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How Did Big Tech Get So Big? Massive Government Cronyism – Like Section 230

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Today’s thought foray – requires us to define a few terms.  First:

Internet Service Providers (ISPs):

The companies that have in the last quarter-century invested more than a trillion dollars – building the actual Internet.  Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, AT&T, etc.  The companies that laid the Information Superhighway – upon which all the rest of us ride.  The bandwidth providers.

“Edge Providers”:

The Big Tech companies.  And not just located in the Silicon Valley – more than a few are de facto centered in Communist China.  Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, etc.  The biggest of the Information Superhighway riders.  The Bandwidth Hogs – consuming way more than half of all the US bandwidth the ISPs provide.

The Left loves to categorize the ISPs as evil, monster companies – demanding and getting monster government cronyism.

Free & Open Internet:

“The free and open internet is a powerful tool for everyone fighting for social change and racial justice. But companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon – and their government allies – want to destroy it.”

Except as with nigh everything Left – this is titanically stupid.  For a host of reasons.

The companies allegedly looking to destroy the free and open Internet – spent more than a trillion dollars building the free and open Internet.  I’m sure their shareholders would object to their now destroying it.

So they’re probably not going to do it.  As evidenced by the entirety of the quarter-century of the private sector Internet’s existence – during which they never, ever have.

The ISPs – and their “government allies?”  This is laughable on its face.

AT&T (Market Cap: $280 billion), Comcast (Market Cap: $209 billion) and Verizon (Market Cap: $251 billion) – are certainly big.

But these hugest of ISPs – are nowhere near as huge as the Big Tech likes of Apple (Market Cap: $1.1 trillion), Amazon (Market Cap: $869 billion) and Google (Market Cap: $863 billion).

The Big Tech companies – spend MUCH more on government candidates.  And get MUCH more government cronyism in return.

Latest Beneficiary of D.C. Cronyism: Apple – The Most Valuable Company in the World

Amazon: One Of The Biggest Of Bigfoot Cronyism-Recipient Lobbyists

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

ISPs spend most of their time – asking governments to leave them alone.  This isn’t cronyism – this is begging the government to let them engage in capitalism.

Big Tech spends most of their time – demanding governments do them special favors.  This isn’t capitalism – this is cronyism.

As but one example: The very stupid policy known as Network Neutrality.

Net Neutrality is a stupidly huge government imposition in the Internet – specifically on the ISPs.  A whole host of regulations restricting just about everything ISPs do to provide us service.

ISPs ask governments – to leave them alone with this Net Neutrality nonsense.

Big Tech demands government impose Net Neutrality – because it guarantees them huge government-mandated benefits.

To name but one:

As mentioned, Big Tech consumes way more than half of all US bandwidth.  Net Neutrality – mandates they not be charged any money for any of it.  We the Little People would pay MUCH more for our service – to subsidize the likes of Apple, Amazon and Google.

Net Neutrality is massive government regulation – to impose massive Big Tech cronyism.

The ISPs’ “government allies” – are simply less government types who know how stupid Net Neutrality is…and therefore don’t want to impose it.

Big Tech’s government cronies – are sell-out politicians who know how stupid Net Neutrality is…but impose it anyway because their paymasters demand it.

All of which brings us to the biggest Big Tech cronyism of all:

Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act:

“Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (a common name for Title V of the Telecommunications Act of 1996) is a piece of Internet legislation.

“It provides immunity from liability for providers and users of an interactive computer service who publish information provided by others.

“An immunity clause in the Act states that no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

We must now define two additional terms:

Publisher:

What we’ve always seen pre-Internet.  Newspapers, books and the like.  They edit content – so they control content.  And thus are eligible to be sued – unprotected by Section 230.

Platform:

An almost-exclusively Internet creation.  To allow for user-provided website content – videos, comments, etc – Section 230 indemnifies the websites hosting the content from being libel from many laws for the content.

Section 230 – is a HUGE government benefit to Big Tech.

And Section 230 makes some sense – so long as the Big Tech beneficiaries uphold their tiny end of this massively beneficial bargain.

Big Tech platforms – must be open to ALL users. With content only edited or deleted – for a certain, specific set of defined obvious reasons: Posting pornography, foul language, etc.

Ideological censorship – is a Section 230 no-no.

But Leftist Big Tech – censors less government types all the time.

Conservatives Face a Tough Fight as Big Tech’s Censorship Expands

Big Tech Censors Conservatives, Christians; Facebook, Google: ‘So What?’

Big Tech Has Transitioned from ‘We Don’t Censor Conservatives’ to ‘We Do and You Can’t Stop Us’

Well, we can stop them, actually.

As with nigh all things policy – the original sin here is too much government.

In this instance, the too much government – is the massive Big Tech cronyism of Section 230.

Former FCC Bureau Chief: Masters of the Universe ‘Abused’ Section 230 to Censor Conservatives

“A spokesperson for (Texas Republican) Sen. Cruz told Breitbart News in a statement:

“‘Big Tech enjoys a subsidy that no other industry does: immunity from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That immunity is predicated on the expectation that social media would be neutral public forums.

“‘Big Tech has made it abundantly clear they have no intention of abiding by that, taking the opposite tact by operating as partisan publishers.

