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Amazon: Government Has an Ongoing Problem Issuing Monopoly, Crony Contracts

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In Perpetuity

We’ve oft noted the government’s inability to do well…just about anything.

It’s why our Founding Fathers drafted our Constitution to severely proscribe what the federal government is supposed to do. And why they highly recommended all other levels of government follow their limited prescription.

We less government types see our $4-trillion-per-year federal government – and are rendered nauseous. The Feds are doing countless things the Constitution says they shouldn’t be doing.

So we less government types look for any way of which we can think to minimize the government’s role in any of them. As we look to for any way possible to compromise with the unyielding Government-Should-Do-Everything types.

One of the “half-loaf” ways we have attempted to minimize ever-so-slightly government doing quite so much – is to have the government contract out things to the private sector.

Our thinking being: The private sector does everything better than government (and it absolutely does) – so having the private sector handle something for the government will improve the performance and price of that something. More

The ‘Russia Collusion!’ Nonsense Employed to Smear a Republican by…Qatar

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Corpse Abuse

There are a great many ridiculous ancillary results of the Left-Media’s ridiculous “Russia Collusion!” assault on now-President Donald Trump.

Perhaps chief amongst them: If your political opponent is a Republican, the Left-Media will help you tie them up for months on end with charges of foreign “collusion” – with zero evidence whatsoever necessary to back the claim.

And why would any evidence be necessary? None has thus far been needed to knot up Trump for nearly two years and counting.

Almost as offensive to the Left-Media as Trump himself – is anyone who supports Trump. Behold Elliott Broidy – who had the audacity to like then-candidate Trump. And the ongoing audacity to like him still. More

Cronyism: Having Your Ex-Employees Award Government Contracts…

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He Gets By with a Little Help
from Government Friends

…makes it much more likely you’ll get government contracts.

We have said it many times before – and we will keep saying it until The Purge finally occurs:

President Donald Trump’s far-and-away biggest mistake as chief executive – was not making MANY more people depart the government upon his taking over its top spot.

Trump is currently in the midst of an additional round of small-bore house cleaning. But the Deep State is very, very un-shallow and inordinately un-narrow – and oh-so-much-more culling needs to be done.

To give but two sub-departmental examples:

Behold the United States Digital Service (USDS). And the Defense Department’s portion thereof: The Defense Digital Service (DDS).

The Trump Administration has left these government nooks and crannies nigh completely un-cleansed. So they remain entirely populated by Barack Obama Administration holdovers. More

Defense Dept Gives Trump Enemy Bezos Ten-Year, Monopoly Cloud Contract

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Bezos Having a Laugh –
at Our Exorbitant Expense

Most of us know the expression “Stop biting the hand that feeds you.”

Republicans have a long history of flipping that script – and feeding the hands that bite them.

We’ve had various times during the past several decades where Republicans controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency – and yet Republicans continue to have government fund the Leftism that seeks to destroy them.

The list is long: Non-essential government personnel, government unions, Planned Parenthood, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, environmentalist whack job groups, ridiculous colleges and universities and their ridiculous studies, and on, and on, and….

Thankfully, a few of these nonsensical government-money-recipients only receive relatively small grants. Too many receive huge wages and extravagant benefits.

But the hugest government coin – is in contracting. But most Leftists are completely incapable of doing anything useful – and therefore can not qualify for these most massive dollar deals. More

If a Great Many Trees Fall – and They Don’t Have to – DC Will Mandate They Fall Anyway

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So Many Needless Deaths

Someone get me the environmentalists. I have something on which we can work…together.

To the fainting couches….

Ok. Imagine if you will all the forests that must fall – to feed the government and their countless printed extrusions.

Government spends $4 trillion per annum. That’s a lot of printed currency. And an inconceivable amount of attending paperwork. I mean, the loan documents alone….

In the last year pre-President Donald Trump – government regulated at a cost of $2 trillion more. That is an unfathomable number of printed directive pages – as the Leviathan orders us around hither and yon.

