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Trump’s FCC Transition Team: One of These Things is Not Like the Others…

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Can You Tell Me How to Get…How to Get Rid of Net Neutrality?

There’s an old Sesame Street song that sums up the Donald Trump Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Transition Team.  Behold “One of These Things”: “One of these things is not like the others.  One of these things doesn’t belong.  Can you tell which thing is not like the others…?”  Here, it ain’t difficult at all to tell.

Trump began pre-election by choosing his FCC transition team lead – Jeffrey Eisenach: “(A) known commodity in Washington tech and telecom circles…he’s argued vigorously in favor of the FCC taking a hands-off approach to digital issues….In 2012 Eisenach arrived as a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) — and in that role, he’s been an outspoken antagonist of (Barack Obama) FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his policies. In his research and advocacy…he’s slammed the Obama administration’s efforts on net neutrality, broadband investment and more.”

So far – so great.  Added next was Eisenach’s AEI colleague – Mark Jamison: “FCC Transition Team’s Jamison: Do We Need an FCC?”  (Answer – we absolutely do not.)  More about Jamison: “Jamison says most of the reasons for having an FCC have ‘gone away’…That is quite the difference from the Wheeler FCC’s emphasis on…net neutrality and broadband privacy rules, both of which are likely to get a second look under a Republican chair.”

So far – even greater.  Added next was another AEI scholar – Roslyn Layton: “Layton is no fan of the FCC reclassification of ISPs as common carriers. She is also a foe of the FCC’s broadband privacy rulemaking, calling it a ‘partisan endgame of corporate favoritism’ resulting in ‘misinformed, unjustified rules.’  She is a critic of the FCC setting aside spectrum in auctions at below-market rates for certain players, writing…that that was a way for FCC to play favorites and ultimately raise broadband costs to consumers.” More

Undoing Obama: Who Should Do Which Government Rollbacks?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Let’s Celebrate LOTS of Them

Donald Trump will on Friday be sworn in to succeed President Barack Obama.  Trump is the incoming – in large part because he repeatedly promised to undo much of what has been done by the outgoing.

For his part, Obama is making conciliatory comments – while doing everything possible to make Trump’s transition as painful as possible.  Included in bringing the pain – is ramming through as many last-minute regulations as can possibly be issued.

Way to respect the will of We the Voters, President Outgoing.

These twilight regs are, of course, on top of the mountains and mountains of regulations already issued these past eight years.  And all of those are on top of all the bad laws President Obama passed whilst in possession of a Democrat-majority Congress – most famously, Obamacare and Dodd-Frank.  From which have subsequently flowed (tens of) thousands of additional pages of terrible regulations.

There’s a whole lot of big, bad, heinous government to undo.  Just from President Obama.  Then there’s the last century-plus….

Late former New York Governor Mario Cuomo once observed “You campaign in poetry – you govern in prose.”  Un-governing is, if possible, even less flowery.  How, exactly, to rollback so much awful government? More

The Media Mulls Obama’s ‘Legacy’ – And the Trump Mandate to Undo It

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

No – Let’s Clean It Up

The Left and the Media (please pardon the redundancy) are obsessed – OBSESSED – with outgoing President Barack Obama’s “legacy.”  Not quite as obsessed as Obama his own self – but much closer than any impartial observer would consider…healthy.

Of course, this happens at the end of every presidency.  But rarely – if ever – have you gotten the sense of utter emotional investment this media has in this president.

Obama Defends His Legacy on Twitter – CNN

Obama Defends Legacy in Letter to American People – AFP

Defensive much?

Obama Urges Dems to Defend Obamacare Legacy – CNN

Wow – defensive much?

