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Government Drags Us Back in Time – Because Cronies and Ideology Tell It To

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Government’s Cinematic Role Models

Government by ideological fantasy – at the expense of actual facts – is a terrible idea. So too is government of, by and for the donors. Far too often government regulators and bureaucrats ignore Reality – to tilt at ideological windmills. And WAY too often government becomes one giant stenographer for contributors – writing laws and regulations to accommodate their check-cutters’ every whim and wildest dream.

Thus does equal protection before the law – become special treatment for Friends of Government (FOG, if you will). Donors and dumb ideas are favored – at inordinate expense to the rest of us.

To wit: “green” “energy” (wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, ethanol) is neither green nor energy. It’s far worse for the environment than traditional energy sources – that actually produce, you know, affordable energy. Governments here and all around the world have spent hundreds of billions of dollars on this phony energy. It’s been a titanic failure – for decades.

Why has government continued to throw this copious coin out the window – to keep us locked into an uber-failed yesterday? Because their ideological fantasies trump Reality. Why else? Because donors get government money at dollars-on-the-pennies they donated. To wit: President Barack Obama and his Democrats threw $80 billion more at the fake “green energy” industry in the 2009 “Stimulus.” 80% of that money – went to Obama donors. More

Taxed Enough Already (TEA): Let’s Not Find New and Exciting Ways to Tax the Internet

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Indeed It Is

The federal government each year now takes from us record tallies of tax dollars. Yet the Feds have accrued nearly $19 trillion in debt – and that ridiculous number keeps hurtling skyward.

Leftist states, counties and cities around the nation are following the federal lead, taking our coin at prodigious levels – in multitudinous ways. All the while, anyone who makes any money looks to flee those confines – and find far friendlier places to work and live.

The last thing the Feds should do is create new ways for these greedy down-ticket governments to dig further into our pockets. And worse – nationalize these greedy local governments’ ability to tax us.

There are two prospective new, massive Internet tax bills currently under consideration in Washington. One is the woefully misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA). Which will allow nearly 10,000 tax jurisdictions to sales tax everyone in the nation – not just their respective citizens. More

Alleged ‘Consumer Groups’ Oppose Consumers Getting Stuff from Anyone but Government

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Less Government is Always a Very Good Thing

One thing at which the Left is very good is naming things – so as to hide and obfuscate what these things actually do. Because if they admitted what these things actually do – they would poll…well, right where Congress is polling.

But one obvious example: ObamaCare’s official name is “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Which isn’t particularly accurate.

“Patient Protection?” President Barack Obama – the law’s fake namesake – incessantly (and knowingly fraudulently) said “If you like your doctor/plan – you can keep your doctor/plan.” More patients have lost their insurance than received insurance under the law.

“Affordable Care?” President Obama incessantly (and knowingly fraudulently) promised families a $2,500-per-year reduction in premiums. Premiums have instead rocketed skyward. And as the law is more fully implemented – the increases keep getting worse. 2016 will be dramatically worse than 2015. Which was worse than 2014. Which was worse….

So when the Left-Media-Complex parades out “Consumer Groups” – grab your wallets. More

Who Can Screw Up a Water Auction in the Desert? Government Can

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

With Government
Cutting Holes in the Bottom

The age-old analogy describing a good salesman is “He can sell ice to Eskimos.” Let us now contemplate the opposite. What if someone has repeatedly screwed up so terribly – they could damage the sale of the hottest of commodities to a full panoply of desperate buyers? How could anyone hamstring a water auction – in the desert?

We face that possibility in March. And that incompetent, over-meddling salesman – is government. The auction in question is the latest wireless spectrum auction – and the auctioneer the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Spectrum is the airwaves we use for all things wireless. From your intercontinental cell phone – all the way down to your car key fob. The spectrum supply is finite – and not all spectrum is equally useful. Think of it as a Monopoly board. Some spectrum is Boardwalk and Park Place – some is Baltic and Mediterranean Avenues. And varying degrees in between.

Let us begin with the fact that government owns the lion’s share of spectrum – roughly 60%. Much of it is of high value – and very high value. And shocker – government isn’t using it efficiently.

To paraphrase former Republican FCC Commissioner Rob McDowell: The government has long stretches of beach front property – and it’s built nothing on much of it, and tiny buildings on more of it. When it should be consolidating – and building high-rise condominiums on what’s left. To make better use – and to make more available to the private sector. More

Facebook Faces Media Bias: One Story – MANY Stupid Headlines

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For Billions of People –
a Very Costly Fact

Media bias is hydra-headed in its perniciousness. It operates on many levels – in many ways. One of its practitioners’ favorite moves is the terrible headline. In which they knowingly – or unknowingly – tip their hand on the story at hand. These heinous headlines can effectively work to sway casual, drive-by media consumers – who don’t go deep into multiple articles to get a more fully-formed idea.

Mega-website Facebook is currently on the wrong side of this media treatment. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is trying – via his Free Basics program – to connect to the Internet prospectively billions of very poor people throughout the world. For free. How awful of him.

But because Facebook’s – again, FREE – connection is alleged to violate the ridiculous government policy known as Network Neutrality, a tiny cadre of pro-government fetishists are out in force. To stop billions of very poor people from accessing the Web.

We will for the moment ignore this story’s petard-hoisting nature – because in the United States, Facebook is one of the biggest Net Neutrality proponents going. (Here’s hoping Zuckerberg, Inc. now sees how foolish that is.)

