Press Releases

 

Entries in ALG (1580)

Thursday
Oct092014

ALG - 225 years later, sugar subsidies no closer to being eliminated 

6

225 years later, sugar subsidies no closer to being eliminated

 

October 8, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement calling attention to a new white paper, "Getting rid of sugar subsidies: A look to the future after decades of failure," and urging passage of H. Con. Res. 39 by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) that calls for the elimination of sugar subsidies, but only once other sugar exporters have taken similar action:

 

"For the last 60 years, conservatives have called for the end of sugar subsidies using the same, standard free market language, and have failed miserably. Rather than telling every member of Congress they should not care if every domestic sugar producer is driven out of business costing hundreds of thousands of jobs, and reinforcing the fears of every farm state representative and senator that their constituents might be in the cross hairs next should sugar subsidies fall now, conservatives need a new, winning game plan.

 

"Unilaterally ending sugar subsidies has been a losing argument for 225 years, dating back to the original protections on sugar during the first Congress of 1789. The Yoho reform recognizes that there is no free market for sugar, and we need to change the international subsidy playing field in order to achieve one.

 

"Yoho has a better plan, which calls for ending the subsidies, but only contingent upon other nations following suit. By ending subsidies through a thoughtful approach, Yoho does not destroy a domestic industry, and instead engages and encourages other nations to do the same. The Yoho plan will empower U.S. representatives at the World Trade Organization to push for mutual ending of these subsidies, helping to usher in a new era of free markets  and creating a template for addressing other subsidized industries."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/225-years-later-sugar-subsidies-no-closer-to-being-eliminated/

 

Attachments:

 

"Getting rid of sugar subsidies: A look to the future after decades of failure," By ALG vice president of public policy and communications Rick Manning, October, 8, 2014 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/SugarWhitePaper10-8-14.pdf .

 

"The Case for a Zero for Zero Sugar Policy in the United States," By Dr. Mark Hartley on behalf of Americans for Limited Government Foundation, July 18, 2013 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Zero-for-Zero-Sugar-Policy-718.pdf .

 

###

 

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.

Thursday
Oct092014

ALG - NLRB utilizes more union representation than any other agency  

6

Oct. 7, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement calling attention to Office of Personnel Management data that shows the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) utilized more union representation than any other agency:

 

"Federal government labor union employees at the NLRB apparently need the most protection by taxpayer funded union stewards of any other Agency.  As the Office of Personnel Management revealed late last week, in 2012, the National Labor Relations Board's employees utilized more union representation than any other Agency and it wasn't even close.

 

"It is truly sad that the Board which purports to protect employee rights, has such little regard for their own staff that employees need to have four times as many hours spent on union representatives than the average federal agency.  A cynic might believe that perhaps these are old-fashioned featherbed jobs, where little work is actually required. 

 

"As a result, Americans for Limited Government intends to issue a formal complaint to the Office of the Inspector General to determine whether there is an abusive labor situation at the NLRB, or are these brother-in-law jobs where no work is required?

 

"One other question that anyone concerned with good government should ask is, "why is this report just being issued now, almost two years after the 2012 fiscal year ended?  OPM's failure to issue these reports that go to the heart of how this Administration is allocating its personnel spending is egregious in this age of computerized data tracking."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/nlrb-utilizes-more-union-representation-than-any-other-agency/

 

### 

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
Oct042014

ALG - Unemployment report shows participation rate at new 36-year low 

 

6

Oct. 3, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the latest jobs numbers:

 

"The almost predictable Obama Administration pre-election unemployment report did not fail to deliver as the top-line unemployment rate sunk below 6 percent.  Unfortunately, this drop in the rate is, once again, largely due to another 315,000 people, or the equivalent of half of the total population of the District of Columbia, dropping out of the workforce.  From a limited government point of view, it might seem like a good idea if half of Washington, D.C., no longer was employed or even in the employment market, but unfortunately, these employment market drop outs are not former federal government employees, but instead are folks located across the nation.  The very people who D.C. depends upon to pay taxes and produce goods and services to make our economy run.

"The current labor participation rate has gotten so bad, that our nation has not had a smaller percentage of people in the labor force since February, 1978, when Jimmy Carter was President, the Bee Gees song Stayin Alive topped the charts, and the Roger Staubach-led Cowboys defeated the Broncos in Super Bowl X11. 

"As Paul Harvey used to say, 'And now you know the rest of the story.'"

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/unemployment-report-shows-participation-rate-at-new-36-year-low/

### 

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
Oct032014

ALG President Nathan Mehrens praises GOP Chairman's remarks 

6

October 2, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising the Republican unity document, "Principles for American Renewal":

 

"Americans for Limited Government welcomes RNC Chairman Reince Preibus' significant move away from the Party's disastrous 2013 attempt to re-brand itself.  His embracing core conservative principles confirms that voters want a government that protects our national security and promotes peace through strength, a Constitutional government that ends the culture of lies, lawlessness and corruption that permeates Barack Obama's Washington, D.C., and treats everyone fairly and equally by rejecting amnesty rather than allowing illegal aliens to take cuts to the head of the immigration line in order to assuage a loud constituency that values power over the rule of law.

"Americans for Limited Government will continue our work to promote reducing the size and scope of government, and this GOP policy document clearly demonstrates that this upcoming election is about more than who delivered taxpayer funds back home, and instead is about reining in a federal government that has grown too large, too powerful, and as a result, too corrupt.  This upcoming election is too important for anyone who cares about the course of the nation to sit on the sidelines, and it is incumbent on every citizen to exercise their duty to vote for the candidate that best reflects their values and beliefs if we are to have any hope in creating real, positive change for our children and their children."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-president-nathan-mehrens-praises-gop-chairmans-remarks/

 

###

 

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
Sep202014

ALG - It's the debt, stupid! 

6

Sept. 19, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted. 

It's the debt, stupid!
Household debt has outpaced household median income for almost 40 years, and we're paying the price, the latest figures from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Census show.

Obamacare, the gift that keeps on giving for Republicans
Cancellations, botched exchanges, and rising premiums! Oh my!

Woodhill: Quantitative futility
"Evidence is piling up that the Federal Reserve, which has been conducting a rules-free, 100 percent discretionary monetary policy for the past 13+ years, simply Does Not Know What It Is Doing."