Author: Seton Motley

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

In 2010, Seventy-Three House Dems Opposed Obama’s Internet Power Grab. Now? Not So Much

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgNovember’s election was an overwhelming, historic rebuke of what President Barack Obama and his Democrats are doing – and how they’re doing it.

But if you think the newly-minted major Republican majorities should serve as a roadblock to the Democrat agenda – well, that’s yet another thing you don’t have in common with the Democrat Party.

President Obama has been unilaterally rewriting law in Executive-Order-fiat-fashion since about fifty-seven seconds into his Administration. Last November’s election launched him into power grab overdrive.

Are Congressional Democrats protecting their purview? And asking – nay demanding – President Obama leave the law writing to the lawmakers? Of course not.

Sheila Jackson Lee: Writing Executive Orders for Obama to Sign ‘Our Number One Agenda

Why would Democrats do their jobs – where they’ll have to deal with all those pesky Republicans the American people keep electing in ever-greater numbers? Continue reading

Three Unelected Democrat Bureaucrats Are About to Overrule and Override November’s Election

3266bb3cfb3f8c9ccbc61c461e35cb57The American people in November overwhelmingly, historically rebuked President Barack Obama, his policies and his unilateral practices.

The President his own self primed the pump for the election as a referendum – on him.

Obama: My ‘Policies Are On the Ballot. Every Single One of Them.’

President Obama has for years benefitted greatly from then-Senate Majority Leader (Democrat) Harry Reid serving as a preemptive veto of most things legislation.

Senate Sitting on 290 Bills Already Passed by House; Tension Mounts (2010)

Democrat Senate Blocks 340 House Bills (2014)

This Do-Nothing-Democrat-Senate allowed Democrats and the media (please pardon the redundancy) to foster a phony “Do Nothing Congress”storyline. Which the President gladly, disingenuously exploited: Continue reading

Think Three Unelected Bureaucrats Should Raise Taxes Whenever They Want?

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgThat’s what Title II Reclassification of the Internet means. And that’s what President Barack Obama wants – so as to then impose Network Neutrality. Last month, President Obama said:

I believe the (Federal Communications Commission) FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act….

Let’s ignore for a moment the fact that the FCC is supposed to be an independent agency – removed from the influence of politicians and political pressure. President Obama dropping this bomb is a nigh unprecedented overt effort to exert influence on the Commission’s allegedly non-partisan, fact-based deliberations.

Let’s ignore the fact that Congress passed law – signed by then-President Bill Clinton – that classified the Internet the way it is currently classified. Thus only Congress can Re-classify it. This would be yet another unilateral Obama Administration fiat.

Let’s ignore the fact that how Congress classified the Internet has already been adjudicated up to and through the Supreme Court – and the Court ruled it’s classified as it’s classified.

Let’s ignore the fact that the FCC has already twice imposed Net Neutrality – and twice been unanimously told by the D.C. Circuit Court that they don’t have the authority to do so. Continue reading

Three New Ways Government Threatens to Tax the Internet – As Soon As Thursday

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgPerhaps the only thing government loves more than spending our money – is taking it.

The spending has long since passed absurdly astronomical levels. The Feds alone spend about $4 TRILLION a year. Governments in total are spending about 36% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – everything everyone in the nation combined creates.

As we know, government is absolutely loathe to reduce spending.

Nancy Pelosi: There is Nothing Left to Cut in the Budget

That’s perversely easy to say when Washington operates under the bizarre assumption that it spends every current penny wisely and well – using “incremental budgeting.”

In traditional incremental budgeting (Historic Budgeting), departmental managers justify only variances versus past years, based on the assumption that the “baseline” is automatically approved.

Rather than behaving like just about every private sector entity on the planet – which uses zero-based budgeting. Continue reading

Politico Gets the Lede Way Wrong – and The Hill Buries It

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgAs we’ve often discussed, the Tech World Media is just as hopelessly Leftist and lost as the broader Jurassic Press.

They so often get it so very wrong – often because their absurd political perspective warps their alleged “reporting.”

Saturday gave us two additional exquisite examples – one each in Politico and The Hill.

Politico’s headline and sub-head are simply ridiculous.

GOP’s Tech Hurdle: They Don’t Always Get It

2016 candidates want tech money but clash with industry on policy.

Umm…it’s a big industry – with a lot of companies with a lot of policy issues they would like addressed. Continue reading

Australia Embraces the Less Government-Free Trade Model – We Should Too

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgWe recently referenced the very good news to come from an otherwise very bad President Barack Obama China trip.

U.S., China to Drop Tariffs on Range of Tech Products

The U.S. and China reached an agreement to drop tariffs on a wide range of technology products, in a deal that its backers say could cover $1 trillion in trade and that marks a significant accomplishment amid strained ties between Beijing and Washington.

The two countries late Monday reached a deal to expand the Information Technology Agreement, a global technology trade pact, to cover semiconductors, medical devices, Global Positioning System devices and other newer products, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Tuesday in Beijing.

The deal–reached late Monday after marathon negotiations and more than a year of stalled talks–could be ratified in December by members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Our ally Australia certainly seems to get the myriad advantages of a Less Government-Free Trade existence. Continue reading

The Government Assaults the ‘Big Dogs’ – To Advantage the Biggest Dog of Them All

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgOne of the largest myths going is that government helps the Little Guy.

On its face this is patently absurd. More government – taxes and/or regulations – raises the costs of everything for everyone. The Big Guys are far better equipped to absorb the punishment – while the Little Guys are pummeled into un-existence.

Then there’s the Crony Socialism – it’s not Crony Capitalism, because it has very little to do with capitalism. Wherein Big Guys – who have the wherewithal – bend government policy to their will. To their advantage – and against that of the Little Guys seeking to compete with them. For instance:

Green Scam: 80% of Green Energy Loans Went to (President Barack) Obama Donors

Crony Socialists Looking to Ban Online Gambling Don’t Seem to Realize It’s a WORLD WIDE Web

Obama Donor’s Firm Hired to Fix Health Care Web Mess It Created

Obama Crony Wins Contract to Give Phones to Jobless

Obama’s United Auto Workers Bailout

Which brings us to the ridiculous Network Neutrality political rhetoric being extruded by the Obama Administration. Continue reading

From a Terrible President Obama Asia Trip – Some Actual Good News

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgPresident Barack Obama’s recent Asia trip was – like much of his presidency – very often disastrous.

Some things are more disastrous than others.

A Look at What the US-China Climate Deal Means for the Fight Against Global Warming

China, whose emissions are rising as it builds new coal plants to fuel its economic growth, set a target for its emissions to peak in 2030 or earlier….

The U.S. set a goal to make its 2025 emissions between 26 and 28 percent lower than they were in 2005.

Get that? China gets to grow unfettered for another fifteen years. (And that’s if we can trust them at the end of it all to do what they say they will – a dubious bet at best.)

We would have to in ten years undo all of the growth of the last ten – and then lop off an additional quarter. Continue reading