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NRN - Must Reads for September 3, 2010

Below today's Must Reads is ALG's President Bill Wilson's statement on the increase in unemployment this morning.

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following status on the worsening unemployment situation in the U.S., with the rate rising to 9.6 percent and underemployment rising to 16.7 percent:

"When the $862 billion 'stimulus' passed, Barack Obama falsely promised that unemployment would not rise above 8 percent.  It's been 20 months since Obama took office, and unfortunately, it's been 16 straight months where unemployment has been at or above 9.4 percent. All of this is evidence that Obama's big government economic solution has failed.

"After over $2 trillion in fiscal and monetary 'stimulus' the economy is stuck in a web.  Unemployment is once again rising, growth is anemic at only 1.6 percent, and after three years housing still cannot find its bottom thanks to government propping up the market.

"The American people don't want excuses, they want jobs.  Now they want nothing more than government to get out of the way of the private sector.  All the White House has to offer, with the statement of outgoing economic advisor Christina Romer, is 'more spending'.  More debt is not the answer.  Expansive government is not producing more jobs, it is misallocating resources away from the private sector, and into government debt.

"Now is the time for enduring tax relief, including reducing the corporate tax rate, now the second highest in the world, and making the Bush tax cuts permanent.  Now is the time to begin to reduce and retire the debt, bring an end to the useless paper trade that is costing Americans their livelihood, and get the government out of the housing, health care, and financial sectors of the economy.  Government has had its chance.  Now it's time to let the people have theirs."



ALG - Conservative Action Project: Excessive influence of BIG LABOR on Obama Administration

Excessive influence of BIG LABOR on Obama Administration and Congress has been disastrous for American workers and the Nation's economy

September 2nd, 2010—The tremendous amount of power & influence that officials of organized labor have over this administration & congress is adding to the growth of government and makes no sense given that only 7% of the private sector workforce and 12% of the overall workforce are members of a labor union. Last year, for the first time in history, the majority of union members in the country were working for the government—not the private sector. The Obama administration & Congress' decision making  disregards the 93% of the private sector workforce in order to payback Big Labor bosses for previous campaign support—much coming from the dues money collected from workers who are subject to compulsory unionism.

"We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama--$60.7 million to be exact and we're proud of it."

Andrew Stern, former President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

ISSUE-IN-BRIEF:  As Americans prepare to observe Labor Day, the nation's unemployment rate continues to remain at record high levels and the federal deficit continues to grow and place a long term burden on every American taxpayer. The Obama administration and Congress have handed out one favor after another in special interest favors to union officials without regard to the public policy ramifications. For example:

  • Ten days after being sworn in President Obama issued 3 Executive Orders that curtail federal contractor's free speech during union organizing drives, provide job security for employees of federal service contractors, and require federal contractors to notify employees of their right to join a union.
  • One week later President Obama signed another Executive Order announcing a government preference for Project Labor Agreements (PLA's) on all federally funded large-scale construction projects. As a result of this, many projects financed by the so-called "economic stimulus bill" are subject to PLA's and performed by unionized workers.
  • The Obama Department of Labor rolled back several rules issued during the Bush administration to increase union transparency on forms required to be filed with the government as required under the Labor Management Reporting Disclosure Act.
  • The Obama Treasury Department forced financially troubled General Motors and Chrysler into bankruptcy and swinging a deal granting the United Auto Workers respectively 17.5% and 55% stakes in GM and Chrysler.

Gallup found for the first time since it began asking the question in 1997 that a majority of Americans now think "unions mostly hurt the economy."

  • According to official records, the person who most often visited the White House in 2009 was Andy Stern, then President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)—a union that had given more than $4 million since 2006 to scandal ridden ACORN and its affiliates
  • An overwhelming majority of congressional democrats co-sponsored "card-check" legislation designed to deny workers a secret ballot election to determine if a union would represent them.
  • The Obama administration and Congress reduced funding to the Department of Labor's Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS)—which is the only agency in the entire federal government assigned the responsibility for oversight of organized labor.
  • President Obama circumvented the Senate—that had objections to NLRB nominee Craig Becker—and recess appointed him as chairman. Becker had previously worked for both the AFL-CIO and the SEIU.
  • Some in Congress are now proposing a $165 billion union pension bailout. As FOX Business Network reported, these pensions are in bad shape; as of 2006, well before the stock market dropped and recession began, only 6% of these union pension funds were doing well.

Gallup recently found for the first time in more than 80 years of asking the question that only a minority of Americans now "approve of labor unions."


William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government

Virginia Thomas, President, Liberty Central

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

Tom Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform

Duane Parde, President, National Taxpayers Union

Wendy Wright, President, Concerned Women for America

Edwin Meese, former Attorney General

David N. Bossie, President, Citizens United

Ken Boehm, Chairman, National Legal & Policy Center

Tom Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Human Events

Karen Kerrigan, President, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring

Ron Robinson, President, Young America's Foundation

Andrea Lafferty, Executive Director, Traditional Values Coalition

Mario H. Lopez, President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

Dr. Herbert London, President, Hudson Institute

David McIntosh, former Member of Congress, Indiana

Donna Hearne, Executive Director, Constitutional Coalition

Gary Bauer, President, American Values

Herman Cain, President, The NEW Voice, Inc.

