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    Government Tries to Micromanage a Market – And Yet Again Fails Miserably

    The bigger government is – the more room there is for big companies who wish to do so to rig the system. And the more small companies – without the wherewithal to similarly rig – suffer. The long-term, permanent solution is to reduce the size, scope and sphere of influence of government. The less government tries to micromanage things – the more it steps back | Read More »

    Yet Again, Government Screws Up – And Tries to Blame the Private Sector

    Government is terrible at…well, pretty much everything. The examples are legion – and myriad. In large part because government doing anything violates the Wallet Rule. You go out on a Friday night with your wallet. You then go out the following Friday night with my wallet. On which Friday night will you have more fun? If it’s money you’ve earned, you’ll be a lot more | Read More »

    Google Tacitly Admits Stealing Is a Lousy Thing to Do

    The titanically huge mega-corporation Google yesterday took time out from its record-setting-most-money-ever lobbying of Congress to admit – accidentally, perhaps – that the systemic, wholesale stealing of which it is so fond is a lousy thing to do. Which is more than a little ironic – in many, many ways. For instance, Google has ramped up further still their massive lobbying efforts – in large | Read More »

    (At Least) Three Reasons Why Government Being in the Broadband Business is a Terrible Idea

    Likely the least regulated private economic sector going into the Age of the Barack Obama Administration – at least at the federal level – was the Internet. Which is largely why the Web has become an ever-evolving, free speech-free market Xanadu. This Administration views this is a tremendous failing – that they are rushing to rectify. Just after this last election, the President’s Federal Communications | Read More »

    The Death Tax, the Flat Tax – and Warren Buffett’s Fat Tax Breaks

    We just hobbled through another tax season. The excruciating excursion into the ridiculous thicket that is the roughly 75,000 page tax code. All for the privilege of giving federal, state and local governments record amounts of our money. A 2011 study said we then wasted 6.1 billion hours preparing to pay our taxes – and that was when the tax code was a mere 72,536 | Read More »

    Net Neutrality Is Just As Stupid Internationally As It Is Here

    Net Neutrality remains an omni-directional terrible idea. Here in the United States, Net Neutrality exponentially increases the government’s ability to tax the Internet. Starting with the 17.4% Universal Service Fund (USF) tax. Which goes up automatically every calendar quarter. And goes up each and every time three unelected Federal Communications Commission (FCC) bureaucrats decide they want more of our coin. Which they just did in | Read More »

    Constitutional Private Property Rights Trump Legislation Written to Appease Donors

    Private property rights are a fundamental component of any successful economy. If you want a nation to prosper – property must be safe in its owners’ hands. Intellectual Property (IP) shouldn’t be treated any differently than physical property. In fact, in most instances – in many ways – IP is far more important. The spark of creation that is, for instance, the Microsoft Windows operations | Read More »

    Higher Costs, New Taxes – The Perpetual Lie: More Government = Less Expensive

    We’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 | Read More »

    Obama’s Objective: Nationalize California’s Government-Made Water Disaster

    California – the Golden State that hasn’t been golden in decades. And has for decades been under the near total control of the Democrat Party. These two things are not unrelated. California has for the Reality-based community long been a perfect reverse barometer. Anything the state does – do the opposite, and success and prosperity will surely ensue. We like to juxtapose California and Texas. | Read More »

    Aren’t We All Looking Forward to ‘Internet at the Speed of Government?’

    We 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 | Read More »