“‘Sen. Cruz believes if they’re going to choose to be partisan publishers, then there is little reason why they should get a special immunity from liability that other publishers, such as the New York Times, don’t enjoy.’”

Most of DC is, as nigh always, bizarrely removed from Reality – and actual answers to actual questions.

A few weeks ago I attended a DC debate on Big Tech censorship.

Conservative and Human Events Editor Will Chamberlain – wanted the government to force Big Tech companies to host just about all content.

Libertarian and Reason Magazine Associate Editor Robby Soave – wanted to leave all things relevant as is.

They were opposed to one another.  I was opposed to both.

In the hour-plus long debate – NO ONE even referenced Section 230.  It never, ever came up.

Until I mentioned it during the Question & Answer period.

Oops.

Very few people in the room seemed pleased I did.  And I was screeched at by Big Tech defenders on Twitter – who were watching the event’s livestream.

The most interesting reaction?

I will now be as vague as possible about the following – to protect the involved:

A person who works for one of the biggest of Big Tech companies – a conservative I’ve known for years – was seated next to me.  This person turned to me and whispered something along the lines of:

“If you get rid of Section 230 – it will kill these companies.”

Really?  Many of these near-trillion companies got to be near-trillion dollar companies – almost solely because of Section 230?

And they can’t exist without it?

That sounds like the quintessential definition of government cronyism.

Fake energy solar panel and wind turbine companies can’t exist without government cronyism.  Should we continue to prop up them too?

That doesn’t seem to me to be very conservative, free market or less government.

So why are so many conservative, free market and less government types – defending it?

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If You Didn’t Already Love In-N-Out Burger, Check How They Responded When the Climate Change Gang Showed Up

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We’ve been bringing you some of the crazy of the climate change gang, courtesy of Extinction Rebellion.

The group is an international group and we’ve brought you some of their wackiness overseas here and here.

But lest we feel left out, it should be noted that they’ve also been bothering people over here in the United States as well.

In San Francisco, they linked hands and blocked traffic on both sides of the intersection at Gates Avenue near the University of San Francisco. Ironically, their actions were causing more carbon emissions while antagonizing commuters.

A gentleman in scrubs did not take kindly to them preventing him from getting to work. He let them know by ripping their banner out of their hands and tossing it over a fence.

But now In-N-Out Burger has their own entry of having to deal with the climate crazy gang.

As you may know, the owner and heiress of the burger chain, Lynsi Snyder, isn’t shy about saying that her business is influenced by her Christian beliefs, even putting bible verses like John 3:16 on the bottom of the cups.

But they’re also know for their tasty burgers and great service, with a big focus on customer satisfaction.

That’s why they’ve become pretty darn successful, with revenue that should surpass $1 billion this year, according to my colleague Mike Ford. Plus they had an early policy of not opening stores unless they were able to do so debt-free, an idea they still try to get close to, a pretty phenomenal approach. How many businesses can say that?

But that didn’t prevent folks, allegedly from Extinction Rebellion, from targeting their restaurant on the Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach, California.

Why protesters were targeting the restaurant is not entirely clear, although climate change folks have made meat one of their targets.

But the employees with that great customer service ethic were having none of that.

And they ushered the protesters out, even picking one up and bodily carrying him outside. Very politely.

That man was none too pleased as he screamed at the employees through a bullhorn.

When the police showed up, that’s when it really didn’t go well for the protesters.

The police were not receptive to their claims and they arrested at least one woman, as the male protesters screamed at them too. The men argued that their female companion was the one who had been assaulted, then accused the police of illegally arresting her and “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Thinking that’s the last time the group will try that at an In-N-Out Burger.

And people loved it.

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A Sensible Alternative Health Care Plan to Medicare For All Is Being Discussed

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A long time ago ( not really that long) in a country called the United States of America, a President and a Congress forced their fellow countryman into a plan called “Obamacare” that promised to lower costs and that you could keep your doctor.

That did not work out so well. In fact, the party that voted for that lost the majority in both chambers and a thing called the TEA PARTY REVOLUTION was born to roll that and other large government programs back.

Nine years later we still have Obamacare and healthcare is merely a talking point for the Republicans while the Democrats running for President push a thing called “Medicare For All” and take the issue back that they originally screwed up.

Well now a conservative group wants to reignite the discussion with less government is a better approach and they are launching an ad called Healthcare for You.

According to Real Clear Politics

With the presidential election year fast approaching, health care regularly ranks as one of the top issues for voters, and Republicans seem unprepared to create a contrast with their competition. Enter billionaire Bernard Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot and personal friend of Trump.

Marcus has funded a survey of more than 20,000 patients and doctors, other health care providers and small-business owners to develop a framework for a plan that his network hopes congressional and administration Republicans will adopt in time for the election. A product of the conservative Job Creators Network and Physicians for Reform, the blueprint is touted as a personalized plan to compete with Obamacare and Medicare for All.

They call it “Healthcare for You,” and they plan to spend a quarter-million dollars just rolling it out. The first television ad drops Thursday on the heels of the latest Democratic primary debate.

This has to be a multifaceted approach and I like that they will run features a spot of comic telling jokes about healthcare because it is a JOKE ( although not a funny one) what the very people who hoisted Obamacare on us. They broke it and now they want ot tell us how to fix what they broke.

