Author: Seton Motley

To Protect (and Create) American Jobs, We Need Less Government

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‘Why Isn’t the Economy Getting Back Up?’

Who says bipartisanship is dead?

We recently had 57 Senators and 152 House members – (obviously) culled from both Parties – sign letters to Barack Obama Administration Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.  In which they expressed concern about inexpensive Korean steel being in mass quantities imported here.

Interestingly, they express this concern within the context of their appreciation of the greatness and import of…fracking.  The oil and gas extraction method that is hurtling us towards energy independence – in spite of the Left’s vociferous, irrational opposition.  Steel is, of course, a vital component of fracking.  This same sentence appears in both letters:

The discovery and production of shale gas in the United States is a strategic benefit for both America’s economic and energy security.

See – bipartisanship.  The environmentalist loons should take a flying leap. Continue reading

Government Commission That Wants to Commandeer Control of the Internet Just Had Their Website Crash – Twice

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Brought to You by the People Who Want to Uber-Regulate the Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has already been twice unanimously rebuked by the D.C. Circuit Court in previous attempts to impose Network Neutrality.

Their response to these clear demonstrations of their lack of juice? President Barack Obama appointee FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is considering power grabbing the entire orchard – to then squeeze Net Neutrality (and all private investment) out of it.

The grove in question is the entire World Wide Web – to be infected by the government’s imposition of Title II Reclassification.

Title II is the uber-regulatory superstructure with which we have strangled landline phones you know, that bastion of technological and economic innovation. Which do you find more impressive your desktop dialer or your smartphone?

Title II regulations date back to at least the 1930s so you know they’ll be a perfect fit for the ultra-modern, incredibly dynamic, expanding-like-the-universe World Wide Web.

This would be the most detrimental of all Information Superhighway road blocks. Rather than the omni-directional, on-the-fly innovation that now constantly occurs, Title II is a Mother-May-I-Innovate, top-down traffic congest-er. Imagine taking a 16-lane Autobahn down to just a grass shoulder. Continue reading

The Vicious Cycle: Government Warps Markets Until Government Stops Warping Markets

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A Market After Government Gets a Hold of It

The pernicious effect of government warping markets is absolute – and the evidence is obvious and everywhere.

When 300+ million Americans (and when 8+ billion worldwide are able to) make their own decisions, markets constantly morph to accommodate those decisions – and the maximum amount of success and happiness is achieved.

When government sticks its prodigious proboscis into the private sector, things quickly go sideways and upside down. When government makes decisions for us – the market is mutated into a grossly less efficient government-accomodation model. The examples are myriad.

Green energy – which is neither green nor energy – is a fabulously terrible one. “Sustainable”energy isn’t sustainable unless and until it no longer requires government rafts of cash and policy favoritism to stay afloat. It must – all on its own – produce energy at least as prodigiously and cheaply as traditional sources. You know, the actually sustainable ones.

Government-propped-up ethanol has been a decades-long disaster. Continue reading

Twenty 9-0 Supreme Court Rulings Against – Obama Prepares Even More Power Grabs

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The New Faces of Bipartisanship

Unanimous Supreme Court rulings are certainly noteworthy.  When a case lines up every single Justice – appointed by Democrats and Republicans both – the decision must be unbelievably clear cut.

Nine-to-nothings don’t happen very often.  The ever-overreaching Barack Obama Administration, however, is in historic fashion racking them up.  And they ain’t in its favor.

So there is bipartisanship in Washington – against this Administration.

When even the two Justices you just appointed – Sonya Sotomayor and Elena Kagan – are voting against you, just how far from the Constitutional path have you strayed? Continue reading

Obama Administration Wants to Party on the Internet Like It’s 1934

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The Looming Line for Internet Access

Eighty years ago. The depths of the Great Depression. Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt blindly flailing around, throwing ever more government-centric “solutions” at the growing list of problems. Each new centrally-planned effort making matters worse – and the Depression last longer.

Remember, Ladies and Gentlemen, Hideki Tojo ended the Depression – FDR elongated it by more than a decade.

Begat in all of this failed government uber-action was the Communications Act of 1934. The anniversary of which current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler just decided to celebrate.

Eighty years ago today, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Communications Act of 1934, creating the FCC – so what’s Chairman Tom Wheeler doing? He’s throwing a party for all the past FCC chairs, commissioners and key staff. Continue reading

Video: The FCC’s Plan To Steamroll State Laws Against Government Broadband

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Federalism? What’s Federalism?

The 2009 “Stimulus”bill contained $7.2 billion for local government broadband – the federal government giving city, county and municipal governments money to get into the Internet Service Provider (ISP) business.

