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Silicon Valley Gets Government Favors – While Boosting Leftists and Blocking Conservatives

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Best of Luck with Your Conservative Searches

We all know most of the modern Tech World is very, very Leftist.   And has been from its mid-1990s inception. Which is ok. But all the while, the relationship between the Tech World and our $4-trillion-per-year Leftist government has grown exponentially. Which ain’t nearly so ok.

The harmonic convergence has been the Barack Obama Administration. Which has actually been the Silicon Valley Administration – issuing Tech-favoring crony regulations like a Pez dispenser. Google has been a particular insider favorite. Social media monster Facebook has also all along been deep in the tank for senator-cum-president Obama. Etc, etc, etc. The Silicon Valley is nigh totally a Leftist ideological tar pit.

The Atlantic just polled a panel of Silicon Valley heavy hitters. The results are…unsurprising. 88% of them are voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. ZERO percent of them are voting for Republican nominee Donald Trump – not one person. Shocker.

We conservatives don’t mind people who disagree with us. Less and less, however – the Left isn’t returning the favor.

Conservative icon William F. Buckley once said “Though liberals do a great deal of talking about hearing other points of view, it sometimes shocks them to learn that there are other points of view.” More

Facebook Looks to Cronyism Its Way Out of Its Cronyism

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Not Very Appealing

Okay, admittedly, this is just a little bit driven by schadenfreude:

“A feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people.”

In which I do not ordinarily engage – unless the trouble someone is suffering is a result of their own actions. We should have zero sympathy for self-inflicted wounds.

And we should absolutely have zero sympathy for someone suffering the pain they championed for others. Which is what’s known as being hoisted on your own petard:

“Injured by the device that you intended to use to injure others.”

For Internet giant Facebook, that device – designed to injure others, now injuring them – is Network Neutrality.

“Network Neutrality is a unilateral and completely unnecessary government-intrusion-and-imposition on the entirety of the Internet – and the trillions-of-dollars-economy that has arisen around it….

“(Net Neutrality) is outstanding for Netflix – and other high-traffic sites like Google-owned YouTube. Netflix and YouTube all by themselves chew up more than half of all U.S. bandwidth. Net Neutrality outlaws their being charged for so doing. Which means Grandma (and the rest of us) pay even higher ISP rates – to subsidize the profits of Netflix and Google…. More

From Obama’s FCC: A Momentary Grasp of Reason

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Former’s a Much Better Bet –
Law ‘Enforcement’ Protects Rather than Prosecutes You

Back before Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, there was a British band that did pretty well – Pink Floyd. Aside from gigantic albums The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, they released in 1987 A Momentary Lapse of Reason. (“A Momentary Lapse of Reason” is also a current Hong Kong television show – although to be honest I didn’t know this until I Bing searched the Floyd album.)

It was of this phrase – “a momentary lapse of reason” – of which I thought on Thursday when the Barack Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) delayed its latest in a long line of power grab “votes.”

This delay was a momentary grasp of reason. An inordinately rare moment of clarity from a government that most of the time obfuscates and distorts Reality – rather than acknowledging and adhering to it. Far too often, government – and this administration especially – acts ridiculously unreasoned and unreasonable.

Even these FCC “votes” are a farce – all part of a scam to make FCC power grabs look like some sort of democratic process. They are anything but.

The FCC is not an elected body – like, say, Congress. Congress passes laws with at least the appearance of the imprimatur of the will of We the People – because we elected these people to pass our laws.

The FCC is made up of five unelected voting Commissioners (one of whom also serves as Chairman). Three are from the President’s Party – the remaining two from the opposition Party. They are selected – not elected. This President chose these Democrats – the Senate Minority Leadership the Republicans. More

The Left Wants Google and Netflix to Get Free Stuff – But Not You

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Left – If It’s Us Getting It

I know this is going to come as galloping shock to most of you – but people like free stuff. They like unlimited free stuff – even more than that.

So much so that they don’t mind slight reductions in quality – if it’s in the midst of an endless cavalcade of free stuff.

People are adults. They are capable of weighing the pros and cons of a given situation – and making a decision about what they like and what they do not.

And since we already know we like free stuff, you can keep your shock horses stabled for the following.

Binge On A Resounding Success With 99% Satisfaction: “Binge On has been a success for T-Mobile USA, with 99% of Binge On users indicating satisfaction in the video streaming experience, despite delivery at reduced bit rates. Results from Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix USA panel also identified high-levels of interest from customers of AT&T and Verizon in trading unlimited access to mobile video in exchange for limited quality video streaming.”

99% of people – like free stuff. Shocking. More

All of Hollywood Should Hate Net Neutrality – And Now They’re Starting to See Why

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Yet Another Government Unintended Consequence

Network Neutrality is ridiculous, anti-capitalism, monopoly-making Internet policy. It has been since its early 2000s inception. It REALLY has been since 2015 – when the Barack Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unilaterally imposed it.

Amongst Net Neutrality’s overflowing basket of deplorables is the fact that bandwidth hog companies like Netflix, Google and Amazon get to use unlimited amounts of bandwidth – absolutely free of charge.

Which is a bit of a problem. 70% of all U.S. bandwidth – is consumed by video streaming. Netflix all by itself – uses 37%. Netflix and YouTube-owning-Google all by themselves – use 50%. And Amazon – in addition to their inordinately busy online shopping mega-mall – offers video-content-streaming Amazon Prime.

And thanks to uber-stupid Net Neutrality – these bandwidth hogs don’t have to pay for their unlimited time at the trough. Even though they’re consuming more than half the bill of fare.