As soon as Facebook went from a user of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to an ISP their own selves – the Net Neutrality mini-gaggle they championed turned viciously upon them. Including most certainly the media. And this is where it gets particularly stupid. More

How Much a Month Are You Willing to Pay to Subsidize Netflix and Google?

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Congratulations – They’re On Your Payroll

$20? $40? $80? How much a month extra do you want to pay for your Internet service – so that companies like Netflix and Google don’t have to pay for theirs?

Wait – you’re saying you don’t want to carry these mega-companies? That’s certainly understandable. They likely have a little more disposable income than you do. So how did you get stuck paying their enormous freight?

These huge bandwidth hogs got the government to force you to do so. This mega-cronyism is called Network Neutrality.

Don’t remember Congress passing a law imposing Net Neutrality? You shouldn’t – Congress never did. No law never got within a country mile of passing. In 2010, ninety-five candidates signed a pro-Net Neutrality pledge – all ninety-five lost. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee – the Marxist joint that gathered the signatures – raised less than $300 on it.

That uber-fail came in the midst of a decade-plus long Net Neutrality push – that got them literally nowhere with We the People. So the Barack Obama Administration did what the Barack Obama Administration is wont to do – it imposed Net Neutrality via unilateral fiat. More

Taxed Enough Already: Governments Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Bleed Our Internet Service

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

To the Government –
We’re Permanent Donors with Unlimited Veins

Raise your hand if you think government at any level – federal, state, local – is suffering from a dearth of our money. Or omni-directional ways to take it from us. I don’t see…any arms extended upward. Strange.

Well, not really. It now seems like every year the Feds set a new record for most money ever taken from us. As they have yet again this year. Likewise, down-ballot governments are fleecing as fast, as much and in as many ways as they possibly can.

For those of you not paying attention (that’s mainly government officials) – our record deficits and debt are not a revenue problem. They are quite obviously a spending problem.

And when government demands more money, the unspoken assumption is that every penny they already take is being spent wisely and well. Not one cent at all wasted – ever. Who are they kidding? How about you cut those hundreds of billions of absurdly-spent dollars – before you start looking for even more of our coin?

Congress is currently considering – to continue funding the government – an Omnibus bill. (Let’s ignore the fact that we have gone yet another year without a proper budget and budget process – and press on.) Currently contained therein is the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA). More

FCC: ’We Are Going to Be Sued.’ Don’t Execute HUGE Power Grabs – and You Won’t

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Especially So When Government Grows Itself

The Barack Obama Administration has almost inarguably executed more unilateral sweeping power grabs than any previous presidency ever. Administration defenders lamely point to the number of Executive Orders issued: “GOP Slams ‘Imperial’ Obama After Fewest Executive Orders In 100 Years (CHART).” Which is technically true – but totally irrelevant.

A minor point: Not every single Executive Order grabs additional unilateral power (though many do). A MAJOR point: What matters most is total Grabs-by-Regulations – not specifically Executive Orders. New regs issued by the multitudinous Executive Branch departments, agencies, commissions and boards – that exceed the power granted them by Congressional legislation.

It is here that President Obama is making so much awful history. Every arm of his Leviathan is lawlessly sweeping up more and more of the private sector and subjecting it to radical government overlording. And as he runs out of time in office – these grabs have occurred with increasing frequency and force.

As but one example: “Obama EPA Issues Coal-Killing Rules To Cut Carbon Emissions 30 Percent.” Tally-wise – that’s just one power grab. But it is a HUGE power grab. President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is mandating that we cut our energy output by nearly one-third. More

Why Does Government Not Know – or Ignore – History?

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We Need to Broaden This Base

It’s one of our most oft-cited quotes. George Santayana’s “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The reason it so regularly recirculates is because we far too often fail its tenet. Which is truly sad. Because if you pay attention to the past – you can make some reasonable, rudimentary predictions about the future. And avoid a whole lot of completely unnecessary errors.

As predictable as the sun rising in the east and water being wet – is government stinking on ice at everything it attempts to do. We have more than a century of such evidence just here in the United States. The Soviet Union and its many satellites were a 20th Century-long global visual aide of government gone wrong. Then there are the juxtapositions. East Berlin vs. West Berlin, North Korea vs. South Korea. There is millennium more evidence – for those who care to remember the past.

Sadly, far too many Leftists instead adhere to the Shampoo Principle: Lather, rinse, REPEAT.

Which brings us to this pathetic “news” retread: “‘Needless Experiment’: Cities Weigh Gov’t-Backed Broadband, Critics See Tax $$ at Risk.” Wherein we learn local governments all across America are ramping up plans to use our money – to try to be Internet Service Providers (ISPs). More

The Private Sector Solves Problems – Government Exacerbates and Creates Them

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Words By Which to Run a Business

The seven years of the President Barack Obama Administration have provided us with two diametrically opposite things. The government time and again failing utterly in just about everything it tries to do – economic recovery, job creation, health care, defense of our borders and our nation, budget stewardship,…. Meanwhile, the Administration and its Democrat Party keep usurping and pushing to usurp as much of the private sector as possible – to add it all to the government’s (ir)responsibility portfolio.

Which is a whiplash-inducing denial of Reality – and a recipe for continued, accelerated ruin. The private sector is where problems are solved. Government is where they are exponentially expanded – and whole new ones are created.

So as new problems arise – as they always will – let us please allow the private sector to work them out. Do NOT allow the government to “help” – as the late, extraordinarily great Ronald Reagan duly noted: More