The Republican Party has a well-earned reputation for writing good policy platforms every four years at their Conventions, then doing the exact opposite of nearly all of it once in power.
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Seton Motley is a consultant and the founder and president of Less Government, an organization dedicated to, well, less government. He is editor-in-chief of StopNetRegulation.org, a Center for Individual Freedom project.
The Constitution is an extraordinary document. Life for most humans for most of human history has been poor, nasty, brutish and short. The Constitution acknowledged this past (and present) -- and transformed our future.
Government has two roles. Pretend to make the lives of Americans better -- while actually making them worse. The first is a necessary facade -- to allow them to execute the second.
My favorite joke about government and its inanity goes something like this:
No private entity is more enmeshed with the Barack Obama administration than Google. This has been -- in way too many ways for an allegedly free market economy -- the Google administration.
A left-wing governmental principle is the Butterfly Effect: “A property of chaotic systems … by which small changes in initial conditions can lead to large-scale and unpredictable variation in the future state of the system.”
Last week the Federal Bureau of Investigation received a court order that would force private computer giant Apple to write a program (a “backdoor”) to break the privacy-protecting encryption of their iPhone.
Fame is a distorting and highly overrated quality -- as the late, great David Bowie knew so well. Especially now in the Internet Age -- when everyone shares publicly every tiny facet of their existence. Especially now in the Omni-Media Age, which introduced us to the phrase, "famous for being famous” (See: Kardashians).
The age-old analogy describing a good salesman is “He can sell ice to Eskimos.” Let us now contemplate the opposite. What if someone has repeatedly screwed up so terribly -- they could damage the sale of the hottest of commodities to a full panoply of desperate buyers? How could anyone hamstring a water auction in the desert?
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.
It’s one of the most often-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 to heed it. 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 unnecessary errors.
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.
David Lee Roth -- the original lead singer of mega-rock group Van Halen -- gave us an excellent assessment of the value of coin: “Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.”
Just about all of us have been there. Dating someone -- and it isn’t working. You don’t get along. The person doesn’t give you what you want. You aren’t happy.
Ahh, bipartisanship. The unicorn of Washington, D.C. So many Ponce de Leons seek this Fountain of Youth. Like de Leon, most finally give up -- and just retire in Florida.
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.
How much more Obamacare failure must mount in a titanic heap before Congress decides to get more involved? Congress was given in 2014 a bi-cameral, bigger, and deeper Republican majority -- because of Obamacare:
Without investment, everything economic collapses. Stasis is death. We must constantly create and innovate to move forward our massive $14-trillion-per-year economy. That takes lots of speculative capital.
Most of us on the center-right very much like free trade -- for at least a couple of reasons.