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Monday
Apr152013

LessGovernment - Obama Again Picking Private Sector Losers at the Expense of Winners

The Barack Obama Administration is fabulously successful at choosing terribly in the private sector.

 

Solyndra Fisker.  The Chevy Volt Ener1 A123 Systems Beacon Power Abound SolarEvergreen Solar.  And on, and on, and….

 

It’s often Crony Socialism – President Obama giving governmental benefit and/or our money to his donors and friends.  Or it’s his having no idea what works and what doesn’t.  Or both.  Regardless, his Administration – any Administration – is perpetually pathetic when it tries to decide what should happen in the private sector.

 

So of course President Obama’s at it again.

 

On Friday the Obama Justice Department strongly suggested the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) make sure everyone get their “fair share” of wireless spectrum in the upcoming spectrum auction.

 

“The Department concludes that rules that ensure the smaller nationwide networks, which currently lack substantial low-frequency spectrum, have an opportunity to acquire such spectrum could improve the competitive dynamic among nationwide carriers and benefit consumers.”

 

I know what you’re thinking – it’s an auction.  Everyone that wants spectrum attends the auction – thus everyone has “an opportunity to acquire…spectrum.”  But you’re thinking like a rational human being – not like an Obama Leftist bureaucrat.

 

“The Department believes it is important that the Commission devise policies that address the allocation of low-frequency spectrum in particular so that acquisitions of such spectrum do not hamper the ability of carriers in markets where that spectrum is important.”

 

The Obama Justice Department wants the Obama FCC to rig the spectrum auction.  So that it’s not actually an auction – it’s a quota set-aside program.  Affirmative Action for wireless companies.

Where people who don’t make the highest bids – win the bids anyway.  Or where the FCC forbids some willing participants from participating.

 

It’s not picking winners and losers – it’s picking losers at the expense of winners.

 

Because the Justice Department’s demands only became public late Friday, there have thus far been very few reactions.  But the Media Marxists that have weighed in – are thrilled with this inter-governmental ideological interloping.

 

“All of these recommendations are in line with what Public Knowledge and many others have been advocating for years, and it is gratifying to see the DoJ take such a strong stand in favor of competition and against the wireless status quo.  We urge the FCC to take the DoJ’s recommendations very seriously and to make reforming its spectrum aggregation policies its top wireless priority.”

 

The “wireless status quo” which these folks are “against” – is the amazing, hurtling-ever-forward smart phone Xanadu we are all currently enjoying.  Let us look at but one facet of this alleged horrendous-ness.

 

Less than six years ago, an “app” was what you submitted to a college admissions office.  Then came the iPhone (which begat a whole host of other devices with app-lications).  In November 2008, there were 10,000 iPhone apps.  In January 2011, there were 306,000.  This January, there were 775,000.

 

This unbelievable, exponential progress – is the “status quo” the Left opposes.  And – in the interest of “fairness” – wants the government to proactively diminish.

 

How about we let an auction be an auction – and not yet another government-mandated redistribution program?

 

Seton Motley is the founder and president of Less Government.  He is a writer, television and radio commentator, political and policy strategist, lecturer, debater, and activist. 

 

 

Tuesday
Apr092013

LessGovernment - You Can Have a Big Economy, or a Big Government - Not Both

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President Barack Obama has for five-plus years said and done two contradictory things regarding the United States’ economy.

1)  He has repeatedly said that he wants the private sector to recover – and indeed thrive.

2)  He has repeatedly, dramatically grown government – in terms of spending, laws, regulations and taxes.  And rigidly insists that he be allowed to continue to do all of it.

 

But a Big Economy and a Big Government are mutually exclusive.

 

The wasteful federal government creates zero wealth.  Every penny it spends is at the expense of the productive private sector.  The former can only spend what it first takes from the latter – via taxation, or borrowing.

 

The more government taxes and borrows, the more limited the private sector is in its attempts to grow.  And expand the economy, hire people – and pay more taxes.

 

And the more time businesses spend complying with laws and regulations – including learning new ones – the less time they have to try to grow, expand the economy, hire people – and ultimately pay more taxes.

 

The wasteful federal government is draining the productive private sector of operational capital – and drawing its time and attention away from more worthwhile activities.

 

Imagine a tick that – in addition to bleeding the deer – can tell its host where, when and how it can move.

 

And the concern for an activist state continuing its over-activity freezes the private sector in amber – afraid to move, in dread anticipation of the next government anvil to fall.

 

So does President Obama want a Big Economy – or a Big Government?  The answer is best embodied in what he has done to the Internet.

