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Mexico: Bad Trade Deals Are Even Worse – When Nations Violate Them

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Let’s Cut Some Less Government Deals –
And Then Adhere to Them

The “anti-free trade” label is these days blithely thrown around a lot.  Mostly at President Donald Trump – and people who agree with him and his desire to revamp how we’ve long done trade.

Mostly by people who blithely accept getting royally ripped off in the one-sided “free” trade deals we’ve long been cutting.

We objectors actually very much like actual free trade.  Where each party treats all other parties equally – with less government and justice for all.  However, in very few instances are those the types of trade deals to which we’ve agreed.

We get our government out of the way of other nations’ products.  While allowing other nations to tax and other wise impede our products.  We (mostly) keep the government out of our internal production for export.  While other nations subsidize the daylight out of theirs – which obviously affords them a gross, distorted advantage on the world market.

Allowing any of this at all was stupid.  Allowing all of this repeatedly, serially for decades – was titanically so.  What it wasn’t – was free trade. More

The Left: A History of Violence and Racism – Net Neutrality ‘Comments’ Edition

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Another Peaceful Left Assemblage

Godfather of Communism Karl Marx counseled: “Accuse others of what you do.”  More than a century’s worth of Marx-Communist disciples – have rigorously adhered to this tenet.

Communism has…a bit of a history-of-violence problem.  It spent the 20th Century – murdering roughly 100 million people.

The American Left really hasn’t held up its end of the bargain on the body count – but that doesn’t mean their past isn’t rife with murder, violence and mayhem.  See: The Ku Klux Klan, the Weathermen/Weather Underground and the Black Panthers – to name but a few.

But throughout their history of violence – the American Left has consistently and very successfully pinned the “Barbarity” label – on the Right.  Accusing others of what they do.

Heck, they’ve even successfully ascribed to the Right the Democrat Party-born Klan – which spent so much of its time murdering blacks and the Republicans who helped them.

Flash forward to the modern era – nothing has changed.  The Tea Party was accused of being a racist, violent response to Barack Obama – America’s first black president.  Except the Tea Party actually got its start protesting mass illegal immigrant amnesty and then massive bank bailouts – which were policies put forward by white Republican President George W. Bush.  And the only violence that ever took place at Tea Party rallies – was initiated by Leftists. More

A Tax Cut – Should Not Include a Stupid, Economy-Debilitating Tax Increase

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

It’s the Long Conversation
We’ve Long Needed to Have

President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress have both put forward tax reform plans that contain lots and lots of really great ideas.  They both simplify the code, eliminate some taxes, reduce the rates of others – and in general are geared to allow for vigor to return to our long vigor-less economy.

The fundamental element behind vigor in our economy – is coin.  The crucial component of capitalism – is capital.  And the ugly truth for Leftists is – only people that earn money have money.  And the people that earn more money – have more money.  The rich – have even more than that.

So you need all of these people – most especially the rich – to privately dispose of their capital.  Not have the government take it from them.  So as to fuel capitalism – and allow the reinvigoration to begin.

Capitalism works – in large part because of Adam Smith’s “Invisible Hand.”  Capitalism coin never stays put – it’s always on the go.  The Invisible Hand moves that money – all over the place.

To wit: A rich person buying a yacht – does more for a poor person than a thousand government programs.  Because – who sells the yachts to rich people?  Poorer people.  Who drives the yachts to the lots to be sold?  More, even poorer people.  And who builds the yachts to be driven to the lots to be sold to rich people?  Lots and lots of additional poor people.  And then there are the crews to sail the yachts, the repair crews to fix them, the harbor crews to harbor them,….

How do we know this?  Because in 1991 the Feds imposed a “luxury tax” on expensive cars, furs, jewelry…and boats.  Democrat Senators Ted Kennedy (Massachusetts) and George Mitchell (Maine) in particular crowed about the rich finally paying their fair share.  Except: More

Walmart Isn’t Conservative – Walmart is a Massive DC Self-Interested Special Interest

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Another Contributor to the America Last Approach

Walmart and the founding Walton family have long been seen as conservative stalwarts.  The Waltons have indeed contributed much money to conservative causes – much to the Left’s chagrin.

Walmart has long been a Leftist bogeyman – in large part because they remain rightly, reasonably opposed to the unionization of their stores.  Which drove the Left nuts.  And led to years of union-funded Leftist campaigns against the company.

To aid in their defense against this onslaught, the Waltons elicited conservative assistance.  Because conservatives bizarrely think people should be free to choose whether or not to join unions – and unions do not.

And it worked – Walmart remains a right-to-work entity.  God bless America.

But as time has marched on, it’s looking more and more like the Waltons cut these checks not in the interest of ideology – but in the interest of Walmart protectionism.  On a whole host of other issues, Walmart has been anything but conservative.

Which tells all of us what many of us have all along known – Walmart is just another massive, massively self-interested Washington, D.C. special interest.

Walmart has long been a lead outside champion of a ridiculous tax increase scheme ridiculously misnamed the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA).  Their brick-and-mortar stores have to collect sales and use taxes for the states and localities in which they are located.  Internet companies that sell in those states and localities but are not located there – do not. More

Stupid Trade Policy Isn’t the Only Reason We Lose Jobs – But It’s a Big One

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Our Very Stupid,
Long-Unrequited Trade Policy

President Donald Trump is President Donald Trump in no small part because he campaigned acknowledging the elephant that left the room – that being the millions of jobs that have emigrated from the United States over the last several decades.

The Rust Belt – hasn’t always been rusty.  The oxidation onslaught came – as their jobs went.  Trump won – because he directly addressed why in a way no one from either Party had…basically ever.  Rust Belt states a Republican hasn’t won in ages – rewarded him.  Pennsylvania – last Republican red in 1988.  Michigan – 1988.  Wisconsin – 1984.  That was the ball game.