If we needed to overhaul the whole system to kids could stay on their parents’ health care until 27 something is wrong with us.

Some of the proposal’s ideas include…

Changing the way health insurance is bought and sold and regulated by allowing patients to purchase coverage across state lines while giving states more regulatory power.

Lowering drug prices by targeting exemptions that currently allow pharmaceutical middlemen to skirt federal anti-kickback laws.

Creating personal health management accounts, akin to existing health savings accounts, to allow patients to pay for insurance premiums or care with pre-tax dollars.

Targeting medical malpractice laws to better protect physicians from frivolous lawsuits and excessive awards.

Maintaining protections for pre-existing conditions.

This is a good start and I’m happy that someone with a track record of success. Bernard Marcus is helping with this and Forbes CEO, Steve Forbes even tweeted his support earlier today.

The Democrats lied to the American people when they passed Obamacare in 2009 and the Republicans never had the will to overhaul it like the Dems did to pass it. This issue has been lingering on the back burner and it is long past time for conservatives to start having an open discussion on how to improve the system we have instead of the government overhaul the Dems are talking about.

Now is the time and whether or not you like Donald Trump, he just might be the guy to do the overhaul if given the chance.

Check out my other posts here on Red State and my podcast Bourbon On The Rocks plus like Bourbon On The Rocks on Facebook and follow me on the twitters at IRISHDUKE2 

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Vice President Pence Must Save Us from Elon Musk Syndrome

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The Feds Must Stop Smoking What Musk Is Smoking

 

Please allow a personal point of privilege at the outset:

I REALLY like Mike Pence.  Zero sarcasm – I think he is a really good guy.

Pence once saved my professional bacon – now more than a decade ago.

I had scheduled a huge Capitol Hill anti-Fairness Doctrine press conference.  Lots of Senators and Congressmen were part of the itinerary – including then-Congressman Pence.

One of the Senators’ offices had secured for us a Senate press room – which then turned out to be not so secured.  It was double-booked – and we were out.

Pence stepped right up – and had his staffers scramble and secure us a place on the House side to host it.

Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things.  But emblematic of the man I got to know a little over the years.

I was absolutely thrilled when Donald Trump chose Pence to be his vice presidential candidate.  It was a brilliant decision.

Pence is a solid conservative – who bolstered a presidential candidate whose conservative bona fides were at that time understandably in question.

After winning the election, I then remember Pence being excoriated stupidly and ridiculously – for wisely not having one-on-one private meetings with women not his wife.

Pence was lambasted by the Left as being a prude – who was holding back his (very many) women staffers by not granting them equal access to…what, his hotel room on business trips?  Grabbing a coffee in the lobby is anti-women?

Five seconds later, the Harvey Weinstein story broke and the #MeToo “movement” swept the media landscape.  One Democrat after another was revealed to be a women-assaulting ass hat.

Proving Pence and his personal policy – were wise and right.  And the Leftists in and out of the media who attacked him – were stupid and stupid.

I think Pence is the perfect presidential successor to Trump.  We the People will get all the great policy substance – with a much more low-key style.

I don’t mind Trump’s style.  In fact, I thoroughly enjoy it.  I enjoy most people from Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx – most of whom are nigh exactly like Trump.

But if eight years delivers US to a critical density of Trump Fatigue – President Pence is the perfect national palate cleanser.

All of this is to say – I have long very much liked and respected now-Vice President Mike Pence.

Which is why his one political and policy blind spot – is so very out of character.  Pence appears to suffer from Elon Musk Syndrome.

Pence is by no means alone in being afflicted with Elon Musk Syndrome.  It is a condition – run rampant in Washington, D.C.

Elon Musk Syndrome – is being enamored with government money sopper Elon Musk.

Elon Musk: The $5-Billion-Government-Money-Recipient ‘Genius’

That $5 billion tally – was tallied in 2015.  Musk’s take is MUCH huger now.

Musk’s far-and-away greatest skill?  Convincing lots and lots government officials to keep giving him gobs and gobs of our money.

To keep propping up his very many failed businesses.

Many of Musk’s failed businesses – are predicated upon fake energy.

Musk loves taking LOTS of our money for his ridiculous solar power (SolarCity) and electric car (Tesla) businesses.

Walmart Shines Light on Elon Musk’s Thorny SolarCity Deal in New Lawsuit Against Tesla

Heavily Subsidized and Failing: Elon Musk and SolarCity

SolarCity Deal Is a Rich Subsidy Package

Elon Musk’s SolarCity Sues Government For More Subsidies

Tesla and Its Subsidies

Tesla’s Main Product Isn’t Cars, It’s Subsidies

It’s Confirmed: Without Government Subsidies, Tesla Sales Implode

Where does a whole lot of our money go?  Mainlined into Musk’s wallet.

Tesla’s Elon Musk Tops the List of America’s Highest Paid CEOs by State with $2.3 Billion in Earnings Last Year

Musk self-compensated – $2.3 billion.  In one year.  For running a car company that can not even exist – without massive, ongoing infusions of our money.

All of this – is exceedingly lame.

Speaking of exceedingly lame – behold Musk’s SpaceX.

Is SpaceX Wasting Taxpayer Dollars?

