Author: Seton Motley

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

NY Times Mangles Obama’s Net Neutrality Power Grab

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgAs we know – America’s media is for the most part decidedly Leftist, often befuddled and rarely right. So when they wade into an intricate issue like President Barack Obama’s Net Neutrality Internet power grab – we can only expect even more Leftism, befuddlement and wrongness.

On February 26, the Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pretended to be Congress and rewrote law. To suddenly start regulating the Internet under the 1934 Telecommunications Act – under rules written to regulate the landline telephone.

You would think we could all assume Congress’ intent in 1934 wasn’t to apply the law they were then passing to the World Wide Web, right? I mean, we were still sixty years away from the birth of what we know as the Net.

But this little bit of Reality is lost on this Administration. And, too, on the media. Led, as usual, by the New York Times.

What the Net Neutrality Rules Say

Translation: “What the Administration and We Want You to Think the Net Neutrality Rules Say.” Continue reading

Obama’s Other Internet Power Grab – to Expand Policy That Fails 116 Percent of the Time

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgFebruary 26 was a particularly terrible day – in a six-plus year history of terrible Barack Obama Administration days.

That is the day the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – without benefit of Congress – unilaterally imposed on the free Internet the uber-heinous regulatory nightmare mess that is Title-II-Reclassification-Network Neutrality.

But that’s not all the FCC – without any actual authority – did to the Web.

FCC Just Overruled State Laws That Were Blocking Municipal Broadband

How very authoritarian of them. Federalism, anyone?

When you hear “municipal broadband” – think “government broadband.” It’s governments attempting to be in the broadband business.

Which means governments tax private broadband companies – and use the money they’ve taken from private broadband companies to fund government competitors to private broadband companies. Continue reading

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