Shocker – government broadband is a disaster. It already was, for years before the 2009 “Stimulus”- which just funded many, many more disasters.

Everyone in Utah may be charged $20 a month to bail out UTOPIA – their woefully mis-named, decade-long disaster government broadband project.

Provo, Utah government broadband iProvo lost tens of millions – and then Google swooped in and purchased everything for one dollar.

Shocker – Google loves government broadband. Continue reading

The Left is Aghast and Angry – WikiLeaks Leaks a…Deregulatory Trade Deal

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Van Gogh Predicts the Left

No matter how many regulations exist – it’s never enough for the Left.  Regs are their Jell-O – they think there’s always room for more.

New EPA Regs Issued Under Obama Are 38 Times as Long as Bible

Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued 2,827 new final regulations, equaling 24,915 pages in the Federal Register, totaling approximately 24,915,000 words.

As diligent as the Left is in trying to add to the government rule rolls, they get absolutely apoplectic when they lose any ground anywhere.

So when this happens:

WikiLeaks Leaks A Chapter Of A Global Trade Agreement That Deals With Financial Deregulation

 The Left rends garments and gnashes teeth.

A Plan Only Banksters Will Love: WikiLeaks Reveals Trade Deal Pushing Global Financial Deregulation — Democracy Now! Continue reading

Uber-Left Free Press’ ‘Net Neutrality’ Isn’t What Most Supporters Think It Is

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Clearly Media Marxists Don’t Watch Greatness

In the cinematic classic “The Princess Bride,” Inigo Montoya utters the now oft-repeated “You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Uber-Left government-media outfit Free Press is highly practiced in this disingenuous art.  Their name is one shining example.  It sounds good, but when you find out for what they actually stand – not so much.

And they use “Net Neutrality” one way publicly to engender support for the already heinous policy – but their ultimate intent with it is something drastically different, and dramatically worse.

Free Press’ presented Net Neutrality persona sounds benign and innocuous. Continue reading

HBO Pseudo-News Anchor John Oliver Gets Net Neutrality Fundamentally Wrong

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Long on Humor – Short on Facts

So it turns out there that something doesn’t have to be true to be funny.

Many a thinking American – who knows media bias – finds the following perversely appropriate.

Young Get News From Comedy Central

Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather … and Jon Stewart?

Readers over 30 might scoff at Stewart’s inclusion – assuming they know who he is. For many under 30, the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” is, improbably, a source for news.

Looking to further ride the wave (beyond just Real Time with Bill Maher), HBO hired away Comedy Central “reporter” John Oliver to anchor a new “news” show – Last Week TonightAnd on June 1, Oliver spent thirteen minutes on Network Neutrality.  And the pseudo-news pseudo-consumers were thrilled.

John Oliver’s Hilarious Net Neutrality Piece Speaks the Truth

Watch John Oliver’s Brilliant, Concise Primer On Net Neutrality

Still Confused About Net Neutrality? John Oliver Explains

Except Oliver doesn’t explain Net Neutrality – he gets it fundamentally wrong.

Oliver’s segment was start-to-finish Leftist rote.  Unwittingly I’m guessing, he’s carrying the water of the Internet’s bandwidth hogs.  Particularly video-streaming companies like Netflix, Google (who owns YouTube) – and, perhaps, movie channel HBO? – who want the government to mandate that they get a free ride for being bandwidth hogs. 

And Oliver omits a panoply of contravening information.

Oliver begins his piece by incorrectly asserting that huge-bandwidth-using-companies paying for the bandwidth they use is the creation of an Internet “fast lane.”  Thus leaving the rest of us consigned to the “slow lane.” 

Only there will be no such thing. What Oliver and Company report as brand new “fast lanes”- are in fact regular lane deals that have existed as long as has the Internet.  It is all a part of what is called peering.

Internet Peering is typically settlement-free, meaning that neither party pays the other for access to each other’s customers, reflective of the underlying notion that peering is a relationship of approximately equal value to each party.

If either party perceives that the benefit derived from peering is asymmetric, one party or the other may deny peering or suggest an alternative paid arrangement.

With the likes of Netflix – peering is anything but asymmetric.

Netflix Gobbles a Third of Peak Internet Traffic in North America

Netflix for years had no problem paying middle men for their monster bandwidth use – companies like Level 3 and Cogent.  Who are Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – just for these guys rather than us. 

Then it occurred to Netflix that it made more business sense to cut out these middle men – and deal directly with our ISPs.

