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Silicon Valley Robber Barons Are Using Government As a Weapon Against Us

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Robber Barons 2.0

In the Left’s usually skewed view of America’s past, they reserve a special place in historical Hell for the late-19th-Century-early-20th-Century entrepreneurial giants who helped revolutionize our economy and nation.

These were the likes of Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan, Andrew Mellon and John D. Rockefeller.   The Industrialists the anti-free-market Left dubbed “Robber Barons” – simply because these men were so very good at free-marketing.

The Left wholly ignored their incredible contributions to moving all of us massively forward. And loathed them for their massive hugeness -and for the abusive practices in which some engaged.

The Left failed (and fails) to understand the evolution of every free market system ever. As a free market grows, the ability of the few to dominate the many very quickly dissipates. More and more people acquire larger sums of coin – and they too get into business for themselves.

Competition being, as it always is, a fabulous equalizing and bettering force – consumers and employees have ever more options from which to choose. So businesses have to stop abusing their customers and the help. More

The Anatomy of a Mass Media Fake News Lie

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Viral – Like the Plague

The Internet is a wondrous free speech-free market Xanadu. It has revolutionized an incalculable number of things. Life is better, stronger, faster – easier.

But like any other tool – a gun, hammer or shovel, for instance – the Internet can be used for things both good…and ill. Which brings us to the legacy media – the Jurassic Press.

Before the Internet and the rest of the new media revolution – the Jurassic Press had a monopoly. A tiny coterie of Leftist outlets – controlled the entire national narrative.

The World Wide Web – shattered the media landscape. With shards for everyone. There were millions of media pieces now available. To anyone from anywhere along the ideological spectrum.

Nothing before the Internet made free speech more horizontal. Never before was the bar of discourse entry so low. More

Oh Look – Trump Is Right on Trade

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Indubitably

Now-President Donald Trump has for decades been decrying the very bad international deals – trade and otherwise – that the United States has for decades been cutting. He ran for and won the Presidency – in no small part because of his infusion of this reality into the reality-free world of DC politics and policy.

In 1987 – undoubtedly as a part of his public relations campaign to promote his then-new book “The Art of the Deal” – Trump placed $100,000 advertisements in The New York Times and other newspapers decrying the bad global agreements of all sorts to which we were subjecting ourselves.

In 1988, Trump was asked about it on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He in part responded:

“We let Japan come in and dump everything right into our markets. It’s not fair trade. If you ever go to Japan right now and try to sell something – forget about it, Oprah, just forget about it. It’s almost impossible…. More

The Left’s Latest Dud: Trying to Recreate the Magic – Almost Never Works

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Certainly the Most Recent.
Well, One of the Most Recent…

Radio impresario Rush Limbaugh routinely, rightly identifies a consistent feature of the human condition: The inability to recreate the spontaneous excellence of an earlier event.

You’ve likely experienced this. For instance, you awaken on a Saturday – and you and your friends decide to pull together a party for that evening. No time for any real planning – just enough to get the word out as best you can.

The stand-up, impromptu nature of the gathering – actually adds to its allure. Word spreads widely and rapidly – and by the time the evening rolls around, everyone has the sense that its going to be something special.

And it is. It’s an all-time barn-burner. Everyone has a ball. So much so – that everyone decides to have another party two weeks hence. More

Wednesday’s Leftist Whine Fest: If You Pay Them, All Greed is Forgiven

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Straight Cash

Wednesday brings us yet another ridiculous Left protest against President Donald Trump and his reasonable, rational, less government agenda.

This tiny, goofy gaggle has dubbed this particular bit of inanity a “Day of Action.” (Though given the huge government, debilitating policies they promote – “Day of Traction” is far more accurate.)

As we chronicled last week, this particular Day of Nonsense is the organizational effort of radical, terrorist-loving, self-described “queer activist singer/songwriter, organizer, parent, speaker, and workshop facilitator” Evan Greer.

Why any company or media outlet would want to be in any way a proponent of this anti-American man and his radical plan – is light years beyond us.

Greer is in charge of rallying to keep in place a Barack Obama Administration uber-huge Internet power grab. They unilaterally imposed a 1934 landline telephone regulatory regime – so as to then impose the ridiculous Network Neutrality. More

The Media-Left’s Uber-Fringe, Terrorist-Loving July 12 ‘Day of Traction’

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Pleasant Company They’re Keeping

One of the very many things that has been hammered home in the President Donald Trump era – is that if the media wants to make a non-story a story, they certainly can. At least for them and theirs.

