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    (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 »

    A New Approach – To Finally End an Old Farm Bill Problem

    The Farm Bill is a bane of we Conservatives’ existence – and Reality-based policy making. It is a relic of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR)’s horrendously failed New Deal – a top-down, central-planning nightmare mess. And over the last eighty-plus years, FDR’s heinous domestic policy has gone global. A worldwide farm market has arisen. We no longer just grow for ourselves. We sell all over | Read More »

    The FCC Delivers the Latest Dose of Obama Cronyism

    The huge-er government gets – the greater its ability to deliver cronyism goodies. The bigger the wallet government has – the larger the regulatory hammer it wields – the more Crony Socialism it can dispense. Remember when President Barack Obama said this? “We’re going to punish our enemies and reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.” The Obama | Read More »

    GOP: The Grade School Boy Trying Too Hard to Get the Silicon Valley Girl

    As an adult, watching a fifth grade boy who obviously likes a fifth grade girl is at once amusing – and nostalgically bittersweet. The shyness, the awkwardness, the indecision. But mostly, it’s the limitless lengths to which the boy will go to try to please the girl. Hopefully, we as men and women grow out of this – and at least get a little better | Read More »