President Obama Weighs His Economic Legacy – New York Times

53 Historians Weigh In on Barack Obama’s Legacy – New York Magazine

The Obama Policy Legacy: The Nation He Built – Politico

With New Monuments in Nevada, Utah, Obama Adds to his Environmental Legacy – Washington Post

Clinton Asks Black Leaders to Protect Obama’s Legacy – NBC News

Asian-American Leaders Reflect on Obama’s Legacy for the Community – NBC News

Despite the press’ full court press – any impartial observer would find Obama’s legacy…lacking. More

2017: Trump’s Reality Revolution Won – Now It Must be Implemented

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

There Is No Next Window

Washington, D.C. has been – for decades, in bipartisan fashion – a swallowing void of anti-Reality.  The federal government has at best terribly mishandled, at worst utterly destroyed everything in which it insists on involving itself.

Despite this record of nigh perfect imperfection – the list of things in which the federal government insists on involving itself has continued to inexorably grow.  And as the Feds increased their role in…everything, the tethers to any rational justification for it get thinner and thinner, and ever more frayed.

We the People have finally had it.  And have elected political newbie Donald Trump to come in and clean house.  His was the Reality Revolution – and it won him the White House.  Now he must implement his revolutionary reforms – to begin to undo decades of rank DC stupidity.

To wit: By the time the Feds wanted to impose Obamacare, we already had two decades-long visual aides of government medicine – Medicare and the Veterans Administration (VA).  Which are two unmitigated disasters.

Medicare?: “The Medicare Actuary says that taxpayers now face a Medicare unfunded liability ranging from $27.9 to $36.8 trillion.”

The VA?: “One year after outrage about long waiting lists for health care shook the Department of Veterans Affairs, the agency is facing a new crisis: The number of veterans on waiting lists of one month or more is now 50 percent higher than it was during the height of last year’s problems, department officials say.” More

Trump Is Looking to Go – ‘Big League.’ Congress Says They’re Ready. Let’s Do It

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Time for Time
in the Minors is Over

President-elect Donald Trump is from all appearances looking from Day One to very rapidly go very “big league.”  And by “big league” – he means huge reductions in the amounts of the federal government to which we are subjected.

After more than a century of Washington, D.C. ceaselessly, inexorably vacuuming up power that Constitutionally belongs to the states, municipalities and/or We the People – Trump’s revolution will be about re-devolving power.

Trump’s not doing this as the implementation of a lifelong ideological crusade.  Because he’s not an ideological crusader.  He’s a businessman – he just wants things to work.  And he has spent a lifetime watching government (at all levels) royally screw up…basically everything.

Call this the Reality Revolution.  DC has spent a century-plus ignoring Reality – Trump intends to again acknowledge it.

Trump was throughout the campaign routinely ridiculed by the Left and the Never Trump Right for his amorphous pledge to hire “the best people.”  Turns out he wasn’t kidding.  He is rapidly assembling, almost inarguably, the most deregulatory Cabinet in our nation’s history.

Heck, Trump’s nominated as Energy Secretary former Texas Governor Rick Perry – who four years ago ran for President pledging to close the Energy Department.  It doesn’t get any more deregulatory than that.  (And it should be closed – and be just one of oh-so-very-many to go.) More

The FCC Should Be Closed Forever. But First…

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Hopefully Popping Up All Over DC

…nigh all of what the Barack Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spent the last eight years doing – should be undone.

The very fact that the Obama FCC spent so much time unilaterally power grabbing things to do – only yet again demonstrates that the Commission doesn’t really have anything legitimate to do. And thus no longer has any reason to exist.

After executing the huge Network Neutrality power grab, current Obama FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler ridiculously uttered: “We are going to be sued. That’s the history. Every time in this whole discussion any time the commission has moved to do something, one of the big dogs has gone to sue…. We don’t want to ignore history.”

This is as untrue as it is amazingly un-self-aware. First, one big dog didn’t sue to contest that particular grab – nearly a dozen dogs of assorted sizes did. Second, the FCC moves on all sorts of things – about which no one sues, and for which all the dogs have nothing but praise.