Short answer – yes:

“Elon Musk’s SpaceX has made a name for itself as an innovative company on the cutting edge of aerospace technology. Behind the successful marketing, however, lies a disturbing case of cronyism that needs more investigation and public transparency….

“It is dumbfounding that more questions aren’t being asked about SpaceX. Despite the government’s knowledge of systemic deficiencies with SpaceX rockets and systems, it continues to contract with them, putting billions of taxpayer dollars in the hands of an unreliable company.”

Musk’s latest SpaceX failures?

Why NASA’s Annoyed About Elon Musk’s Giant Rocket:

“SpaceX has never flown a person into space in its Crew Dragon, its first crew-capable spacecraft.”

Ummm…if Musk has never flown a crew on his Crew Dragon – it ain’t “crew-capable”:

“(T)he Crew Dragon…(is) well behind schedule. Awarded a NASA contract in 2014, SpaceX initially said it would deliver an operational vehicle that astronauts could fly in by 2017. But that still hasn’t happened.”

Delays and Safety Concerns Mar NASA’s Plans to Fly Astronauts on Commercial Spacecraft

But wait – it appears The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has FINALLY had enough of Musk and his very many failures.

NASA Attacks Elon Musk and SpaceX for ‘Years of Delays’ Failing to Deliver for US Taxpayer:

“NASA boss Jim Bridenstine has taken a thinly veiled shot at Elon Musk over the SpaceX chief’s inability to meet his deadline to the US space agency….

“Mr Bridenstine tweeted:

“‘Commercial Crew is years behind schedule.  NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. It’s time to deliver.’”

The only thing Musk has more of than our money?  Annoying, extraordinarily mis-possessed chutzpah.

Elon Musk Trolls NASA Chief with His Own Sick Space Burn

In response to very real concerns about billions of our dollars – expressed by Musk’s boss – Musk gets insulting and snarky.  On CNN.

What an ass hat.

It is time to FINALLY fire Musk and his SpaceX (and his Tesla…and his SolarCity…).

Which brings us back to Pence.

Pence has been an apparent fan of Musk.

SpaceX Gets a Shout-Out from Vice President Pence – February 22, 2018

Well, Trump made Pence the Chair of the Administration’s National Space Council – in July, 2017.

Which means by now – Pence knows all about Musk and SpaceX’s very many failings.

Which means Pence – is in a position to do something about it.

Which means Pence – should fire Musk and his SpaceX.

To FINALLY save We the Taxpayers from Musk and his SpaceX – and their very many failings.

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Vice President Pence Must Save Us from Elon Musk Syndrome

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The Feds Must Stop Smoking What Musk Is Smoking

 

Please allow a personal point of privilege at the outset:

I REALLY like Mike Pence.  Zero sarcasm – I think he is a really good guy.

Pence once saved my professional bacon – now more than a decade ago.

I had scheduled a huge Capitol Hill anti-Fairness Doctrine press conference.  Lots of Senators and Congressmen were part of the itinerary – including then-Congressman Pence.

One of the Senators’ offices had secured for us a Senate press room – which then turned out to be not so secured.  It was double-booked – and we were out.

Pence stepped right up – and had his staffers scramble and secure us a place on the House side to host it.

Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things.  But emblematic of the man I got to know a little over the years.

I was absolutely thrilled when Donald Trump chose Pence to be his vice presidential candidate.  It was a brilliant decision.

Pence is a solid conservative – who bolstered a presidential candidate whose conservative bona fides were at that time understandably in question.

After winning the election, I then remember Pence being excoriated stupidly and ridiculously – for wisely not having one-on-one private meetings with women not his wife.

Pence was lambasted by the Left as being a prude – who was holding back his (very many) women staffers by not granting them equal access to…what, his hotel room on business trips?  Grabbing a coffee in the lobby is anti-women?

Five seconds later, the Harvey Weinstein story broke and the #MeToo “movement” swept the media landscape.  One Democrat after another was revealed to be a women-assaulting ass hat.

Proving Pence and his personal policy – were wise and right.  And the Leftists in and out of the media who attacked him – were stupid and stupid.

I think Pence is the perfect presidential successor to Trump.  We the People will get all the great policy substance – with a much more low-key style.

I don’t mind Trump’s style.  In fact, I thoroughly enjoy it.  I enjoy most people from Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx – most of whom are nigh exactly like Trump.

But if eight years delivers US to a critical density of Trump Fatigue – President Pence is the perfect national palate cleanser.

All of this is to say – I have long very much liked and respected now-Vice President Mike Pence.

Which is why his one political and policy blind spot – is so very out of character.  Pence appears to suffer from Elon Musk Syndrome.

Pence is by no means alone in being afflicted with Elon Musk Syndrome.  It is a condition – run rampant in Washington, D.C.

Elon Musk Syndrome – is being enamored with government money sopper Elon Musk.

Elon Musk: The $5-Billion-Government-Money-Recipient ‘Genius’

That $5 billion tally – was tallied in 2015.  Musk’s take is MUCH huger now.

Musk’s far-and-away greatest skill?  Convincing lots and lots government officials to keep giving him gobs and gobs of our money.

To keep propping up his very many failed businesses.

Many of Musk’s failed businesses – are predicated upon fake energy.

