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There Are Some Things the Federal Government is Actually Supposed to Do

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From the Constitution –
In Case You’re From a Government and Weren’t Sure

Governments throughout the nation produce tens of millions of pages of paper a year. They are parchment Pez dispensers. That sound you constantly hear is millions of trees crying out in terror – and then being suddenly silenced.

Way too many of these pages – are these governments mandating and/or banning things. Way too often, the federal government is mandating and banning things the states are supposed to be mandating or banning – and vice versa.

I kid – there is WAY too much mandating and banning going on. But what is serious – is the proper delineation of the various governments’ roles.

One piece of paper that gets way too little attention from governments everywhere – is the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers laid out a specific, delineated and delimited role for the federal government. Then: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” More

Senator Toomey on Steel – Was Trump Before Trump. Why Not for Other Industries?

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Want Some Candy?

Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey is an America First bull when it comes to protecting from ridiculous international actors and actions the United States steel industry. And has been for decades.

And no wonder. Steel is a bit of a thing in Pennsylvania. There’s even an NFL team named after the industry’s employees. And lots of his constituents do indeed work in the industry.

But many, many more used to do so. Ridiculous international actors and actions have undercut Toomey’s state’s steel – so Toomey has long gone to bat for it and them. And God bless him – he was and is exactly right to do so.

Because if other steel-producing nations are blocking our steel, subsidizing theirs and flooding our market – that trade has absolutely nothing to do with actual free trade.

Why, then, isn’t Toomey capable of seeing the exact same international inanities doing damage to other U.S. industries? More

Of COURSE Regulations Stifle Private Sector Investment

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20,000 Leagues Under DC

One of the dumbest of DC assertions – is that more government regulation doesn’t harm private sector investment. That somehow the higher cost of compliance with government diktats – doesn’t detract from private entities spending money on the areas harmed by the government diktats.

This defies many aspects of Reality – and contributes a great many additional examples to DC’s Department of Duh. One of the very many immutable areas it defies and defiles – is math.

The federal government alone has regulations that cost the private sector $2-trillion-per-year with which to comply. That’s $2-trillion-per-year – that the private sector has to waste on government. Which means the private sector – can’t invest it. Duh.

That’s the one government shoe dropping. The other is the worst aspect of government regulation – the private sector creations we’ll never get to enjoy. Because they never happen – because government regulation drives the private money that would make them possible entirely out of the sectors regulated. More

Why Don’t We Want More Government in the Internet? IDK…China, Maybe?

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Let Us Please Stop Emulating
the Likes of China

We less government types have all along the way opposed the ridiculous policy known as Network Neutrality. For a whole host of rational, reasonable free market and free speech reasons.

Because more government is always bad for all things free market and free speech. And Net Neutrality is a dramatic increase in government’s involvement in the Internet.

We have all along the way warned that what the Left says Net Neutrality is – isn’t what Net Neutrality will actually turn out to be. No government policy or program ever is.

Anything the government ever does – does nothing it is supposed to do, and everything it is not.

To wit: Obamacare was officially entitled “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” But from the very moment of implementation, Obamacare has targeted for destruction patients – and rendered health care exponentially less affordable.] More

Net Neutrality is Stupid Policy, Has Never Been Popular – and Needs to Finally Go Away

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Let Us Lift the Boot, Shall We?

We have on numerous occasions detailed how titanically stupid Network Neutrality is.

It in the early 2000s actually began as four innocuous items – to which no one at all objected.

Consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.

Consumers are entitled to run applications and services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.

Consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.

Consumers are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers. More

Those in Subsidized Houses – Shouldn’t Throw Crony Government Accusations

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A Giant Sucker –
Courtesy of Big Candy

We less-government-types want to see an end to as much government subsidy money and protectionism as possible.

We who understand economics and human nature – realize the omni-directional warping that government causes.

For instance, too many people do the subsidized thing – creating massive surpluses, and attending massive losses.

Surplus Wheat Production Resulting in Heavy Losses: “Atif Ikram Sheikh – who is also Group Leader of HCCI and Chairman FPCCI Regional Committee on Industries – said the support price of the wheat, which presently stands at Rs 1,300 per mound, is the reason behind all the trouble.”

Who sets “the support price of wheat?” Government, of course. More

83% Bots: We Told You the Power Grab ‘Comment Period’ is Titanically Stupid

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Yet Another Very Helpful ‘Comment’ Avalanche Underway

We have rather recently delved into the scintillating stupidity of the government bureaucracy “Comment Period”:

“One of the ways these agencies attempt to cover up their unilateral power grabs – is with a veneer of alleged We the People participation. Behold the utter dumbness of the ‘Comment Period.’

“Where some agency of which you’ve never heard – and to whom you’ve elected no one – quietly announces a period where you can file thoughts on the damage they’re about to inflict upon you.

“Of course, the Comment Period is entirely and solely Democracy Theater….(I)f the government wants to do something new – the process has to begin with legislation by the Legislative Branch. Not bureaucratic fiats by Executive Branch agencies…. More

Obamacare Democrats – Now Promise ‘Affordable’ Government Internet ‘For All’

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The Solution to More Government – Ain’t More Government

Obamacare’s official legislative name was, of course, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Washington, D.C. is very good at naming things. DC remains very terrible at doing things.

Patients haven’t been protected by the law – they’ve been assaulted by it. And affordability was exterminated at the moment of enactment.

All of the Obamacare promises – were a lie.

Obama: Health Insurance for All

Except:

Obamacare Will Leave 30 Million Uninsured More

Government Mandating Maximums and Minimums is Almost Always Awful

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Natch

Those of us who understand rudimentary economics – and/or those of us who have paid any attention at all to the last half century-plus – know the government mandating maximums and minimums is a ridiculously bad idea.

Republican President Richard Nixon imposed (wage and) price controls – maximums on what can be charged. How’d that go?

It was a part of Nixon government-mandating flurry that was subsequently dubbed “The Nixon Shock.” That doesn’t sound very good:

“The centerpiece of the Nixon Shock was its controls on prices. In a market economy, freely fluctuating prices are the nervous system that coordinates supply and demand….The price controls did tame inflation temporarily, but it came roaring back within three years to double-digit levels and persisted through the 1970s because of loose monetary policy. A tight lid on a boiling tea pot can only contain the steam for a time before it explodes. More

More Broadband Access for Everyone? Get Rid of the Massive Government Taxes and Fees

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Will No One Rid Us of These Meddlesome Fees?

One of the very many avenues the Left uses as an excuse to grow government – is the alleged “digital divide.” The number of people who do not have access to Internet service – contrasted with the number who do.

Broadband Digital Divide ‘Becoming a Chasm’: “There is ‘growing digital inequality between…the rich and the poor…’ says the United Nations’ Broadband Commission in its latest report.”

Does anyone actually believe the “digital divide” “between rich and poor” in the United States – is actually getting worse? That there is a smaller percentage of people with Internet access now – then there were three years ago? Five? Ten?

It is an absolutely absurd assertion. More