No matter how ridiculous and fact-free the tale. It can be patently obvious that the “A” they are selling is actually “Not A” – but that matters not. The media floods the zone with it, and that’s all we get.

Trump-Russia collusion, anyone? We’re now a year in to the Media-Democrat complex screeching incessantly about Trump collaborating with Vladimir Putin’s Russia to steal November’s election.

CNN is absolutely obsessed. More than half of all MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s segments between February 20 and March 31 – were directly about it (and that count excludes stories that mentioned it, but weren’t directly on it). It is just about all you can get from anyone in the legacy Jurassic Press.

There remains zero evidence thereof. All along the way, all sorts of Democrats and Leftists have continually, begrudgingly admitted that there is zero evidence thereof. But that’s the storyline to which the Media-Left wishes to adhere – so we’re stuck with it. More

Fake News vs Real Collusion: Wash Post Concocts the Former, Protects the Latter

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A Long, Storied Tradition

The Washington Post is a legacy, old school fake news outlet. Aside from the New York Times, no newspaper carries more national clout.

Largely because of how much they forty-plus years ago made of a third-rate burglary by a Republican presidential campaign on its way to winning forty-nine states. (Had Republicans not broken into the Democrats’ Watergate headquarters, they’d have won, what…forty-three states?)

There were about a half dozen Barack Obama Administration scandals that were each exponentially worse than Watergate – about which the Washington Post couldn’t have cared less. Worse, the Post provided all sorts of cover-up “coverage” of these monstrosities – routinely, incessantly defending the indefensible.

No section of the Post deviates from the Leftist favoritism. Let us look at the Tech section – and a “reporter” by the name of Brian Fung. More

‘Carried Interest’: Let’s Not Increase Taxes on Our Economy’s Engine

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Always Even More Than Meets the Eye

Leftism is such an easy soundbite sell. It’s a gaggle of five-second one-liners that seem to make perfect sense – right up until someone applies actual thought to any of them.

One of the all-time favorites is – “Tax the rich!” (I’m fairly sure the exclamation point is always mandatory.) They’re rich, they’re evil – they should pay MORE!

But let’s now apply some actual thought to their fortune cookie wisdom.

The dreaded One Percent – pay nearly half of all federal income taxes. So they are paying “their fair share” – and the fair shares of roughly 150 million other Americans.

Then there’s all sorts of additional taxes wealthy people pay (that most of the 99% do not). Most of these taxes tax money – that has already been taxed as income (which I find to be particularly, additionally obnoxious).

Most of these taxes – attack the money that makes our free market system possible. Income taxes are awful and pernicious – but it is the taxes on big coin pools that are really an assault on our system. More

Trump and His Commerce Secretary: It Isn’t Free Trade – If They’re Uber-Protectionist

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We Have Been. In Many. For Decades

We have repeatedly written about the widespread ignorance/misinterpretation of now-President Donald Trump’s perspective on trade.

Way too many people – who are alleged to be able to know better – dismiss Trump as anti-free trade. Or even anti-trade. Behold the Washington, D.C.-New York City Bubble boobery on parade:

Donald Trump’s Opposition to Free Trade

Trump’s…Free Trade Retreat

Donald Trump’s Anti-Trade Rhetoric

Trump Trade Moves Chilling, Could Hurt US business: Trade Experts

Donald Trump’s ‘Dumb Market’ Position on Trade Breaks with Decades of Republican Views

With Anti-Trade Message, Trump Targets ‘Reagan Democrats’

Trump’s…Dangerous Revolt Against Free Trade More

Obama’s IRS 2.0 (or 3.0…4.0?…Or is it…?)

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Bosom Cronies

Remember the Barack Obama Administration’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal? The media really wish you wouldn’t, which is why they never really reported on it while it occurred. And, in many ways, the IRS scandal continued well past its initial exposition date.

Here’s a (re)fresher:

IRS Targeting Scheme is a Scandal with No End in Sight: “When the Senate Finance Committee released its findings on the Internal Revenue Service scheme targeting conservative organizations a couple of weeks ago, the initial determination was clear….

“(T)he evidence shows partisan political animus resulted in the unwarranted targeting of conservative groups because of their political beliefs….

“(Top IRS official Lois) Lerner called Republican critics ‘evil and dishonest’ – even ‘hateful.’

“She lashed out following an appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2014: ‘Yesterday was a doozy. They called me back to testify on the IRS “scandal,” and I tool (sic) the 5th again because they had been so evil and dishonest in my lawyer’s dealings with them….’” More