Susan Carleson, Chairman & CEO, American Civil Rights Union

J. Kenneth Blackwell, former Treasurer, State of Ohio

Becky Norton Dunlop, President, Council for National Policy

James Martin, Chairman, 60 Plus Association

Myron Ebell, President, Freedom Action

Mathew D. Staver, Founder & Chairman, Liberty Counsel

Michelle Easton, President, Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute

Phil Burress, President, Citizens for Community Values

Alfred Regnery, Publisher, American Spectator

David Y. Denholm, President, Public Service Research Foundation

Richard Viguerie, Chairman,

Jordan Marks, Executive Director, Young Americans for Freedom

Bob McEwen, former Member of Congress, Ohio

Rev. Lou Sheldon, Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition

Marion Edwyn Harrison, Past President, Free Congress Foundation

 (All organizations listed are for identification purposes only)


ALG Files FOIA Request with Education Dept. to Reveal Duncan Efforts to Promote Sharpton Rally

"[I]t is important that political appointees not use the federal career employees as their personal minions to engage in the political process on their behalf."—ALG President Bill Wilson.

September 2nd, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government filed an official of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Department of Education today related to Secretary Arne Duncan's well publicized efforts to encourage attendance at a rally by Al Sharpton on August 28, 2010.

The FOIA asks that the Department provide copies of any records that exist in any of the following categories and that were created on or after January 1, 2010: 

  1. All records of communications and the communications themselves between any Department of Education official and personnel from the organization National Action Network;
  2. All records of communications and the communications themselves between any Department of Education official and Rev. Al Sharpton; and
  3. All records of communications and the communications themselves between any Department of Education official and any person representing Rev. Al Sharpton.

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson said, "it is important that political appointees not use the federal career employees as their personal minions to engage in the political process on their behalf.  Even the hint of politicizing the civil servant workforce should not be tolerated."

It is a violation of federal law for political appointees to encourage career government personnel to participate in political activities.  This provision has been interpreted so tightly in the past as to not allow Republican political appointees to wear neckties with elephants on them, in order to not cause career government workers to feel undue political pressure.

The FOIA asks for a response from the Department of Education within twenty days.


ALG FOIA Request to Department of Education, September 2nd, 2010 at request to Dept  of Ed  Sharpton communications_09_02_10.pdf


NRN - Must Reads for September 2, 2010

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson's quote of the day from Time to Get to Work: "What must be done by the people right now is not in Washington. It is in their local towns and communities nationwide. Beck was right to take a moment to reflect on what the nation stands for, but now it's time to get to work. As he said, "It's what we do from here that matters.""



ALG Condemns Wyden for Seeking Oregon Carve Out from ObamaCare's Individual Mandate

"Instead of trying to get a carve out for Oregon from the ObamaCare individual mandate to purchase insurance, why doesn't Senator Wyden propose to repeal the controversial provision?"—ALG President Bill Wilson.

September 1st, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Senator Ron Wyden wants to exempt Oregon from ObamaCare's individual mandate, prompting condemnation from Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson, who said "Not even one of the principal authors of ObamaCare, Senator Wyden, likes the individual mandate for his state."

"Nobody should be compelled by the government to purchase health insurance, not just Oregon," Wilson declared.

As reported by the Huffington Post, "[Wyden] strongly suggested that the state should use the provision to exempt Oregon from the individual mandate, which would penalize those individuals who refuse to purchase insurance coverage. The mandate was a feature of Wyden's own health care bill but has proved to be remarkably unpopular among voters."

"This is an insult to millions of Americans who don't want the unconstitutional individual mandate either," Wilson said.  "Senator Wyden is okay with throwing the rest of us into this system, while letting his own state off the hook."

"Instead of trying to get a carve out for Oregon from the ObamaCare individual mandate to purchase insurance, why doesn't Senator Wyden propose to repeal the controversial provision?" Wilson asked.

Nearly half of all states, including Virginia, have sued against the individual mandate, questioning the constitutionality of forcing people to purchase health care or to take a government plan. 

According to the Virginia brief, the government takeover of health care "contains an individual mandate which will require a majority of Virginians after December 31, 2013 to purchase health insurance for themselves and their dependents subject to a civil penalty." This contradicts Virginia law, which states that "No resident of this Commonwealth, regardless of whether he has or is eligible for health insurance coverage under any policy or program provided by or through his employer, or a plan sponsored by the Commonwealth or the federal government, shall be required to obtain or maintain a policy of individual insurance coverage…"

Wilson concluded, "Senator Wyden, instead of joining other states like Virginia in fighting the individual mandate, is fighting for his own personal political interests to let Oregon off the hook.  All Americans should be protected from such government overreaches, not just Oregon."