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‘Local Choice’ — Let’s Roll Back Some Crony Socialism, Shall We?

Seton Motley | Less Government

Don’t Turn to This Clown

Cronyism. Or Crony Capitalism. It’s actually Crony Socialism – because it actually has nothing to do with capitalism.

Crony Socialism is not an unfettered free market where the best ideas and companies win. It’s the government warping and distorting the market: favoring with absurdly tilted policies some ideas and companies – and thus inherently dis-favoring everyone else in said sector.

How much you pay to watch TV has been a Crony Socialist nightmare mess since basically the creation of cable TV. Thanks to government meddlesomely messing with the market.

The Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 (also known as the 1992 Cable Act) is a United States federal law which required cable systems to carry most local broadcast channels and prohibited cable operators from charging local broadcasters to carry their signal.

Get that? Cable companies are required by law to deliver all local broadcast stations in every channel package. Cable companies must then sit down with broadcasters and pretend to negotiate a “free market” deal for how much they pay for those stations. More

‘Most Transparent Ever?’ Behold the FCC’s Secret, Crony Socialist Meetings

Seton Motley | Less Government

The Entrance to the
Obama Administration’s Department of Transparency

It is yet another Barack Obama Administration pledge now relegated to the ash heap of Mendacious History.

The Most Transparent Administration In History

The Most Transparent Administration in History

This is the Most Transparent Administration in History

This is the Most Transparent Administration in the History of our Country

We’re the Most Transparent and Ethical Administration in U.S. History

Get the trance-inducing mantra?  And Administration members have continued to relentlessly chant it – even though it long ago became a patently absurd assertion. More

How is Allowing Customers to Not Pay for What They Don’t Want a Bad Thing?

Seton Motley | Less Government

From the Left’s Dictionary

When words no longer have specific meanings – they no longer have any meaning. Words represent concepts – we must all agree on their definitions or we lose their concept representation value. If words’ definitions are warped – their usefulness is eviscerated.

If “up”is suddenly, repeatedly used to mean “down”- without anyone calling out the linguistic abuse – it ceases to be useful. And our language – our ability to communicate – is damaged.

Why does this happen? The late, inordinately great George Orwell explains:

“The decline of language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer.

The Left are the masters of this language abuse.

President Barack Obama at least thirty-six times said a variation of:

“If you like your health care plan – you can keep your health care plan. Period.

Then bizarrely, obnoxiously claimed:

“What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed. More

These People Think The Way To Keep Things Fast Is To Bring In The Government?

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An Intersection on the
Government-Run
Information Superhighway

The Left consists of two groups of people running on two parallel yet very different paths to Oblivion.

The Left’s leadership knows their Huge Government ideas are absurd and don’t work – but they’ll be in charge after the collapse they induce so they’re fine with it.

The Left’s rank and file actually thinks more government equals better – despite centuries of evidence to the contrary.

Then there’s the Tech World – by and large a subset of the Left. These people should certainly know better about government sloth and general incompetence damaging their industry – likely the nation’s and the world’s fastest moving and best.

But the Tech World has thus far remained steadfastly impervious to facts. Or they – like the Left’s leadership – have an agenda all their own. More

VIDEO: When Bureaucrats Determine Their Own Limits – There Are No Limits

Seton Motley | Less Government

Great Set – Bad Policies

Please click here for the video.

As the great P.J. O’Rourke said:

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

We have to give the Feds some – the Constitution requires it. But in 1984 the Supreme Court threw wide open the doors to every liquor store and vehicle in the nation.

Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. was a case in which the United States Supreme Court set forth the legal test for determining whether to grant deference to a government agency’s interpretation of a statute which it administers.

Chevron is the Court’s clearest articulation of the doctrine of “administrative deference,” to the point that the Court itself has used the phrase “Chevron deference” in more recent cases.

What has that meant in thirty years of practice? More

VIDEO: Obama Administration is Uber-Regulation, Inc. – And It’s Killing the Economy

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Please Press Play, and Enjoy

Is the Barack Obama Administration more than a mite out of control when it comes to imposing new regulations? Indeed so.

Regulations Under Obama Cost Households $14,768 Yearly

Obama Hits the Gas on Regs

Regulations Take $1.8 Trillion Bite Out of Economy

Is the Obama Administration more than a little off on their regulations assessments? Indeed so.

Obama Regs Cost 20-Times Admin’s Estimate

Twenty 9-0 Supreme Court Rulings Against (Administration)

Hundreds of Obama Administration Regulations Are Illegal

Speaking of illegal, let’s look at Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). More

The New York Times Has Zero Idea How the Internet Works – Or Is Lying Its Masthead Off

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What the New York Times Wants -
Intentionally or Not

It takes a special man to cram so much wrong into a mere 342 words. Or an Old Grey Lady.

The New York Timesutterly ridiculous Editorial Board recently as one addressed Title II Internet regulatory Reclassification and Network Neutrality – and they did so in utterly ridiculous fashion.

They either have absolutely no idea what any of this is – or they are lying through their printing presses.

The Times calls for the federal government to illegally commandeer control of the entirety of the World Wide Web – so as to then impose Net Neutrality. Guess with whom they are in agreement? More

Aesop Knew: Regulators Regulate – It’s Their Nature

Seton Motley | Less Government

Please, Get Off Our Backs

Aesop was a Seventh Century, B.C. Greek philosopher – mere “storyteller” doesn’t do him justice. The best storytellers are philosophers – because they tap into truths of human nature. Aesop certainly did that.

His famous Fables revealed these truths through simple animal allegories. There are (at least) several that apply to the creatures in the world of politics. Of late one especially leaps to mind.

The Scorpion and the Frog

A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”

Replies the scorpion: “Its my nature…”

Far too many government officials (and civilian Leftists) are Aesop scorpions. It’s in their nature to regulate. And regulate again. And then regulate some more. In Baby Boomer Radical parlance, they are willing – even eager – to destroy the village in order to save it. More

Obama Administration Doing Everyone’s Job – But Theirs

Seton Motley | Less Government

‘They Think We’ll Actually Do What We’re Supposed To’

The Barack Obama Administration has spent just about its entire tenure doing things it is not supposed to do.

The myriad executive branch Departments, Agencies, Commissions and Boards have been in omni-directional fashion vastly exceeding their authority – doing things that are clearly the Constitutional purview of (amongst other others) the legislative and judicial branches.

In so doing, these many Leviathan tentacles leave unattended the things they are actually supposed to do.

The examples of proactive overreaches and attending abrogations are nearly without limit.

The executive branch Administration is supposed to enforce existing immigration law.  They are not.  They are instead pretending to be the legislative branch and making up out of whole cloth brand new law.  And are now threatening to do so – even huge-er – yet again. More

Harry Reid Remains Obstinately, Perversely Insistent on Taxing the Internet

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Gently Bringing
Harry Reid to Bipartisanship

As we asked last week – who says bipartisanship is dead?

The allegedly “do-nothing”Republican-led House of Representatives has actually done a lot of good stuffa lot of it bipartisan in nature.

“We’ve put together a helpful list of bipartisan bills (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid) can start with that have passed the House with over 250 votes and are stuck sitting idly in the Senate. The do-nothing Senate really must do-better,(Congressman Eric) Cantor spokeswoman Megan Whittemore said.

Therein lies the problem. Senator Reid remains an obstinate obstruction to advancing good legislation. He only moves bills that lessen our freedom – and lighten our wallets.

On November 1 – and remember, Election Day is November 4 – a since-1998 federal moratorium on Internet-only taxes ends. Meaning you and I will pay the government even more coin to surf the World Wide Web. More