Which leaves you and me paying MUCH more for Internet service. Because the nation’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have but two sides to charge. The likes of Netflix, Google and Amazon – and us. So Net Neutrality mandates that we generously pick up their titanic tabs. More

The FCC Now Wants to Create a TV Content Commission

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Aye, There’s the Rub

Having a free market was fun, wasn’t it? Unfortunately, more and more – the fun’s over.

Take what we watch on television. It has been for two decades now an ever-expanding free market Xanadu. We’ve been joking for years about the amazing number of channels we have from which to choose. For instance, Comcast’s most basic current package has over 90 – and you can get more than 180 should you wish.

And that’s just cable – then there are the alternative content providers. And companies like Netflix and Amazon’s Prime aren’t just offering content – they’re creating it. Netflix has given us House of Cards – Amazon The Man in the High Castle. And dozens of other shows. Multiple additional companies offer us additional huge digital storehouses of stuff to watch.

It’s like trying to take a sip of water from a firehose. (And makes you wonder why we still have government media like PBS and NPR.)

Even the government (from all appearances begrudgingly) admits we are in an amazing era. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Democrat Chairman Tom Wheeler late last week wrote: More

Google is STILL Rigging Searches for Hillary Clinton

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Rigging – Smooth Sailing for Clinton

To quote Tool’s Maynard James Keenan: “I’m getting bored of getting bored.”

So many of America’s institutions are so consistently Leftist – that it pushes one past outrage to simple, resigned boredom. Government primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, the media, Hollywood and most entertainment – all incessantly, boringly Leftist.

Sure, there are the occasional exceptions – Clint Eastwood, Tom Selleck, some country music stars. But they exist solely to prove the rule.

The Silicon Valley – America’s Tech Mecca – is no different. God bless uber-creator Peter Thiel – but he’s another rare deviation. In the Valley, it’s nigh omni-directional Leftist. I’m surprised the roads there aren’t all one way – and you’re forced to make three left turns rather than one right.

Thiel helped launch Facebook into the stratosphere with a game-breaking $500,000 angel investment. Yet Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg raced to distance the site from Thiel’s speech at this year’s Republican National Convention.

Zuckerberg, in fact, was but one voice of an entire Grecian Geek Chorus. More

Who Should Decide? 300 Million Customers – Or 3 Unelected Democrat Bureaucrats?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Not Present: We the Customers

A free market economy – is all about the customers. Which in the United States – is roughly 300 million people. Millions of businesses spend every second of every day trying to give these 300 million people as much of what they want as possible – for as little as possible.

These businesses look for all sorts of new ways to get these 300 million to choose them – and not their competitors. They lower prices. They give away free stuff. And they offer their new and better services in new and innovative ways.

For We the Customers – it is Utopia.

Sadly, more and more we are less and less a free market economy. With ever more laws and regulations – we are nigh completely transformed into a command economy.

A command economy – is all about the Commanders. For the Commanders, We the Customers are an afterthought – if we’re thought of at all.

In a command economy, these centralized bureaucrats make all the decisions. And they do it as government always everywhere does it – very poorly, very slowly. They nigh always decide wrong – and they take a LOOOOONG time to do it. More

You First Need Government’s Permission to Repair Your Flood Ravaged Home

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Whether It’s Water or Regulations – It Ain’t Great

And many, many other ways government is stupid, imperious, and an impediment to progress and the marketplace.

Here’s hoping the poor flood victims of Louisiana – aren’t subjected to the governmental inanity being inflicted upon the poor flood victims of South Bend, Indiana:

“Today, the City of South Bend is reminding residents of South Bend and St. Joseph County that with the recent flooding, many structures in the community may have experienced structural damage. Repairs and/or reconstruction activities to structures that are located in the floodplain and were damaged due to the disaster will require a local building permit from the South Bend/St. Joseph County Building Department as required by local ordinance.”

Get that? Your life is turned upside down. Your house has been damaged by flood waters. Damaged portions are oft a threat to the entire edifice. And you need to, you know, live there. So you must repair as quickly as possible.

You need to get your government flood insurance involved – and off the schneid to pay you (as a holder of a government flood policy let me tell you – that ain’t great). You need to secure a contractor to assess the damage and pitch a bid – inordinately difficult in situations such as floods because there aren’t nearly enough contractors to go around. More

Hillary Clinton’s Terrible Government Broadband Plan

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Cutting Edge – Where We Taxpayers Bleed

I’ve never liked the term “public xxx” – when used for things like “public schools” or “National Public Radio (NPR).” Because it’s not “public” – it’s government. Which means government takes money from productive private enterprises – and funds anti-productive government ones.

With all the attending awfulness you expect. The laxness, the arrogance – the terrible performance. (See: ObamaCare, the Post Office, “green energy,” your Department of Motor Vehicles,….) And the willful denial of the fact that innumerable past failures – portend more of the exact same, should we be foolish enough to yet again try the exact same.

Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton late last week gave an alleged economic speech – in which she pledged, should she win election, huge new government “stimulus” projects.

“Mrs. Clinton says her first priority is to create jobs, primarily through public investments in infrastructure, like roads, bridges, school renovations, affordable housing, water systems, electrical grids, broadband internet and renewable energy.”

Get that? “Public investments.” Which means government investments. Mrs. Clinton wants to spend $275 billion – and wants us to forget that President Barack Obama began his administration with an omni-directional-failed $787 billion “public investment” – the 2009 “Stimulus”: More