Author: Seton Motley

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

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

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

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

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

Net Neutrality Is Just As Stupid Internationally As It Is Here

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgNet Neutrality remains an omni-directional terrible idea.

Here in the United States, Net Neutrality exponentially increases the government’s ability to tax the Internet. Starting with the 17.4% Universal Service Fund (USF) tax. Which goes up automatically every calendar quarter. And goes up each and every time three unelected Federal Communications Commission (FCC) bureaucrats decide they want more of our coin. Which they just did in December – with a 17.1% rate increase.

Net Neutrality exponentially increases the government’s regulatory role – creating a Government-May-I approach to all things innovation. If you’re an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and want to try something new – the Overlord must first wave his scepter and deem it allowed. Continue reading

Higher Costs, New Taxes – The Perpetual Lie: More Government = Less Expensive

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgWe’ve heard it for generations. Let government get more involved – and private sector prices will fall. We’ve heard it in defense of new programs – and (ever) more regulations.

We have centuries of evidence to the contrary.

Government promises already made are unfathomably short of coin.

Federal Unfunded Liabilities Total $84 Trillion

In part because the government is either woefully unskilled at guesstimating its costs – or it simply lies to get their new power grabs imposed. Continue reading

#RFRA – Big Government Means Big Losses of Freedom and Choices and Big Cronyism

Seton Motley | Less Government | :essGovernment.orgThe solution to many, MANY public policy problems is – less government.

Governments’ regulatory hammers and checkbooks are simply gi-normous. The federal government alone spent last year nearly $4 trillion – and its regulations cost the economy more than $2 trillion more.

That’s $6 trillion a year with which to punish enemies and reward friends. Which sets up the Leviathan to be the Crony Deal Broker.

Government is so huge – way, WAY beyond the bounds proscribed by the Constitution – it keeps bumping up against the individual freedoms of a free society.

There is in Indiana (and elsewhere) no religious freedom “tension” with respect to their Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. There is only government dramatically overreaching. The Constitution mandates government make no law abridging the freedom of religion. The Constitution mandates government its own self treat everyone equally before the law. The Constitution does not empower the government to mandate that every individual treat every other individual equally. Continue reading

Aren’t We All Looking Forward to ‘Internet at the Speed of Government?’

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgWe were on February 26 subjected to the hugest of Barack Obama Administration Internet power grabs. Where the Administration unilaterally decided to start applying 1934 landline telephone law to the 21st-Century-Web.

This government grab was made under the guise of Network Neutrality – but this flashback-to-New-Deal phone law is oh-so-much-worse. The Administration has appointed itself the overlord of just about every private sector decision, transaction and innovation.

This is Mother-May-I-Do-Anything-At-All uber-regulation. It will eviscerate the free-speech-free-market-Xanadu Web we all know and dearly love.

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz has been an outspoken opponent of all of this. And has been criticized by the Left and the Media (please pardon the redundancy) for the ways he has phrased his opposition. Continue reading

The FCC Delivers the Latest Dose of Obama Cronyism

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgThe huge-er government gets – the greater its ability to deliver cronyism goodies. The bigger the wallet government has – the larger the regulatory hammer it wields – the more Crony Socialism it can dispense.

Remember when President Barack Obama said this?

“We’re going to punish our enemies and reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”

The Obama Administration is excellent at both. The punishing: Continue reading