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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

When Another Executive Branch Agency Says You’re Overreaching – You’re Overreaching

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

It’s All Under Control

The Executive Branch of our federal government – is huge. Made up of many, many agencies, departments, commissions and boards. The Barack Obama Administration has, these last nigh eight years, put its many Leviathan arms to work expanding ever further the government’s reach.

The Constitution established three co-equal branches of government. A separation and balance of powers – in large part to rein in just this sort of thing. The Legislative (Congress) and Judicial (the courts) Branches are to assert their claims to their respective turf when the Executive intrudes upon it.

(We less government types have been more than a mite disappointed in these branches and their lack of Constitution-and-turf-protecting efforts. For years – and for decades.

Sometimes an Executive Branch agency is so overactive – another Executive Branch agency calls them on it.

So it now is with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s cable television set-top-box overreach: More

ObamaCare and Net Neutrality Are Doing Exactly the Damage Their Opponents Predicted

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

He Promises

ObamaCare and Network Neutrality are really dumb policy. For many, many reasons.

Like with all huge new government power grabs, there are a few very predictable post-grab outcomes. Let’s look at a few through the prisms of relatively new grab Net Neutrality – and ObamaCare, a more vintage grab thus doing even more predicted damage.

And as we know, and will see – past is prologue. Net Neutrality will age just as poorly as has ObamaCare.

ObamaCare and Net Neutrality opponents both warned of loss of private sector investment/participation in the respective sectors. Because government is toxic – and for the private sector, coming into contact with it is lethal. As government expands, the private sector retracts – to get out of government’s way, and to limit as much as possible its exposure.

Has that happened? It has with ObamaCare.

Major Health Insurance Companies Leave Obamacare Exchanges: “The companies’ refusal to participate in the exchanges is only the latest development in a long string of setbacks that make implementation of Obamacare on schedule almost impossible.” More

Hillary Clinton, Her Foundation and the Democrat Platform: Even More Government Money and Cronyism

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

All Phony – Except for the Crony

The Barack Obama Administration has a few signature calling cards – none of them any good. Government money and cronyism – is perhaps its ace in the hole.

President Obama promised “We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends who stand with us on the issues that are important to us.”

And that is a promise he has absolutely kept.

This administration has dramatically increased government spending and regulatory overlording. By the end of their run, our national debt will have more than doubled – to about $21 trillion. And the cost of federal regulatory compliance has rocketed upward – to $1.9 trillion per annum.

Much of that government explosion – has directly benefited cronies.

Obama Repays Donors in Tax Dollars

The Rich Get Richer: Obama-Style Crony Capitalism

Obama Cronyism Enriches Friends, Shortchanges Others

Obamacare State Exchanges Have Become Profit Center For Obama Cronies More

The GOP Convention: A Good Platform on Bad Farm and Trade Policy

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

May Actions Follow
that Match the Words

The Republican Party has a well-earned reputation for writing good policy platforms every four years at their Conventions – then doing the exact opposite of nigh all of it once in power.

To wit: Unless I am mistaken, the Platform has called for the abolition of the Department of Education every cycle since the abomination’s 1979 creation by President Jimmy Carter (as a payoff to teachers unions for helping get him elected). Yet there the DoE still stands – bigger and worse than ever. A monument to terrible government policy and overreach – and GOP fecklessness. Heck, the GOP has contributed to its growth almost as much as have the Democrats.

Well, this is the Year of Donald Trump. In large part because Americans have had it with everyone in DC doing what the GOP has been doing – tone-deaf awfulness combined with utter condescension.

A GOP nominee Trump would never have even been possible had not the GOP spent the last several decades talking small government – while actively participating in its expansion. More

Add Intellectual Property Protection to the List of Rights the Government is Eviscerating

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

It is ALL
Constitutionally Protected

The Constitution is an extraordinary document. Life for most humans for most of human history has been poor, nasty, brutish and short. The Constitution acknowledged this past (and present) – and transformed our future.

One of the many, many amazing things the document did was properly define the role between man (master) and government (servant). In part by codifying man’s natural rights. These rights are inherently ours – and government can not infringe upon them.

As we’ve oft reminded, Ben Franklin was asked as he departed the Constitutional Convention “Well, Doctor, what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?” To which Franklin responded “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

We haven’t kept it. Because government keeps serially, ever-more-blatantly exceeding its limits – and in the process eviscerating our rights. And the officials We the People elect either do nothing to stop it – or are complicit in it.

Our representatives have yet another opportunity to step up and stop yet another government encroachment. Under prospective assault this time – the Constitution’s Copyright Clause:

“To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” More

Pokemon Go Re-Reveals the Left’s Anti-Free Market, Pro-Government Fetish

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Pokemon Go > Net Neutrality

Congratulations to Google on Pokemon Go. Google’s parent company Alphabet incubated and spun out this latest highly successful data-collection-device – for sale to advertisers everywhere.

Pokemon Go is a phenomenon. Of course, if you are in any way involved in social media or popular culture – you already know this. The game’s app is drawing tens if not hundreds of thousands (millions?) of consumers out into the sunlight and the streets – chasing down augmented-reality Pikachus and Charizards.

Consumers are speaking – and they are roaring for Pokemon. And when consumers speak – companies listen.

T-Mobile Jumps on the Pokémon Go Bandwagon with Free Data Access for Players: “Pokémon GO players on the network won’t get dinged for any data…for the next year starting on Tuesday the 19th.”

And if Pokemon Go remains popular – you can bet T-Mobile will extend the free data offer way past a year. And you can bet that by then T-Mobile will not be the only provider giving people free Pokemon. More

The Biggest Impediment to Economic Advancement: Government

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

It’s Almost Hard to Believe
the Economy Isn’t Working

The U.S. economy continues its Barack Obama Administration-long hobbled limp. President Obama will be our nations first to never, ever have even one year of 3% or higher Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth.

We are the United States of Anemia.

Why? Government. The private sector is under full-on governmental assault.

I can’t imagine why the economy isn’t roaring.

But one example of progress impediment? Governments’ (at all levels) opposition to the petroleum drilling technique known as fracking.

Federal Judge Blocks Major Fracking Rule, Calling It ‘Contrary To Law’: “U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl on Tuesday…(ruled) that the federal agency’s claim that it had ‘implicit’ congressional authority for the regulations ‘lacks common sense.’”

“Lacks common sense” is a very fair assessment – and not just legally. Where fracking has occurred – it has thrived on a monumental scale. (Hello, North Dakota.) And has been a fundamental component of the private sector’s fundamental transformation of not just the global oil market and the broader global economy – but geopolitics as well. More

Cronyism: When Every Day is Dependence Day

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Not the Revolution We Wanted

Monday was our nation’s Independence Day. Where we celebrate our forefathers throwing off the yoke of tyranny to establish themselves as sovereign individuals – and a limited government responsible to them.

Benjamin Franklin was asked immediately after the Constitutional Convention “Well, Doctor, what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?” Franklin prophetically responded “A Republic – if you can keep it.”

It appears we couldn’t keep it.

Remember the Boston Tea Party? Which was the Colonists protesting the Tea Act? Everyone not warped by government schools’ mis-history remembers the phrase “taxation without representation.” The Colonists didn’t like government in which they had no say accessing their wallets.

But there was another facet of awful-ness of the Tea Act – cronyism.

The principal objective was to reduce the massive amount of tea held by the financially troubled British East India Company in its London warehouses and to help the struggling company survive. More