying that they are stupid. More