Musk loves taking LOTS of our money for his ridiculous solar power (SolarCity) and electric car (Tesla) businesses.

Walmart Shines Light on Elon Musk’s Thorny SolarCity Deal in New Lawsuit Against Tesla

Heavily Subsidized and Failing: Elon Musk and SolarCity

SolarCity Deal Is a Rich Subsidy Package

Elon Musk’s SolarCity Sues Government For More Subsidies

Tesla and Its Subsidies

Tesla’s Main Product Isn’t Cars, It’s Subsidies

It’s Confirmed: Without Government Subsidies, Tesla Sales Implode

Where does a whole lot of our money go?  Mainlined into Musk’s wallet.

Tesla’s Elon Musk Tops the List of America’s Highest Paid CEOs by State with $2.3 Billion in Earnings Last Year

Musk self-compensated – $2.3 billion.  In one year.  For running a car company that can not even exist – without massive, ongoing infusions of our money.

All of this – is exceedingly lame.

Speaking of exceedingly lame – behold Musk’s SpaceX.

Is SpaceX Wasting Taxpayer Dollars?

Short answer – yes:

“Elon Musk’s SpaceX has made a name for itself as an innovative company on the cutting edge of aerospace technology. Behind the successful marketing, however, lies a disturbing case of cronyism that needs more investigation and public transparency….

“It is dumbfounding that more questions aren’t being asked about SpaceX. Despite the government’s knowledge of systemic deficiencies with SpaceX rockets and systems, it continues to contract with them, putting billions of taxpayer dollars in the hands of an unreliable company.”

Musk’s latest SpaceX failures?

Why NASA’s Annoyed About Elon Musk’s Giant Rocket:

“SpaceX has never flown a person into space in its Crew Dragon, its first crew-capable spacecraft.”

Ummm…if Musk has never flown a crew on his Crew Dragon – it ain’t “crew-capable”:

“(T)he Crew Dragon…(is) well behind schedule. Awarded a NASA contract in 2014, SpaceX initially said it would deliver an operational vehicle that astronauts could fly in by 2017. But that still hasn’t happened.”

Delays and Safety Concerns Mar NASA’s Plans to Fly Astronauts on Commercial Spacecraft

But wait – it appears The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has FINALLY had enough of Musk and his very many failures.

NASA Attacks Elon Musk and SpaceX for ‘Years of Delays’ Failing to Deliver for US Taxpayer:

“NASA boss Jim Bridenstine has taken a thinly veiled shot at Elon Musk over the SpaceX chief’s inability to meet his deadline to the US space agency….

“Mr Bridenstine tweeted:

“‘Commercial Crew is years behind schedule.  NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. It’s time to deliver.’”

The only thing Musk has more of than our money?  Annoying, extraordinarily mis-possessed chutzpah.

Elon Musk Trolls NASA Chief with His Own Sick Space Burn

In response to very real concerns about billions of our dollars – expressed by Musk’s boss – Musk gets insulting and snarky.  On CNN.

What an ass hat.

It is time to FINALLY fire Musk and his SpaceX (and his Tesla…and his SolarCity…).

Which brings us back to Pence.

Pence has been an apparent fan of Musk.

SpaceX Gets a Shout-Out from Vice President Pence – February 22, 2018

Well, Trump made Pence the Chair of the Administration’s National Space Council – in July, 2017.

Which means by now – Pence knows all about Musk and SpaceX’s very many failings.

Which means Pence – is in a position to do something about it.

Which means Pence – should fire Musk and his SpaceX.

To FINALLY save We the Taxpayers from Musk and his SpaceX – and their very many failings.

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Trump Will Win 2020 Election According To Moody Election Model If…

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It’s The Economy Stupid

James Carville would be rolling over in his grave if he were in one now being Trump could use his famous line from the 1992 election. The way Carville looks though, he might be sleeping in one actually.

According to a story over at Moody’s   the 45th President will keep his place at 1600 Pennsylvania for another 4 years if the economy holds up.

President Donald Trump looks likely to cruise to reelection next year under three different economic models Moody’s Analytics employed to gauge the 2020 race.

Barring anything unusual happening, the president’s Electoral College victory could easily surpass his 2016 win over Democrat Hillary Clinton, which came by a 304-227 count.

Moody’s based its projections on how consumers feel about their own financial situation, the gains the stock market has achieved during Trump’s tenure and the prospects for unemployment, which has fallen to a 50-year low. Should those variables hold up, the president looks set to get another four-year term.

The modeling has been highly accurate going back to the 1980 election, missing only once.

That one time that their model was wrong? Of course, it was the 2016 election where Donald Trump beat the wife of Bill Clinton.

The lowest electoral number Trump gets in these models is 289 which is above the 270 votes needed to win. The highest he gets is 352 which looks like a pipe dream to me.

This is all factored in on the economy doing well which under ANY OTHER President would be a safe, reliable gauge. However in the “Age of Trump” nothing is the same as it was prior to his election in Nov. of 2016 and you pretty much have to throw the rule book out and start rewriting it.

I live in the State of Michigan which Trump flipped to Republican for the first time since 1988. Team Bill’s wife did not take the threat serious that Michigan was up for grabs until the last 10 days of the election and they lost the state by 11.000 votes.

