Author: Seton Motley

Barack Obama and Google – Crony Socialism on Steroids

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgI was at the just concluded Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on a panel entitled “The United States of Google: Big Data and Big Government.”

During which Scott Cleland and I examined amongst other things the seemingly endless Crony Socialist ties between all-everything mega-company Google and the Barack Obama Administration.

Google loved Obama back before there was an Obama Administration. Remember how the Obama campaign was hailed for its online prowess – both in 2008 and 2012?

Using New Media Effectively: An Analysis of Barack Obama’s Election Campaign Aimed at Young Americans

How Obama’s Online Campaign Helped Win the Election

Obama Raised Half a Billion Online

Except it wasn’t Campaign Obama – nearly so much as it was Campaign Google. Continue reading

Who ‘Wins’ With Obama’s Net Neutrality?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgThe Barack Obama Administration’s Thursday Internet uber-power grab is awful for just about every American. It will lead to dramatically more expensive Web access – because of both raised service costs and huge new taxes.

And we will see a spiraling, regressive devolution of speed. It will be a return to the spinning wheel of Web-waiting death. When government regulation increases – private investment decreases. When investment goes – forward progress goes with it. And this Obama power grab is lots and lots and LOTS of regulation. The government just turned backwards the clock on the unfathomable increases in speeds we’ve seen for two-plus decades.

Remember 28k dial-up? If not, you’ll be reminded of it here in a bit – and you’ll be paying $200 per month for it.

All of this leads one to ask – who actually wanted this grab? Continue reading

Videos: Guy Who Convinced Obama to Dramatically Ramp Up Internet Power Grab Is an Uber-Boob

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgTomorrow’s Barack Obama Administration Internet unilateral uber-power grab is larger, worse and more heinous than it was just four months ago. That is because Obama-campaign-cash-bundling Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has knuckled under to the President’s November demand to ramp it WAY up. What preceded President Obama’s November demand? This:

In a lucky coincidence, Tumblr Chief Executive David Karp , who attended the meeting in New York, found himself seated next to Mr. Obama at a fundraiser the following day hosted by investment manager Deven Parekh.

Mr. Karp told Mr. Obama about his concerns with the net-neutrality plan backed by Mr. Wheeler, according to people familiar with the conversation. Those objections were relayed to the White House aides secretly working on an alternative.

The lynchpin to this even-more-ginormous power grab – was Karp. Who yesterday appeared on CNBC to discuss what he had wrought. Continue reading

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgThursday is for freedom a very bad day. That is the day the free speech-free market Xanadu that is the Internet will be unilaterally seized by the Barack Obama Administration.

Per the President’s demand, the allegedly independent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is pretending to be Congress – and writing new Web-regulating law for themselves. And on Thursday they will vote on it – and thereby grab expansive, broad and deep overlording powers.

The President influencing the FCC is at the very least problematic – if not illegal.

House to Probe White House Role in FCC’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Proposal

Senate Investigating Whether Obama Meddled with the FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan

In defense of the Commission’s apparent lackey-esque capitulation, Special Counsel for External Affairs Gigi Sohn “reassured” us:

“There are…places where our proposal is actually stronger than President Obama’s proposal.

“Our power grab is even worse than President Obama’s” isn’t very reassuring. Continue reading

VIDEO: What Obama’s Internet Power Grab Means for Free Markets and Free Speech

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgFebruary 26 is Internet Doom’s Day.

That is the day President Barack Obama’s campaign-coin-bundling Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler will jam through President Obama’s Title-II-Reclassification-Net-Neutrality power grab.

(At this point, I wish Chairman Wheeler had instead been appointed an ambassador – like oh-so-many other Obama contributors.)

Meanwhile, President Obama wants to ramp up government-provided broadband. To fill the void his Internet regulatory body slam will create in the private sector.

And here is where a free market problem begets a free speech one. Continue reading

Obama’s Internet Power Grab Visual Aide Hates His Net Neutrality

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgPresident Barack Obama has a repetitive tic when it comes to his myriad power grabs.

