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You Know an Idea is REALLY Good – When Government Has to Mandate You Do It

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

They Learn So Young

As the DC Democrat Party unilaterally worked to ram through Obamacare, there were roughly nine million red flags alerting us to the fact that it was in its entirety a terrible idea.

One of the biggest, reddest flags – was the individual mandate. Obamacare forced you – under penalty of an inexorably increasing fine – to purchase the product it was creating.

But wait – we were incessantly, repeatedly told that Obamacare would save the average family $2,500 per year. That is – well, would have been in their Candy Land fantasy – a tremendous discount.

We were repeatedly, incessantly told that health insurance was a product millions of additional people desperately wanted to purchase – but didn’t because they couldn’t afford it.

So riding to the rescue came DC Democrats – with Obamacare, and its fairy dust promises of lower prices.

But if Obamacare was such a great idea – if it would make insurance so much cheaper and better – why would it include a mandate that everyone purchase it? More

Crony Republicans, Re-Recurring Terrible Ideas – and the WORLD Wide Web

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Those in Acronym Land –
Should Know Better

In Washington, D.C., bad ideas never die – they just get new Congressional bill numbers.

There is no notion so dreadful nor roundly rejected – that an additional dash of crony campaign cash can’t resuscitate it. In DC, the Walking Dead don’t eat long pig – they eat pork.

So it is with Crony Republicans’ serial efforts to try to ban online gambling. Billions of pennies have been thrown at very many GOP members – to ensure that this particular bad penny keeps re-turning up.

The Chief Crony in question – is Sheldon Adelson. A $35-billion-net-worth brick-and-mortar casino magnate – who doesn’t like seeing his gambling house profits undercut by the Internet revolution.

So he bribes various and sundry Republican officials – to the tune of about $200 million in just the last few years – to again and again propose legislation that would kill United States-based gambling websites.

Because a disappointingly large swath of the Elite apparently doesn’t understand that the first “W” in the Internet address prefix “WWW” – is short for “World.” More

Solar Fannie Mae: Worse Than Subsidizing Fake Energy? Mandating We Buy It

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May We Please FINALLY Learn SOMETHING?

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis popularized the phrase “laboratories of democracy”: “(T)o describe how a ‘state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.’”

Cities and towns also experiment with policy novelties – serving as even smaller laboratories. For ideas both good – and very, very bad. From what we’ve seen, urban localities are doing some really weird, very failed science.

For instance, Seattle, Washington doesn’t do math very well. Or history. Or the history of math. They imposed a $15-per-hour minimum wage. And how’d that go?: “(I)t reveals a new and disturbing channel by which minimum wages could hurt the very workers they’re created to help – reduced working hours. This is not about justifying the wealth of the rich, it’s about respecting the natural law of market forces.”

Ah yes – the natural law of market forces. No one on the planet respects it less than government. No one breaks it more.

Fighting mightily for the title of dumbest local lab – is South Miami, Florida: “(T)he South Miami City Commission will decide on July 12 when they vote on a ordinance that would require solar photovoltaic systems be installed on all newly constructed homes. Older homes would also be subjected to this requirement if more than 50 percent of its square footage is renovated.” More

GOP Needs to Stop Feeding the Hands That Bite Them

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

That’s Good Advice

The old idiom is “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” Which means don’t “turn on someone that has supported you.”

The Republican Party – is far too often the Stupid Party. They far too often turn the old idiom on its head – and feed the hands that bite them. They dump tons of money on people – who then use it against them. Not particularly intelligent.

There is a decades-old informal campaign entitled “Defund the Left” – an effort to dry up the hundreds of billions of government dollars per annum handed to Leftist organizations.

To cite but one of millions of examples: Planned Parenthood. They receive more than half a billion dollars of federal coin – each and every year. They just spent $734,000 – backing the Democrat in the Georgia-06 Congressional special election.

You would think Republicans – who currently run the White House and Congress – would want to stop nourishing that particular caustic meathook. (Not to mention not wanting to spend government money on ending about 330,000 babies per annum.)

But – not so much: GOP Senator Defends Funding Planned Parenthood. More

Oh Look – Senator ‘Fauxcahontas’ Warren Is Lying. Again

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Her Lips Are Moving

If you are of the ideological Left, there is just about nothing you can do that will remove you from DC’s Elite Society and the Media’s good graces.

Bill Clinton credibly accused of rape?  No problem.  Hillary Clinton gives Russia 20% of our nation’s uranium in exchange for contributions to the family money laundering outfit – oops, I mean charitable Foundation?  No problem.  Bill Ayers being an FBI-designated domestic terrorist?  No problem – there’s a tenured college professorship awaiting you.  The examples are just about endless.

Then there are the lies.  Oh so many lies.  And no matter how many times Leftists are caught bald-faced – they get to move on.  And the very next thing they say – is treated as if it possesses the moral authority and inherent credibility of someone who…well, hadn’t just been caught lying their face off.

Bill Clinton lied under oath – which in part led to his having to give up his law license.  Hillary Clinton lied about sniper fire in Bosnia.  And being named after Sir Edmund Hillary.  And repeatedly about her private-bathroom State Department email server.  Barack Obama said we could under his Obamacare keep our doctors and our insurance plans.  A lie parroted by myriad other Democrats. More

Since They All Have Nukes and Missiles – We Absolutely Should Have Missile Defense

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Bring On the Counter-Boom

In the 1994 movie “Maverick,” there is a huge, climactic poker tournament.  James Garner’s character Cooper is charged with security – he is to ensure every player turns in their weapons prior to play.

