Author: Seton Motley

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

VIDEO: Like Gruber’s ObamaCare, the Net Neutrality They’re Selling Isn’t the One They’ll Foist Upon Us

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgUnless you only get your news via the Jurassic Press – or you are a government school victim who as a result doesn’t pay attention to anything at all – you are now intimately familiar with the on-camera stylings of Jonathan Gruber. Gruber is a college professor, and virulently anti-Americanplease pardon the redundancy. He teaches alleged Economics at the allegedly esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – when he’s not gleaning nearly $6 million in consulting fees from the federal government. And he is a primary architect of ObamaCare. From 2011:

How the White House Used Gruber’s Work to Create Appearance of Broad Consensus

The videos now serially surfacing show Gruber his own self detailing what a scam ObamaCare is – and how it had to be a scam because we Americans are too stupid to recognize its greatness. Gruber’s rants are in fact about much more than ObamaCare – they are a window into the warped minds and dark hearts of most on the Left. Certainly the elite, elitist Leftists who want to lord over us. Continue reading

Internet Reclassification: President Obama Tosses Another Grenade After Second Election Shellacking

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgPresident Barack Obama this morning released a statement calling for his Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – allegedly an independent agency – to execute a unilateral, complete rewrite of existing law.

He wants reclassification of how the Internet is regulated – so as to then impose Network Neutrality. Twice before the FCC has tried to impose Net Neutrality – twice it was unanimously rejected as overreaching by courts.

The law – the 1996 Telecommunications Act – classifies the Internet as lightly-regulated Title I. And does not authorize the FCC to impose Net Neutrality.

The President wants his FCC – all by itself – to shove it under uber-heavily-regulated Title II. Which applies 1934 Telecom Act land line phone law and regulations to the future-forward World Wide Web. Continue reading

Democrats Also Aided, Abetted and Protected Obama’s Illegal Power Grabs

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgHappy Election Day Eve, All.

Republican prospects look fairly decent tomorrow. Not really for anything they’ve done or said – but because of how terrible Democrats look.

Especially in the reflective light of woefully unpopular President Barack Obama.

Obama Hits Career Lows in Favorability, Empathy

Obama’s Low Approval Rating Casts Shadow Over Democrat Races

The President Obama shadow is so deep over the Democrats’ heads – because they’ve spent nearly all their time standing so close to him.

Vulnerable Senate Democrats Almost Always Voted With Obama

(A)ll of the most vulnerable Democrats voted with President Obama at least 96 percent of the time….

And as President Obama ramped up his unilateral, end-around-Congress power grabs – Democrats actually helped him ensure their irrelevancy. Continue reading

You Want More Affordable, Accessible Food for the Planet? You Want Less Government

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgWhat is far and away the most important global trade commodity? Food. People have to eat.

Before the world’s peoples can afford to purchase from us an iPhone, or a Ford pickup truck – they have to buy (hopefully our) food.

And governments are making sustenance so much more expensive.

Governments raise the prices of everything we try to buy. They do so indirectly – via hidden costs of government we can’t clearly see. Just here in the United States:

America’s Soaring Regulations Cost $1.8 Trillion A Year

That $1.8 trillion is added to the cost of everything we make – including everything we try to sell to the rest of the planet.

Much of that government cost-increase is in the food sector. Farm Bill, anyone? Making it harder for peoples around the world – many of them in abject poverty – to afford food. Continue reading

Congressional Dems Begging Obama Admin to by Fiat Do Their Jobs

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgWe have spent just about all of the Barack Obama Administration decrying its myriad abuses of powers it doesn’t have.

Don’t Forget Obama’s Imperial Fiats

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

Often, the font of these power grabs are President Obama executive orders.

Obama: I Will Use My Pen and Phone to Take on Congress

Obama: I Won’t Stop Issuing Executive Orders

The Executive Branch is called that for a reason – it executes laws, it does not write them.

Every Executive Branch Department, Agency, Commission and Board is actually a creation and creature of the Legislative Branch – Congress. None of these arms of the Leviathan can do anything unless and until Congress passes laws giving them the authority.

These laws also establish the parameters within which the agencies are supposed to work – limiting the flights of regulatory fancy we now so frequently see.

For decades, these agencies have been warping beyond all recognition the laws written to constrain them. Worse still, they are incessantly creating out whole cloth all new authorities – generating “laws” they then get to execute. Continue reading

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

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgI used to bet football games, and play occasional hands of cards (I’m mostly retired). I did so mostly online – via a company based in Costa Rica.    

Did I know the owner of the Costa Rican company? No. Did I know anyone in Costa Rica? No. Did I have any particular affinity for that nation? No. To quote Joe Walsh (the James Gang, solo and Eagles musician, not the former Congressman):

Ain’t never been there – they tell me it’s nice.

The Costa Rican company got my money because the World Wide Web allowed me to shop large swaths of the planet for the business I liked best.

Free trade is a fabulous thing. The Internet is a fabulous thing. The latter makes the former even easier – which is a fabulous thing.

Unless you have an old school brick-and-mortar business model – and insist on not changing as the world does.

For most stubborn businesses – that spells doom. If you’re an industry titan and can afford to pony up to politicians – you look to get the government to protect you from Reality. Continue reading