A political aside: Trump is obviously not a politician.  He is a far-from-perfect messenger – with a wholly imperfect message delivery system.  But he has an instinctual feel for what resonates with average Americans.  And a four-decade, uber-successful global business career that time and again showed him what works – and what doesn’t.  And the ability to connect the two – in a faulty-but-winning way.

Imagine what a polished politician – with honed political skills and rigorous message discipline – can do with the path to victory Trump has illuminated.  “Trumpism” certainly can long outlast Trump.  And it must – if the Republicans ever again want to win the Presidency.  Sorry, NeverTrumpers – but all we less-government-types need to acknowledge and embrace this.  End political aside. More

Google and Facebook Are Now Driving the ‘News’ Media Cart

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Meet the New News Bosses

Our recurring joke – that is itself a ceaselessly recurring joke – is when we mention the “Media-Left,” we always follow it with “please pardon the redundancy.”  The Media-Left merger is now seamless.  I could hand you a New York Times article and a Daily Kos article – and you would be hard pressed to determine which is which (aside from the latter’s propensity for profanity). We will provide many such examples in just a bit.

As Rush Limbaugh repeatedly points out – the Media are the horse, the Left merely the cart the Media drags along behind.  And the Democrat Party is the inert, inept product in the cart – dragged along by both.

Without the Media’s tens of billions of dollars per annum in issue advocacy, the Left would be almost wholly relegated to college campuses, Hollywood – and maybe eight states.  Of the 535 seats in the United States Congress – the feckless Democrat Party would hold maybe forty.

You can not deconstruct the Left – without deconstructing the Media.  You must, in fact, lead with the Media.  Since the Media leads the Left. More

Climate Change Liars, Running Out of Global Real Estate, Seek Solace in the Philippines

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Ridiculous Anti-Capitalism – with a Ridiculous Face

The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus was the “Greatest Show on Earth.”  From 1919 – until this year, when Leftists radicals culminated a years-long assault on the Circus by successfully shutting it down.

Global warming – ooops, I mean climate change – is the Greatest Scam on Earth.  A now decades-long push by the Left to get human beings to stop advancing the human condition.  The same people that shuttered the Circus – are looking to end human achievement.

The environmentalist movement is an anti-capitalism movement.  But for decades (but less and less these days, thanks to decades of government-school indoctrination) – you looked like an idiot being anti-capitalism.  Because its unfathomable success was glaringly obvious – both standing alone, and especially in contrast with the other major option, Socialism.

So the Left dressed up their Socialism in green costumes – and declared that they were Saving the Planet.  Which is why we call the environmentalists “Watermelons” – because they’re green on the outside, red on the inside. More

Net Neutrality: Venezuela for the Internet

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

No, Gracias

One of so many walking undead issues that shamble on in Washington, D.C. is the ridiculous government Internet overreach known as Network Neutrality.

Anything that the Left insists on imposing via unelected bureaucrats issuing regulatory fiats – rather than through legislation via our elected officials in Congress – is going to very much resemble a zombie.  Because these things are never truly good and dead (settled).

Net Neutrality certainly deserves to be good and dead.  For always.

Net Neutrality is Socialism for the Internet – it guarantees everyone equal amounts of nothing.  It is a government assault on the industry – to affect an ideological outcome: The end of any and all private sector Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – which will leave us with government as our sole ISP.

That’ll be outstanding for service, right?  When government takes over delivery of things – Venezuela ensues. More

George Soros and Google Champion Government Control of the Internet

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Yes, Please –
With the Added Benefit of Angering George Soros and Google

Part of the President Donald Trump Reality Revolution – is undoing the President Barack Obama Anti-Reality Revolution.

You remember, the Obama-promised “fundamental transformation” – that led to amazingly bad policies and terrible results.  Obama’s massive regulatory assaults on all things private sector – were an intended disaster for the private sector.  Obama is the first president in our history to never, ever have even one year of at least 3% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth.

Obama did this – because he wanted to repeal the private sector, and replace it with government.  More government – means less private sector.  Each new regulatory attack – was yet another government advancement.  Forcing yet another private sector retreat.  Lather, rinse repeat – for eight years.

This was the very successfully implemented plan.  Of not just Obama – but Obama’s backers.  Chief amongst them were George Soros and Google. More

Reasonable, Rational, Lawful AGs Stage an Intervention for NY’s Radical Schneiderman

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

No One Expects the AG Intervention

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has led a years-long Don Quixote-esque political persecution of ExxonMobil.  An ongoing, rolling abuse of his power as the Empire State’s chief lawyer – and a gross dereliction of that office’s actual duties.

Schneiderman is engaged in all of this ideological obnoxiousness – because he believes in the myth that is global warming…oops, I mean climate change.  Or, more likely, he believes – and revels – in the very real massive increase in government that goes along with the implementation of the belief in the myth of climate change.

Schneiderman claims he is going after Exxon – for knowing climate change is real, and hiding that information from the public.  Which almost assuredly isn’t true – since, you know, climate change isn’t true.  And even if it is and they did – it isn’t actually, you know, a crime.

Schneiderman may believe that Exxon possesses evidence that unicorns are real.  This we do not know.  What we do know is that Schneiderman is going after Exxon for giving money to climate change realist non-profit organizations (full disclosure: our Less Government has never been one of them).  Which not only isn’t a crime – it’s a First Amendment-protected freedom-of-speech activity.

And in the grander scheme of things, Schneiderman is going after Exxon – for having the audacity to engage in legal commerce.  Selling their legal product in legal ways on an open, legal market.  (An international market, by the way – so this has nothing to do with the office of one U.S. state’s Attorney General.) More