The FCC gets sued – when the FCC overreaches its very limited legal authority. The fact that Chairman Wheeler has been so myopically fixated on doing that – is the reason he gets sued so frequently.       More

The Obama Legacy: If It Lives by ‘Executive Action’ – It Should Die by ‘Executive Action’

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Not a Constitutional
Substitute for Legislation

A hallmark – perhaps the hallmark – of the Barack Obama Administration is the “executive action.” The unilateral changes in law – oft major in size and scope – executed by the Executive Branch. Completely devoid of any Legislative Branch participation.

After the American people repudiated President Obama’s agenda in the 2010 midterm election – by electing a Republican House of Representatives to block it and him – the President famously said “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen – and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and executive actions.”

This isn’t how the Constitution calls for things to be done. Laws are supposed to originate in the Legislative Branch. And you know who knew this? Then-Senator Barack Obama.

When campaigning for the presidency, he said about then-President George W. Bush: “I taught Constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the Executive Branch – and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I am President of the United States of America.”

Once in office, it wasn’t “reverse” – so much as it was “slam it in drive and floor it.” More

Google Fiber Cashing Government Checks – Bypassing Poor Neighborhoods Anyway

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Google Fiber’s Sign
for Poor Neighborhoods

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has a current market cap value of $544 billion. The entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Taiwan is $524 billion.

So Google is bigger than…Taiwan.

So why is the United States federal government giving monster Google so many unequal-before-the-law policy preferences – via executive branch fiat?

Everyone Loathes the Latest Obama Power Grab – Except Google, and That’s All That Matters

Google, the Barack Obama Administration – and Even More Questionable Policy

Cronyism: For the Likes of Google, It is Really, REALLY Good to be a Friend of Obama

Google Has Become One Of The Biggest Cronies Of The Obama Administration

Google’s Theme Song: Man It Feels Good to Be a Crony

And why are governments throughout the United States giving Google so much money? More

Election 2016: Do We Really Want Four More Years of This?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Indeed We Can’t

Terrible, economy-destroying policy. Delivered not by Congress – but by unilateral executive branch fiat. Delivered as special favors to political cronies.

That’s been the last eight years in a nutshell. Do we want it for another four? That’s the question Americans need to ask themselves as they head to the polls tomorrow. (Millions of people have already voted – which is itself terrible policy. It’s like having a trial – and allowing half the jury to render a verdict halfway through the case.)

A perfect microcosm of the dictatorial Barack Obama Administration – is the Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Run with an iron fist by a President Obama Mini Me – Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Who, like President Obama, has thrown out the window all attempts at sound policy based on rational analysis and imposed through normal processes. And has instead repeatedly jammed through terrible, crony-pleasing fiats in hyper-partisan fashion.

The FCC is made up of four voting Commissioners and a voting Chairman. The Chairman and two Commissioners are of the President’s Party – two of the opposition Party. So it has been 3-2 Democrat. More

An Obama Halloween Power Grab: Tricks For Us, Treats for Cronies

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Not Sure That’s a Good Idea, Actually

Today is Halloween 2016. Which means the Barack Obama Administration is running out of time to issue government power grab payouts to the cronies that ensconced them in office.

Which brings us to last Thursday at the administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The ridiculous FCC jammed through a ridiculous power grab – on which just a month earlier the Commission’s own three unelected Democrats couldn’t even agree.

But the administration’s expiration date approaches – so the three Donkeys got in line. And in their “I’m a Congressman” costumes unilaterally rewrote law – and again jammed the private Internet sector.

The media water carriers – as always in their “Objective Journalist” costumes – call what the FCC did a move to “protect privacy.” What the FCC actually did was issue another power grab that hurts everyone – except Google, Facebook, Netflix and the other cronies. Tricks for us – treats for them. Happy Halloween, All.

The FCC did this by writing brand new law – again, without benefit of Congress – for how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) collect and use data. Their new “law” – is unequal treatment before the law. It is far more stringent on and punitive of ISPs – than the actual laws are on Google, Facebook, Netflix and the other cronies. Thereby dramatically benefitting Google, Facebook, Netflix and the other cronies. More