The hundreds of just federal government agencies, departments, commissions and boards extrude all sorts of regs, fiats, reports, memoranda and a whole host of other parchments and documents. More

FERC: A Rare Dud in Trump’s Otherwise Outstanding Cabinet Selections

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ICYMI: Obama’s Gone

President Donald Trump has populated his version of the vast, expansive Executive Branch – with a whole lot of extraordinarily good people. Who have spent their time thus far – reducing mightily the vast expansiveness of the Executive Branch.

One aspect of Trump’s excellent hiring process – is there is a whole lot less of it.

Trump: ‘We Don’t Want to Fill All the Vacancies’ in the Federal Government: “‘We don’t need so many people coming to work,’ Trump told the Washington Examiner in an interview at the White House Wednesday. ‘When they say about putting people in, there are so many jobs in Washington, we don’t want so many jobs. You don’t need all of those people.’”

Indeed we do not.

And Trump’s budgets – have called for further reductions in the size of the ridiculously huge Leviathan – and its many bureaucrat minions.

But unfortunately, the federal government – is still incredibly vast and expansive. And even with less people – you still have to hire a LOT of people.

And as great as Trump has been in his hiring choices – no one is perfect. No one bats 1.000 with that many at bats. More

The Post Office: Doing All the Wrong Things in All the Wrong Ways

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The Pony Express 2.0

Government is awful at doing…just about everything.

In no small part because of the rigid, unyielding dictates of human nature. Government, of course, being populated by humans – is not immune to these dictates.

Because of government’s susceptibility – there is the Yellow Pages Rule.

“What’s ‘Yellow Pages?’” I hear the Millennials ask. Fair enough:

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.

So – The Yellow Pages Rule: More

Does Amazon’s Bezos – the Richest Man Ever – Need So Much Government Cronyism?

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All Hail the King of Cronyism

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – is doing ok.

Jeff Bezos Is the Richest Person in History: “The Amazon CEO’s net worth reached $105.1 billion Monday, according to Bloomberg’s billionaire tracker. That eclipses the record previously held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.”

#1 All-Time – is pretty good.

To be clear: This is not a criticism of Bezos achieving the previously unachieved. I like money. I agree with actor Christopher Plummer’s screen-written portrayal of J. Paul Getty in the movie “All the Money in the World.” The real Getty was then the richest person in the world. And in the flick, the fictitious Getty is asked how much money it would take to make him feel secure. His answer: “More.”

Exactly.

But there is a crucial difference between Getty then and Bezos now – the size of government. At every level – federal, state and local.

Just about every single government in America is – adjusted for inflation, etc. – demonstrably much larger now. More

Piecemeal Obamacare Repeal: Up Next, Please – the Medical Device Tax

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End It – Permanently

Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster.

Insurance premiums have skyrocketed – year, after year, after year. Insurance deductibles have skyrocketed – year, after year, after year. More and more insurance providers have left Obamacare – year, after year, after year.

And year, after year, after year – Republicans promised us a full repeal of the very awful Obamacare. They won House and Senate majorities – in no small part because of said promise.

Then We the People delivered DC the final piece in the puzzle – a Republican President. Donald Trump was sworn in in January.

And then the Republican Senate – couldn’t pass even their minimalist semi-pseudo repeal. More

When ‘Deregulation’ – Is Actually More Government and a Constitutional Violation

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In Sheep’s Clothing

I have a bit of Economics 101 knowledge for the collectivist Left.

You know who I mean. The Bernie Sanders “‘Free’ Health Care and ‘Free’ College for All” types.

The people who think the United States’ $18 trillion economy magically came into being – totally devoid of the profit motive.

That our 300+ million people are willing to put in 40-60 hours a week (and often more) – with no thought at all of remuneration.

That our nation’s job providers will hire our job seekers – not thinking at all of making sure their businesses can pay for them…let alone make some coin above and beyond their wages and benefits.

That our nation’s investors will put at risk their coin – without any interest in trying to get a positive monetary return on said investments. More