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Wednesday
Jul232014

ALG - Obamacare gutted in Halbig ruling 

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July 22, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Halbig v. Burwell, finding that Obamcare exchange subsidies cannot be given in states that decided to not set up their own exchanges under an IRS regulation

"Now, the wisdom of 36 states that have refused to implement state exchanges comes into full view with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to strike down any Obamacare subsidies given through the federally run exchanges. The law only ever authorized that the subsidies to private insurers—some $800 billion a year—be paid through the state exchanges. By not setting up state exchanges, and with the court's ruling, the basic premise of Obamacare has been gutted. 

"Not only are the subsidies illegal per the court's ruling, because those subsidies would not be distributed under the decision, the enforceability of both the individual and employer mandates' tax penalties—which depend on those subsidies—has been kneecapped. Meaning, should the ruling stand, the IRS will have no way of penalizing employers and millions of Americans for failing to purchase health insurance in the 36 states. 

"Should this ruling withstand scrutiny all the way through the Supreme Court, it will be the end of Obamacare in those 36 states. It will be such a mess that perhaps the only solution will be for Congress to repeal the law. The 36 state legislatures and governors that refused to implement the exchanges are to be praised—as they may have enabled the nation to dodge the Obamacare bullet." 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/obamacare-gutted-in-halbig-ruling/ 

Attachments: 

"Courts must stop Obamacare's 'taxation without representation,'" By Americans for Limited  Government President Nathan Mehrens, Nov. 25, 2013 at http://netrightdaily.com/2013/11/courts-must-stop-obamacares-taxation-without-representation/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Tuesday
Jul222014

ALG - Department of Labor Prioritized Illegal Fundraising Over Following The Law 

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July 21, 2014, Fairfax, Va. and Washington, D.C.—Government watchdogs Cause of Action and Americans for Limited Government (ALG) exposed the Administration for valuing illegal fundraising for the President over its statutory duty to keep the public informed of its activities. 

 

Cause of Action obtained documents revealing that a public records appeal filed by ALG with the Department of Labor (DOL) concerning former Secretary Solis' calendars was held up for years before DOL released the information.    

 

Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens: "President Obama upon entering office promised us an open and transparent administration, stating that records should not be withheld 'because of speculative or abstract fears.' Instead of fulfilling this promise, the White House is micro-managing how agencies release records, apparently acting on exactly these types of fears. As a result, release of records is delayed and the delays in many instances destroy the public utility of the information in the records. These delays are, of course, contrary to FOIA and should cease immediately."

 

Cause of Action Executive Director Dan Epstein: "Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis chose to illegally fundraise for President Obama using taxpayer-funded resources while neglecting to ensure that the agency she oversaw was transparent.  DOL sat on records for years until the White House cleared the information for release.  Sadly, such delays have become par for the course under this Administration, which screens agency  documents containing White House "equities,"  -- a broad and undefined term used to delay the release of politically sensitive information to the public, and even to Congress. Hiding behind White House equities is a threat to free speech and this Administration must be held accountable for it."

 

Documents show that ALG's FOIA appeal was delayed by over two years:

 

Sept. 1, 2010:  In response to a Jan. 14, 2010 FOIA request from ALG, DOL withheld a calendar entry showing that Solis met with Cecilia Munoz from White House on April 7, 2009.

 

Oct. 26, 2010:  ALG files FOIA appeal, challenging redactions.

 

Approx. March 2012:  Solis makes a fundraising call to a DOL employee during business hours in order to aid the President's reelection campaign. 

 

Apr. 8, 2013 to May 6, 2013:  DOL finally consults with White House Counsel's Office about releasing the calendar entry; White House agrees to release.

 

May 20, 2013: DOL issues final response to ALG which includes the production of the calendar with the calendar entry.

 

About Cause of Action:
Cause of Action is a non-profit, nonpartisan government accountability organization that fights to protect economic opportunity when federal regulations, spending and cronyism threaten it.  For more information, visit www.causeofaction.org.

 

About Americans for Limited Government:
Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG, visit www.GetLiberty.org. 

 

To schedule an interview with Cause of Action's Executive Director Dan Epstein, contact media@causeofaction.org or (202) 499-4232. To schedule an interview with Americans for Limited Government's President Nathan Mehrens, contact media@limitgov.org or (703) 383-0880 x 106.

 

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Saturday
Jul192014

ALG Liberty Action Report - Limbaugh is right about Obama's war on suburbs  

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July 18, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Limbaugh is right about Obama's war on suburbs
Radio host Rush Limbaugh: "What better way to give a boost to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Act and the remaking of American neighborhoods than to start injecting illegal immigrant populations into targeted cities and towns in the suburbs all across the country?"

Lois Lerner's pension defunded and a whole lot more
Lois Lerner was apparently patient zero of deadly computer viruses within the United States government as it has been learned that some of her former colleagues at the Federal Election Commission also mysteriously lost their computer hard drives.  Of course, they had to be destroyed as well.

Rubino: Taking control of the time in which we live
"[S]ound money is really a moral issue as much as it is a financial issue. It means you have to keep your promises. And that governments have to maintain the value of their promises -- a piece of currency is basically a promise that if you hold on to it today, you will be able to exchange it for something of equal real value sometime in the future. Governments have been breaking that promise consistently since 1971 and that moral corruption has bled over into every other aspect of life."

