Author: Seton Motley

Aren’t We Yet Tired of the Feds Being Totally Wrong – Or Lying to Us?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgGassy assertions by government officials are, of course, a given. Very few groups of people are more wrong, more consistently – yet with more confidence – than the people who lord over us.

There are only two possible explanations. They are either really, really ill informed and naive. Or they know they’re wrong – and they are each respectively lying both of their faces off.

Let’s revisit just a few.

Obama Promises To Lower Health Insurance Premiums by $2,500 Per Year

Except:

Thank You, ObamaCare: Families Pay $3000 More for Insurance

And: Continue reading

After the Power Grabs: Gov Doesn’t Care What Happens to Us – It’s On to the Next Grabs

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgHow many times has government royally messed up something? And not fired anyone? Or done anything that remotely resembles improving their performance?

Oh so very often. In part because they don’t care – once they have the power, they don’t care what happens to us. In part because they are too busy planning their next grabs.

A pristine example?

Federal Union Says (Office of Personnel Management) OPM Breach Hit Every Federal Employee

The OPM Breach Is a Catastrophe

First the government must own up to its failure. Then the feds should follow this plan to fix it.

Good luck with that. Continue reading

Net Neutrality Hits – The Media Misses, Badly

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Have A Whole Lot More Pablum

As we’ve often discussed, the Tech Media is just as hopelessly Leftist and lost as the broader Jurassic Press. They are both echo chambers – talking points and terrible ideas bounce with great rapidity around their tiny little worlds. They are the Bubble Boys (and Girls) of news.

When a Tech Media story crosses over to the broader Jurassic Press – their ridiculous Leftist repetitiveness is truly comical. And highly disquieting.

On Friday, President Barack Obama’s huge Internet Network Neutrality power grab officially went into effect. A crossover story – with predictable, pathetic Press results.

What the Net Neutrality Ruling Means for You – NBC News

(T)he (Federal Communications Commission) FCC ruled that websites, media companies and others would travel online at the same speed.

Like government can magically make everyone and every job worth more money by mandating a higher minimum wage. Continue reading

‘Trust Us – We’re the Government’ Isn’t the Best Justification for These Huge New Power Grabs

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgWe are deep into Year Seven of the Barack Obama Administration. It has not been a great time in the history of government transparency and accountability.

He at the outset sounded good.

We have to use technology to open up our democracy. Its no coincidence that one of the most secretive administrations in our history has favored special interests and pursued policies that could not stand up to the sunlight.

Then so quickly disintegrated.

Cronyism and ObamaCare: Another Challenge for Reformers

GREEN SCAM: 80% of Green Energy Loans Went to Obama Donors

Auto Bailout Czar: We Did It All for the Unions

The (Federal Communications Commission) FCC Delivers the Latest Dose of Obama Cronyism

He sounded SO good. Continue reading

The Feds Want to ‘Reform’ Fraud-Riddled ObamaPhone – By Expanding It to the Internet

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgRemember this woman?

“Everybody in Cleveland low minority got ObamaPhone. Keep (Barack) Obama in President, you know? He gave us a phone, he’s going to do more.” (Sic)

“You sign up if you on food stamps, you on Social Security, you got no income, disability….” (Sic)

Thus was the Lifeline redistribution-of-wealth government phone program rechristened “ObamaPhone.” Which drove nuts the Left and the Media (please pardon the redundancy). Continue reading

The Amtrak Crash: When Government is Ideological Instead of Lawful and Logical

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For Amtrak – A Perpetual Stop Sign

Last week’s deadly Amtrak crash was absolutely horrendous.

For Democrats and their fellow Big Government advocates – it was a serious crisis they are trying desperately to not let go to waste.

They first tried to say the cause of the crash was a lack of government money. Except Amtrak has received over $30 billion since its 1970 inception. The last spending bill signed by President Barack Obama included $1.4 billion for Amtrak.

It gets even bigger:

Never mind that Amtrak has pumped $2.6 billion into the 456-mile track called the northeast corridor over the last decade. The eight states along this route that connects Boston to Washington through New York and Philadelphia supplied another $2.4 billion….

Those are huge budgetary coin infusions. And lest we forget the 2009 $878+ billion alleged “Stimulus.” Continue reading

Big Government Advocates Say They Want More Competition – Their ‘Solutions’ Result in Less

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgThe road to Hell is paved with good government intentions.

We need not ascribe malicious motives to Big Government advocates – we need only look at their results.

Total US Debt Rises Over $18 Trillion; Up 70% Under Barack Obama

Why Are We Not Talking About America’s $123 Trillion In Unfunded Liabilities?

With this track record of uber-failure – which has put us on the fast track to oblivion – why would we want even more government? When everything Big Government advocates say they need – results in less of what they say they want? Continue reading

Government Tries to Micromanage a Market – And Yet Again Fails Miserably

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We Don’t Need the Former – or the Latter

The bigger government is – the more room there is for big companies who wish to do so to rig the system. And the more small companies – without the wherewithal to similarly rig – suffer.

The long-term, permanent solution is to reduce the size, scope and sphere of influence of government. The less government tries to micromanage things – the more it steps back and lets the private sector do its magical goodness – the better off we all are.

In the meantime, may we please at least stop the government busy-bodying that is so bad even the busybodies in question acknowledge its absurdity

Dish Network Surprise Winner In Spectrum Auction

In what appeared to be an unprecedented move, Dish also secured all of its winning bids through entities that qualified for a 25% discount set aside by the Federal Communications Commission for small businesses. As a result, Dish and its partners will only owe about $10 billion, saving more than $3 billion….

Wait – what set asides? Continue reading

(At Least) Three Reasons Why Government Being in the Broadband Business is a Terrible Idea

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgLikely the least regulated private economic sector going into the Age of the Barack Obama Administration – at least at the federal level – was the Internet. Which is largely why the Web has become an ever-evolving, free speech-free market Xanadu.

This Administration views this is a tremendous failing – that they are rushing to rectify.

Just after this last election, the President’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – at the interloping behest of the President his own self – imposed two huge Internet power grabs.

There has been much examination of the ridiculous Network Neutrality grab – where the Feds will now slam down onto the Net the ridiculous tax and regulatory superstructure that is 1930s landline telephone laws.  

Let’s look at the other. Continue reading

The Death Tax, the Flat Tax – and Warren Buffett’s Fat Tax Breaks

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgWe just hobbled through another tax season. The excruciating excursion into the ridiculous thicket that is the roughly 75,000 page tax code.

All for the privilege of giving federal, state and local governments record amounts of our money.

A 2011 study said we then wasted 6.1 billion hours preparing to pay our taxes – and that was when the tax code was a mere 72,536 pages.  

Built into these tens of thousands of pages are breaks and special exemptions galore. I am opposed to all of them. Continue reading