The President knows if he is straightforward about his plans to government-ize every sector of the economy – said plans will be even less popular than they already are. (Hello, November election.)

So he likes to cite successful private sector endeavors as alleged, though-actually-antithetical visual aides for his government takeover model. He heaps praise upon them – and then announces he is going to bury them with government.

This bait-and-switch approach is working less and less. And sometimes, for some, it never works at all. Remember this? Continue reading

Video: Why Net Neutrality Is a Terrible Idea

Seton Motley | Les Government | LessGovernment.orgWe wrote and recorded the following in December 2010 – the last time the Barack Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was on the verge of imposing really awful Network Neutrality policy.

Since, the D.C. Circuit Court has again unanimously rejected said imposition – because the FCC lacks the authority under the law.

But why should that stop them?

This looming power grab is even worse. The FCC is (again) pretending to be Congress – rewriting the law and reclassifying the Internet to regulate it under 1934 and 1887 law (because that makes perfect sense for the 21st Century World Wide Web).

So as to then justify the re-imposition of Net Neutrality.

Which makes all of the following just as pathetically pertinent today as it was almost five years ago. Continue reading

Worse Than Seattle’s Super Bowl Call? The Media’s Calls on Government Power Grabs

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgThe Seattle Seahawks yesterday – in a moment of profound foolishness – forsook Beast Mode for Least Mode. And it cost them the Super Bowl.   But they can take ever so slight solace – the Media has been in Least Mode for decades.

This has been on prominent display throughout the Barack Obama Administration – and certainly when it comes to the Administration’s many, MANY unilateral power grabs.

First, a bit of a Constitutional primer for a Media that seems to desperately need it. Congress is the Legislative Branch. They write laws – which the President then signs. Said President presides over the Executive Branch. His many, many, MANY Departments, Agencies, Commissions and Boards are then – and only then – charged with executing the legislation Congress first composed.

This horse-first-then-cart approach has for the last century-plus been incrementally, inexorably drowned out by increasingly loud unilateral power grabs. This President has cranked the volume to eleven. The Media remain seemingly stone deaf. Continue reading

Three More Obama Admin Casualties: Congress, Federalism – and Humility

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgIt’s been a bad six years for the United States of America. The examples are myriad.

The national debt has nearly doubled – from ten trillion dollars to over eighteen trillion dollars.

The workforce participation rate has decreased precipitously – to a level not seen since the mid-1970s. (The phony “unemployment rate”is irrelevant – and its computation process is in desperate need of Reality-based reform.)

Then there are the regulations – oh so many regulations. Hundreds of thousands of new pages of regulations added. The total regulatory damage done is now $2 trillion per year – and the costs continue to increase as the pages (and PAGES) of regulations do.

These are but horrendous symptoms (and there are oh so many more). The root cause? Our decades-long drift away from a Constitutionally limited federal government has become in the last half decade-plus a rocket ride. The USS Leviathan is hurtling at light speed away from the diminutive pen within which the Founders intended it to be contained. Continue reading

Obama’s Plan: Repeal the Private Sector – Replace with Government

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgWe less government types believe in the Yellow Pages Rule: If you can find it in the Yellow Pages, the government shouldn’t be doing it.

But just before the 2008 election, soon-to-be-President Barack Obama proudly proclaimed“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”His transformational aim? To by any means necessary repeal the private sector – and replace it with government.

ObamaCare is an excellent example. The law’s architect is accidental-video-star Jonathan Gruber – who acknowledges the heads-government-wins-tails-we-lose nature of the law. In 2012 Gruber said if ObamaCare was not successful at controlling costs“we’ll have to revisit single-payer”- i.e. government-only health care. And in 2014 he said“if you like single-payer then ObamaCare has to succeed.”No matter what, we all get government.

And then there’s President Obama’s latest assaults on the private sector Internet. About which college professor and avowed Marxist (please pardon the redundancy) Robert McChesney said“(T)he ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.” Continue reading