Friday
Jul182014

ALG - Urge Senate to stop Obama's HUD plan to resettle millions of illegal immigrants in your community! 

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July 17, 2014

Dear Liberty Activist,

Click here to urge the Senate to adopt the Lee amendment to defund Obama's plan to resettle millions of illegal immigrants in your community!

Last September, the National Council of La Raza issued comments in favor of a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing."

Under the regulation, in October the Obama administration will be empowered to condition eligibility for community development block grants on redrawing zoning maps to create evenly distributed neighborhoods based on racial composition and income.

In 2012, HUD dispersed about $3.8 billion of these grants to almost 1,200 municipalities.

According to La Raza's comment in favor of the regulation, "Hispanic families often do not know their housing rights and have cited fear of deportation as reason for not reporting rights violations." By La Raza's own analysis, then, HUD implementation of the racial rezoning rule will benefit those who "have cited fear of deportation" — that is, low-skilled, low-income illegal immigrants, either those who were outright illegal the moment they set foot in the U.S. or who have simply overstayed their visas. After all, who else would fear deportation?

Therefore, one of the sure effects of HUD's regime will be to flood unwilling communities with a significant percentage of illegal immigrants.

It's not enough to arbitrarily implement amnesty — whether through refusal to enforce existing law or Congressional action — the federal government wants to draw the maps of where the new residents will live, forcing local communities to make room whether they like it or not.

In the case of La Raza and illegal immigration amnesty proponents, the likely beneficiaries of the HUD rezoning rule will be Democrat Parties across the country. Both U.S. and immigrant-born Hispanics favor Democrats by nearly 2 to 1 according to Gallup.

What emerges is a plan to resettle as many as 20 million illegal immigrants in specific communities as a pretext to tilt the political scales on the national and local political scenes to favor Democrats in states like Texas, where Democrat-controlled cities have accepted millions of dollars of these grants.

Fortunately, the House of Representatives has already acted, passing an amendment to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz) in a close 219 to 207 vote to defund implementation of the regulation.

Now, the bill moves to the Senate, where Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has championed the cause, proposing the same amendment to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill.

You know what to do! Let's get on Rally Congress and urge the U.S. Senate to adopt the Lee amendment to stop this radical illegal immigrant resettlement plan by Obama and HUD.

To get it passed, Senate Republicans will need to unite against the HUD rezoning rule, which amounts to no less than an existential threat to the Republican Party's continued existence as a viable national political entity. Failure to take up the Lee defund will be viewed not only as tacit support for the racial rezoning rule, but of national suicide under the inflexible malaise of one-party rule for the next generation.

Let's keep fighting! This is one we can win.

For Liberty,


Robert Romano
Senior Editor
Americans for Limited Government

Thursday
Jul172014

ALG - Urge Senate to stop Obama's HUD plan to resettle millions of illegal immigrants in your community! 

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July 16, 2014

Dear Liberty Activist,

Click here to urge the Senate to adopt the Lee amendment to defund Obama's plan to resettle millions of illegal immigrants in your community!

Last September, the National Council of La Raza issued comments in favor of a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing."

Under the regulation, in October the Obama administration will be empowered to condition eligibility for community development block grants on redrawing zoning maps to create evenly distributed neighborhoods based on racial composition and income.

In 2012, HUD dispersed about $3.8 billion of these grants to almost 1,200 municipalities.

According to La Raza's comment in favor of the regulation, "Hispanic families often do not know their housing rights and have cited fear of deportation as reason for not reporting rights violations." By La Raza's own analysis, then, HUD implementation of the racial rezoning rule will benefit those who "have cited fear of deportation" — that is, low-skilled, low-income illegal immigrants, either those who were outright illegal the moment they set foot in the U.S. or who have simply overstayed their visas. After all, who else would fear deportation?

Therefore, one of the sure effects of HUD's regime will be to flood unwilling communities with a significant percentage of illegal immigrants.

It's not enough to arbitrarily implement amnesty — whether through refusal to enforce existing law or Congressional action — the federal government wants to draw the maps of where the new residents will live, forcing local communities to make room whether they like it or not.

In the case of La Raza and illegal immigration amnesty proponents, the likely beneficiaries of the HUD rezoning rule will be Democrat Parties across the country. Both U.S. and immigrant-born Hispanics favor Democrats by nearly 2 to 1 according to Gallup.

What emerges is a plan to resettle as many as 20 million illegal immigrants in specific communities as a pretext to tilt the political scales on the national and local political scenes to favor Democrats in states like Texas, where Democrat-controlled cities have accepted millions of dollars of these grants.

Fortunately, the House of Representatives has already acted, passing an amendment to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz) in a close 219 to 207 vote to defund implementation of the regulation.

Now, the bill moves to the Senate, where Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has championed the cause, proposing the same amendment to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill.

You know what to do! Let's get on Rally Congress and urge the U.S. Senate to adopt the Lee amendment to stop this radical illegal immigrant resettlement plan by Obama and HUD.

To get it passed, Senate Republicans will need to unite against the HUD rezoning rule, which amounts to no less than an existential threat to the Republican Party's continued existence as a viable national political entity. Failure to take up the Lee defund will be viewed not only as tacit support for the racial rezoning rule, but of national suicide under the inflexible malaise of one-party rule for the next generation.

Let's keep fighting! This is one we can win.

For Liberty,


Robert Romano
Senior Editor
Americans for Limited Government