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    Republican Presidential New Year’s Resolution: Shut Down the Ridiculous EPA

    Happy New Year, All. ’Tis the time to resolve them if you’ve got them. For Republican presidential primary contenders, here’s an anti-Establishment thought: Pledge to shut down the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  (There are, after all, fifty state versions thereof.  The federal is thus, at the very least, utterly redundant.) The EPA is all that is wrong with Washington, D.C. It is the result of | Read More »

    Facebook Faces Media Bias: One Story – MANY Stupid Headlines

    Media bias is hydra-headed in its perniciousness. It operates on many levels – in many ways. One of its practitioners’ favorite moves is the terrible headline. In which they knowingly – or unknowingly – tip their hand on the story at hand. These heinous headlines can effectively work to sway casual, drive-by media consumers – who don’t go deep into multiple articles to get a | Read More »

    How Much a Month Are You Willing to Pay to Subsidize Netflix and Google?

    $20? $40? $80? How much a month extra do you want to pay for your Internet service – so that companies like Netflix and Google don’t have to pay for theirs? Wait – you’re saying you don’t want to carry these mega-companies? That’s certainly understandable. They likely have a little more disposable income than you do. So how did you get stuck paying their enormous | Read More »

    Just Because It’s Easier to Steal – Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t Stealing

    Back when I was a musician – writing songs rather than things like this – I was just about the only one I knew who wasn’t stealing music via the heist website Napster. And I lived in Austin, Texas – the “Live Music Capital of the World.” I knew a LOT of musicians. Napster was “originally founded as a pioneering peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing Internet | Read More »

    Taxed Enough Already: Governments Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Bleed Our Internet Service

    Raise your hand if you think government at any level – federal, state, local – is suffering from a dearth of our money. Or omni-directional ways to take it from us. I don’t see…any arms extended upward. Strange. Well, not really. It now seems like every year the Feds set a new record for most money ever taken from us. As they have yet again | Read More »

    Free Trade is Outstanding – But Not All Trade Items Are Created Equal

    I am about as huge a free trader as anyone you’ll read or meet. Because it is in fact yet another less government issue. The less government gets in the way of peoples trading freely – the better it is for everyone. “Trade Wars” actually aren’t about trade — they are about government trade policy. If peoples are trading freely, there isn’t a “War” – | Read More »

    FCC: ‘We Are Going to Be Sued.’ Don’t Execute HUGE Power Grabs – and You Won’t

    The Barack Obama Administration has almost inarguably executed more unilateral sweeping power grabs than any previous presidency ever. Administration defenders lamely point to the number of Executive Orders issued: “GOP Slams ‘Imperial’ Obama After Fewest Executive Orders In 100 Years (CHART).” Which is technically true – but totally irrelevant. A minor point: Not every single Executive Order grabs additional unilateral power (though many do). A | Read More »

    Why Are So Many on the Right Helping the Left Undermine Our Patent System?

    It is disappointing to see so many people who usually reside on the Right – go screaming Leftward on an issue so fundamental to all-things-free-market as private property protection. In this particular case – patent protection. All sorts of things that in every other instance the Right loves to excoriate and ridicule – these Converts-to-the-Left must ignore or accept as a part of their effort | Read More »

    Why Does Government Not Know – or Ignore – History?

    It’s one of our most oft-cited quotes. George Santayana’s “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The reason it so regularly recirculates is because we far too often fail its tenet. Which is truly sad. Because if you pay attention to the past – you can make some reasonable, rudimentary predictions about the future. And avoid a whole lot of completely | Read More »

    Talking Turkey: National Security – and Growing Our Own Food

    Turkey: Thursday is, of course, Thanksgiving. A holiday which celebrates our inconceivable good fortune and tremendous bounty. Most of us celebrate our good fortune – by joining with family and friends to consume massive amounts of bounty. We (should) do so in large part in remembrance of how hard it was for the Pilgrims to scrape together enough food on any day – let alone | Read More »

    The Private Sector Solves Problems – Government Exacerbates and Creates Them

    The seven years of the President Barack Obama Administration have provided us with two diametrically opposite things. The government time and again failing utterly in just about everything it tries to do – economic recovery, job creation, health care, defense of our borders and our nation, budget stewardship,…. Meanwhile, the Administration and its Democrat Party keep usurping and pushing to usurp as much of the | Read More »

    Government Choosing Businesses for Preference or Punishment is Always Wrong

    President Barack Obama has dramatically ramped up the Washington, D.C., giant Crony-fest. Where economic sectors and companies Obama and his Democrats like get the gold mine – and the rest of us get the shaft. For instance, there was $80 billion for “green energy” in the awful 2009 “Stimulus” bill – 80% of that coin went to Obama donors. And since the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) | Read More »

    Facebook Should Reverse Its Support of Government’s Net Neutrality Fantasy

    Network Neutrality is a unilateral and completely unnecessary government-intrusion-and-imposition on the entirety of the Internet – and the trillions-of-dollars-economy that has arisen around it. Net Neutrality is one fantasy – based upon another. Fantasy: The evil Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will – at some indeterminate point in the future – start blocking you from getting to certain websites. (In this way it is very similar | Read More »

    Cronyism: For the Likes of Google, It is Really, REALLY Good to be a Friend of Obama

    If President Barack Obama doesn’t like you – his government tends to make your life really, REALLY miserable. Ask Tea Party and conservative groups – when Obama’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) isn’t harassing them, it is allowing them to endlessly languish unapproved. Ask reporters who report things in ways the President doesn’t like – his government spies on and investigates them. Ask the coal industry | Read More »

    Hey Wall Street Journal: Open Borders-Amnesty is the Hugest Cronyism of All

    The political definition of Cronyism is: government policy that favors one or more specific beneficiaries – at the expense of everyone else. To wit: $80 billion of the 2009 “Stimulus” was wasted on “green energy” companies – 80% of whom were Barack Obama donors. Amongst the parade of horribles contained therein: the government took money from energy companies – to fund competitors to their energy | Read More »