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Wednesday
Nov192014

ALG - Blue collar Keystone jobs not good enough for Obama? 

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Nov. 18, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement disputing President Barack Obama's November 14 claim that the Keystone pipeline is not a "massive jobs bill" for the United States:

 

"President Obama has consistently discounted his own State Department's finding that 42,100 jobs will be created by the Keystone XL pipeline rationalizing that they are mostly only temporary construction jobs.  This elitist argument is an affront to every man and woman who earns their pay in work gloves and boots, devaluing the work of those who build things in America because of the temporary nature of construction projects. 

"Obama, the man who sold a stimulus package based upon the false notion that it was going to be used to provide "shovel ready" jobs, now finds himself in the position of arguing that those exact jobs don't count.  Yes, construction jobs are temporary, because construction projects get completed.  That doesn't mean that those jobs are not valuable, as they give workers employment who then move on to the next project that needs to be built. 

"Here's the news flash for the President and his cronies, all jobs are temporary (except government civil service ones).  Every private sector employee all the way from the janitor to the CEO is temporary, and this includes the job of President of the United States and all his political minions.  To deride the economic value of a project because the jobs it creates are mostly done by blue collar construction workers shows just how far this President has strayed from the Democratic Party's traditional labor employee base." 

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/blue-collar-keystone-jobs-not-good-enough-for-obama/

 

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President Barack Obama: "My hope would be that any reporter who is looking at the facts would take the time to confirm that the most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline — which might take a year or two — and then after that we're talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 [chuckles] jobs in a economy of 150 million working people."  Interview with The New York Times, July 24, 2013 at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/us/politics/interview-with-president-obama.html

 

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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.

Friday
Nov142014

ALG urges House approval of Keystone XL pipeline 

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Nov. 13, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging passage of H.R. 5682 offered by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that would permit "TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. [to] construct, connect, operate, and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities" of the Keystone XL pipeline:

 

"The House led by Rep. Bill Cassidy is to be praised for taking the lead on finally approving the Keystone XL pipeline. Americans for Limited Government urges every member to support this common sense legislation and get it moving to the Senate.

 

"Everything we ever needed to know about the Obama administration has been learned in its obstruction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Why hasn't it been approved by the Obama State Department? Not because there is anything exceptional about this pipeline. There already is another Keystone pipeline from Alberta  operated by TransCanada that already delivers about 590,000 barrels of oil a day. The new pipeline would simply add another 500,000 barrels a day to the mix.

 

"This is just one more example of executive branch discretion run amuck. Where Obama's allegiance to green ideology trumps all considerations of policy that will help lead to North American energy independence. Obama is acting in somebody's interest, it's just not the American people's."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-urges-house-approval-of-keystone-xl-pipeline/

 

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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.

Friday
Nov142014

ALG - Obama planned executive amnesty sets up constitutional crisis 

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Nov. 13, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement reacting to a leaked 10-part plan to grant amnesty to 4.5 million illegal immigrant adults with U.S.-born children

"President Obama's leaked plan to usurp congressional authority over immigration should put to an end all talk about a long term omnibus funding bill.  Obama's intent to wave a wand and create amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants in the wake of the November repudiation of this policy is an affront to the consent of the governed. Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell must swiftly and forcefully tie the President's hands using the power of the purse in the December continuing resolution. If the President chooses to shut down the government in order to benefit illegal aliens then so be it. 

"Even though there are those in Congress who might agree with the concept of providing legalization alternatives for those who have jumped the line, it is simply unacceptable to allow this President to dismantle the constitutional separation of powers in an effort to transform America. Obama is setting up a constitutional crisis." 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/obama-planned-executive-amnesty-sets-up-constitutional-crisis/

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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
Nov112014

ALG - If Obama wants 'net neutrality,' he should go to Congress 

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Nov. 10, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement against attempts by President Obama to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to regulate broadband Internet providers as "common carriers" under the Communications Act of 1934: 

"One of the most disturbing aspects of the Obama administration has been its repeated abuse of executive authority, seizing lawmaking powers otherwise held by Congress. Federal courts have repeatedly ruled that so-called net neutrality — treating Internet broadband as a common carrier under the Communications Act of 1934 — exceeds congressional authority. Rather than taking this as a cue to petition Congress to change the law, Obama is once again pushing the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet as Congress never intended. 

"If Obama wants so-called net neutrality rules, that is, to change the law, he should go to the nation's sole lawmaking institution: Congress."

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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
Oct282014

ALG urges Majority Leader McCarthy to rethink government funding strategy 

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Oct. 27, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government president Nathan Mehrens reacted today to a news report that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy hopes to pass a long-term funding bill for the federal government during the lame duck session.

 

"While we appreciate Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's intent to avoid a funding fight in early 2015, allowing the Democratic-controlled Senate to dictate government funding terms even after they have likely been defeated is a mistake. 

 

"President Obama has made it clear that he will continue to push the boundaries of constitutional lawlessness through regulations and executive orders, and the power of the purse is one of the only powers Congress has to rein in a rogue Executive.  Throwing away this power to stop the most misguided of Obama's initiatives through the defunding process, cedes the only realistic tool this Congress has to check the President's excesses, and would negate the mandate of the people to halt the lawlessness of this Administration.

 

"Over the past four years, major advances toward fiscal sanity have been made through the government funding process and giving away the only legislative tool that the President respects is to declare defeat before the new Congress is even seated. 

 

"It is our hope that Majority Leader McCarthy will consider this trial balloon popped and instruct appropriators to work with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and other authorizing committees to identify the most egregious excesses and put a plan in place to defund those activities.  Americans for Limited Government has been active in identifying these abuses and dangerous policies, and will be continuing to inform Congress about them.

 

"Over the past four years, the only major advances toward fiscal sanity have been made through the government funding process and to throw away the only legislative tool that the President respects is to declare defeat before the new Congress is even seated." 

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-urges-majority-leader-mccarthy-to-rethink-government-funding-strategy/

 

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at (202)744-4427 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Nathan Mehrens.

 

 

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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.