That is not going to happen again where the Democrats are asleep at the wheel.

So just based on the economy this should be a slam dunk for President Trump and he should win by a country mile.

We will see in less than 13 months if these predictions come true.

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Big Crony Amazon Has Dumped $1.5 Million Into Seattle City Council Races

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Buying America’s Governments – One City at a Time

 

That’s not a massive over-contribution at all.

We’ve oft written about huge companies using their huge wallets – to dictate huge cronyism from huge governments.

No gaggle of companies has done it more and more effectively – than the Big Tech companies.

Silicon Valley Robber Barons Are Using Government As a Weapon Against Us

Silicon Valley Gets Government Favors – While Boosting Leftists And Blocking Conservatives

The Obamas’ $50 Million Netflix Deal: Cronyism Comes Full Circle

Google, The Barack Obama Administration – And Even More Questionable Policy

Obama 2012 and Facebook: Your Privacy, Diminished

Sometimes Big Tech companies screw up – and demand the wrong cronyism.  So they demand more cronyism – to get themselves out of their self-inflicted jams.

Facebook Looks to Cronyism Its Way Out of Its Cronyism

And no Big Tech company has mastered the art of cronyism – quite like Amazon.

We have written a lot about Amazon – over a lot of years.  One of the conclusions we’ve reached?

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ goal from the outset – was to get huge enough to bend governments everywhere to his will.  And part of that the process was – in anti-competitive fashion – to murder every other retailer on the planet.

It’s why Amazon has gone decades – rarely turning a profit.

The Amazon Era: No Profits, No Problem

Why Amazon Has No Profits (And Why It Works)

Amazon Never Makes Money But No One Cares

Amazon’s No-Profit Model: Bleed Competitors To Death – Then Do Exactly What They Did

Amazon Killed Toys ‘R’ Us – But Much More Dishonestly Than The Way You Think

Again, Bezos’ objective wasn’t profits – it was growth.  And it worked – like a charm.

Now Amazon is gi-normous (Market Cap: $874 billion).  And gi-normous Amazon is dictating terms to governments…everywhere.

And the government reciprocal gifts – keep getting bigger and bigger and….

Amazon: One of the Biggest of Bigfoot Cronyism-Recipient Lobbyists

Something Is Rotten in Amazon’s Request for HQ2 Proposals

Why The Post Office Gives Amazon A $1.46 Subsidy on Each Box

Top Amazon Boss Privately Advised US Government on Web Portal Worth Billions to Tech Firm

The ‘Amazon Amendment’ Would Effectively Hand Government Purchasing Power Over to Amazon

Uber-Crony Amazon – Is About To Get The Biggest Crony Deal In DC’s Awful History

How does over-sized Amazon secure such over-sized cronyism from over-sized governments?

By dumping over-sized money into political races…everywhere.

Heads up, HQ2 recipient Arlington, Virginia.

Amazon Drops Additional $1 Million-Plus into Seattle City Council Races, With Ballots Out This Week:

“Amazon is dropping an additional $1 million-plus into Seattle’s pivotal City Council races, boosting its spending on politics in its hometown this year to an unprecedented $1.45 million.

“The corporate giant has now shelled out more on the council races than any other business or union….

“Amazon’s outlay is the largest ‘in anyone’s memory’ by a single entity in a Seattle election cycle, said Wayne Barnett, executive director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission.

“The record-breaking sum is the latest sign that the company with 53,000 local employees, once content to stay on the political sidelines, is now throwing its weight around….

“Amazon alone has contributed more money to the Chamber’s PAC than the candidates the Chamber opposes have collectively raised with their own campaigns….”

We ain’t the hugest of union fans – but this woman ain’t just whistling Dixie:

“‘One of the richest corporations in the world just invested an unprecedented amount of money to attempt a hostile takeover of Seattle’s local government,’ Rachel Lauter, executive director of the union-backed Working Washington advocacy group, said in a statement.”

It is indeed Amazon’s attempted wholesale purchase of…Seattle.  But it’s even bigger than that:

“‘This isn’t just about Seattle, it’s about the 2020 national elections. Amazon is warning presidential candidates who say they share Seattle’s values that it will stop at nothing to protect its power and profits.’”

It is indeed about the 2020 national elections.  And then some.

Because Amazon has cronyism everywhere to preserve, protect and defend.

Get this:

“‘We are contributing to this election because we care deeply about the future of Seattle,’ Amazon spokesman Aaron Toso said Tuesday in a statement.

“‘We believe it is critical that our hometown has a city council that is focused on pragmatic solutions to our shared challenges…’”

Yeah.  Ok.

Except…Amazon always ends up getting massive un-shared government cronyism.

The massive cost of which – is force-shared by all the rest of us.

Over and over and over and over again….

None of which is good for anyone.

Except, of course, Amazon.

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Target Workers Get a Predictable Rude Awakening After Company Implements Minimum Wage Increase

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As I’ve written before, the “Fight for $15” campaign may have had its share of victories in a handful of blue states like New York, but studies have shown that over time these “wins” are largely symbolic and ultimately end up hurting workers.

They hurt them in an number of ways, and one of them is in how companies – in response to these campaigns – start exploring different ways to save money to offset rising labor costs.

