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Tuesday
Feb032015

ALG - Debt grew $1.1 trillion in 2014, not $484 billion 

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Feb. 2, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the latest White House budget proposal for FY 2016:

"It is indeed mindless to be lectured on the need to end austerity by a President who has seen the national debt increase by more than $8 trillion since he became President.  It is equally ironic that while the President pointed to a budget deficit that has dropped to under $500 billion from in excess of $1.4 trillion during the early years of his presidency, he fails to recognize that in the same fiscal year, the national debt skyrocketed by just shy of $1.1 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury.  He also fails to acknowledge that if over the past four years Congress had followed his path, the federal government would have continued to increase spending without regard for the long-term damage being done to our nation's fiscal solvency.

"Now, President Obama pushes forward a $4 trillion budget proposal that makes no pretense of ever reaching balance, and is an extension of his stated desire to fundamentally transform America by further expanding the size and scope of the federal government.  While Obama's budget is a meaningless document, and all of the real budget battles will be fought over the appropriations bills, it is truly a shame that the President has waved the white flag in the fight to restore fiscal sanity to the federal government, and in doing so, has ensured that those who depend upon social safety net programs will face a dire future as more and more of the budget is eaten up by unavoidable interest payments on the debt." 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/debt-grew-1-1-trillion-in-2014-not-484-billion/

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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.

Wednesday
Jan282015

ALG response to U.S. Trade Rep. testimony on Trans-Pacific Partnership 

Jan. 27, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to testimony by the U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal:

 

"The Senate Finance Committee inadvertently exposed the best reason why Congress should reject Trade Promotion Authority.  The vast nature of the Trans-Pacific Partnership covering every aspect of the U.S. economy and life cries out for Congress to engage in thorough and complete consideration prior to ratification.  Fast track by its nature puts time limits on Congressional consideration and eliminates Congressional capacity to amend portions of the signed Treaty to better reflect American interests. 

"The answers provided by the U.S. Trade Representative were largely nothing more than reassuring generalities, however, an actual treaty is very specific and has the effect of overriding existing U.S. law.  It would be a grievous error for Congress to give President Obama Trade Promotion Authority based upon a series of 'trust us' promises.  President Obama has proven himself time and again to not have earned that trust, and it would be a slap in the face to Americans of all political stripes to not hold any treaty he negotiates to the exact 2/3 vote ratification process that the Constitution sets forth."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-response-to-u-s-trade-rep-testimony-on-trans-pacific-partnership/

 

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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
Jan102015

ALG - Tepid job growth and labor force exodus in December 

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Jan. 9, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the latest job numbers:

 

"Only 111,000 more Americans were employed in December than the month before, while 456,000 people abandoned the workforce entirely.  That is how the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in spite of extremely disappointing job growth numbers.  

 

"Astonishingly, the workforce dropouts were entirely women, with the number of men in the workforce actually increasing slightly.

 

"The sad reality is that this is the ultimate Obama new normal report, fewer new people employed than needed for healthy economic growth rates combined with drops in labor participation across all age groups. 

 

"When coupled with a drop in wages for the average worker, it was hardly a Merry Christmas for Americans who are trying to get ahead in spite of the headwinds created by the President's regulatory policies."

 

View statement online at http://getliberty.org/tepid-job-growth-and-labor-force-exodus-in-december/

 

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.

Friday
Jan092015

ALG - Congress will address 2016 disability insolvency this year

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Jan. 8, 2015

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Congress will address 2016 disability insolvency this year
More people have gone on disability than found jobs since 2008. No wonder the program is in trouble.

Cartoon: GOP Resolution
Will the Republicans keep their New Year's resolutions?

What drove the Charlie Hebdo terrorist killers?
The editors, cartoonists, and policemen were gunned down because Charlie Hebdo dared assert freedom of speech and humor against the grim catalog of restrictions Muslim fundamentalists want to impose.

Eavis: Soaring bond prices may sound an economic warning
Nomura bond market analyst George Goncalves: "Make no mistake, these low levels of rates are challenging the notion that we are going to see robust and constant growth."

Wednesday
Dec102014

ALG - Mehrens: No Internet giveaway in omnibus 

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Dec. 9, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement urging House negotiators not to include in the omnibus bill section 1090E of the National Defense Authorization Act (the "DOTCOM Act"), which authorizes the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to give away the Internet to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) upon submission of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the transition:

 

"On May 22, the House authorized the Internet giveaway in an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act upon submission of a report by the GAO on the transition of Internet governance. Doing so provides the very Congressional authorization for the Internet giveaway that the President desperately needs in return for very little.

 

"Fortunately the defense bill did not pass the Senate, so at the moment the President has no authority to perform the transition. But if the DOTCOM Act is included in the omnibus bill, that will change, and even if the GAO says that the transition is a bad idea, there will be nothing to stop the Department of Commerce from performing the giveaway anyway.

 

"Rather than giving the President the authority to give away the Internet, appropriators should include the Sean Duffy amendment that was included in the House-passed Commerce appropriations bill that defunds the giveaway altogether. There is simply no excuse for members to give away Internet governance in return for a GAO book report."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/mehrens-no-internet-giveaway-in-omnibus/

 

Attachments:

 

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:h.r.04435:

 

SEC. 1090E. NTIA RETENTION OF DNS RESPONSIBILITIES PENDING GAO REPORT.

 

(a) Retention of Responsibilities- Until the Comptroller General of the United States submits the report required by subsection (b), the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information may not relinquish or agree to any proposal relating to the relinquishment of the responsibility of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (in this section referred to as the `NTIA') over Internet domain name system functions, including responsibility with respect to the authoritative root zone file, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions, and related root zone management functions.

 

(b) Report- Not later than 1 year after the date on which the NTIA receives a proposal relating to the relinquishment of the responsibility of the NTIA over Internet domain name system functions that was developed in a process convened by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers at the request of the NTIA, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress a report on the role of the NTIA with respect to the Internet domain name system. Such report shall include—

 

(1) a discussion and analysis of--

 

(A) the advantages and disadvantages of relinquishment of the responsibility of the NTIA over Internet domain name system functions, including responsibility with respect to the authoritative root zone file, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions, and related root zone management functions;

 

(B) any principles or criteria that the NTIA sets for proposals for such relinquishment;

 

(C) each proposal received by the NTIA for such relinquishment;

 

(D) the processes used by the NTIA and any other Federal agencies for evaluating such proposals; and

 

(E) any national security concerns raised by such relinquishment; and

 

(2) a definition of the term `multistakeholder model', as used by the NTIA with respect to Internet policymaking and governance, and definitions of any other terms necessary to understand the matters covered by the report.

 

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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.