Andrew Moylan

USDA Prime Cuts: Rural Broadband Subsidies

I have a crazy idea: let’s save millions of dollars by not spending money to build broadband networks where they already exist. The insanity of so-called “broadband stimulus” projects has been covered quite nicely here at BigGovernment by Seton Motley,

NPR: Not Particularly Relevant on Energy 'Subsidies'

Few fiscal-policy terms these days seem as elastic as the word “subsidy.” In a strict sense, it means a direct payment from government (i.e., taxpayers) to influence economic behavior. So it was with great interest that I read Robert H.

Astroturfed Net Neutrality Letter Still Shrouded in Mystery

Last week, I wrote here at BigGovernment about Ben Scott, Policy Director for the liberal advocacy group Free Press, being outed as the true author of a pro-net neutrality letter supposedly written by Representative Jay Inslee (D-WA). Soon after, The

Lefty Group Outed As Author of Letter from Congressman

You’ve no doubt heard liberal Members of Congress and other interest groups calling the Tea Party movement “Astroturf,” a play on the term grassroots. Like our good friend Nancy, for example… [youtube SiaQRNiXo2s] Or the liberal pro-net neutrality group Free

FCC to U.S. Court of Appeals: Drop Dead!

After decades of flourishing beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, the internet may soon be forced under a draconian regulatory regime created for monopoly telephone services in the 1930s. Last week, the Wall Street Journal broke the news that Federal Communications Commission

'Stimulus' Dollars At Work…Paying Lobbyists for the Nanny State

Last month, Phil Kerpen wrote an insightful piece here at about “The Stimulus Bill’s Hidden Attack on What We Eat, Drink, and Smoke.” In it, he detailed yet another absurd (and angering) use of so-called “stimulus” funds to help

Report: House Health Care Bill INCREASES Costs By $289 Billion

The Politico ran a story this weekend pointing out a very inconvenient truth for proponents of the House version of big government health reform legislation: contrary to its goal of “bending the cost curve downward” over time, the bill would