Though not bound by any mandate, Target decided to get woke a couple of years ago by announcing they would raise their minimum wage to $15/hour by 2020.

In a shocking display of actual journalism, CNN recently interviewed over 20 current and former Target employees who say that the gradual wage hike (their minimum is now $13) brought along with it less hours and, of course, less take-home pay. Why? Because Target started to look for ways to cut corners:

But some store workers say the wage increases are not helping because their hours are falling, making it difficult to keep their health insurance and in some cases to pay their bills.
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“I got that dollar raise but I’m getting $200 less in my paycheck,” said one, Heather, who started in November at a Florida store working around 40 hours a week. She’s now below 20 some weeks, she said. “I have no idea how I’m going to pay rent or buy food.”
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Beyond just a drop in earnings that Target workers who spoke with CNN Business have experienced, employees who average fewer than 30 hours of work a week during the year aren’t eligible to qualify for health insurance benefits through the company during annual enrollment season in the spring.
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Target workers who say their hours have dropped have been given a variety of reasons why by their supervisors, including that there were not hours available or that their managers couldn’t fit additional hours in their budgets. Others said they received no explanation for why their hours fell.

One former store director in Ohio who oversaw around 130 employees said hours dropped at the store in the past year for several reasons, including the introduction of self-checkout and elimination of backroom shifts.

It’s almost as if this had been predicted or something.

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The Private Sector Is Yet Again Rushing to Save Us from Government

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What Did Government Use for Light Before Candles? Electricity

 

The answer to everything even remotely policy-related – is less government.

Because the original sin of everything even remotely policy-related – is too much government.

Want to solve our health care “crisis” – ???  Undo the original government sins.

After World War II – taxes were kept at during-WW II levels.  So in an end run around this too much government – the private sector started offering employees untaxed “benefits”…including health insurance.

Post-WW II set up a bizarre, antithetical-to-Reality system…where health insurance isn’t tied to the person – it’s tied to the person’s employer.  Which is inherently very stupid.

Post-WW II set up a bizarre, antithetical-to-Reality system…where health insurance stopped being a catastrophic policy, and started paying for EVERY encounter with a health care provider.

Car insurance pays when you wrap your car around a tree.  Imagine how stupid and expensive it would be – if they were paying for everything up to and including oil changes and windshield wipers.

Post-WW II also set up a bizarre, antithetical-to-Reality third-party-payer system.  The doctor and patient are in the room negotiating services and terms – the guy picking up the tab is not.

Which guarantees skyrocketing prices and costs.  Because human nature.

A buyer wants to buy as much as he can.

A seller wants to sell as much as he can – for as much as he can.

The check and balance upon these billions of daily commercial exchanges – is the buyer’s wallet.

The buyer wants to conserve his coin – so he perpetually looks for the best deals.

The seller wants to sell – so he and the buyer negotiate mutually agreeable deals.

If the guy picking up the tab isn’t involved in the process – price is no object.  And things quickly get REALLY crazy.

Seven decades of third-party-payer health insurance later – things have become really, REALLY crazy.

You want more government further screwing up health care?  There’s plenty, you know.

Medicare, for instance.  You know, the third-party-payer government health care plan for senior citizens.

Medicare is currently at least $40 trillion short.

Medicare doesn’t actually completely cover seniors – so the private sector has to backstop the government.  Medigap, anyone?

And Medicare actually pays medical providers ridiculously low rates for medical goods and services.  So since Medicare’s inception – medical providers have been price-shifting to the private sector.  Charging the private sector much, MUCH more – to subsidize the government.

Steadfastly impervious to facts, Leftists everywhere want to murder private health insurance – and force feed us all into Medicare’s bankrupt, gaping maw.  Medicare for All – is medical care for none.

The solution to this titanic government-caused mess – is less government.  Not more – less.

Allow people to purchase policies in any of the fifty states.

Equalize the government’s treatment of individual-purchased and employer-provided insurance.

And begin to roll back the government’s third-party-payer involvement in…everything.

Another area where government keeps rigidly insisting on inserting itself – is the Internet.

The Internet is perhaps the most successful endeavor in human history.  Nothing has grown bigger, better and faster.

The federal government did in fact create the Internet.  And for decades, it just sat there – inert…gathering dust.

Until the 1990s.  When the government privatized the Internet.  At which point – KABOOM.

United States’ private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) spent the next quarter century investing $1+ trillion dollars building the networks.  Taking us from 14k dial-up snail speeds – to multiple gigabyte hyper speeds.

Which paved the way for millions of other companies to invest trillions of additional dollars creating and developing…everything we know on the Web.  And a whole lot of stuff we don’t.  (It’s a BIG Internet.)

Government controlling the Internet – kept it an unknown, unused bit of nothing.  For decades.

The private sector handling the Internet – created the free speech-free market Xanadu we all know and love today.

Steadfastly impervious to facts, Leftists everywhere want to roll back this titanic private sector success – and revert to a government-controlled Internet.

They want to re-impose the very ridiculous Network Neutrality.  Which an avowed Marxist describes thus:

“At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”

How very Venezuela of them.

To “get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control” – you need government Internet as a replacement.

Which Leftists have already long been funding.  How’s that been going?  Remarkably like government health care.