Netflix Signs Streaming Traffic Deal with Verizon

Comcast and Netflix Reach Deal on Service

Except Netflix suddenly, disingenuously claimed these very ordinary deals were Net Neutrality violations. 

Netflix Blasts Comcast and Verizon on Net Neutrality: ‘Some Big ISPs are Extracting a Toll’

But again, Netflix has always paid someone for their bandwidth hoggishness (as well they should).  The only thing new here is their trying to get the government to mandate they no longer have to.

Netflix’ dishonesty doesn’t end there.

Netflix Error Message Blames ISP for Slow Streaming Service

Netflix Uses Social Media To Blame Verizon For Slow Downloads

Verizon Purposely Slowing Down Netflix Video Streaming, CEO Says

Except:

Verizon Isn’t Slowing Netflix

The Media is unquestioningly buying Netflix’ garbage.  Is the Barack Obama Administration?  Sadly, unsurprisingly…

(Federal Communications Commission) FCC to Examine Netflix, Other Peering Deals Between Providers

Working with thirteen minutes, Oliver never got to any of this.

So we should congratulate Oliver and his pseudo-news colleagues.  They are just as reliable – reliably Leftist – as the Jurassic Press they are slowly supplanting.

Editor’s Note: This first appeared in NewsBusters.org.

What’s Even Worse than Net Neutrality? Government Internet Reclassification to Do It

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The Administration’s Glove of Choice

We are almost six years into the Barack Obama Administration. This president has been almost undoubtedly the worst ever at exceeding his Constitutional authority.

A phone and a pen” are not magical – the president still has to adhere to the document to which he swore an oath. If he wants 2014 to be “a year of action,” he needs to find common ground with Congress and sign laws they pass. Not unilaterally jam us with dictatorial fiats.

There have already been too many such power grabs to even contemplate – and there are more, even larger ones coming.

Like, say, commandeering control of the World Wide Web. Behold Title II Reclassification.

The hardcore Media Marxist Left wants President Obama’s Federal Communications Commission to unilaterally change – for the worse – how the government regulates the Internet. Which would be an egregious violation of existing law – the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

This law classified the Internet as Title I – a very light-touch regulatory regime. As happens when the government largely leaves something alone, the Internet has become a free speech, free market Xanadu. Arguably no endeavor in human history has grown so big, so well, so fast.

If ever there was an example of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” – this is it. Yet the perpetually broken government is listening to these Leftist loons – and considering the move to Title II.

Title II is the uber-regulatory superstructure with which we have strangled landline phones – you know, that bastion of technological and economic innovation. Which do you find more impressive – your desktop dialer or your iPhone?

Title II regulations date back to the 1930s – so you know they’ll be a perfect fit for the ultra-modern, incredibly dynamic, expanding-like-the-universe World Wide Web.

This would be the most detrimental of all Information Superhighway road blocks. Rather than the omni-directional, on-the-fly innovation that now constantly occurs, Title II is a Mother-May-I-Innovate, top-down traffic congest-er. Imagine taking a 16 lane Autobahn down to just a grass shoulder.

The FCC is looking to do all of this – so as to fabricate the “authority” to then impose Network Neutrality. Net Neutrality is Socialism for the Internet – it guarantees everyone equal amounts of nothing. A proponent explains it thus:

(T)he ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.

How very Hugo Chavez of them. How very Department of Veterans Affairs. I’m fairly sure that’s not what Congress had in mind in 1996. Net Neutrality wasn’t even created as a concept until 2002 – it is utterly absurd to argue the law authorized something that didn’t even yet exist.

Has that stopped the FCC? Of course not. They have already twice imposed it – and twice the D.C. Circuit has unanimously rejected it. The FCC’s response is to now consider a Title II overreach that is light years beyond these previous power grabs.

Ohio Republican Congressman Bob Latta has filed a bill to prevent FCC Reclassification. That his bill is wholly redundant in light of the 1996 Act demonstrates just how far from the Constitution the Leviathan has strayed.

Reclassification is in fact bipartisan in its unpopularity. The FCC considered it in 2010. Seventeen minority groups – that are almost always in Democrat lockstep – were opposed. Many additional normally Democrat paragons were also opposed, including:

  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • The Urban League
  • The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
  • The Minority Media and Telecom Council (MMTC)
  • The Sierra Club
  • The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  • The Communications Workers of America (CWA)
  • The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

Yet with this near-unanimous cross-section of opposition, with the law and reality all arrayed against them – the FCC presses on to the biggest of all possible Internet power grabs.

The Leviathan is relentless.

Editor’s Note: This first appeared in TheBlaze.