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    A Bad Bill + Crony Socialism = An Even Worse Bill

    The Barack Obama Administration is – even more than any of its predecessors – the Crony Socialism Administration. No prior presidency has used and abused government to do more for its friends – and more to its friends’ competitors – than has this one. When Private Companies Beg for Government Favors – It’s Crony Socialism Crony Socialism: When Private Sector Losers Turn to Big Government | Read More »

    Aren’t We Yet Tired of the Feds Being Totally Wrong – Or Lying to Us?

    Gassy assertions by government officials are, of course, a given. Very few groups of people are more wrong, more consistently – yet with more confidence – than the people who lord over us. There are only two possible explanations. They are either really, really ill informed and naive. Or they know they’re wrong – and they are each respectively lying both of their faces off. | Read More »

    Soviet Union 2.0 – The Environmental Protection Agency

    Former President Richard Nixon is an ancestral RINO – Republican In Name Only. The wobbly GOP wing that insists on delivering us Diet Democrat policies. So it was in 1970 when President Nixon signed an executive order creating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Get that? A unilateral fiat – how very pre-Barack Obama of him. Was there a resounding clamor for an EPA? Certainly not | Read More »

    After the Power Grabs: Gov Doesn’t Care What Happens to Us – It’s On to the Next Grabs

    How many times has government royally messed up something? And not fired anyone? Or done anything that remotely resembles improving their performance? Oh so very often. In part because they don’t care – once they have the power, they don’t care what happens to us. In part because they are too busy planning their next grabs. A pristine example? Federal Union Says (Office of Personnel | Read More »

    With Just About All Things Government, Less is More – and Better

    Government is just another organism. Just like any other other organism, its first priority is self-preservation. Its second – is to grow. The most it possibly can. It wants to be bigger, do more – control more. There are more than four million humans who work in just the federal government. Most of them see preserving and growing government as in their interest. And see | Read More »

    Net Neutrality Hits – The Media Misses, Badly

    As we’ve often discussed, the Tech Media is just as hopelessly Leftist and lost as the broader Jurassic Press. They are both echo chambers – talking points and terrible ideas bounce with great rapidity around their tiny little worlds. They are the Bubble Boys (and Girls) of news. When a Tech Media story crosses over to the broader Jurassic Press – their ridiculous Leftist repetitiveness | Read More »

    Crony Socialism: Governments All Over the World Are Messing Up a Free Trade Market

    To quote the late, inordinately great Ronald Reagan, “Government is not the solution to our problem – government is the problem.” To quote the White Stripes, “I said it once before but it bears repeating”: “Trade Wars” actually aren’t about trade — they are about government trade policy. If peoples are trading freely, there isn’t a “War” – there’s commerce. The “Wars” only happen when | Read More »

    ‘Trust Us – We’re the Government’ Isn’t the Best Justification for These Huge New Power Grabs

    We are deep into Year Seven of the Barack Obama Administration. It has not been a great time in the history of government transparency and accountability. He at the outset sounded good. “We have to use technology to open up our democracy. It’s no coincidence that one of the most secretive administrations in our history has favored special interests and pursued policies that could not | Read More »

    Free Trade? Yes. Anti-Constitution, Anti-Transparency TPA/TPP? Definitely No

    Flying under the free trade flag, many in DC are pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and fast-track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). U.S. President Barack Obama Defends Trans-Pacific Partnership Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A%: More Trade = More American Jobs (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell Urges Cooperation on Trade Legislation Is the TPP actually free trade? Well, we don’t know – it’s | Read More »

    Goldilocks and the Four Bills – In Washington D.C., In Search of ‘Just Right’

    We (almost) all know the fairy tale. Goldilocks breaks into the Three Bears’ house. She tries their food and their furniture. Some were too hot and too hard – some too cold and too soft. She was on a mission of sorts – looking for the things that were “Just right.” This is Washington D.C. – just as anti-Reality as any fairy tale. But with | Read More »

    Free Trade: Less Government Everywhere Means Cheaper Stuff Here (and Everywhere)

    More government means more expensive everything. Every second and penny spent paying government taxes and complying with government regulations – raises the prices of the goods and services people proffer. And more government makes it more difficult to innovate – to create and improve goods and services. Innovation is delayed or outright prevented – because the time and money wasted on government could be much | Read More »

    The Feds Want to ‘Reform’ Fraud-Riddled ObamaPhone – By Expanding It to the Internet

    Remember this woman? “Everybody in Cleveland low minority got ObamaPhone. Keep (Barack) Obama in President, you know? He gave us a phone, he’s going to do more.” (Sic) “You sign up if you on food stamps, you on Social Security, you got no income, disability….” (Sic) Thus was the Lifeline redistribution-of-wealth government phone program rechristened “ObamaPhone.” Which drove nuts the Left and the Media (please | Read More »

    Yet Another Terrible Idea: States Consider Combining Their Failed ObamaCare Exchanges

    ObamaCare is an unmitigated disaster. A total, miserable failure. Everything President Barack Obama and his Democrats promised it would do? Obama Promises ObamaCare Won’t Add ‘One Dime To The Deficit’ 36 Times Obama Said You Could Keep Your Health Care Plan Obama Montage: If You Like Your Doctor You Can Keep Your Doctor Obama Promises To Lower Health Insurance Premiums by $2,500 Per Year Obama: | Read More »

    Will Congress Finally Defend Its Constitutional Turf – to Stop the EPA’s Assault on Water?

    It is an empirical fact – a metaphysical certitude. Government overreaches. And the Barack Obama Administration has the longest, most overactive arms ever. With many, many, MANY power-grabbing hands. Obama’s Legacy of Overreach Obama Amnesty ‘Unprecedented’ Threat to Constitution Obama Is Breaking The Law By Repeatedly Making Changes To ObamaCare Without Going Through Congress Net Neutrality Power Grab Is Worse than ObamaCare The Coming Climate | Read More »

    The Amtrak Crash: When Government is Ideological Instead of Lawful and Logical

    Last week’s deadly Amtrak crash was absolutely horrendous. For Democrats and their fellow Big Government advocates – it was a serious crisis they are trying desperately to not let go to waste. They first tried to say the cause of the crash was a lack of government money. Except Amtrak has received over $30 billion since its 1970 inception. The last spending bill signed by | Read More »