Broadband Boondoggles: A Map of Failed Taxpayer-Funded Networks:

“For decades, local governments have made promises of faster and cheaper broadband networks.

“Unfortunately, these municipal networks often don’t deliver or fail, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill.

“Explore the map to learn about the massive debt, waste and broken promises left behind by these failed government networks.”

One of the angles Leftists attempt to work in defense of their government Internet efforts – is the lack of Internet access in America’s rural areas.

For those of you who are government school victims – the United States is a VERY large place.  Reaching the US’s very many uber-rural areas with uber-fast Internet – ain’t easy.

That being said, this alleged problem – is already exceedingly overblown:

“(T)he (Federal Communications Commission) FCC still bizarrely only counts a hardline (terrestrial fixed) Internet connection as a connection.  Meaning buried cables criss-crossing America – all the way into your abode.

“But nearly everyone in America has a 4G (Fourth Generation) wireless smartphone. On which you can seamlessly stream High Definition (HD) video – the most bandwidth intensive thing currently to do on the Internet.  (And we’re but a few years away from exponentially-faster-5G).

“And then there is Satellite Internet – for the remaining very few who are bereft of both wired and cellular wireless.

“And those…speeds that serve as the FCC minimum?  They are WAY faster than 98+% of Americans currently need.

“The Truth About Faster Internet: It’s Not Worth It:

“‘Typical U.S. households don’t use most of their bandwidth while streaming and get marginal gains from upgrading speeds.’

“So even while streaming High Definition (HD) video – the most bandwidth intensive thing currently to do on the Internet – ‘typical U.S. households don’t use most of their bandwidth.’

“In other words – just about everyone in America has more-than-sufficient access to the Internet.”

As just mentioned, government has for decades been trying to replicate private ISPs.  And as just mentioned – has been perpetually, miserably failing.

And wait: Here come’s the private sector – yet again riding to the government’s rescue.  And all the rest of us too.  Via the aforementioned 5G wireless network:

“(T)he 5G wireless network – is going to blow the doors off of even the existing, massive private sector success.

“And thereby blow an even larger hole in the Left’s demands for government Internet.

“How 5G Will Solve Rural Broadband:

“‘Starting with advanced versions of 4G LTE and then continuing with 5G, wireless technologies will not only displace many wireline endpoints in dense population areas, but also in low population density areas, including rural areas….

“‘The cost advantage of wireless connections is overwhelming.

“‘A spokesperson for the Wireless ISP Association (WISPA) estimates that a wireless connection to a rural endpoint costs one-fifth to one-tenth of a wireline connection….

“Translation from Tech-to-English:

“The Left’s idea to get into the government into the broadband business – is currently very stupid and dishonest.

“Thanks to the private sector.

“And the Left’s idea to get the government into the broadband business – is about to get exponentially stupider and more dishonest.

“Thanks to the private sector.”

Because service to every single nook and cranny of the United States – is about to get massively faster wireless Internet service.

Thanks to the private sector.

Yet again saving us from government.

And yet again saving government from itself.

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Apple Has Sided With China, Told It’s AppleTV+ Creators to Not Anger China In Their Programming

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For a “forward-facing” company, the tech giant has been embracing some pretty backward principles in its obedience to the Chinese government.

Not only has Apple deleted apps such as the Hong Kong police tracker app at the demand of China, but apparently when Apple was developing shows for its AppleTV+ lineup in 2018, show creators were given specific instructions not to anger China when creating their program.

According to BuzzFeed News, Apple wanted to stay in China’s good graces above all:

In early 2018 as development on Apple’s slate of exclusive Apple TV+ programming was underway, the company’s leadership gave guidance to the creators of some of those shows to avoid portraying China in a poor light, BuzzFeed News has learned. Sources in position to know said the instruction was communicated by Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of internet software and services, and Morgan Wandell, its head of international content development. It was part of Apple’s ongoing efforts to remain in China’s good graces after a 2016 incident in which Beijing shut down Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies six months after they debuted in the country.

BuzzFeed reports that this is hardly uncommon either, noting from one app creator that to have your app removed from Apple’s app store all that has to happen is for Apple to get one phone call from China about it:

“We just get a phone call from Apple and they say ‘We just got a call from the Chinese government’ and five minutes later our app is off the App Store,” one US technology executive told BuzzFeed News. “It’s not a line of communication that would be open to any discussion.”

“They have so much market power in general and they wield that pretty indiscriminately,” the US technology executive said of Apple.

The bottom line here isn’t just that China is wielding power indiscriminately, it’s wielding power indiscriminately within some of our major corporations which we rely on every day. Corporations that primarily deal with our communication, entertainment, and digital tools.

This is a pretty dangerous combination, given that in our technologically advanced age, we deal heavily with these things. If China can directly dictate what our communications companies say and do, then they are dictating us. Whether we like it or not, we also live under Chinese rule.

News is censored, and our entertainment, whether it deals with China or not, has a pro-Chinese bent. What’s more, what happens when China gets it into its head that it can begin reworking scripts to not just stay neutral or harmless to China but to actually create content that promotes it.

Apple has already demonstrated that it’s willing to ask “how high” when China orders it to jump. Who says that it won’t begin demanding programming be more complementary to China.

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