Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgI’ve never liked the term “public xxx” – when used for things like “public schools” or “National Public Radio (NPR).” Because it’s not “public” – it’s government. Which means government takes money from productive private enterprises – and funds anti-productive government ones.

With all the attending awfulness you expect. The laxness, the arrogance – the terrible performance. (See: ObamaCare, the Post Office, “green energy,” your Department of Motor Vehicles,….) And the willful denial of the fact that innumerable past failures – portend more of the exact same, should we be foolish enough to yet again try the exact same.

Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton late last week gave an alleged economic speech – in which she pledged, should she win election, huge new government “stimulus” projects.

“Mrs. Clinton says her first priority is to create jobs, primarily through public investments in infrastructure, like roads, bridges, school renovations, affordable housing, water systems, electrical grids, broadband internet and renewable energy.”

Get that? “Public investments.” Which means government investments. Mrs. Clinton wants to spend $275 billion – and wants us to forget that President Barack Obama began his administration with an omni-directional-failed $787 billion “public investment” – the 2009 “Stimulus”:

“Despite decades of repeated failure, President Obama and Congress continue to promote the myth that government can spend its way out of recession.”

DC remains steadfastly impervious to facts. How’d President Obama’s foray into futility do?

Obama’s Stimulus: A Documented Failure

President Obama even admitted it stunk on ice.

But don’t let that stop you, Mrs. Clinton. Not even on likely the most intricate of private sector enterprises – broadband Internet service.

Hillary Clinton Promises ‘Affordable’ Broadband for All by 2020 – Will It Be as Ironic as ObamaCare?: “Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has come out to say that if she is elected, there will be ‘affordable’ broadband internet for all by 2020. If that sounds familiar, it’s because President Barack Obama did something similar during his campaign, signing the Affordable Care Act into law.”

How’s the “Affordable” Care Act doing at being affordable? Lousy. Really lousy. Really very lousy.

Hillary Clinton Wants Broadband for All by 2020, Which is Impossible: “Connecting the entire US to broadband by 2020 is not realistic, and it’s not even one of those ‘if all the cards fall into place just right’ scenarios that could result in a miracle.”

Past is prologue, everywhere on the planet – except in DC. Where Mrs. Clinton wants to launch us yet again upon the government money breach.

But we’ve already tried government broadband – numerous times. The results have been uniformly, repeatedly disastrous.

Tucked into the fatty, flabby folds of President Obama’s 2009 “Stimulus” – was $7.2 billion for wired government broadband. How’d that go?

The Broadband Stimulus is an Abject and Absolute Failure: “(I)t has only made things worse….The purpose of the broadband stimulus…was to help provide broadband to areas that would otherwise go unserved or underserved….How far from this goal the stimulus has gone. Much of the money awarded…(is)n’t addressing these shortcomings….The states haven’t exactly done much better….Neither of these parties seems to be able to be held accountable to the public they are supposed to serve. Instead, they seem to be invested in promoting the status quo, rife with special privileges for incumbents and favored businesses.”

Shocker. And should Mrs. Clinton suggest the government go wireless Internet “stimulus” – please keep this in mind:

The $47 Billion Network That’s Already Obsolete: “The prize for the most wasteful post-9/11 initiative arguably should go to FirstNet—a whole new agency set up to provide a telecommunications system exclusively for firefighters, police, and other first responders. They would communicate on bandwidth worth billions of dollars in the commercial market but now reserved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for FirstNet.

“FirstNet is in such disarray that 15 years after the problem it is supposed to solve was identified, it is years from completion—and it may never get completed at all. According to the GAO, estimates of its cost range from $12 billion to $47 billion, even as advances in digital technology seem to have eliminated the need to spend any of it.”

Mrs. Clinton is making broadband promises that would be impossible to keep under the best of circumstances – conditions government is utterly incapable of setting.

And using the exact same throw-government-money-at-it model that has already failed too many times to even count.

How very DC of her.

This first appeared in Townhall and Red State.


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  1. MUG

    It’s the same old story Seton. Liberals are compelled to spend good money after bad. They are constantly on the lookout for successful enterprises that benefit the economy and the countryu. They can’t stand it that enterprising people people benefit from their enterprise, so they take over so the government can decide who benefits, who are the winners and who are the losers. It’s the reason the Russians stood in lines to take their turn sorting through spoiled food goods to find sustenance for their families. The collective farms were inefficient, didn’t harvest on time, couldn’t get their produce to market on time because the railroads were undependable, etc etc. If Hillary is elected that is where we are headed. If Trump is elected, like one man said “we may wake up some morning and find out we nuked Denmark.” Damned if we do. Damned if we don’t. And it seems, Damned if they care.

  2. Lynn Bryant DeSpain

    The biggest issue, and the most hidden costs, of any government program, Federal, State, County, and City, is that no matter what it is, requires public employees to run it!
    These employees are paid comparable salaries, plus retirements, plus, far better medical insurance than private citizens, better vacation packages than regular people, and great sick days, and these increase far more rapidly than the Private sector! Plus automatic, annual pay raises. and they are all ‘UNION’ members, forced upon them by the very government they serve! (Huge supportive votes!)
    Then you have the additional expense of top heavy executive management, (appointed,) management, supervision, computer technical people, programers and such, training, printing, education, et al.
    Next you have the maintenance and replacement of materials, and equipment, and transportation.
    These are just part of all government costs never exposed in any proposed plan offered to the ‘Public.’
    Just how many duplication of services do we in the United States need? We have both Federal and State, DEQ, Forestry, OSHA, Agriculture, Mining, Highways, Gaming, Public Utilities Commissions, Social Services, and the list goes on, and on, and on.
    Why? Surely if an agency is good enough for a State, within its own borders, it is good for all that lay within its borders?
    Most may not realise this, but the highest ranking Law Officer in your individual area is your Sheriff! That person can tell the police, up to and including the FBI to go to hell, and get out of the County, unless the Sheriff invites them in! The reason for this is the Sheriff is the only, “ELECTED” Individual Law Enforcement Officer in our Nation, and the only ‘True Law Enforcement Representative’ of the People.
    All we have to do to stop this run away duplication of so called servies, and over burden of taxation, is to say, “STOP.”
    One sure way to try, at this time is to vote for Trump, becaus e you sure won’t get it with Hillary.