 

Existing law prior to the Obama Administration left the Internet pretty much alone.  As always happens when the government removes itself, the Web has rapidly grown into a free speech-free market Xanadu.

 

Technology Sector Found to Be Growing Faster Than Rest of US Economy

 

Then came President Obama.  Who – despite the legal proscriptions and without any Congressional authority to do so – unilaterally imposed a host of new Web regulations.

 

The biggest being Network Neutrality – which places the government in charge of the entire Internet backbone.

 

Net Neutrality could lead to the loss of 1.5 million private sector jobs.  It will raise the cost for each and every consumer by about $55 a month.  Because it will raise Internet Service Providers (ISPs)’s costs by $20 to $40 billion per year.

 

It is egregiously damaging to continued investment – meaning the Web will slowly decay and deteriorate, rather than continue to rapidly improve and grow.

 

Not satisfied with that destruction, the Administration also imposed data roaming regulations.  Which require the companies who spend the tens of billions of dollars necessary to build their wireless networks to rent them to those that don’t.

 

Which raises a question: Why would any company spend said tens of billions of dollars, when they can just wait around for someone else to do it and then have the government force them to share?

 

Which raises a problem: If everyone is sitting around waiting for everyone else to build said networks, there’s a whole lot of nothing going on.

 

The Administration has done even more to derail the Tech sector – but you get the gist.

 

So too do you get that President Obama much prefers a Big Government to a Big Economy.

 

Because with the Internet, he inherited the latter – and has time and again insisted on imposing upon it the former.

Monday
Apr082013

LessGovernment - What's Next for Net Neutrality & the Internet? A Discussion & Debate - On Tuesday 

The Barack Obama Administration’s Network Neutrality order awaits a late summer or early fall D.C. Circuit Court ruling on its legality.  The Court in December may have telegraphed its Net Neutrality thoughts with its decision to uphold the Administration’s data roaming order - or not.  We will look at how - or if - the latter decision affects the former.  And what’s next. 

If the Court upholds the order, what then could - and should - Net Neutrality regulation opponents do?

If the Court dumps the order, would - and should - the Administration go for full Title II Internet reclassification?  Should they attempt yet another “third way” to try to square the circle?  Or should the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - having then been twice rebuked on Net Neutrality regs - give up and move on (dot org)?

All of which leads to the ultimate questions: Do we need de jure regulations, or do de facto free market realities deliver all the Net Neutrality we’ll ever need?  And what does all of this mean for the future of all things Internet?

REGISTER: http://bit.ly/ZAwQHW

WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 2013; 9:45am - 11:15am

 

 

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2322

 

 

REGISTER: http://bit.ly/ZAwQHW


Sunday
Mar172013

LessGovernment - Register Now for April 9: What Next for Net Neutrality & the Internet? A Discussion & Debate

WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 2013; 9:45am - 11:15am 

 

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2322

 

REGISTER: http://bit.ly/ZAwQHW

 

 

The Barack Obama Administration’s Network Neutrality order awaits a late summer or early fall D.C. Circuit Court ruling on its legality.  The Court in December may have telegraphed its Net Neutrality thoughts with its decision to uphold the Administration’s data roaming order - or not.  We will look at how - or if - the latter decision affects the former.  And what’s next. 

 

If the Court upholds the order, what then could - and should - Net Neutrality regulation opponents do?

 

If the Court dumps the order, would - and should - the Administration go for full Title II Internet reclassification?  Should they attempt yet another “third way” to try to square the circle?  Or should the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - having then been twice rebuked on Net Neutrality regs - give up and move on (dot org)?

 

All of which leads to the ultimate questions: Do we need de jure regulations, or do de facto free market realities deliver all the Net Neutrality we’ll ever need?  And what does all of this mean for the future of all things Internet?

 

 

Agenda:

09:45 a.m.                   Cordial Interaction and Registration

10:00 a.m.                   Convene: Discussion and Debate

11:15 a.m.                   Adjourn          

 




 

 

Discussers and Debaters:

 

 

Seton Motley – President, Less Government

 

Gigi Sohn – President, Public Knowledge

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Phil Kerpen – President, American Commitment

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Sascha Meinrath – Vice President, New American Foundation

 

 

 

REGISTER: http://bit.ly/ZAwQHW

Friday
Mar012013

LessGovernment - VIDEO: What a Government-Run Internet Would Look Like (Hint: Terrible)

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by Seton Motley

It will look terrible.  And slow.  And shabby.  And expensive.  And broke.

Like the Post Office.  Or the TSA.  Or Amtrak.  Or Social Security.  Or Medicare.  Or Medicaid.  Or….

And it will be decidedly un-First Amendment friendly.

Which is just what the Left wants to see.