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Really Bad Precedent: Allowing Governments to Tax Non-Constituents

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Indeed It Is

The Supreme Court is currently considering South Dakota v Wayfair. A case debating whether or not state and municipal governments can collect their respective sales taxes – on non-resident business and people who have the temerity to complete a transaction in their jurisdictions.

President Donald Trump is on this absolutely correct – in one sense. Online retailers like the case-cited Wayfair – do have a tax-less advantage over brick-and-mortar stores in localities that impose sales taxes.

If you live in one or more sales tax jurisdictions and you shop brick-and-mortar – you pay the sales taxes. If you live there and shop Wayfair – you do not necessarily render unto Caesar. (Some online companies – Amazon, for instance – collect many of the sales taxes in much of the nation.) More

‘The Forgotten Man’ in DC’s Fake ‘Free Trade’: Millions of Unemployed Americans

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Perhaps….

Those of us who didn’t succumb to government schools – know of the horrendous days of Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his hyperactive, spastic, shotgun-style approach to government.

Completely clueless on how to address the Great Depression, Roosevelt’s administration chose to spasmodically fire government money in nigh every direction. Hoping to spray enough bureaucratic coin to cover the Earth – and thereby mitigate the damage…his own overactive government was massively exacerbating.

Perhaps Oprah Winfrey came upon her idea to give everyone in her audience a car – by researching the Roosevelt administration.

“You get a program! And you get a program!! And YOU a program!!!”

The Great Depression would have been but a mild recession – were it not for Roosevelt’s huge government incursions into the private sector. 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

SpaceX: Government Isn’t Much Better at Contracting Out Than at Doing It Themselves

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Government ‘Success’ –
SpaceX-Contractor-Style

We less government types want the government doing as little as conceivably possible.

Fortunately for us – so did the Founding Fathers. And they drafted and ratified the Constitution to do exactly that – limit the federal government’s activities to a few, specifically proscribed things.

And the Founders strenuously recommended that state and local governments not do very much either. Because they knew a fundamental truth of life:

Government stinks at doing everything. Because…human nature.

Behold again my Wallet Rule:

If you go out on a Friday night with your wallet – and you go out the following Friday night with my wallet – on which Friday night are you going to have more fun?

Obviously, you’re going to have a whole lot more fun with my wallet – because you don’t care what my wallet looks like at the end of the evening. More

Maryland Governor Hogan Must Veto the Democrats’ Latest Tax Increase

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Your Maryland State-Issued ID

Maryland has one of our nation’s more oxymoronic state nicknames: “The Free State.”

Oxymoronic – because the decades-now Democrat-dominated state legislature has spent their time and legislative effort ensuring that everything in “The Free State”…is inordinately expensive.

Most especially government. In 2016, Maryland was the most taxed state in the union. Maryland Democrats are so tax-happy, they were even taxing…the rain.

But in November 2016 – something wonderful happened. The good people of Maryland very wisely elected as Governor – Republican Larry Hogan. Who ran in no small part on a copious tax-cutting platform.

And once elected, Hogan kept his word. Gone was the very obnoxious rain tax – despite vociferous Democrat objection – and many other levies and fees.

But Democrats will not go quietly into that less-tax night. They have just passed a huge new tax increase. And done so – under the false flag of business tax “reform.” Behold SB 1090. More

China and South Korea Corruption: The Globalists’ Globe Isn’t a Very Nice Place

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Yes, Please

I am a virulent free trader. I love commerce between nigh any peoples and nations with whom the exchanges are on equal footing – and as unfettered as possible by government intervention and imposition.

The problems arise – when we venture out into a world full of countries in love with government intervention and imposition.

Every nation on the planet has the inherent desire to tilt the commercial scales in their favor. I fully understand the aspiration – but we should demand it never become commercial policy.

Unfortunately, we have spent the last half century or so – allowing the world’s nations to do exactly that. Very much to our national detriment.

In no small part because – from all appearances – the United States’ Establishment does not share the rest of the world’s inherent desire to make our nation better. 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

China’s Half-Century, One-Sided Trade War on the United States

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A Half Century of Squish

Washington, D.C. purports to be the capitol not just of America – but of the entirety of the free world.

A self-aggrandizement belied by the type of alleged policy makers that mostly populate the place. Oh – and they are alleged policy makers:

Congress Is Mostly Done Legislating for the Year

This article was published…on March 25. And Congress is done. The Republican majority seems to think their tax reform bill – and only their tax reform bill – is enough to get them through the November midterm elections.

I’ll remind these Elephants of their 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney – who won the first general election debate, and then tried to rest on those laurels for the rest of the campaign.

Instead of running the White House, Romney is now running for a layup Senate seat in Utah. 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

While We’re in a Less Government Mood….

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A Foundational Block of our Information Economy

President Donald Trump’s Administration has been the most conservative and government-reducing since at least Calvin Coolidge’s.

Trump has slashed regulations in a million different directions. He has appointed judges and a Supreme Court Justice who interpret the Constitution rather than rewrite it – which can only lead to less government. He has championed immigration law and border enforcement, which will curtail the massive influx of Third World government-money-recipients – which can only lead to less government.

Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, Senate Democrats have serially, repeatedly blocked Congressional Republicans’ attempts to join with Trump in reducing government. (That is, when Congressional Republicans aren’t themselves passing ridiculous government-expanding omnibus spending bills.)

We would like to see Republicans again return to their less government ways. And they have a great opportunity to do so – with the STRONGER Patents Act: More