Play ensues and tensions rise, and suddenly nigh every player draws guns they aren’t supposed to have – and a massive shootout ensues. After which James Coburn’s character The Commodore disgustedly shouts “Your security didn’t work a damn Coop – everybody’s got a gun.”

And so it is with the “global community”’s decades-long efforts to prevent the global proliferation of nuclear weapons.  We have a long, proven track record – of being utterly incapable of stopping any nation that wants nuclear weapons from obtaining them.

In the 1990s, then-Democrat President Bill Clinton took a titanic victory lap celebrating the deal he cut to prevent North Korea from going nuclear.  Here he is back in the day, describing its incredible effectiveness – doing his best Neville Chamberlain impersonation:

“North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program.  South Korea and our other allies will be better protected.  The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons….The United States and international inspectors will carefully monitor North Korea to make sure it keeps its commitments.” More

Please Save Us from the Government ‘Helping’ Us: Texas Wind ‘Energy’ Edition

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Towering Inferno
That Always Is Government ‘Help’

When the government insists on “helping” the private sector – this sort of stupidity is what you get.

The very famous Ronald Reagan line is: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”  He wasn’t even a little incorrect.

The lather-rinse-repeat cycle is always the same.  Government champions itself as the answer to a private sector “problem.”  But wait, before we go any further: Nigh always the “problem” government “identifies” – isn’t actually a problem.  Government identifies problems – the way Bernie Madoff’s victims identified good investment guidance.

Now that government has made the determination that it is going to “help” – it bull-in-a-china-shop’s its way into the middle of the private sector.  Creating massive disruption – and crowding out private participants.  The entire market warps and distorts – as it is forced to accommodate this massive interloper.

The results are as awful – as they are predictable.  The examples are limitless.  See: Obamacare.  Or Dodd-Frank.  Or Sarbanes-Oxley.  Or…. More

If the Private Sector Does It – Government Shouldn’t

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Opposite Directions – and Light Years Apart

Since the advent of the Internet, an increasing number of people no longer know what a phone book is.  Thick, heavy tomes periodically updated and delivered to your residence – full of listings of people (White Pages) and businesses (Yellow Pages), their addresses and phone numbers.  Back in the Cretaceous Period – this was how you found contact information.

We deliver this history lesson – to deliver the Yellow Pages Rule: If you can find it in the Yellow Pages – the government shouldn’t do it.  Government should not open up shop and compete with private businesses.  For a whole host of reasons.

One reason – the Wallet Rule: If you go out on a Friday night with your wallet, and you go out the following Friday night with my wallet – on which Friday night are you going to have more fun?  Obviously, you’re going to have a whole lot more fun with my wallet – because you don’t care what my wallet looks like at the end of the evening.

Well, government is always on other peoples’ wallets – ours.  In gambling parlance – they’re playing with house money.  Government will never spend money as wisely or well as the people who earned it – from whom government takes it. More

Trump Should Stop the Government’s Price-Fixing Micro-Management of Music Royalties

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Because That Always Works Out – So Well

I’m a lifelong conservative – and a retired musician.  One thing that vexed me as I chased a magical, mystical record deal – was how bizarre and obnoxious was the system to divvy up the money from the hits.

The font of all this bizarre obnoxiousness – is the federal government.  The Feds bizarrely, obnoxiously run the royalties show.  As a less-government-loving songwriter – things like this flummoxed me: “First, there is the calculation of mechanical royalties for writers and publishers….In the United States, the royalties are based on a ‘statutory rate’ set by the U.S. Congress.”

This is the antithesis of a free market – where the participants negotiate with each other to get the best respective deals.  This is a government lobbying contest – where the participant with the most campaign contributions and K Street clout gets an uber-favorable royalty rate from those world-renowned music industry experts in Washington, D.C.

Here in Reality – who is nigh always going to win at that game?  People like me – the newly-signed singer-songwriter who just quit the bartending gig he held down to be able to eat?  Or mega-record companies like Columbia Music – still counting their massive coin from Adele’s latest multi-platinum smash?  (Oh – and mega-company Columbia…is actually a subsidiary of even-more-mega Sony Music Entertainment.)

In the freest of free markets, I-the-newly-signed would be at a fairly large negotiating disadvantage against these mammoth music machines.  In this government-rigged system – I have ZERO chance of out crony-ing them in Congress. More

Leftists Refusing to Provide Goods and Services Is Just Fine – Inauguration Edition

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Eric Holder – The Face of Airbnb Open-Mindedness and Tolerance

There is nothing more close-minded than the open-minded Leftist.

As if we needed even more reminders of this metaphysical truth – behold Donald Trump’s presidential election and inauguration.  Which has oh-so-many-Leftists engaged in avalanche-esque amounts of flagrant obnoxiousness and whiplash-inducing hypocrisy.

And if you want some quintessential distilled Leftist essence – look to the Silicon Valley.

Liberal CEO Slams Middle America: ‘No Educated Person Wants to Live in Sh*thole With Stupid People’: “The CEO of a marketing and advertising firm in San Francisco has attacked Middle America in a bizarre rant on Facebook…Melinda Byerley, CEO of TimeShareCMO and an apparent Hillary supporter (wrote)…’One thing middle america could do is to realize that no educated person wants to live in a sh**ho** with stupid people. Especially violent, racist, and/or misogynistic ones…So if you want jobs, clean up your act and make your town a place that people like us want to live in….Make it a point to elect a progressive city council and commit to not being bigots.’”

I would imagine the Americans who this tolerant, open-minded Leftist dismisses as “stupid people” who “live in a sh**ho**” are going to rush to fundamentally transform their towns into mid-America San Fran-freakos – so as to attract her and her tolerant, open-minded ilk. More